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Monday, November 8 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
AK: Alaska Manufacturing: What's Working & What's Next?

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Presenters: Jenny Tse, Owner of Sipping Streams Tea Company; Megan Militello, Owner of Elevated Oats; Samson Sheperd, Owner of Arctic Manufacturing Services; Kate Mitchell, Owner of NOMAR

Alaska has an extremely diverse and long-standing relationship with manufacturing. Whether it was Alaska Native tribes "manufacturing" clothing, communities, and art or Big Oil executives "manufacturing" oil to export to the rest of the world, manufacturing has always been a part of our economy — and likely always will be. But what does the future of manufacturing in Alaska realistically look like?

During this panel discussion moderated by NIST's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), we're sitting down with four Alaskan manufacturing businesses to ask just that: What's challenged them, what's worked for them, and what they think is next. Our panelists come from all across Alaska and have a combined experience of over 50 years manufacturing in Alaska; join us to hear their thoughts, ask your own questions, and think forward — not backwards — for our manufacturing future!

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Samson Shepherd

Owner, Arctic Manufacturing Services
Born and raised in Alaska, Samson Shepherd is a mechanical engineer with a passion for the outdoors and manufacturing. Samson received his Bachelors and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on product development and design for manufacturing. In the summer of... Read More →
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Jenny Tse

Owner, Sipping Streams Tea Company

Megan Militello

Owner, Elevated Oats
Serving as an air traffic controller in the Army, Megan learned first-hand how to run a highly coordinated operation. While on a deployment to Iraq, during which she received a bronze star and met her co-founder Lacey, Megan learned how to develop repeatable systems and processes... Read More →
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Kate Mitchell

Owner, NOMAR
It was WWII that gave women an opportunity to work and learn in the industry; those women paved the way in the industry, and are still plowing and paving to establish our place in industry.Kate Mitchell served her apprenticeship under Ruby Kent, the first woman to get her journeyman's... Read More →

Monday November 8, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm AKST