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Events | November 29, 2022
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Strategies for Navigating Manufacturing Disruptors

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
8:00 – 10:30 a.m. ET

Hosted by: Employers Association of West Michigan and Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg Chamber of Commerce

In-Person Event:
Holiday Inn Spring Lake
940 W Savidge St.
Spring Lake, MI 49456

Join Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, the Employers Association of West Michigan and the Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg Chamber of Commerce for presentations given by legal authorities working in the manufacturing and automotive sectors on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the Holiday Inn Spring Lake.

We are living in a very unpredictable and challenging time, with disruptions impacting every level of the manufacturing process. Hear from legal authorities on maneuvering supply chain disruptions, strategies within contractual provisions, cyberattacks and incident response, and putting best practices in place to protect your company and remain profitable.


7:30 – 8:00 a.m.             

Breakfast and Networking

8:00 a.m.                       


Rob Dubault, Executive Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

8:00 – 8:25 a.m.             

Maneuvering Manufacturing Supply Chain Disruptions

Emily Rucker, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

As disruptions plague the automotive and manufacturing sectors, big decisions are looming. These disruptions include supply and delivery stresses resulting from raw material shortages, increased costs and price increase demands, termination notices, port and shipping congestion and labor shortages. Emily Rucker will provide tactics for maneuvering these manufacturing challenges in this uncertain time. 

8:25 – 8:50 a.m.              

Risk Mitigation Strategies: Top Manufacturing Contractual Provisions

Laura You, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Laura You will discuss risk mitigation strategies to help identify key areas in contracts that need to be addressed in today’s economy, ensuring organizations conduct regular contractual health checks and develop a game plan with respect to exiting “bad” contracts.  

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.              


9:00 – 9:25 a.m.             

Why Manufacturers are High Risk for Cyberattacks: Are Your Incident Response Plans Up to Date?

Nate Steed, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Manufacturing is a high risk industry for cyberattacks. That’s why it’s important to understand potential vulnerabilities and top cybersecurity threats within your sector. Nate Steed will address ransomware, phishing, supply chain attacks and intellectual property theft, and what to do if you are subject to an attack.

9:25 – 9:50 a.m.             

Fireside Chat

Aida Tanaka, General Counsel, Shape Corporation
Tom Manganello, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Aida Tanaka and Tom Manganello will discuss the impacts of the above mentioned challenges to businesses, implementing best practices and strategies to navigate this unpredictable and stressful time.