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PERA Announces Preliminary Annual Conference Schedule


The conference schedule includes a presentation on GM Duramax engines, tours of Melling, MAHLE Piston Rings, Roush, Dart Machinery, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. The conference will be held at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest Resort.

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Tuesday, September 20

11:30 am – Golf outing (Tee Off 12:00 pm), lunch  (Wine country tour for non-golfers)

6:30 – 8:00 pm Opening reception

Wednesday, September 21

8:00 am – Working breakfast with a presentation by Roy Berndt: GM DuraMax Engines

9:45 am – Depart for tour and lunch at Melling in Jackson, MI

10:00 am – Spouse tour

2:00 pm – Tour Mahle Piston Ring Facility in St. Johns, MI

4:00 pm – Depart for hotel

5:00 pm – Return to hotel, Evening Open

Thursday, September 22

8:00 am – Working Breakfast: Internet and Social Networking, a Glimpse at the Future

9:45 am – Depart for tour with a boxed lunch: Roush, Dart Machinery and Henry Ford Museum

10:00 am – Spouse Tour: Henry Ford and Greenfield Village

5:30 pm – Closing Dinner  

The Detroit area’s most famous attraction, Greenfield Village is a sprawling recreational area depicting bygone days in American life. The working village recreates everyday activities in the 18th and 19th Centuries, with frequent demonstrations of lost arts such as blacksmithing, typesetting and glass blowing.


Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park workshop is one among many monuments to invention. Historic homes and cabins from across the United States have been relocated or rebuilt here. The village is living history, with its own working farm and frequent events such as baseball games played by rules from the 1860s.

The Henry Ford Museum was created more than 80 years ago. Ford believed that history wasn’t only made by the rich and famous. History could be shaped anywhere, from the family farm to the corporate boardroom, from the factory floor to the neighborhood pharmacy. The sweeping, single-floor space with its soaring 40-foot ceilings covers nine acres dedicated to showcasing the finest collection of its kind ever assembled.


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