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  A survey by SME found that more than 20% of parents surveyed view manufacturing as an outdated and/or dirty work environment.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 donna@kcmn.org

Premier Sponsor:

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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.

Supporting Sponsor:

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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, donna@kcmn.org

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 donna@kcmn.org 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.

 

Mark your calendar for upcoming events!

KCMN membership is a company membership for manufacturers, so anyone in your company is welcome to participate in any of our meetings.  Interest groups are open to manufacturers only, with the exception of Emerging Leaders, which is open to any member of KCMN whose membership is current.

EHS Group Launch meeting – (members only) July 20, 7:30 AM, Robbie Flexibles, 10810 Mid America Drive, Lenexa KS
This is a new interest group we are forming to promote the exchange of ideas and best practices for those who are charged with Environmental, Health and or Safety responsibilities in their companies.  The initial meeting will determine when, where and how often the group will meet, and how topics will be suggested. If there is time available, we will also discuss OSHA’s new “anti-retaliation” rule and its implications for employers. Please RSVP for the meeting by emailing donna@kcmn.org.

New Rules for Overtime Pay – KCMN Workforce Support Group (members only) August 17th, 7:30 – 9:00 AM at SOR.
This group is for HR and operations professionals who are KCMN manufacturing company members. They meet every other month on 3rd Wednesdays at 7:30 AM.

Summer Networking Event (members only) – August 23rd, 4-7 PM 28 Event Space – details at http://kcmn.org/events/summer2016
This annual event is a member favorite, and has grown from 3 participating organizations in 2012 to 7 participating organizations this year! The event features appetizers, drinks and a fun structured networking activity that ensures that you will have the opportunity to make some new connections with other manufacturers.

Emerging Leaders (members only): Spaces are filling fast for our Fall sessions – learn more at http://kcmn.org/resources/el_fall2016   Many of you have participated or sent members to our leadership development program, but others of you may be on the fence, or want to know more.  We are holding 2 executive briefing sessions this August that are designed to provide insight for those who want to support employees who are in the program. NEW! We are also offering these sessions for anyone who would like more details about the program.  Sign up with donna@kcmn.org by August 1st if you plan to attend.

8/17/2016 -Emerging Leaders Executive Briefing by instructor George Ferguson, Johnson County Community College, Regnier Center 145 7:00 – 8:00 AM

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8/31/2016 – Emerging Leaders Executive Briefing by instructor George Ferguson, Johnson County Community College, Regnier Center 145 7:00 – 8:00 AM

Energy Savings: Current Strategies and New Technologies – September 13, 7:30 – 9:00 AM, Johnson County Community College, Regnier Center, Room 101 
September’s meeting will feature Energy Engineer Gary Hogsett who will discuss energy savings and how to evaluate energy saving technologies.

Lean Benchmarking and Support (members only)– Our next meeting will be held at UltraSource, September 20, 7:30 – 10 AM.  Schier Products will host the meeting in the 4th Quarter.

How Can We Make Manufacturing Sexy? October 13, 7:30 – 9:00 AM, River Market Event Space,  Details at http://kcmn.org/news/mfgdayevent 
October 13 will feature nationally recognized speaker and author Karin Lindner, who will be discussing her book, How Can We Make Manufacturing Sexy?; Employee engagement, and branding manufacturing for the workforce of the future.

Manufacturing in Today’s Economy: Now and in 2017, November 1st   CBIZ, 700 W. 47th Street, Kansas City
November will feature our ever-popular Economic Forecast meeting featuring economist Jon Willis and a panel on economic trends in the KC region. Details are coming soon!

The end of Summer event you won’t want to miss!

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

This is our 5th 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.

28 Event Space
1300 W. 28TH ST., Kansas City, MO 64108
August 23, 2016  4-7 PM
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Just off Southwest Boulevard near I-35, minutes from downtown Kansas City, the 28 Event Space is set in an old warehouse that has been fully remodeled to bring you that vintage vibe with a cool, modern feel. 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 BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna  816-304-7958  donna@kcmn.org
  • Cash or check at the door – due to 6 organizations involved, no invoicing
  • Download the event flyer Summer Event Flyer 2016

Your choice of beverages, thanks to our Premier sponsor:

 

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Global Opportunities for Manufacturers

KCMN June Meeting 

Looking for new business?  Have you ever considered exporting your goods or services? Have you ever been contacted by a potential customer in a foreign market and you weren’t sure what to do next? The KC region now has a metro export plan, released last month by the Global Cities Initiative (GCI) Steering Committee. The goal:  100 new exporters within the next five years. The World Trade Center Kansas City (WTC-KC), an affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, will serve as the export concierge providing advice, direction, market information, connections to not only WTC-KC’s global network of world trade centers in 330 cities around the globe but also to other regional export assistance providers in the KC region. Join us for our June 14 meeting as Ivry Karamitros, the Director for the World Trade Center in Kansas City explains how WTC-KC can help your export efforts and leads a panel discussion with manufacturers who will share their export stories with the audience.

Our panelists:

Panel moderator:  Ivry Karamitros, Director, World Trade Center in Kansas City

Kristen Cowan, Energy Solutions Manager – International, Milbank Manufacturing

Steve Williams, Vice President of Manufacturing, Labconco

Kristen and Steve will share their company’s exporting history, and discuss how they have expanded their business utilizing international markets, and best practices for prospective exporters.

Tuesday, June 14
7:30-9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

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 donna@kcmn.org 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.

Ivry Karamitros: Director, World Trade Center. Ivry received her B.S. from Southwest Baptist University in both Business Administration and Political Science before working for the Missouri Department of Agriculture as an International Trade Specialist. After assisting Missouri Agribusinesses expand their exports to foreign markets through commodity and international trade missions with 4 countries, she worked as an International Trade Manager for the Missouri Department of Economic Development. At DED, Ms. Karamitros helped MO businesses expand their efforts in Asia and Southeast Asia. At the World Trade Center, Ms. Karamitros leads the implementation efforts of the Global Cities Initiative, Kansas City’s first export plan, and provides 1-1 consulting to Kansas City businesses who are interested in expanding their global reach.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) and Missouri Enterprise, are our Network sponsors. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers. We invite you to join with us to make KCMN the premier resource for manufacturers.

For questions or comments, please contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958

KCMN: Upcoming Opportunities

EHS Subgroup is forming 

If you have environmental, health or safety concerns as part of your job description, you know there is a forever-changing regulatory landscape, the challenge of worker compliance, and sometimes the challenge of top management engagement. KCMN is here to help! We are pleased to announce the formation of a new Environmental Health and Safety Sub-group for KCMN. This group will meet 6 times per year (alternate months of the Workforce group) to discuss and brainstorm solutions to common EHS challenges in manufacturing.

We will be holding an organizational meeting on July 20, 7:30 AM at Robbie Flexibles in Lenexa. Thank you to Lisa Kist of Robbie and Ben Troja of Webco for leading this effort!  If you are interested in becoming part of this group, please contact Donna Gordon at donna@kcmn.org or 816-304-7958. This is a group for KCMN manufacturing members only.

August 2016 Networking Event

Our most popular event of the year is back! Join us for our Joint Networking event with Kansas City Manufacturing Network, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), APICS, Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and American Society for Quality(ASQ).  The event will be the week of August 22nd, we are finalizing date and venue in the next week or so, so watch your emails.  Sponsorships will be available.

Emerging Leaders will Return 

Emerging Leaders is a popular partnership program with JCCC where participants learn the basic concepts of Leadership with a blend of classroom instruction, materials to utilize/retain the concepts taught, sharing of best practices with each other, and an opportunity to apply what is learned in their workplaces. See http://kcmn.org/category/news and scroll down to see all of our proud graduates! A total of 208 enrollees have participated in Emerging Leaders to date, and 30 more are currently enrolled in Tier 1. Signups will launch in early June for sessions that will begin in mid-August and end before Thanksgiving.

How Can We Make Manufacturing Sexy?  October 4, 7:30 – 9:00

To celebrate Manufacturing Week, KCMN has invited Author and Speaker Karin Linder to share insights from her book – How Can We Make Manufacturing Sexy? Sexy manufacturing?

For some, this may sound contradictory but in her book, Karin Lindner outlines that in reality, every organization needs an element of sexiness – her presentation will help you recognize motivation versus inspiration, leading versus managing, the power of attitude, the power of engagement and possibilities versus problems.  Sponsorships will be available.

Principles of Lean: Beyond the Shop Floor

KCMN May meeting

Manufacturers seeking to implement Lean often discuss Lean in terms of process improvement in the production process. While primary processes that directly create value for the customer, such as the product development process and the production process are critical, the business is really a sum of many processes.  The great majority of these are support processes that no external customer values, but are essential if the primary processes are going to create the value for the customer.  Examples include the hiring process, the billing process, the supplier selection process, and the sales process.  Join us on May 10 when our panelists will discuss:

-       Creating a problem solving culture to eliminate waste

-       Utilizing principles of Lean to improve support processes

-       Benefits and challenges of organizational change

-       Lessons learned on our panelists’ Lean journeys

Our panelists:

Panel Moderator: Joe Torrago, Director, Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center
Talli Denney, Retail Technology Director, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Thomas Dunbar, Mechanical Level Production Supervisor, SOR, Inc.
Sally Luck, Director of Corporate Services, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Mark Pettit, Corporate Services Manager, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Tuesday, May 10
7:30-9:00 AM

Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

Cost is $20 for KCMN and KCIC 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 at BY CLICKING HERE   or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

About our Panelists: Joe Torrago has helped Kansas-based organizations achieve their growth plans since coming on board with MAMTC in early 2015. He has received over 5 years of formal training in Lean from the Kaizen Institute of Technology, has achieved Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification and has led Lean implementation in 3 companies and 2 countries. Our Hallmark panelists will discuss how the company’s problem solving culture drives out waste and adds value to the customer. Sally Luck and Mark Pettet created and sustain lean thinking within Hallmark’s HR Corporate Services organization. Talli Denney has helped to transition to a lean/problem solving culture in Hallmark’s Retail Technology group, which has led to the identification of the root cause of issues that pop up repeatedly. Thomas Dunbar has developed SOR’s KAIZEN, LEAN, and 5S processes and training program with Chief Operations Officer from the ground up, which has greatly increased communication throughout the company all the way from customer to employee.

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, donna@kcmn.org

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.

Recruiting Strategies in a Challenging Market

KCMN April Meeting

According to economist Jeff Pinkerton of Mid America Regional Council:

Kansas City’s manufacturing industry (like the nation’s) is not adding net new jobs, however, nearly 17,000 people in the Kansas City MSA will find a job in manufacturing in the next ten years due to replacement demand. This is the demand created by current employees in the manufacturing sector retiring, leaving the industry or moving away from Kansas City. The ability for our region to recruit, train and retain these new entrants into an ever-changing manufacturing industry is important to keeping this industry strong.

For many manufacturers and those who employ people in the skilled trades, finding qualified applicants is a growing challenge, one made more urgent as retirements loom.

Join us for our April panel discussion, where our panelists will discuss:

  • Their view of the job market, and position needs
  • Recruiting strategies for finding the needed skillsets
  • Company strategies for developing a pipeline of candidates

Our panelists:

Panel moderator:  Rich Piper, Kansas City Kansas Community College 

Charlie Browne, Operations Manager, Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors, Inc.

Jason Grove, General Manager, Dimensional Innovations

Nancy Shively, HR Director, Pro Circuit, Inc.

Audience participation and discussion will be welcome as well!

Panel moderator Rich Piper will also provide an overview of Technical programs for skilled positions at KCKCC.

Tuesday, April 12 

7:30-9:00 AM

Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

 

Cost is $20 for KCMN and KCIC 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 at BY CLICKING HERE  or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

 

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, donna@kcmn.org

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.

Manufacturing Innovation: The Industry Shift

KCMN March Meeting – GENESYS Systems Integrator Plant Tour
Using core principles of information management, continuous improvement, and a culture of wellness; GENESYS has earned recognitions and awards from Fortune 500 clients and the Kansas City community over the last 18 years. Members of our leadership team will share some of our tools and philosophies that have helped us achieve success as a systems integrator and set GENESYS apart for our next evolution as a technology enabler. They will also discuss how GENESYS is applying its strengths to new industries and business models in order to elevate entrepreneurs and transform industries.
March 8th 7:30am to 9:00am.
GENESYS Systems
3210 East 85th Street
Kansas City, MO 64132

This tour has limited capacity, and is open to members only through February 9, after which we will open up to guest. 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 at BY CLICKING HERE  or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

Please wear closed toed shoes.   GENESYS has plenty of parking and guests can come in through the front entrance.

About GENESYS

GENESYS LogoManufacturing–once very innovative–has gradually been squeezed into a consistent, generic process in the race to the lowest price point.  Compounding pressures have caused value to be defined in terms of efficiencies focused on near-term results.  But that doesn’t best serve the customer or industry.  As our grandfathers’ and great-grandfathers’ legacies demonstrate, true value lies in the ability to innovate.
GENESYS Systems Integrator began 18 years ago as the solution to a problem for two suddenly unemployed brothers. GENESYS has since become a Technology Enabler for a broad range of entrepreneurs, inventors, Fortune 500 companies, and small-to-medium manufacturers with growth potential. They deliver value-based, turn-key service on production and development of capital improvements, equipment, and processes for your dream. CEO Matthew Perry was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 for the Central Midwest Region.
GENESYS is known in the manufacturing world as a trusted point of contact from ideation to production. Expandable teams and networks of tribal knowledge across industries let GENESYS repeatedly generate an edge for their clients, often with innovations that can’t be found elsewhere. Frequently, clients become friends, competitors become suppliers, and GENESYS becomes a hero.

Lessons Learned on the Front Lines of Product Development

KCMN February Meeting

New product development can mean new customers, new revenue and can be the lifeblood for businesses in flat or declining markets. However, the process requires new thinking, new strategies, and also new headaches.  Join us for our February meeting where our panelists will walk you through their development process, and share their lessons learned along the way.

Pat McKinzie, Panel Moderator, Managing Partner, EC Manufacturing

Jim Stuelke, Principal and CEO, LPF High Performance Coatings and Dyna-Tek

Jason Bridges, Director, Integrated Engineering, Milbank

Stephen Hopkins, President, Shield Casework

Our panelists will share what they’ve learned from their development process, and provide insight on what you can do to breathe life into your product development efforts.

Tuesday, February 9  7:30-9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn
520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

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 donna@kcmn.org

Our Speakers

Pat McKinzie, Panel Moderator,  Managing Partner, EC Manufacturing and former EVP of Heatron, Inc. – At Heatron, Pat was responsible for product development and commercialization for multiple markets.   He most recently led the launch and growth of ECM from 0 to 600 employees in 24 months producing a new, high volume consumer product.

Stephen Hopkins, President, Shield CaseworkStephen Hopkins blends a unique background of business and design with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Kansas and an Executive MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. For three years, Hopkins ran the Innovation Lab at Dimensional Innovations, an award-winning product design studio. Delivering new concepts in multiple markets during his time as Director of Innovation, his successful work included launching multiple products for Fortune 500 companies and unleashing the innovative solid surface healthcare company, Shield Casework. Prior to that, he worked for several architecture and design firms, including Populous, Gould Evans Associates and Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

Jason Bridges, Director, Integrated Engineering, Milbank –   Jason leads Milbank’s effort to develop and lead a high-tech team, creating innovative power management solutions for traditional and emerging green-energy markets. Milbank launched its PowerGen™ division in 2009. The PowerGen™ product line features energy management solutions, transfer switches, generators, and electric vehicle charging equipment, works to advance smart grid initiatives.  Accomplishing this goal has required re-thinking what engineering at Milbank is and redefining our roles and abilities.  Prior to Milbank, Jason served in development leadership at Garmin International and as an engineer at AdTran, a telecommunications company.  He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Communication Theory from Missouri Univerisity of Science and Technology.

Jim Stuelke, Principal and CEO, LPF High Performance Coatings, and Dyna-Tek LPF has been job shop applicator of specialty coatings made by companies like DuPont and Dow for over 55 years. Seeking to better control its own destiny, LPF started a new division in 2012 to focus on the development of nano-ceramic coatings and composite resins with applications in industries like aerospace, firearms, automotive, medical and other sectors. Today with 7 patents filed so far, these efforts have evolved into a new entity; Dyna-Tek (www.Dyna-Tek.com) to commercialize as well expand the R&D of these technologies. To date, Dyna-Tek has signed a joint venture with Nippon Electric Glass to commercialize our composite resins capable of over 1800 deg. F., and an R&D agreement with Kansas State University for coatings used on implants, and cancer fighting drug delivery coatings.