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 Becky Schlevensky at (414) 259-2022 or

Upcoming Meetings

Detroit 2019

When: Tuesday, March 26; 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Where: John Wayne Lewis Center of Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan

This year’s Detroit Regional Meeting highlights two key areas that are affecting the future of the fluid power industry: the Internet of Things and workforce development.

Covering the Internet of Things will be “A Practical Approach to Innovation – Theories into Reality” by Andrew Johnson, CEO of ShelfAware. This presentation will explore several use cases that illustrate entry-level innovations in process automation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and business optimization. Hardware and software demonstrations will bring these high-tech theories into reality, showing attendees how they can create value-added systems.

Given that the meeting will be held at Macomb Community College, attendees can get insights into NFPA’s workforce development programs at the co-located Fluid Power Action Challenge immediately following the meeting. Teams of middle school students will compete using machines they built using fluid power concepts to move objects from place to place on the competition board. If you have never attended an Action Challenge, you can experience the excitement of a future generation of fluid power workforce.

Meeting Schedule
Arrival and Networking:  8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Breakfast:  8:45 AM – 9:15 AM
*Attendee Introductions:  9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Featured Presentation – Andrew Johnson, ShelfAware: 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

*Attendee Introductions are one of the most popular aspects of the NFPA Regional Meetings. Going around the room, each attendee introduces themselves, his/her company, and how he/she sees the current business climate.

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Minneapolis 2019

When: Thursday, April 25
Where: Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park Campus

The 2019 NFPA Minneapolis Regional meeting is set for Thursday, April 25! We are excited to again partner with Hennepin Technical College at the Brooklyn Park Campus. The meeting will run from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and is just part of a day-long schedule of fluid power activities. Hennepin Technical College has one of the premier A.A.S. fluid power programs in the country, and April 25 they will also host the Minnesota Fluid Power Skills Competition and a Career Fair following the Regional Meeting. Jeannine Uehling and her students will provide an inside look at how they are creating the next generation of fluid power professionals.

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Meetings Recap | 2018

Recap – Chicago Regional Meeting | Oak Brook Hills – Hilton, Chicago, IL

2018 Chicago Regional MeetingMore than 30 fluid power professionals attended the NFPA Chicago Regional Meeting at the Oak Brook Hills – Hilton just outside of Chicago, Illinois. Oxford Economics Senior Economist, Mike Reid, presented the recently released NFPA Fluid Power Demand Estimates Report. Mike and his team worked closely with NFPA’s Economics and Statistical Programs Manager Eric Armstrong to develop a customer industry demand model for fluid power products geographically by US state. You can view a video introduction of the demand report by visiting the Market Information site.

Business updates from attendees showed good conditions and growth across the board as well as insight into each company’s IoT initiatives and progress. Attendees were able to network with each other and connect with NFPA staff and Oxford Economics representatives.

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