Manufacturing Symposium Held in Cleveland


A panel holds a discussion about manufacturing companies dealing with their workforce at the PIE Innovation Center in Cleveland at the Peak Performance Symposium.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF)- Manufacturers came together in Bradley County Friday to celebrate Manufacturer’s Month. Industry leaders in manufacturing discussed the modern challenges of running a business in the modern labor market at the Smart Factory Institute’s 8th annual Peak Performance Symposium.

One such topic that was discussed was the importance of treating the workforce fairly with a higher demanding labor market. Denise Rice, the President and Owner of Peak Performance, Inc., the organization behind the symposium, said this was an important discussion to have. She emphasized that, “A lot of manufacturers are really struggling with how to attract and retain the right workers they need and fill those positions. The discussion that we had today was that it would take a number of different approaches and strategies because there is a lot of different populations and what they need out of a job in manufacturing.”

These discussions along with the presence of the PIE Center are part of the hopes of leaders that the manufacturing industry continues to grow. Rice added that, “Here in this region, in the Bradley County area and the Greater Chattanooga region manufacturing is really growing and we’re super excited to have this resource available to us. We are in an old manufacturing building that has been renovated. It will house not only industry, but will also house a school and wrap around services that students and the community needs.”

The Smart Factory Institute will be hosting a conference in December where the University of Tennessee will be presenting research. To learn more about their work, visit

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