Statewide Manufacturing Forum to Address Emerging Critical Issues

Amy Buben

Technology trends change in the blink of an eye. To stay competitive, manufacturers need to know what will move their business forward, what processes have become obsolete and what innovations are on the horizon. The 2018 MFG Forum will guide industry leaders through these emerging issues and provide resources to maintain Michigan’s manufacturing advantage.

Did you know…

  • A $450 billion market disruption is on the horizon for manufacturers.
  • The FBI reports that more than $400 billion in intellectual property is lost in the U.S. every year from cyber attacks.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, one-third of all infrastructure cyber attacks occurred in manufacturing

About the MFG Forum

Yeo & Yeo invites you to attend the Michigan Manufacturers Association’s (MMA) MFG Forum on Wednesday, May 9, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

  • The MMA will continue its partnership with the National Center for Manufacturing Science to deliver an exceptional learning experience.
  • Manufacturers will discover critical resources on emerging issues from national experts and learn about real-world best practices that their industry peers are utilizing.
  • The MFG Forum is a learning experience which goes beyond just the day of the event. All attendees will receive key takeaways including an event program filled with presentations, expert interviews and resources a manufacturing leader can implement right away.
  • Networking (before, during and after the event) plus interactive activities will allow attendees to take conversations to a deeper level, gain insightful information and develop new partnerships.

Cybersecurity case studies by Yeo & Yeo Computer Consulting

The manufacturing industry is among the top targets for ransomware and malware. What can manufacturers do to protect their organizations? Gus Hendrickson, IT Consultant of Yeo & Yeo Computer Consulting, will explain how to shield your manufacturing company against cybercrime, and I will present with him. We will present three case studies from MMA members and the results of their phish-prone tests, along with cybersecurity benchmarking data for Michigan manufacturers. In partnership with the MMA, Yeo & Yeo Computer Consulting will offer its members in attendance a phish-prone assessment.

Yeo & Yeo CPAs is proud to be a sponsor of the MFG Forum. Check out the 2017 Forum highlight video and go to for this year’s line-up of expert-led sessions. Not only does this event feature a packed agenda of manufacturing leaders, but attendees will receive a ton of additional information to help you achieve success in Industry. 4.0

Register online at or contact our events coordinator, Sarah Martin, at 517-487-8521 or to register today.


Amy Buben

Amy Buben


Amy is a Principal in the business management advisory services department of Yeo & Yeo’s Saginaw office. She leads the firm’s Manufacturing Services Group, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. Her areas of expertise include business consulting, financial reporting and tax issues with a strong focus on manufacturers, auto dealers, retail and wholesale sectors. She is a member of the Michigan Manufacturers Association.