Save the Date! Upcoming KCMN Meetings

Mark your calendars for our upcoming meetings – more details coming soon!

November 14, 7:30 – 9 AM River Market Event Place:  Business analytics:  what companies track, how they track it, and how to decide what to share.  Kent Galley of Emerge BI will discuss opportunities for building custom dashboards for decision making, and will lead a panel of companies who will share their best practices.

January 9, 7:30 – 9 AM River Market Event Place: Local vs Global sourcing – advantages and disadvantages, and how to manage risk.

 

We are still seeking participants for our panels for these meetings – if you are interested, or have suggestions, please contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958 or donna@kcmn.org

Non KCMN Events for your consideration

BotsKC Industry Mentors Needed!

From KC Natioinal Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA):

BotsKC has doubled again!  Schools/Students/Teachers love working on these fun 15 pound BATTLE bots!  We need more manufacturers to work with these teams to help guide and critique their engineering/build process throughout the year as they prepare for the April 7th competition in Olathe.  Each team has a group of students, a teacher/coach and hopefully an industry mentor to help them see the connection between “cool ideas” and “design/build/compete”.

The ASK:
1-2 hours per week Sept-March to meet with schools, offer tours of your shops, etc.
2-4 hours per week March -April – crunch time for build, testing and finalizing bots for April 7th event.
Scrap metal, possible small parts, help with build issues

Please contact Torree Pederson, Executive Director, Greater KC Chapter of NTMA at 816-739-4422/execdir@kcntma.org or Ashley Gorman Ashley@botskc.org  if they can count on you to mentor the future workforce of manufacturing.  They need you and you need them!

Here is a link to a Video, our flyer and sponsorship information: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3b9u7mfwz6cqxp7/AAC1lF1hzPFddpw6x8cbZChia?dl=0

PSA Video - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3b9u7mfwz6cqxp7/AAC1lF1hzPFddpw6x8cbZChia?dl=0&preview=PSA+BotsKC.m4v

 

Decision Making Approaches & Tools

By: Kansas City Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers Chapter

Join IISE’s Kansas City chapter on October 12th at the K-State Olathe campus for a conference demonstrating proven decision making approaches and tools.

A successful, sustainable decision making process is one of the hardest things for corporations to successfully achieve. Do you use tribal knowledge and intuition? Just data? There are so many ways to go about it and each organization has its own culture that impacts how decisions are made.

The goal of this conference is to explore different decision making methods and tools, and to understand what has worked in actual application and why. What is successfully being used by engineers in different industries to bring about successful, sustainable decision making processes that produce results?
Thu, October 12, 2017
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT
K-State Olathe

22201 W. Innovation Dr.
Room 145
Olathe, KS 66061-1304

For more information CLICK HERE

Northland CAPS Seeks Business Partners

Does your business or organization have a project that really needs to get done but you don’t have the manpower to complete it?  What about a Northland CAPS student intern? We are in the process of securing requests for the Spring 2018 semester. (www.northlandcaps.org/internship)

Last year we placed 250+ interns in over 100 companies throughout the metro. This year our program has grown and we look to place 100 more associates in positions.

Northland CAPS Course Strands:  Digital Media and Design, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, Global Business and Entrepreneurship, Global Logistics, Medicine and Healthcare, and Technology Solutions.

If chosen students would be available on site with you during their class time, either 7:30 am – 10:00 am or 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm  Tuesday – Thursday.

Students apply in November and would interview with you in December.  The internships would run from January 9 – April 27.

Happy to talk through this with you if you have questions, appreciate your consideration.

Jon Newcomb
Business Development
Northland CAPS
816-809-9434
jnewcomb@northlandcaps.org
www.northlandcaps.org

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonnewcomb

 FYI – New Revenue Recognition Standard

 

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Bullying in the Workplace JCCC Breakfast Event

Bullying is called the silent epidemic. At work, bullying can cause stress, low productivity, absenteeism, and other health conditions that can impact your employees’ health and the quality of their work. It can lead to high turnover and low reputation amongst the company and its management.

Although half of workers have experienced or witnessed bullying, policies and laws dealing with it are far less prevalent. This is, in part, because bullying can be hard to identify and address. People wonder, what does bullying look like? How can we discourage it in our workplace? What can I do to protect my staff and co-workers?

Join us for a discussion by a panel of experts where many of these questions (and more!) will be covered. Hot breakfast included. Pre-registration required.
Thursday, September 28
7:30-9 a.m.
Johnson County Community College, Regnier Center 101
$20

Register HERE 

Moderator: Cheryl Wright

Panelists:
Celeste Gruhin – HR Specialist, UPS
Dawn Murphy – Senior VP of HR, St. Luke’s Healthcare
Cathy Hanna – Senior HR Business Partner, Amazon Distribution
Nancy Fry, PhD, MBA – Psychologist, Coach, Consultant
SHRM & HRCI Approval Pending

Apprenticeships Work! Learn How To Implement Them In Your Business.

Come To Breakfast Or Dinner.

The skills gap is real, and finding the right fit for your most in demand roles is hitting your bottom line. We can help answer that need with a modern apprenticeship program. Our program can upskill your labor force, train new employees and identify an untapped labor pool. Equip your employees with the skills necessary to be successful. RSVP today!

Business-Led Apprenticeship Breakfast Open House
Breakfast, Presentation and Panel Discussion Followed by Tour

October 5th at 7:30 a.m.

RSVP for Breakfast
Or email shonda.atwater@mcckc.edu to RSVP.

MCC-Business & Technology
Campus Room TC200
1775 Universal Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64102

- OR -

Business-Led Apprenticeship Dinner Open House

Dinner, Presentation and Panel Discussion Followed by Tour
October 5th at 6 p.m.

RSVP for Dinner Event 

MCC-Business & Technology
Campus Room TC200
1775 Universal Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64102

Or email shonda.atwater@mcckc.edu to RSVP.

I-9 & Immigration Law Compliance

Immigation Law

Thank you to all for a great Summer Event!

One hundred people from 8 area manufacturing and industry related organizations came together on August 24 at the iWerx Co-Working Space for food, fun and some great networking!  The event provided an opportunity for associations to get the word out about their upcoming events and membership benefits, and a networking activity helped everyone meet a few new people.  Restless Spirits provided tastings of their Gin, Vodka, and Irish Whiskeys, and a great big thanks to Spencer Fane for being our drink sponsor 6 years in a row!  Additionally, supporting sponsors Kelly Services, MIQ Logistics, Union Bank & Trust, Greater KC Chapter of NTMA, KCIC, Neff Power and GLMV Architecture helped support the event, so that proceeds will benefit several organization scholarship funds. We hope to see you all back next year!

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Planning for Growth & Taking the Leap – Dimensional Innovations Tour

KCMN October Meeting – MFG Day Event 

In January of 2016,  DI opened a new design build fabrication facility in Lenexa, almost doubling its fabrication footprint to 140,000 square feet.  With full design, engineering, fabrication and installation capabilities, this division of DI focuses on signage projects and serving DI’s programmed accounts such as AMC and Cinemark. Join us for a tour of their new Lenexa facility, where the company will discuss expansion / opening a second manufacturing facility

·         The decision to expand and the process of planning
·         Preparing for the move and the plant layout process
·         Thinking like a startup: leadership structure and building the team
·         Relocating 85 employees to a new location
·         Managing culture and communication between two facilities
·         Maintaining performance and managing KPIs through the move and ramp up phase
·         “Day 2” Adjustments to the plan after moving in and lessons learned along the way

Tuesday, October 10
7:30 – 9:00 AM
Dimensional Innovations, 15500 West 108th Street, Lenexa, KS 66219

Maximum attendees: 50

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

7:30 AM Breakfast & Networking
7:45 AM Company Presentation
8:15 Dimensional Innovations Tour

Please wear closed-toed shoes and bring safety glasses if you have them.

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Dimensional Innovations, named a Business Journal 2017 Champion of Business,  is an experiential design firm that creates and builds immersive and interactive brand experiences. Combine a team of graphic designers and brand strategists with architects and animators, then take interior, interactive and environmental designers and connect them to a team of digital engineers, throw in an innovation lab, then bolt on a workshop where we can build just about anything and, well, you’ve got us. Together, we are designers, makers and innovators of world-class experiences, places and products.

 

 

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.

View From the Road: Making Sense of the Economic Data

KCMN September Meeting

Our September meeting speaker, Dr. Chris Kuehl, Managing Director at Armada Corporate Intelligence, travels the country speaking with and to manufacturing groups. As chief economist for several national and international organizations – Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, National Association of Credit Management, and others, he has unique insights to make sense of the economic data that confronts manufacturers attempting to plan for 2018.

Join us for our September meeting to hear Chris discuss his view of the economy, of manufacturing, and trends to watch for 2018.

As part of the signup process, we will be gathering your requests for hot topics of interest to your business, so that Chris can present the information you need as you launch your planning processes. Please submit questions by September 5!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017   
7:30-9:00 AM (Note we are meeting on WED, not TUE)
River Market Event Place, 140 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106

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

 

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Dr. Chris Kuehl is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. He provides forecasts and strategic guidance for a wide variety of corporate clients around the world. He is the chief economist for several national and international organizations – Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, National Association of Credit Management, Finance, Credit and International Business and the Business Information Industry Association. He is also the economic analyst for several state accounting societies – Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Kansas. View previous reports: Black Owl Report or Business Intelligence Brief

Prior to starting Armada in 1999 he was a professor of economics and finance for 15 years – teaching in the US, Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Singapore and Taiwan. He holds advanced degrees in economics, Soviet studies and East Asian studies.

Chris is the author of Business Intelligence Briefs and Executive Intelligence Briefs – both publications from Armada. He is also responsible for the Credit Manager’s Index from NACM and Fabrinomics from the FMA.

Summer’s Best Networking Event is Back!

OPEN TO KCMN, CCAI, SME, APICS, IIE, NTMA, KCIC & ASQ MEMBERS & INVITED GUESTS  

This is our 6th Annual Summer Networking event, and it keeps getting bigger and better! Wrap up your Summer by having a beverage with your fellow manufacturers, and making some new connections.Logo merge

iWerx Co-Working & Event Space
1520 Clay Street
North Kansas City, MO 64116
August 24, 2017  4-7 PM

iWerx, located just off Burlington in North KC, offers office space and event space with a fun environment, massive bar and is right in the heart of KC’s hot new entertainment district, dubbed by the KC Biz Journal as ‘Industrial-Strength’ entertainment. NEW this year – Restless Spirits Distilling, 2016 Distillery of the Year for Missouri, will be sampling their wares, and we’ll also feature KC-produced craft beers!  Admission includes 2 complementary beverages, as well as great appetizers from crowd favorite Dean & Deluca, plus an opportunity to network with fellow manufacturers- all for only $25 per person

  • Event limited to the first 150 people who sign up
  • Networking activities, delicious food and an amazing drink selection!
  • Proceeds benefit the scholarship funds for the participating organizations.  
  • Advance registration is required, (online or donna@kcmn.org) No walk-ins will be accepted at the door
  • Pay online at http://tinyurl.com/iwerx2017 OR Cash or check at the door – due to 8 organizations involved, no invoicing – Questions? Contact Donna Gordon  816-304-7958  donna@kcmn.org

Your Choice of beverages, thanks to our drink sponsor:

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Spencer Fane is the law firm where your business leaders work with our business leaders. We provide an unconventional approach to legal services geared toward protecting and advancing business and personal interests. Our clients are certain that their interests are our priority, because they work with leaders – leaders who work decisively, execute with purpose and understand the importance of flawless timing. Be certain.

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTING SPONSORS:

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Closing the Loop – Pratt Industries Plant Tour

KCMN June Meeting

Join KCMN as we tour Pratt Industries’ KCMO converting facility, where the company’s 100% recycled corrugated cardboard sheets are converted and bundled into boxes for its clients, including Boulevard Brewing Company.

Pratt Industries’ General Manager Mark Dinges, Plant Manager Ricky Hicks and Design Lead Roger DelCastillo will discuss the process for making paper from recycled materials which is utilized to produce the corrugate that becomes boxes for customers throughout the region.  Their presentation will include a video of the process and will be followed by a tour of the plant.

Tuesday, June 13   
7:30 – 9:00 AM
Pratt Industries, 1226 N. Topping, Kansas City, MO

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 at BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna Gordon  816-304-7958, donna@kcmn.org

Maximum attendees: 35

Agenda:

7:30 – 7:45 AM Sign in, breakfast and networking

7:45 – 8:15 AM Company presentation

8:15 – 9:00 AM  Break into small groups and tour the facility

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About Pratt Industries

 

 

Pratt Industries is America’s 5th largest corrugated packaging company and the world’s largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company. Pratt Industries operates some 50 plants in about 20 states in the US and Mexico that span the entire cardboard box manufacturing process – including recycling, milling, corrugating and converting.  Pratt’s national Close The Loop Recycling Team,  was created to maximize waste diversion, create cost savings and maximize recycling revenues, while strengthening your position as a vital environmental corporate citizen.

Due to limited space, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event.

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.

Emerging Leaders Group Fall 2017 Enrollments are Open!

Emerging Leaders Group Fall 2017 Enrollments are Open!

Emerging Leaders is a leadership development program developed from KCMN member company feedback in partnership with Johnson County Community College and the National Tooling and Machining Association’s Kansas City Chapter. Our goal is to create opportunities for those who want to improve their leadership and management skills, learn new strategies and connect with others with similar goals. See past graduates HERE

Testimonials:

“The open discussion was the most important part of my experience”
“I’ve learned strategies for dealing with difficult personalities, or people I don’t like or can’t relate to”
“The course made me stop and ask – what am I doing to help myself?’”
“This makes me think about my strengths and barriers, not only for myself, but for my employees and co-workers”
“Our instructor is engaging, personable, and speaks from a wealth of experience”

 FAQ’s:

  • Each Tier was developed as a result of KCMN and KC-NTMA member’s feedback as to skills important for their people to learn or improve. The ‘Tier 1, 2, 3’ implies that you need to go in order, it is not required – this is just the order we developed them in.
  • Unlike in house training programs, Emerging Leaders helps build skills from both a formal classroom presentation, as well as guided interaction with other manufacturers. There is no in-house option for this program.
  • There are 30 spaces available for each session on a first-come basis. Some past sessions have sold out, so please don’t delay.  We need a minimum of 20 participants to fill a session.
  • Participants who attend at least 5 of 6 sessions will receive a Certificate at our final session.  Those who miss more than one session are welcome to return to future sessions to make up any sessions mixed at no charge.

Emerging Leaders Sessions:

Dates and Time: Six sessions will be every 2 weeks (with one exception, see Tier 1 schedule) starting in August 2017- see dates below – from 7-9 AM at JCCC campus.

The cost: $300 per participant, to be paid in full no later than 10 days before the start of the first session.

You may sign up and pay online by clicking on the link for each session. If you wish to be invoiced, please notify us no later than 30 days prior to the start of the session.  You may use the sign up link and choose the ‘pay by check’ option. Payment must be received no later than 10 days prior to the start of each session.

Accountability:

  • Companies should designate the person who is the billing contact, as well as the participant’s direct supervisor if you would like a recap of attendance.
  • As part of the value is the development of creating networks of support, attendees should be willing and able to attend all sessions.
  • Representatives from KCMN, JCCC and NTMA will hold periodic review sessions to evaluate progress and make any adjustments if needed.

 

Questions? Contact Donna Gordon if you prefer to be invoiced, or if you have additional questions, at donna@kcmn.org or 816-304-7958

Tier 1 – Begins August 23, 2017, All sessions 7-9 AM Sign up link: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=nkhjz 

Course Date Instructor Location
Communication 8/23/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Strengths Finder Introduction 9/6/2017 Sondra Cave JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Strengths Finder Introduction 9/13/2017 Sondra Cave JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Goal Setting and Employee Engagement 10/4/2017 Jeannie Lauer JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Delegation 10/18/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Cross Generational Motivation 11/1/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175

Tier 2 – Begins August 30, 2017 All sessions 7-9 AM Sign up link: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=nkhjh

Course Date Instructor Location
Managing Managers 8/30/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Ethical Leadership 9/13/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 181
HR Law – Conflict Management 9/27/2017 Josh Smith JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Time Management 10/11/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Driving Change & Cultural Change 10/25/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Developing Yourself and Others 11/8/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175

Tier 3 – Begins Septemeber 6, 2017 All sessions 7-9 AM Sign up link: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=nkhmv

 

Performance Management 9/6/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 181
Coaching and Mentoring 9/20/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Organizing an Effective Team 10/4/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 181
Meeting Facilitation 10/18/2017 Jeanie Lauer JCCC- Regnier Ctr 145
HR Law 2 – How to Avoid Traps 11/1/2017 Josh Smith JCCC- Regnier Ctr 145
How to Read People 11/15/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
       

Workforce Issues Small Group

This group is composed of KCMN manufacturing company members who are looking to share ideas and best practices regarding workforce and human resource-related functions. The member group of manufacturers agrees to support each other’s efforts and participate by sharing their strategies and results.

The goals and benefits of the group:

  • Learn about other’s best practices in human resources.
  • Develop networking relationships with other company HR leaders in order to get suggestions, bounce off ideas, or share successes.
  • Discuss HR challenges in your organization including, but not limited to: development of skilled workers, leadership development; creating new relationships within schools or other community resources.
  • Access to our group’s Basecamp, where members share information, best practices and policies in a confidential members only project group.

Guidelines for the group:

  • The group meets every other even-numbered month at a member company for about an hour and a half, usually from 7:30 – 9 AM on 3rd Wednesdays.
  • The host or the group decides the meeting topic in advance, and group members come to the meeting with suggestions and information on the topic.
  • Service providers may be invited to bring information to the discussion, but cannot be regular members of the group.
  • Any new member must be approved by all members to avoid conflict of interest.

In addition to the regular KCMN monthly meetings, this group is an added benefit to KCMN members, as a way to help get more interaction between member companies, and for members to provide support for efforts to improve their workforce strategy.

Should this be of interest to you, or someone else in your company, please send their contact information to Donna at donna@kcmn.org, or 816-304-7958

Lean Support Small Groups

This group is composed of KCMN members who are looking for a way to interact with others who are utilizing Lean principles to improve their operations. The member group of manufacturers agrees to support each other’s efforts to make improvements along their Lean journey.

The essence of the group is as follows:

  • The group meets quarterly at a member company for 2.5 to 3 hours.
  • The host company sends out 3 dates to vote and the majority wins.
  •  Hosting includes a presentation and tour of the area of focus as part of the meeting.
  • The hosting company should determine in advance of the meeting what specific area of Lean they would like to focus on as part of their presentation and tour so that participants can come prepared to discuss and offer suggestions.
  • Participants can then offer suggestions and feedback to the host following the tour and presentation.
  • Joining the group means you have to be willing to host the group at least once every 2 years, and be open to both an honest assessment of areas for improvement, and interested in getting both positive and negative feedback.
  • Maximum benefit is attained when host company management at a level to effect change is in attendance during the feedback session.
  • Any new member must be approved by all members to avoid conflict of interest.

In addition to the regular KCMN monthly meetings, this group is an added benefit to KCMN members, as a way to help get more interaction between member companies, and for members to provide support and growth in their efforts to increase efficiencies. This group is limited in size, and new members are subject to current member approval.

Should this be of interest to you, or someone else in your company, please send their contact information to Donna Gordon at donna@kcmn.org, or 816-304-7958.