SOR Controls Group: Growth Via New Products

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One of SOR Controls Group key strategies for growth has been a product development approach of introducing new products to existing markets.  This tour will focus on how SOR has successfully developed and introduced several new product lines in the last couple of years.  Come see how SOR built their new product development process and integrated it into their LEAN enterprise based operating system.  SOR will share key considerations, lessons learned and the means they use to launch new products into their factories.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
7:30-9:00 AM
SOR, Inc., 14685 West 105th St., Lenexa, KS

Attendance is limited to the first 60 attendees. Tour spots are open to current KCMN members only through December 9, after which we will open registration for guests if any spots remain.  Cost is $20 for KCMN members, $25 for manufacturing company guests, and $50 for non-mfg company guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna Gordon  816-304-7958, donna@kcmn.org

About SOR Controls Group:

SOR Controls Group, Ltd. (SCG) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of measurement and control devices under the brands of SOR Inc., Smart Sensors Incorporated (SSi), SETEX Products and SENSOR Sampling Systems and Data Monitoring Systems. SOR Controls Group actively serves all sectors of the process industry with particular strengths in the oil & gas, petrochemical, chemical and power segments. SCG also maintains an engineering and design team capable of providing engineered-to-order systems and products when required.

With headquarters in Lenexa, KS and regional offices in Houston (TX), Beijing, and Dubai, SCG supports a network of sales and service personnel capable of addressing customer requirements in any geographic market around the world.

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.

Thriving in a Changing Industry – H&H Color Labs Tour

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This event is sold out. Please contact donna@kcmn.org to be added to the waitlist.

H&H Color Lab, begun nearly 50 years ago as a resource for photographic prints on paper from film, has weathered an industry in constant change. Through all the changes, H&H has survived and thrived through continuous innovation, customer education, and a relentless  focus on quality and customer service.

Join us for our February meeting and plant tour at H&H Color Lab, where they will discuss:

-Adapting and growing in a rapidly changing industry

-Managing the ups and downs of a seasonal workforce

-Utilizing Lean principles for more agility in the production process

Tuesday, February 14
7:30 – 9:00 AM
H&H Color Labs 8906 E. 67th Street Raytown, MO 64133

 

Cost is $20 for KCMN members, $25 for manufacturing company guests, and $50 for non-mfg company guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna Gordon  816-304-7958, donna@kcmn.org

Maximum attendees: 40  Open to KCMN Current members through Jan 12, then will open to guests if space is available.

7:30 AM Breakfast & Networking

7:45 AM Company Presentation

8:15 H&H Tour

 

About H&H Color Lab

H&H Color Lab has served the needs of the professional photographer for 47 years. As the industry changes, the H&H mission remains the same: to support and serve our customers by providing the highest quality photographic printing, customer service, and education to help maximize their business potential. Operating within a set of core values, and lean manufacturing principles, lab employees work diligently to deliver the very best product to its customers.

H&H takes pride in offering an extensive line of high-quality albums, beautifully printed press products, photo jewelry, innovative metals, specialty products and much more. Production capabilities in their 55,000 square foot facility include photographic, ink jet, digital press and dye sublimation. Other services include color correction, printing, finishing and shipping. H&H also supports the independent school and sports photographer with complete turnkey programs designed to help them compete in this competitive market.

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.

Congratulations to our Fall 2016 Emerging Leaders

Seventy one members of KCMN and NTMA wrapped up sessions to improve their leadership skills, and make connections with those who have similar goals and challenges, as part of the Emerging Leaders Program this fall.  Emerging Leaders was launched in 2014 as a result of a joint effort between Kansas City Manufacturing Network, the Kansas City Chapter of NTMA (National Tooling and Machining Association)  and Johnson County Community College.  The genesis of this effort was the feedback from our respective members who noted a dearth of options for developing improved leaders in their businesses, and the advocacy and planning efforts of KCMN advisory board member Ben Troja.  Along the way, additional guidance was provided by participant feedback, and from the leadership efforts of Thomas Dunbar, Rehrig Pacific Company, Jason Heidbreder, LPF High Performance Coatings, and Jimmy Woodall, Livers Bronze.   To date, 308 participants from 40 companies have enrolled in the program and 262 have earned certificates for attending at least 5 of the 6 sessions.

Sessions include Communication, Delegation, How to Read People, Driving Change,  Conflict Management, and lively discussions around cross generational motivation.  Among participant comments:

“Gave me ideas to take back to work to help me delegate, to lighten my load and help develop others”

“Caused introspection, made me realize there are things I need to improve upon”

“This information was new to me, and I learned a lot about myself”

New Emerging Leaders sessions will be rolling out in 2017, for more information, click here.

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