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

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.

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.

Workforce development: Upgrading your employees’ skills

KCMN May Meeting

Deloitte Consulting LLP and the Manufacturing Institute’s poll of a nationally representative sample of manufacturing companies noted that 84% of manufacturing executives agree there is a talent shortage in US manufacturing, and they estimate that 6 out of 10 open skilled production positions are unfilled due to the shortage. While recruiting talent is critical, at some point, manufacturers are simply poaching each other’s talent.  Increasingly, investments in the right kinds of skill development will be critical to employing the workforce of the future. Our May meeting will feature a presentation by the Full Employment Council on resources and programs that will expand your options for talent development.  Following the presentation, we will host a panel discussion by 3 area employers who have invested in innovative strategies to develop the skills needed for their workforce today, and in the future.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017    7:30-9:00 AM
River Market Event Place, 140 Walnut, KCMO

Cost is $20 for KCMN members, $25 for manufacturing company guests, and $50 for non-mfg company guests. This event is part of a 3-part workforce series: get $10 off when you register for all 3. Details at http://kcmn.org/events/spring2017 Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up for the May meeting only by May 5 BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna Gordon  816-304-7958, donna@kcmn.org

Presenter: Andrea Robins, Sr. Director, Career Services, Full Employment Council, Inc.

Panel Moderator:  Leslie Scott, TechHire Program Director, Full Employment Council, Inc.

Cindy Brewer, Human Resources & Marketing at Kocher + Beck USA L.P. Cindy will discuss progress made towards integrating a CNC Machining Program in collaboration with Johnson County Community College, the Kansas Department of Commerce, Haas Automation and other local manufacturing companies. The program will be rolled out through the Kansas Department of Commerce as a Workforce AID Program. Kocher + Beck manufactures Cutting Dies and other tools used in the Labeling and Packaging Industry. Kocher + Beck is a family-owned, international Company with headquarters in Southern Germany employing about 100 people at their Lenexa facility.

Elizabeth Wenske- Mullinax, Ceva Biomune:  Liz has spearheaded Ceva’s utilization of the MT1 certificate program, which includes assessments, training (online, instructor‐led, and blended online/instructor‐led) and certifications that qualify incumbent workers, transitioning military, emerging workers and dislocated workers for employment and careers in advanced technology industries, such as manufacturing.

Heather Cox, Training Coordinator, Westrock: Westrock has integrated KCMN’s Emerging Leaders program into their development planning for their future workforce needs.  The company uses a combination of in house and formal development solutions to develop the next generation of leaders. WestRock provides dispensing solutions at their Grandview Facility.

 

FEClogo200pxAbout the Full Employment Council: 

The Full Employment Council, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and administrator of the American Job Centers in the Kansas City and Eastern Jackson county areas, which includes Jackson, Platte, Clay, Cass and Ray counties. Its mission is to obtain public and private sector employment for the unemployed, underemployed and those who are dislocated due to layoffs in the Greater Kansas City area.

The career centers offer a wide array of services to job seekers and employers, which include career preparation and job exploration workshops, as well as a variety of services and tools that promote current workforce trends, labor market information, job-skills training and employment and recruitment opportunities.

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.

 

Managing the Silver Tsunami: Strategies for success in a multi-generational workforce

According to the Manufacturing Institute, the median age of the manufacturing workforce in 2000 – at 40.5—was 1.1 years above the median age of the total non-farm workforce. By 2012, this gap doubled, with the median age in manufacturing being 44.7 years versus 42.3 years for the total non-farm workforce.  Many manufacturers are facing management teams approaching retirement age, and are seeking solutions to develop the next generation in their companies.  Join us for our April meeting, where we will discuss strategies for managing the ‘silver tsunami’.

Tuesday, April 11, 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 KCMN members, $25 for manufacturing company guests, and $50 for non-mfg company guests. This event is part of a 3-part workforce series: get $10 off when you register for all 3. Details at http://kcmn.org/events/spring2017 Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up for the April meeting only by April 7 BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna Gordon  816-304-7958, donna@kcmn.org

Expanding Options for Aging Workers:

Scott Nord, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, UltraSource LLC, and Chris Vering, President, COO, Knit-Rite, Inc. will be sharing their voluntary reduced hour policies.  Both UltraSource and Knit-Rite have developed policies that are structured to prolong the careers of experienced and valuable employees that meet certain criteria, while opening up a dialogue with employees for transition into retirement.  Scott and Chris will discuss their respective plans, the details of each, employee feedback, human resource & legal input when structuring such a plan and flexibility features incorporated into their plans to meet both the company and individual needs.  A question, answer and open dialogue session will be included.

Managing a multi-generational workforce: Individuals, not Generations

According to Deloitte analysis based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and Gallup, 2.7 million manufacturing employees will have retired by 2025. Combined with the skills gap, employers will be facing a transitioning workforce.  Our panelists will discuss their success stories of developing a multi-generational workforce, and creating a culture where people are defined more individually than generationally.

Panel Moderator:

Kirk Young, Job Match Assessment

Panelists:

Kelly Anders, Director of Manufacturing, SOR, Inc.
Chris Coad, Production Manager, Dimensional Innovations
Brad Farmer, Accountant/Estimator, Holland Nameplate
Kyle Hooten, Quality Manager, Holland Nameplate
Brian Pittel, PE, ASQ SSBB, Engineering Manager, Manufacturing Support, Continental Disc Corporation

Sign-ups will include a census of your workforce – results in aggregate will be shared with the attendees as part of the presentation.

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.

Solutions and new strategies for workforce recruiting

KCMN March Meeting

Got talent? Increasingly, for many manufacturers, finding the talent needed to fill open positions has become more challenging. Join us for our March 7 meeting where we will present speakers who are working on strategies to not only seek out potential employees, but also build a pipeline to increase chances for success.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
7:30-9:00 AM
River Market Event Place, 140 Walnut, KCMO 64106

OUR SPEAKERS:

Greg Kindle, President, Wyandotte Economic Development Council

Wyandotte County: Workforce Solutions Wanted: Economic development used to be all about location, location, location.  Today, it could easily be said it’s all about talent, talent, talent.  Finding the workforce to meet the needs of the business community has become a challenge.  Innovation has largely allowed manufacturers to keep growing but an existing and future talent pipeline is a national issue with local implications.  Wyandotte County Economic Development Council has developed a unique workforce solutions approach that seeks to connect businesses in Wyandotte County with an existing labor pool often overlooked or disconnected from the workforce system and works with the school district to create a future talent pipeline around the industry sectors creating jobs in the county.

Torree Pederson, Executive Director, Greater KC Chapter of NTMA

Building Robots and Ties to Manufacturing BotsKC is a manufacturing workforce development program of the Kansas City National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA). BotsKC students design and build remote controlled robots to face-off in a gladiator-style competition. Through the manufacturing process of bot building, students’ imaginations are captured as they design, build and compete with their own robotic creations. Through this hands-on effort with industry partners, students gain practical knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – all essential skills for manufacturing.

By formalizing ties between schools and manufacturing partners, students gain a better understanding and become enthusiastic about the career possibilities in manufacturing. Manufacturers are able to build valuable industry-school connections and workforce talent pipelines by helping BotsKC teams engineer a lean, mean, fighting machine. In other words, everybody wins.

Timothy Welsh   Executive Director, National Center for Aviation Industry

Industry Talent Supply Chains: New Sources of Aviation Talent Shortages of talent and high costs of talent acquisition are driving a growing national interest in applying supply chain management principles to talent planning management. The use of supply chain techniques in this way has recently been expanded to help the aviation industry mitigate talent shortages in its manufacturing and maintenance sectors.

National industry talent supply chains are employer-driven by design. Qualified education, training and certification organizations are organized into integrated supply chains to provide reliable talent at scale to employers and employer groups.

This presentation will explain the origins and current state of talent supply chains and provide an actual aviation talent supply chain example. Information will also be shared with the audience about various tools and methods now available for enhanced talent planning management.

Shannon Martinez, Program Manager/Recruitment Specialist Workforce AID Kansas Department of Commerce 

Workforce AID (Aligned with Industry Demand):  Kansas businesses report a shortage of qualified, skilled employees.  The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Kansas Board of Regents implemented a project to address the skills gap in Kansas through development of a talent pipeline by aligning workforce training and education with industry opportunities and demands.  Workforce AID is nationally recognized by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and supports economic and workforce development by keeping Kansas businesses competitive and promoting a more robust economy.  Workforce AID finds, trains and delivers a skilled and certified workforce.

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 today BY CLICKING HERE  or contact Donna Gordon  816-304-7958, donna@kcmn.org  This meeting is part 1 of a 3 part series on workforce issues. Sign up for the whole series! Information at http://kcmn.org/events/spring2017

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.

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.