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.

 

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.

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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SUPPORTING SPONSORS:

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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.