Mike Rowe of ‘Dirty Jobs’ to Keynote Plex Systems’ PowerPlex

Manufacturing Leaders Gather to Drive the Future of IIoT and Cloud Computing May 8-11, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia

TROY, Mich., March 8, 2017 – Plex Systems, the leader in cloud ERP for manufacturing, today announced Mike Rowe, host of the hit TV series “Dirty Jobs,” will keynote PowerPlex 2017. Known as the “dirtiest man on TV,” Rowe will share the surprising lessons he learned as an apprentice traversing all 50 states and attempting 300 different jobs.

Plex’s annual user conference brings together the world’s largest gathering of cloud manufacturing professionals to share and learn how cloud ERP and manufacturing automation systems transform their businesses and industries. This year’s conference takes place May 8-11, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mike Rowe: Honoring America’s Workers

Known for his ability to shine light on the value and experiences of some of America’s hardest workers, Rowe transformed cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, and coal mines. He has narrated hundreds of documentaries about space, nature, dinosaurs, hurricanes, and how stuff works. Most recently, Rowe launched The Way I Heard It, a weekly five-minute podcast of bite-sized mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.

Rowe also runs the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that works hard to debunk myths about the skilled trades and help close the skills gap. As the CEO of the foundation, Rowe speaks regularly about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for the most people. The foundation has granted or helped facilitate the granting of more than $4 million in technical and/or vocational education for trade schools across the country.

Comments on the News

“Plex is honored to welcome Mike Rowe to PowerPlex 2017,” said Jason Blessing, Plex Systems CEO. “Mike’s tireless advocacy for the people who turn ideas into reality across America is a passion we admire and embrace every day. I can’t think of a better message, and mission, to share with the Plex community.”

PowerPlex 2017

More than 1,200 manufacturing leaders will gather at PowerPlex 2017 to learn best practices, gain hands-on knowledge and connect with peers on how to most effectively leverage the Plex Manufacturing Cloud. Over four days, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from more than 90 sessions featuring Plex users, Plex product leaders and other industry experts. PowerPlex 2017 registration is open now.


About Plex

Plex is the Manufacturing Cloud, delivering industry-leading ERP and manufacturing automation to more than 500 companies across process and discrete industries. Plex pioneered Cloud solutions for the shop floor, connecting suppliers, machines, people, systems and customers with capabilities that are easy to configure, deliver continuous innovation and reduce IT costs. With insight that starts on the production line, Plex helps companies see and understand every aspect of their business ecosystems, enabling them to lead in an ever-changing market. Learn more at

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