Regional Meetings


NFPA Regional Meetings offer a chance to meet with other area fluid power professionals over lunch. NFPA members and non-members alike are welcome to attend and the meetings are free! Recaps from last year’s meetings are below. For questions, please contact Erica Halmstad at (414) 778-3359 or


Meetings Recap | 2017-18

Recap – Cleveland Regional Meeting | The City Club, Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Regional

Over 30 fluid power professionals filled the City Club of Cleveland for the 2018 NFPA Cleveland Regional Meeting. Attendees represented all areas of the fluid power industry and had the opportunity to network with other NFPA members while discussing strengths and brainstorming improvements within their companies. The meeting featured guest speaker Grace A. Kilbane, Executive Director of the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board and of OhioMeansJobs. Grace used her experience with workforce in the Midwest to discuss one-stop career center systems and development of employment and training programs for youth and adults to get individuals re-engaged in the workforce.

Recap – Milwaukee Regional Meeting | InterContinental Hotel, Milwaukee, WI

The co-located Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC) seminar and Milwaukee Regional Meeting brought together over 40 fluid power professionals for networking and presentations on robotic automation at the InterContinental Milwaukee on September 7. The morning seminar presentations covered an array of use cases for robotic automation, including several types of collaborative robots, robots with specific applications such as food processing or medical plasma coating, and use of robotics in small-to-medium manufacturers. A smaller group stayed beyond the networking lunch for the Milwaukee Regional Meeting, which featured presentations by Thomas P. Heraly; Instructional Chair, Electronics Department, School of Technology and Applied Sciences – Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Mike Shiels, Dean, School of Applied Technologies—Waukesha County Technical College. Their presentations, under the topic of Robotics in Manufacturing & Distribution: Collaboration, Communication & Creating the Future Workforce, covered the ways these local technical schools are preparing students for careers in robotics.

Recap – Minneapolis Regional Meeting | MTS Corporation

Minneapolis RegionalThe meeting room was full on Thursday, May 10, when MTS Corporation opened its headquarters for the NFPA 2018 Minneapolis Regional Meeting. Bringing in people from not only the Minneapolis region, this meeting’s attendees also came from upstate New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and the greater Detroit area. The diverse group represented fluid power manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers and all voiced a positive outlook for their customer markets. In addition, Joe Mahon, Regional Outreach Director of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, presented a very interesting look at the regional economy and how labor trends are currently affecting, and could continue to affect, productivity. The meeting closed with a look at how MTS testing platforms serve a variety of customers and how fluid power technology provides the flexibility and adaptability to enable testing of automobile safety, racing performance, tire safety, and infrastructure strength to name a few.

Recap – Detroit Regional Meeting | Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield MI

Regional MeetingsOver 30 fluid power professionals met over breakfast this year for the 2018 Detroit Regional Meeting in Southfield, Michigan. This year’s featured speaker was Tom Kennedy, President and Founder of MadsenArcher Consulting, Inc., who presented, “Attracting, Engaging and Growing Talent.” Tom’s presentation covered the growing talent shortage, how companies can improve their Employee Value Proposition, develop and sustain employee engagement, and build their leadership strategic plan. Each of these provided useful tips and strategies that Tom has collected from over 40 years in leadership and human resource consulting. In addition to leaving with insights from Tom, attendees also got the pulse of the current business climate from across the fluid power supply chain in everyone’s short business updates.

Recap – Chicago Regional Meeting | Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL

NFPA Chicago Regional MeetingThe December 7 Chicago Regional Meeting at Moraine Valley Community College delivered workforce development information and lively discussion to attendees from across the fluid power supply chain. Business updates from attendees showed good conditions and growth across the board as well as optimism for the next year, and attendees were able to discuss their own hiring and workforce concerns during the presentation Q&A. Tamima Farooqui, a Job Resource Specialist at the college, shared ways companies can take advantage of local technical schools to fill their needs for skilled workers. Neil Barker, the Program Coordinator for the school’s Integrated Systems Technology program, gave an overview of the program and its students and showed attendees around the fluid power training lab.