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May 7, 2020 Jeremy Boren

Accelerate Leaders, General Mills Canned Goods Surge, AWWA + Waterloo

GrayMatter Summit Brings Together Industrial Leaders from Across North America

GrayMatter’s first digital leadership summit Accelerate.virtual debuted with a fantastic lineup of keynote speakers and leaders from manufacturing, water/wastewater, energy, oil and gas and the food and beverage industries.

If you missed it, not to worry.

Visit the Accelerate.virtual page and fill out a quick form to request access to a recorded version of of the summit where you’ll be able to see:

Roundtable Discussions: Impact of COVID-19, Corporate Governance, Cybersecurity and Enabling Remote Workforce Expansion

Keynote Speakers: Richard Kenedi and Matthew Wells of GE Digital spoke about how GE Digital and GrayMatter are helping partners co-innovation solutions during the pandemic; John Dick, CEO of CivicScience, shared how consumers are reacting to brands and trends like online grocery shopping; and GrayMatter’s Tod Virden highlighted the keys to building a strategy to ramp up production for manufacturers.

CEO and Partner Messages: Accelerate curated messages about COVID-19 from key industrial partners including PPG, T. Marzetti and Bayer and many others.

Welcome to Accelerate.virtual

GrayMatter CEO Highlights Remote Work, Cybersecurity Solutions During COVID-19

GrayMatter CEO Jim Gillespie talks with the Pittsburgh Technology Council for a podcast.

GrayMatter CEO Jim Gillespie joined the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Jonathan Kersting for a podcast interview about how Pittsburgh-based technology companies are working with partners and customers during COVID-19.

Jim discussed how GrayMatter works to give manufacturing companies a remote view into their industrial plant operations and about the importance of focusing on cybersecurity during the pandemic.

Big Challenges for Today’s Food and Beverage Industry

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The New York Times highlights the latest example of how the food and beverage industry is coping with an enormous surge in demand, in this case for canned goods.

The Times notes that metal can producers have had to “speed up production” to keep pace.

A key statistic that demonstrates what canning companies and food and beverage producers are experiencing:

In the four weeks that ended April 4, food sales at General Mills and Campbell Soup rose more than 60 percent, and Kraft Heinz, Kellogg, Flower Foods and others had jumps of 37 percent to 50 percent, according to Nielsen, a provider of data on consumer purchasing, the Times reported.

The big General Mills plant that turns out cans of Progresso soup is still operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, just as it was before the virus hit. It employs 1,000 people and is hiring to fill 50 openings.



Read about GrayMatter’s work with two leading food and beverage industry producers: Smucker’s and T. Marzetti Company.

In case you missed it, T. Marzetti CEO Dave Ciesinski shared a video from his home thanking the many T. Marzetti employees who are working to meet demand.

AWWA to Host Webinar about Region of Waterloo

The American Water Works Association on June 9 will showcase how Region of Waterloo works with GrayMatter and GE Digital to unlock significant value from High Performance HMI.

The Region of Waterloo used HP HMI to reduce training time for new operators by 50%, standardize graphics across multiple divisions and empower operators with contextual information to act quickly, whether in the operations center or in the field.

This special AWWA online event on will provide participants with an opportunity interact directly with subject-matter experts including Leigh McDermott of Region of Waterloo, Aaron Knight of GrayMatter and Scott Duhaime of GE Digital.

Reserve a spot now before it fills up!

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Jeremy Boren

Jeremy is GrayMatter's Brand Manager and the author of TechHub and the emPOWERUP Podcast. He writes about digital solutions, trends and culture in the world of operational technology. Jeremy's background is in daily journalism. He has a passion for storytelling and enjoys highlighting the technologies and professionals taking on complex challenges in manufacturing, energy, cybersecurity and infrastructure.