Remanufacturing and Sustainability Conference highlighted by industry speakers, discussions

Troy, Mich.—The MERA-Golisano Remanufacturing and Sustainability Conference — co-hosted by the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) and the Golisano Institute for Sustainability — will be held on Sept. 30, at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, Mich. The program is intended for senior executives from across remanufacturing industries, as well as policymakers and sustainability and financial industry executives.

Conference details

Jack Stack, founder, president, and CEO of SRC Holdings Corporation, will deliver a keynote address and other leading speakers will engage attendees in conversations on remanufacturing, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility.

The conference’s theme is “Remanufacturing: The Future of Manufacturing,” said John Chalifoux, MERA president and COO.

“The theme fits today’s reality,” he said. “That’s because remanufacturing and new manufacturing are both standardized industrial processes, and remanufacturing has more in common with new manufacturing than it does with any other process, including repairing, rebuilding or recycling. Today’s remanufactured products are as good or better-than-new. They cost less to produce and purchase, and they minimize the impact on the environment.”

Stack will share his views and experiences from a long career as a recognized leader in the remanufacturing industry.

“When considering the triple bottom line associated with remanufacturing, the attention is usually on the economic and environmental impact,” Stack said. “On September 30, we will share our thoughts on the importance of people in our industry, as well as the social benefit of people in manufacturing.”

Chalifoux added, “I have always known Jack Stack as an empowerer of people. Jack is an industry leader and the perfect person to discuss how people can, and do, make a difference in remanufacturing.”  

Past attendees have said the MERA-Golisano Conference has quickly gained the reputation as a “who’s who” in the remanufacturing industry. The event will feature other leading speakers who will engage executive attendees in discussions on remanufacturing and the circular economy.

For more information, contact Brian Hall, MERA, at (248) 750-1280 or bhall@mera.org.

Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act moves to House

Washington, D.C.—The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) applauded the Senate for passing S.565, the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act, with unanimous consent. The bill, introduced earlier this year by Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI) and James Lankford (R-OK), would require all federal agencies to consider using remanufactured parts when maintaining the federal vehicle fleet.

“This legislation has the potential to save millions of dollars for the Federal Government and would promote America’s remanufacturing industry,” said Steve Handschuh, MEMA president and CEO.

The legislation follows a 2013 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which confirmed the benefits of remanufactured motor vehicle parts. The Federal Government has more than 580,000 vehicles in its agency fleets, and spends $975 million dollars a year on vehicle maintenance. The GAO report also confirmed that the use of remanufactured parts can save up to 20 percent in costs.

“We thank Senators Peters and Lankford for their leadership on this legislation, and we look forward to a positive outcome in the House of Representatives,” Chalifoux said.

Companion legislation, H.R.1613, has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI) and Brad Ashford (D-NE) and is awaiting approval at the committee level.

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