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Optimizing Plant Operations Including Design Considerations for Growth

Optimizing Plant Operations Including Design Considerations for Growth


Friday, May 17, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

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* Registration open until 5/17/24 at 12:30 PM (EST)

Event Details

This is a Free to Attend webinar for everyone.

Our Operational and Manufacturing Excellence webinar series continues with “Optimizing Plant Operations including Design Considerations for Growth.” This webinar will focus on facility start-ups, plant expansions, increases in operations capacities, alternate capabilities, plant relocations, and asset retirements.

Don’t invest in potentially unnecessary CAPEX to support expansion and/or growth. When planning a manufacturing facility expansion for growth, performing a thorough due diligence of the most important areas is critical. This webinar will explore expansion and growth elements for consideration such as market demand, capacity assessment, financial feasibility, site location(s), facility design and layout, staff planning, supply chain management, risk management, and more.

Learning Objective:

  1. Attendees will learn key considerations for evaluating the effectiveness of their existing facilities and current capacities.
  2. Attendees will hear tips for understanding the technical requirements of best-in-class operations.
  3. The webinar will provide specific detail related to various factors that should be considered when embarking on a new facility start-up or plant expansion.
  4. Considerations for asset retirement or relocations will be shared.
  5. The webinar will discuss alternative growth strategies, such as acquiring an existing business or facility or merging multiple locations.  


  1. Performing in-depth due diligence prior to expansion
  2. Assessing options for a new or expanded facility
  3. Evaluating technical requirements for best-in-class operations
  4. Considering alternative growth strategies

Who Should Attend:

Professionals in business and technical functions in the adhesive industry working for raw material producers, formulators and manufacturers will gain knowledge on asset utilization, yield/quality, waste reduction/elimination, costs and working capital.Managers, Directors, Technology managers, professionals in manufaturing and process engineering must attend this webinar.


Bob Kramer
Director, ChemQuest

Bob Kramer joined ChemQuest in 2022, following a 40-year career that brought wide expertise in specialty chemical manufacturing operations. He developed extensive global operational management experience in the polymer converting industry, driving enhanced business productivity and product development across diverse corporate environments. 
Most recently, Bob served as president at rose plastic, where he was responsible for overall financials and operations in North America. His leadership in this position led to improved operational performance, stabilized employee turnover and morale despite the pandemic, and the creation of a new ISO 13485-certified medical production facility. Bob holds a BS degree in business administration from Robert Morris University and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. 

Warren “Pete” Smith
Director, ChemQuest

Pete Smith has extensive global leadership experience in operations and manufacturing management, including lean manufacturing, process development, logistics, and engineering in the chemical, coatings, and adhesives industries. Prior to joining ChemQuest in 2015, Pete’s career included executive-level positions at companies such as Quest Specialty Chemicals, Henkel Technologies, Sovereign Specialty Chemical, Omnova Corp., and Morton International. 
Pete holds a BS in chemistry from Northern Illinois University. He completed the International Business Course at Cranfield University School of Management and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Course at IESE Business School, University of Navarra. 

Joel Shertok, Ph.D.
Director, ChemQuest

Drawing on expertise developed over more than 40 years, Joel Shertok joined ChemQuest in 2022. He is an established expert in manufacturing operational efficiencies and methodologies, with a track record that includes successes in new product development, mergers and acquisitions, new business ventures and teams, and more.  
Joel has held numerous senior-level executive positions with companies such as Advanced Plasma Solutions, Rochester Midland Corp., and Graver Technologies. He founded Process Industries Consultants, Inc. in 2014 and has assisted clients from a range of advanced technical industries in his role as president and senior consultant. Joel earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Princeton University, as well as a Bachelor of Engineering degree from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.