A & E Custom Manufacturing Featured in the Christian Science Monitor

The article focuses on the trend towards re-shoring of some production runs back to the United States, especially in sectors where automation can reduce labor costs, and quality is critical.  The article is online at http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/new-economy

Quality Programs – Which one? How? Why?

Choosing a quality program path can be a road with many forks.  Customers in one industry ask for one standard, while other industries look for another.  And even if you achieve a quality certification, that does not guarantee you won’t have quality problems.  Then there’s the call to make a business case for pursuing a new designation.

Join us for our June meeting, where our experienced panel will share their experiences with choosing, implementing, and maintaining quality in their manufacturing operations.

Curt Lopez, Missouri Enterprise, panel moderator

Mike Miller, Webco Manufacturing

Steve Shockey, Evans Evco

Dave Thornsberry, Computech Manufacturing

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
7:30-9:00 AM 

Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas


Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up by June 8 by clicking here  or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

Our 3 panelists who will share their experience and will discuss:

•          What quality certifications have value for my business? –

•          How do you ensure that quality programs attain what they are supposed to?

•          Best practices in the implementation and maintenance of quality programs.

About our panelists:

Curtis Lopez, Project Manager, Missouri Enterprise

Curtis has more than 20 years industry experience as an organizational development and management consultant in the areas of quality management, strategic planning, and quality systems auditing as well as quality systems training and development.  Curt provides quality management consulting, training and services for manufacturing and service organizations spanning a variety of industries. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Total Quality Management, with an emphasis in Manufacturing Management, cum laude, from Newman University in Wichita, KS.  He is senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), a certified Zenger Miller instructor, a RABQSA certified Quality System Lead Auditor (Q06923) and has successfully completed the ISO 9000 Assessor/Lead Assessor examination.

Mike Miller, Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE), Plant Manager, Webco Manufacturing, Inc.

Webco Manufacturing Inc., an Employee Owned Company, is a proven supplier with outstanding quality and delivery performance for OEM’s in the custom, production, and industrial fabrication industry, including aviation ground support, construction equipment, custom air handling and cooling equipment, mining, structural products, trucking, and waste water treatment  Equipment and processes to meet customer requirements includes state of the art lasers, CNC brakes, rolling, sawing, welding, robot welding, CNC machining centers, and APQP and PPAP documentation. Qualified processes are in place for mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum and Domex.  Striving for unsurpassed customer service and satisfaction, Webco Manufacturing Inc. has achieved some of the highest accreditation in the industry including ISO 9001:2000 registration since 2005.

Steve Shockey, President/Owner, Evans/EVCO

Evans/EVCO began in 1930 as an industrial paper, office supply and packaging material company, and is now a leader in pressure-sensitive materials (tape) and adhesives as well as packaging converting.  The company offers die cutting, slitting, printing, laminating and foam converting to meet the most demanding of tape and packaging applications.  Evans/EVCO is a preferred vendor to companies in the aerospace, automotive and transportation, printing, food and drug, and general manufacturing and distribution industries throughout North America. The company is committed to conformity with the ISO 9001:2008/AS9100 quality management system requirements. Steve has been active in the business for 34 years, and holds a B.S. BA degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and an MBA from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Dave Thornsberry, Quality Manager/QMS-ISO 9001, Computech Manufacturing

Computech Manufacturing provides custom manufacturing services, including engineering services, automation equipment design and build, custom machining, CNC Milling & Turning and complete CAD/CAM Capabilities.  Products include ergonomic tooling and equipment for the automotive sector, thermoelectric microclimate systems, aircraft tubular products and specialty machines and processing equipment.  Computech’s microclimate system concepts were incorporated into the NASA’s liquid cooling system that astronauts use during takeoff and re-entry. Under Dave’s leadership, the company successfully achieved registration for ISO 9001:2008 without exclusions including several successful follow-up surveillance audits, and is fluent with FDA GMP Part 820 medical device Quality System Regulations as well as AS9100.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise  are our Network sponsors. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers. We invite you to join with us to make KCMN the premier resource for manufacturers.