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.

KC Federal Reserve to Host Luncheon for Area Industrial Associations

Members of industrial associations in the Kansas City area are invited to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City to hear from President and CEO Esther George as she shares insights on the national and regional economy.

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Date: Monday, August 7
Time: 11:30 am to 1 pm. Lunch will be served.

Location: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
1 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, MO 64198
Cost: There is no cost to attend, but registration is required

Registration: Register by July 31 at http://www.cvent.com/d/c5q4hw/4W. Advanced registration is required. Parking and building access information will be provided in the registration confirmation.

Contact Us: Please direct any questions to Jennifer Andrews or Melissa Jackson at 816-881-2683.

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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Non KCMN Events for your consideration

 

Develop Your Labor Force

 

MCC-Business & Technology Campus Program Designed to Help

 

The skills gap is real, and finding the right fit for your most in-demand roles is hitting your bottom line. MCC-BTC has just launched a program to help answer that need with a modern apprenticeship program. The program is designed to upskill your current labor force, train new employees or help identify an untapped labor pool. Equip your employees with the skills necessary to be successful! The MCC-BTC is hosting an informational Open House on July 19 at 6pm. See event details below or email program coordinator, Shonda Atwater for more information.

 

Industry Open House

 

WHEN:     Wednesday, July 19, 2017 – Dinner served at 6 P.M.
Facility Tour Immediate afterward

 

WHERE:    MCC-Business & Technology Campus
Campus Room TC200
1775 Universal Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri 64102

COST:       Free! Registration is required

 

RSVP:      Shonda Atwater shonda.atwater@mcckc.edu

 

KC Federal Reserve to Host Luncheon for Area Industrial Associations

 

Members of industrial associations in the Kansas City area are invited to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City to hear from President and CEO Esther George as she shares insights on the national and regional economy.

 

Date: Monday, August 7

 

Time: 11:30 am to 1 pm. Lunch will be served.

 

Location: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
1 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, MO 64198

 

Cost: There is no cost to attend, but registration is required

 

Registration: Register by July 31 at http://www.cvent.com/d/c5q4hw/4W. Advanced registration is required. Parking and building access information will be provided in the registration confirmation.

 

Contact Us: Please direct any questions to Jennifer Andrews or Melissa Jackson at 816-881-2683.

 

eCommerce Industry Update

 

Please join the KC CSCMP for an update on ecommerce and the impacts to both the B2B and B2C business worlds. You will hear from industry experts on the growth of ecommerce with industrial distributors and manufacturers, importance of a digital marketing strategy, changes in distribution and transportation processes, and the evolution of consumer demands. We will have presenters and panelist from UPS, Listrak, Jet.com and other ecommerce companies to be announced soon.

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Registration: 7:00 a.m.
Program: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

 

Union Station Board Room
30 W. Pershing
Kansas City, MO 64108

 

Register by August 31 for a discount!   Registration rates increase on September 1.

 

$30 Members

 

$40 Non Member

 

 

Students Free – email bell@kcsmartport.com to register

 

Register Now!

 

 

Summer Networking Event Sponsor Opportunity!

6th Annual Summer Networking Event Details: 

Join us for the popular networking event with Kansas City Manufacturing Network, Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers, APICS, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Chemical Coaters Association International and American Society for Quality at the iWerx Co-Working Space from 4-7 PM on August 24, 2017.  This annual event has drawn between 100-150 people in the last 5 years.  Attendance is limited to members of the participating organizations and invited manufacturing company guests.  Sponsors help to cover event costs, and proceeds from the event will benefit participating organization scholarship funds.

You can download the complete sponsor flyer here:  Summer Event sponsor 2017

Who we are:

The Kansas City Manufacturing Network (KCMN) was established in 1993 as the central resource for manufacturing company managers and owners who are working to grow and improve their businesses. KCMN’s educational and networking opportunities create opportunities for manufacturers to learn through sharing of best practices with their fellow manufacturing professionals.

Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE), founded in 1948, helps its members improve complex organizations around the world and across industries. Members turn to IISE for tools and connections that provide an integrated and systemic perspective to business challenges. IISE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the profession with over 40,000 IISE members Worldwide and about 100 in our Greater Kansas City Sr. Chapter.

American Society for Quality (ASQ) The Global Voice of Quality: ASQ champions over 180,000 people passionate about quality in more than 150 countries. We provide training, professional certifications, and knowledge to a vast, global network of members. ASQ membership is broken down geographically into more than 250 sections and local member communities and topically into more than 25 forums and divisions. is a global community of people passionate about quality, who use the tools, their ideas and expertise to make our world work better.

APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate end-to-end supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. With over 37,000 members and more than 250 international partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers.

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) is a technical and professional organization that provides information and training on surface coating technologies. Although CCAI is a national organization providing seminars, conferences and trade shows, the strength comes from local chapters that provide educational programs through meetings and plant tours to address specific finishing issues in their geography.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, magazines, publications and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities.

Combined organizations represent >1500 manufacturing professionals in the KC area!

Sponsor Benefit  

Deluxe Supporting Sponsor event sponsorship package is $500. Your logo is included on all promotional material, website, and emails sent to the company membership, billing as supporting sponsor. Flyers or promotional material with a half table display at the event, announcement that you are a supporting sponsor at the event, can send 2 company representatives to the event at no charge.

Supporting Sponsor event sponsorship package is $300. Your logo is included on all promotional material, website, and emails sent to the company membership, billing as supporting sponsor. A table display at the event is not included, but includes 1 company representative to the event at no charge.

Note:  attendee list will be provided to the sponsors in advance of the event but phone numbers and emails of the attendees will not be shared.

You may pay with a credit or debit card BY CLICKING HERE  or contact Donna Gordon to be invoiced, donna@kcmn.org, or 816-304-7958

Member/Attendee Profile 

  • KCMN has 92 member companies, who can send an unlimited number of company employees to KCMN meetings. (http://kcmn.org/membership/members)  Email list is 522 names.  Average attendance is 55, with most attendees focused on operations, such as plant managers, general managers, VP of operations, etc.
  • CCAI’s Local chapter is 200 manufacturers and industrial suppliers, with a National Association reaching 2,000 members. Website is: http://www.ccaiweb.com/
  • ASQ Section 1301 Kansas City consistently reaches ~500 members in MO & KS. We host monthly workshops covering a broad range of quality topics of interest to professionals, including manufacturing, engineering, consulting, healthcare, and service industries.  http://www.asq1301.org/
  • IISE’s Greater Kansas City Chapter boasts around 100 members in the Kansas City area, including members as far west as Manhattan, Kansas and as far east as Columbia, Missouri with similar newsletter distribution.  Email list for bigger events is approximately 250 names. Event attendance of members and non-members typically ranges from 15-25.  IISE Kansas City Sr. Chapter Website is: http://iisekansascity.org
  • The Greater Kansas City Chapter of APICS has 225 members in the Kansas City area, with a newsletter distribution of the same number.  Members include operations and supply chain professionals in a wide variety of industries in the region.  Website is: http://apicskc.org
  • SME has over 141 members across nearly 65 companies. The Kansas City chapter holds events several times over the course of the year. Our events and newsletters reach over 528 individuals on the groups’ distribution list. Website is:  http://connect.sme.org/c057/home

Contact Donna Gordon for more information on how you can increase your visibility with area manufacturers!

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.

About Dimensional InnovationsDI_Logo_Square

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.

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 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.

Guidelines for the group:

  • The group meets every other month at a member company for about an hour.
  • 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.