2023 Manufacturers Conference

Learn what's coming for manufacturing in the boiler industry!

ABMA hosted its Manufacturers Conference for the first time since 2018 at the Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook in the suburbs of Chicago, IL, on April 11-13, 2023. The event was a BIG success! Thank you to all who attended!

What is the ABMA Manufacturers Conference?
MC2023 is a unique event for the boiler industry focused on middle managers and those entering the leadership at their companies. The Manufacturers Conference is known for leading-edge content, our goal is to broaden the attendees knowledge of the boiler industry and offer a unique experience with ABMA member company manufacturing tours. This event will bring together a diversified representation from the industry and a new emphasis on markets, worker recruitment, potential new environmental regulations, industry challenges, marketing tools, etc.

Conference highlights include:
 Technical Sessions
 ABMA Member Manufacturing & End-User Tours

ABMA brings together industry leaders to foster innovation in today's boiler community. Connect with leaders and decision makers, network and collaborate with peers, and develop new business opportunities.



ABMA brings together a diversified representation from the boiler industry with sessions focused on products and services, design, sales, new technology and trends.



The conference will include tours of ABMA members SCC, Inc. and Vapor Power International, as well as an End-User Tour of the boiler room at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

End-User Tour - AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center Boiler Room

ABMA is offering an optional end-user boiler room tour during the 2023 Manufacturers Conference to enhance your experience and offer attendees the opportunity to view a large hospital boiler room and see how a hospital system addresses its steam and hot water needs. The AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center is located in Elk Grove Village, IL. This hospital has ER care and a level II adult and pediatric trauma center and has been recognized for America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™, America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™, and more.

The tour will navigate participants through the entire boiler room to include three 700 HP steam boilers with a PLC based combustion & burner management system, deaerator with a total capacity of 60,000 PPH and storage tank with a total capacity of 1,400 gallons to overflow including a PLC based control system, and condensate surge tank with a total capacity of 2,000 gallons. The boiler room is complete with a blowdown separator and blowdown heat recovery system.

Confirmed Keynotes

The Second City Works
The Second City Works uses the improv methods pioneered on Second City stages to help people and companies improve their performance. Their presentation will combine interactive exercises, facilitated debriefs, and practical application to get people excited about learning. That firsthand experience helps participants internalize better ways to communicate, collaborate, and innovate — all while building comfort with risk and change.


Joe Shake, CFO | Principal 
ProCFO Partners

Joe Shake is a financial executive with over 30 years of experience in many leadership roles in various industries.  Joe has led small to mid-size organizations where he shares his experience and insight into virtually every aspect of business, positioning him well to help other business leaders.

Linking Sales and Operations so they work in tandem, Joe specializes in turning businesses around to help them go from losing money to achieving profitable revenue growth.  Joe delivers clear business insights as a customer advocate and influences internal teams to foster improved sales strategies for an attitude of success.  Due to having a unique blend of sales, finance and operations experience, Joe helps business owners:

• Improve profitability, turning losses to gains
• Streamline operations to align expenses with revenue
• Optimize supplier contracts for maximum profitability and performance
• Ramp up sales and improve sales operations
• Improve financial reporting efficiency and effectiveness
• Establish new processes and business practices for sustainable growth

Confirmed Boiler Related Presentations

We are excited to announce the list of confirmed presentations below and expect these topics will be pertinent to the boiler industry.

  • Achieving Lower NOx – End-User Demand & Regulatory Requirements – Steve Sock, ClearSign Technologies Corporation
  • Mobile Boiler Market – Uniqueness and Challenges – Michael Pfeiler, Wabash Power Equipment Company
  • It’s Not Just a Boiler - It's a Boiler Room - Aaron Zoeller, SCC, Inc.
  • Advanced Energy Sustainability with Boiler Technology - Marc Dupuis, Vapor Power International, LLC & Alan Chmiel, R.W. Beckett Corporation
  • Opportunities for Boiler Industry Engagement with NBBI– Joel Amato, The National Board of Boiler & Pressure Vessel Inspectors
  • Going to Market in Today’s Boiler – Burner Industry – Jason Howard, Power Flame Incorporated