Summer Networking Success!

Our Annual Summer Networking event was a great success! Over 100 manufacturers and those interested in manufacturing, from 8 area associations attended the event at the 28 Event Space.  Drinks, food and lively discussions were offered.  The event also gave area manufacturing and technical societies an opportunity to expand their networks and introduce their organizations to a wider audience.  An added bonus was a book giveaway–retiring engineer Arwayne Peters brought his personal library of business books to give away to help the next generation of manufacturing leaders in their careers.  Thanks to David Lippe of Mid America Commerce and Industry Magazine for covering the event, and supplying the photos! Also thanks to Spencer Fane, for buying the drinks, and to our event sponsors:  Johnson County Community College, GLMV Architecture, Inc., MIQ Logistics, Kelly Engineering, Union Bank & Trust, Greater KC Chapter of NTMA, and Kansas City Industrial Council.   We couldn’t do this without you!


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How Can We Make Manufacturing Sexy?

A KCMN Manufacturing Day Special Event – October 13

Sexy manufacturing?  For some, this may sound contradictory. But in her book, How Can We Make Manufacturing Sexy?, Karin Lindner outlines that in reality, every organization needs an element of sexiness – the creation of an initial interest into something exciting and appealing. She advocates a mindset of passion and purpose from the production floor to the executive suite. In the 2016 MHI Annual Industry Report, developed in collaboration with Deloitte, 900 industry insiders stated that workforce issues were their #1 challenge.  A survey by SME found that more than 20% of parents surveyed view manufacturing as an outdated and/or dirty work environment. Many of you have noted difficulties in recruiting skilled workforce, so retaining employees is even more crucial in today’s challenging job market.  If recruiting, retaining and engaging your people is one of your challenges, don’t miss this event!

Please join us as we invite national speaker and author Karin Lindner to Kansas City to discuss:

  • The need for rebranding of manufacturing – How Can We Make Manufacturing Sexy?
  • Engaging your employees by creating an environment of respect in which people are appreciated and new ideas are encouraged
  • Inspiring young people to develop a passion for excellence
  • Changing the tone of communication within your organization from issues and problems, to a focus on opportunities

Thursday, October 13
7:30 – 9 AM
River Market Event Place
140 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64106

Cost: $25 per person. Sign up today BY CLICKING HERE The first 80 to sign up will receive a copy of Karin’s book. Due to our need to cover the event costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event. For questions or comments, please contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958 or

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About Karin Lindner: Karin is the founder and owner of Karico Performance Solutions. She has found her calling and her true passion in helping individuals and manufacturing companies to become the best they can be. An author, corporate coach and reputed keynote speaker, Karin enjoys working with leadership teams to increase their personal and organizational effectiveness by fully engaging the energy, talent and intelligence of the workforce.  With more than 25 years of international corporate experience, Karin has acquired the knowledge and developed the tools to make a positive impact on her clients’ lives. Karin is a passionate promoter of the manufacturing industry. She is determined to help people discover the sexiness of the manufacturing industry – an industry that is critical to the wealth and prosperity of any country.

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Please observe our no solicitation policy.  Due to our need to cover the cost, no shows or cancellations after Fri AM of a Tuesday meeting will be billed. Cancellations of reservations made by credit card are assessed a $10 fee by the 123 signup service, but we can apply your charge to another event should you have to cancel before the deadline, if you contact us directly,

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise are our NIST Network Affiliate Sponsors. We welcome all regional manufacturers to join us to make KCMN the central resource for manufacturing company managers and owners who are working to grow and improve their businesses across many functional areas.

Energy Savings for Manufacturers

KCMN September Meeting

 KCP&L rates in some areas are set to rise 12% in September. Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Estimates a 20% electric rate increase without escalation cost due to the Clean Power Plan (CPP).  In an environment with energy costs rising, and set to rise more, how can manufacturers remain competitive? Join us for our September meeting to hear Senior Energy Management Specialist, and long time KCMN favorite, Gary Hogsett, discuss ways you can cope with rising energy costs.

  • How to evaluate new energy saving technologies
  • Programs to facilitate energy savings, and
  • Practical strategies for reducing energy costs

Tuesday, September 13
7:30 – 9:00 AM
Johnson County Community College
Regnier Center, Room 101
12345 College Blvd Overland Park, KS 66210-1299 

Cost is $20 for members, $25 for manufacturing company guests, and $50 for non manufacturing company guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up today BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or Due to our need to cover the event costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event.


About our Speaker

Gary Hogsett, P.E., CEM, LEED-AP, Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) Senior Energy Management Specialist

Mr. Hogsett served as the worldwide President for the Association of Energy Engineers in 2012.  He has two engineering degrees specializing in industrial energy management and has performed more than 4,000 energy analysis studies.  But what makes him unique among energy engineers is that (1) he serves as the Mayor of Independence, Kansas, and (2) he has also found time to win 10 humorous speaking contests.

Gary’s expertise allows him to work with Kansas manufacturers to develop and execute an Energy Management plan for the company.  In partnership with the Wyandotte County Economic Development Center, the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and MAMTC, Gary has managed a successful program in the Wyandotte County region focused at business attraction and retainment by working with company leaders to determine potential savings opportunities within their facility.