The Aluminum Extruders Council’s (AEC) 2015 Management Conference is scheduled for September 22-24 in Chicago. The event will focus on how the aluminum extrusion industry is “Strengthening the Future.”

The conference will be held at the Hilton O’Hare Airport Hotel. The program will include general sessions, focus sessions and networking events, including a reception that features tabletop exhibits from AEC Supplier Members.

Speakers for September 23 include Thomas Landstreet, an economist and writer who boasts a successful career on Wall Street. He will share his wit and wisdom on politics, investments and economic policy.

Justin Craig, associate professor of entrepreneurship at Northwestern University, also will present a look at “Attracting and Motivating Young, Talented Employees.”

Focus sessions on September 23 will include technical topics such as extrusion press issues, die preparation and protection, and the pretreatment process related to corrosion prevention; promotional topics about promoting extrusions to potential customers, including advances in joining technology, public relations and marketing for manufacturers, and a session that outlines the new AEC Environmental Product Declaration program getting underway; and management issues such as safety management systems and credit risk management.

On September 24, a session titled “Statistical Review: How to Use AEC Data” will take a look at “Super Extruders” and how they reach levels of high productivity by using all the AEC member benefits available to them, including participating in AEC education, meetings and volunteer opportunities, as well as completing various surveys and studies offered only to AEC members.

Michael Walsh, director of anti-dumping and countervailing duties policy and programs for U.S. Customs, will explain how the federal government handles reports of deliberate tariff circumvention, the role his team plays in investigations, and the remedies available to the industry.

Timothy Hayes, principal of Lawrence Capital Management, will provide an industry outlook for U.S. downstream aluminum markets with an emphasis on the domestic extrusion industry, as well as demand projections through 2019 for major extrusion markets.

The management conference will begin with a welcome reception Tuesday evening, September 22, and concludes at noon on Thursday, September 24. Most of the AEC’s committees and teams will meet just prior to the conference.

The conference is open to AEC members. For complete details on the program, visit and follow the link to the AEC Management Conference registration website.

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