KCMN Member Milbank Manufacturing in the news

When Milbank’s traditional product line was impacted by the construction industry slowdown, they developed a new product offering  – wind turbine components.   To highlight their new product line, Milbank has installed a wind turbine at their training facility – the first wind turbine to be installed in Kansas City.   Milbank’s efforts were recognized with a feature story on NBC Action news.   To view the clip, click here.

Congratulations to Lavon Winkler, CEO, and Eric Krichbaum, COO and KCMN advisory board member, and the team at Milbank!

Robbie Recognized for Innovation

KCMN congratulates member company Robbie Flexibles for their  prestigious Highest Achievement Award in Technical Innovation from the Flexible Packaging Association.

Robbie was a Gold Award Winner for both Packaging Excellence and Technical Innovation for their recently released  Fresh N Tasty Produce Pouch.
Fresh N Tasty Produce Pouches, designed with freshness in mind, offer processors and retailers an opportunity to brand their produce and to increase repeat sales by improving the consistency of the produce quality throughout its shelf life. And, consumers love the resealable zipper and easy carry handle. The added sustainable benefits this flexible package demonstrates over other packaging formats includes saving fossil fuels, reducing CO2 emissions and the weight of solid waste being introduced into landfills.

To learn more visit Robbie on the web.

Huhtamaki – Developing a CI Process and Culture that Accelerates Improvement

KCMN June Presentation and Tour – SOLD OUT – Thank you for your interest in KCMN!

HuhtamakiKCMN members who are striving to implement continuous improvement initiatives know that they not only need to consider the process but also what it means to the people who are implementing it, measuring it and leading the charge. Our June meeting will discuss:

  • History of Huhtamaki’s CI Program
  • Defining Principles
  • Gaining Engagement
  • Lessons Learned

IMPORTANT: No open toed shoes or jewelry allowed for tour, we will provide hairnets, ear plugs and safety glasses.

Tuesday, June 14
7:30–9:45 AM
9201 Packaging Drive Desoto, KS  66018

Parking: Park in any open spot in Visitor or Employee parking sections (car pool if possible) Enter through “Employee Entrance” where you will be greeted by a Huhtamaki employee and escorted up to the meeting room.

About Huhtamaki

Huhtamaki is a global consumer and specialty packaging company. Our focus and expertise is in technologies such as paper, plastics, films and molded fiber. We offer products from stock and custom designs to total packaging systems and solutions.  Huhtamaki Industries was established in 1920 in Kokkola, Western Finland, by Heikki Huhtamaki, a village baker’s son. Today, Huhtamaki Oyj, is headquartered in Espoo, Finland. In the United States, our collective history goes back even further. Huhtamaki’s U.S. growth has been largely through the acquisition of such leading companies as Sealright, which originated in the 1870s and leading brands such as Chinet, whose molded fiber technology was developed in 1903 by Martin Keyes of the Keyes Fibre Company in Waterville, ME where Chinet is still made.


7:30 AM  Sign in & breakfast – Coffee, juice, water, muffins and fruit
8:00–9:30 AM  Tour and presentation (divide into two groups)
9:30 AM  Wrap up and Q & A

IMPORTANT: No open toed shoes or jewelry allowed for tour, we will provide hairnets, ear plugs and safety glasses.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) and Missouri Enterprise are the Network’s sponsoring organizations.