MEMA - Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association

09/27/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/28/2023 07:20

Remanufacturing Leaders to Discuss Tailwinds for Building an Even More Sustainable Industry, Oct. 11-12

Research Triangle Park, NC - Leaders in the remanufacturing community will gather in Atlanta for the MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers Remanufacturing Annual Conference on Oct. 11-12, 2023 at the Genuine Parts Company (GPC) Headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.

"This year's conference will feature extraordinary speakers, from remanufacturing and core supplier leaders to an AI expert and the person responsible for reverse logistics at The Home Depot," said John Chalifoux, chief operating officer of MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers. "When you add in the dynamic networking opportunities that the remanufacturing community has come to expect, our 2023 Remanufacturing Annual Conference is a must-attend event."

Agenda highlights include:

The Critical Role of Remanufacturing in an Expanding Circular Economy: The Remanufacturers

The remanufacturing process plays a vital role in society's quest for a global circular economy. It is the upcycling of high-value core material that yields products that are like-new, but better. Leading remanufacturers will discuss key trends and share their views of the marketplace-customer perception, artificial intelligence, and the changing technology landscape-and more as we move to more complex and electrified vehicles. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Carl Fletcher - Leader - Remanufacturing Product Development, Navistar
  • Mike Muscat - Remanufacturing & Service Center Network Manager, Continental
  • Moderator: John Chalifoux

The Critical Role of Remanufacturing in an Expanding Circular Economy: The Core Suppliers

Core material is the lifeblood of the remanufacturing process. The leading players in the core supply industry will discuss key trends and their views of the marketplace-core availability, part proliferation, the changing technology landscape-and more. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Ernie Flurry - President, MaxCore Industries
  • Bob Grady - President, Rebuilders Automotive Cores
  • Justin Greenberg - CEO, DieselCore
  • Derek McWhorter - President, River City Truck Parts
  • Moderator: John Chalifoux

Utilizing AI to Improve Quality & Sustainability

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is escalating quickly. Learn how manufacturers are under pressure to improve quality operations, reduce supply chain risk, and drive productivity for a new generation of workers. Rick Oppedisano, president and CEO of Delta Bravo, will share real-life examples of how companies like Trane, Nucor Steel, and Rolls-Royce are utilizing AI to improve quality, design, workforce training, and productivity.

Maximizing Value in Reverse Logistics: How Doers Get More Doneā„¢ at The Home Depot

Hear how The Home Depot maximizes value in their reverse logistics operations with guest speaker Troy Campbell, director, Reverse Logistics Center Operations, The Home Depot. In his role at The Home Depot, Campbell is responsible for four return centers throughout the U.S. that support the returns of over $1.7 billion in COGS and over $170 million of liquidation sales. With over 30 years in the logistics field, Troy will share best practices and his insights on this critical function. This fireside chat style session will be facilitated by Cathy Roberson, research manager, Reverse Logistics Association (RLA), the global trade association for the reverse logistics industry.

About the Remanufacturing Annual Conference

The Remanufacturing Annual Conference has been a prominent event in the industry for more than a decade, serving as a focal point for remanufacturers, suppliers of core and other materials, and professional services firms. Attendees will have the chance to hear from distinguished industry experts, participate in engaging panel discussions, and connect with like-minded professionals who are passionate about the sustainable future of the industry.

This year's conference will bring together the remanufacturing community for two days of insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and valuable insights into the role of remanufacturing in the circular economy and the aftermarket. Each year, the conference attracts leaders in remanufacturing to foster a collaborative environment for driving innovation and enhancing sustainable manufacturing practices within the industry.

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About MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers

MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers exclusively serves manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment, and related products, an important part of the automotive parts manufacturing industry which supports over 900,000 American jobs in all 50 states. MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers is a recognized industry change agent - promoting a collaborative industry environment, providing a forum to address issues, and serving as a valued resource for member companies. Members represent all areas of the aftermarket including light vehicle, commercial vehicle, and remanufacturing. MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers is a membership group within MEMA, The Vehicle Suppliers Association.

MEMA is the leading North American trade association for vehicle suppliers, parts manufacturers, and remanufacturers. Automotive and commercial vehicle suppliers are the largest manufacturing sector in the United States and lead the way in new vehicle innovations. MEMA has been the voice of the vehicle supplier industry since 1904. Its more than 1,000 members are Strong by Association.

Members supply the aftermarket with the parts that keep millions of vehicles on the road, fueling international commerce and meeting society's transportation needs. MEMA members are committed to safety and sustainability. MEMA has offices in Southfield, Mich.; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; and Washington, D.C. Learn more at