Narrow Fabrics Institute Northeast Networking Event 2022
Professionals in narrow fabrics and webbing manufacturing are welcome to join for our first Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) Northeast Networking event. Meet with fellow industry leaders and learn more about how NFI, a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), can benefit your company and industry as a whole.
Key speakers will discuss industry trends and challenges along with a Q&A to engage all attendees. Topics will include government relations, workforce development and more. We will then finish the day with a private tour of the first American cotton spinning mill, Old Slater Mills.
10–10:30 am: Coffee and Conversation
Meet at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center and enjoy coffee with fellow industry contacts.
10:30–11 am: Welcome!
Welcome and Informational session on NFI and IFAI
11 am–Noon: Textile Workforce Training Needs to Evolve Along with Product Technology-Based Evolution
Christian Cowan, Chief Operating Officer at URI Research Foundation
Noon–1 pm: Lunch & Networking
1–2 pm: How do I get a Fully Vested Supply Chain, Internally and Externally?
Karl Wadensten, President/CEO at VIBCO Vibrators
2–2:45 pm: Q&A Session
Join in a session led by NFI Advisory Board Members to discuss resources the industry would like to get out of NFI and IFAI membership, and to better understand what is missing in their networks.
3–4 pm: Private Tour of Old Slater Mills
Tour the first water powered cotton spinning mill in North America. Originally constructed in 1793, this mill stands as an important reminder of the changes brought on by industrialization.
Slater Mills is just a short walk across the street from Blackstone Valley Visitor Center
4:30 pm: Happy Hour and Dinner
Join in this optional gathering to continue the conversation! Details coming soon.
Please note: This is an optional opportunity at the cost of the attendee.
Schedule is subject to change
Thank You Sponsors!
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June 24 10:00 am EDT
June 24 4:00 pm EDT
Blackstone Valley Visitors Center and Old Slater Mills
175 Main Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860