CLEVELAND, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lorain County Manufacturing Council (LCMC) today announced it will host a forum October 20 to encourage collaboration between nanotechnology interests and manufacturers to develop more efficient ways to make products through applications of the small science. The Nanotechnology Manufacturers' Forum is one of a series of events scheduled for NANO Week, the five-day nanotechnology conference that first debuted in 2004. The LCMC forum will take place at the Spitzer Conference Center on the campus of Lorain County Community College (1005 North Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio). "This forum presents an excellent learning opportunity for the manufacturer who wants to understand how nanotechnology applies to his own industry," said John Butkowski, president of the LCMC. The forum is directed to representatives of manufacturing companies, including those who hold senior technical positions; business executives; marketing and sales representatives; entrepreneurs; policy makers and economic development leaders. Those who attend will gain an understanding of nanotechnology, learn how to make product and process improvements, and generate new market opportunities. Speakers for the forum are invited executives from companies and organizations leading the commercialization of nanotechnology. Confirmed speakers at this time include: Alan Brown, Ph.D., Vice President Chief Technology Officer for CAMP, Inc.; David Jarus, R&D Manager for PolyOne Corporation; Frank Boron, President of BioPlastics, Inc.; Hassan Bodaghi, Director of Business Development for the Nordson Corporation and Lou Luedtke, President and CEO of the National Composite Center. Additional speakers will be announced a later date. "This forum will allow traditional manufacturing companies an opportunity to gain a competitive edge and learn how to incorporate nanotechnology into their manufacturing processes," said Chris Mather, executive director of the Nano-Network and associate director of NorTech. "Our goal is to facilitate interaction between nanotechnology developers and companies that want to improve their businesses through the use of nanotechnology." Registration for the event is as follows: $50 Non-Members, $40 Nano-Network and LCMC Members and $30 Faculty and College Students. The deadline for registration is October 10. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact John Butkowski at (440) 366-4049. The LCMC is a non-profit organization focused on retaining and growing manufacturing in Lorain County. It serves as a vehicle to disseminate new manufacturing technologies, identify new products and services that will generate revenue, and expand manufacturing capabilities in the region. For more information about the Nanotechnology Manufacturers' Forum, please visit, www.nanomf.com. The Nano-Network, a consortium of nanotechnology-minded scientists, entrepreneurs and supporting agencies in Northeast Ohio, and NorTech, the Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition, which is leading the development of a technology-driven economy in Northeast Ohio are the driving forces behind NANO Week. For more information on NANO Week visit www.nano-network.org. For more information on NorTech visit www.nortech.org. About the Lorain County Manufacturing Council The Lorain County Manufacturing Council is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization with a dedicated "manufacturing focus" to retain and grow the manufacturing sector and supporting businesses. The Council is made up of manufacturers, by manufacturers, for manufacturers. www.lorainccc.edu/lcmc About the Nano-Network The Nano-Network was formed by scientists, entrepreneurs and financiers to improve and expand nanotechnology research and commercialization activities and capacities in Northeast Ohio, and throughout the nation. More information about the Nano-Network is available at www.nano-network.org.