News from New Orleans Supply Summit

More that 250 member executives and guests came together April 6-8 in New Orleans for the 2022 Supply Summit & Showcase. Members built business relationships and friendships while fishing, playing a round of golf, eating crawfish and shooting trap, and enjoying a bit of New Orleans nightlife. In addition, attendees tried their luck at a No-Risk Casino Night sponsored by the Associate Supplier Section of the Association. 

While the Supply Summit offered many opportunities for strengthening networks within the industry, the informational sessions provided members with insight that will aid their decision making in the coming months. 

General Honoré spoke to attendees about leadership both at the office and at home. He implored members to save their best leadership for their home and families. 

Doug Bruce and Heather Bruce of Osmundson Manufacturing Co. spoke candidly about transitioning the family business from the fourth generation of leadership to the fifth, and lessons learned along the way. 

Jim Meil, ACT Research gave an economic forecast for the rest of 2022 and 2023 and provided attendees with some signals to watch out for. Baxter Saucier of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana educated members on how the MEP National Network can help manufacturers reduce costs, improve processes and more. The Tillage Council brought in speaker, Scott Shearer from The Ohio State University, who discussed crop management trends and innovations as they apply to tillage equipment. 

A special thank you goes out to our Showcase Exhibitors, whose support and involvement help make the convention successful.
 The Showcase took place Thursday afternoon, April 7, and 56 companies displayed. Attendees were able to learn more about each exhibitor and set up a time for a future meeting. If you’d like a copy of the Showcase booklet with information on exhibiting companies,  please email

With a focus on connecting manufacturers with suppliers, the Supply Summit & Showcase is a unique mix of social and educational opportunities. Thank you to all who attended the convention, especially those who volunteered to help with planning and execution of the events. Your membership and engagement with the Association matters.