Managing Growth and Change the Webco Way


Webco Manufacturing hosted KCMN’s May meeting at their new facility in Olathe, KS.  Mike Miller and his co-owners provided an overview of The Webco Way.  The Webco Way is a set of 31 guiding principles that is used daily to help the company continue to grow and improve.   As an employee-owned company, the leadership team was looking for a way to help all employees understand the concept of thinking like owners, and making decisions that benefited all involved.  The team looked at principles that they were practicing in their daily operations, and those that were best practices that they aspired to.  The result is the Webco Way.

Each week, a new principle is emphasized, discussed and shared – with employees, suppliers, and even customers.  This keeps everyone focused.  Mike noted that they are not perfect, but continue to improve.

20140513_085753The Webco Way has helped everyone to ‘step up their game’ as the company continues to grow and expand.    The meeting concluded with a tour of Webco’s state of the art facility.  Attendees commented that they were interested in developing their own ‘Webco Way’, and appreciated the Webco team’s willingness to share their best practices with their fellow manufacturers.

ERP Migration: Do’s and Don’ts

KCMN June 10 Meeting

As your business grows and changes, is your ERP system changing with it?  Have you considered upgrading, changing, or implementing an ERP system, but not sure where to begin? If so, our June meeting is for you! Our two speakers have implemented numerous systems, and will share their lessons learned with you.

June 10, 2014
7:30- 9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

Cost is $15 for members, $25 for guests.  Register by June 6 BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958. Due to our need to cover costs, no shows or cancellations after June 6 will be billed, or you may send a substitute in your place.

Meet our speakers:

Tom Gordon, MSc, CFPIM, CQE, CQA, CQMgr, RABQSA Q02879, Project Manager, Missouri Enterprise

  • ERP systems. – business necessity or fascination with technique
  • The business decision – what to avoid
  • Criteria for success – what will the busi
  • ness look like after implementation
  • Not forgetting the people
  • Not an IT solution

Tom has over 40 years of experience in industry and manufacturing, spanning four continents.

He has held positions in manufacturing industry ranging from Master Production Scheduler, Systems Analyst, Line Supervisor, Warehouse Manager, Import/Export Director, Plant Manager and at Board level. As a Missouri Enterprise Project Manager he has specialized in Inventory Management, Lean Manufacturing, Strategic and Business Planning, Balanced Scorecard, Change Management, ERP and ISO 9001:2000/TS16949/AS9100B&C/ISO13485/ISO 27000, ISO 14000, ISO 22000 [SQF and HACCP] implementation, auditing, risk, root cause analysis and training and Strategic Quality Management.  Tom is a graduate of the University of Leeds, Yorkshire, the Open University Business School and is presently finishing off a Ph.D. in Engineering Management.

Wes W. Long, Owner and Chief Operating Officer, Douglas Products & Packaging

Realistic Goals

  • Legacy systems and the concentration of power/knowledge
  • Why change


  • Item codes
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Customization – Making ERP fit the business vs. Business to Fit ERP
  • User defined fields
  • Involving the right people

Pricing Models

  • Lump Sum vs. by the seat
  • Implementation Consulting

Reporting & Payback

  • Where most systems fail
  • Opportunity for Exception reporting
  • Linked systems

Douglas Products is a specialty chemical blender, packager and distributor headquartered in the Liberty area.  Founded in 1916, Douglas initially focused primarily on post harvest grain protection with a variety of insecticides.  Over the decades Douglas diversified into root and grease control in sewers with both chemical and biological solutions for that Market.  Most recently Douglas has further diversified into heat transfer fluids and toilette chemicals in partnership with DOW and other market partners. After a bachelors degree in Business and Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan , Canada in 1991 and CPA designation in 1993 Wes began his career with Ernst & Young.  From there he went to Weyerhaeuser Corporation during their organizational restructuring in the late 90’s and then moved on to Becker Underwood strategic acquisitions and operational integrations.  In 2007 Wes and his partner acquired Douglas Products and Wes functions as COO.

KCMN is brought to you by our sponsor partners, MAMTC, whose mission is to help companies realize never ending growth in the rapidly changing global marketplace and Missouri Enterprise, whose mission is to help Missouri manufacturers succeed.