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.

 

Quality Update: How QMS programs can guide your business

KCMN January Meeting

ISO 9001:2008 certification will no longer be valid as of September 14, 2018.  Whether your organization is transitioning from ISO 9001:2008 to the new ISO 9001:2015, or considering implementing a Quality Management System (QMS) for the first time, join us for our January meeting, where our experienced panel will share their experiences with choosing, implementing, and maintaining quality in their manufacturing operations.

Curt Lopez, Project Manager, Missouri Enterprise, will discuss the changes in the new ISO standards.

Andy Zawisza, Materials and Quality Manager, DIT-MCO International

Keith Mills, President, Ultra Tech

Pedro Reyes, Technical Services Manager and Saeed Sheikh, Quality Assurance System Specialist, WestRock

Our panelists will discuss the QMS systems they utilize in their facilities, and will discuss how QMS systems can provide guiding principles for effective integration and alignment with the business strategies of your organization.

Tuesday, January 12
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 at BY CLICKING HERE   or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

 About our speakers

Curtis Lopez, Project Manager, Missouri Enterprise

Curtis has more than 20 years industry experience as an organizational development and management consultant in the areas of quality management, strategic planning, and quality systems auditing as well as quality systems training and development.  He is senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), a certified Zenger Miller instructor, a RABQSA certified Quality System Lead Auditor (Q06923) and has successfully completed the ISO 9000 Assessor/Lead Assessor examination.

Keith Mills, President, Ultra Tech Aerospace

Ultra-Tech Aerospace is a market leader in providing manufacturing and distribution services to the commercial and defense aerospace industries, and is an AS9100 (Rev. C) and AS9120 certified company. Ultra-Tech has innovated a systematic process called the 9M Management Program that ensures the company can meet customer’s demanding deadlines, time and time again.

Andy Zawisza, Materials and Quality Manager, DIT-MCO International

DIT-MCO International provides proven, reliable automated product testing solutions for wired assemblies provide for industrial, commercial, and military customers. More than just cable and harness testing equipment, DIT-MCO’s wiring analyzers verify continuity, insulation/resistance, hipot and even perform functional testing of relay chassis, control panels and other assemblies with components. DIT-MCO International Corporation is certified to the Aerospace Quality Standard AS9100 in addition to its current ISO 9001 certification.

Pedro Reyes, Technical Services Manager and Saeed Sheikh, Quality Assurance System Specialist, WestRock 

MWV and RockTenn have combined to form WestRock, a leading global packaging company. WestRock aspires to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. WestRock’s 41,000 team members support customers around the world from 268 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise are our NIST Network Affiliate Sponsors. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers.

After more than 26 years, MEP continues to innovate, meeting the challenge of developing new programs, services, and partnerships to help manufacturers flourish in the 21st century. MEP is a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a U.S. Department of Commerce agency.

Due to our need to cover costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event, but you are welcome to send a substitute. If  you have paid online and cancel before the deadline, contact us for event credit for a future  meeting.

How Ideas Out of the Lab Have Helped Grow U.S. Industry

KCMN November Meeting

Clara Asmail, Senior Technical Advisor, National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) Creative applications of R&D can sometimes yield profitable commercial success in unexpected areas.  The motivation that initially drives technology development does not necessarily predict the journey for innovations that can end up in excitingly different uses. Come hear how having an open mind to opportunities can help your company.  Specific examples of how technologies from one technical field have leaped into seemingly unrelated commercial areas will be discussed as will some tips on how to find your own diamond in the rough.

Jim Baxendale, Director, Whiteborard2Boardroom Whiteboard 2 Boardroom connects entrepreneurs and established businesses to technologies available for licensing at institutions of higher education and corporations in the bi-state region to stimulate applied research, leverage innovation in the marketplace, and accelerate the commercialization of technology. Jim will discuss how his local resource has helped institutions take ideas from the lab and apply them to established companies to help them grow their business.

 Tuesday, November 10, 2015

7:30-9:00 AM

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

 

Cost is $20 for members and $25 for  manufacturing company guests, $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

 

Speakers  

Clara Asmail develops approaches to provide small R&D and manufacturing businesses with the services and access to resources to help them grow and improve their productivity. She works with SBIR awardees to cultivate partnerships with the MEP network in order to enhance the commercialization of SBIR research results. From 2001 to 2010, Clara managed the NIST SBIR Program and facilitated the commercialization of federal technology by leveraging the SBIR funding with access to federal research assets: SBIR TT. Previously, Clara was Project Leader for Optical Scatterometry at NIST and published 19 peer reviewed articles. Clara holds: M.S., Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, M.S., Physics, Tulane University, B.S., Physics, Fordham University. Her patented technology is the subject of the longest lived and highest revenue license in the history of NIST.

James Baxendale is responsible for cataloging a large pool of innovative technologies from bi-state academic and other research organizations to make them known to entrepreneurs and established companies in the bi-state region as licensing opportunities. He facilitates co-development projects between academic institutions, hospitals and industry. His role also includes mentoring university and high school students in regional entrepreneurship programs and assembling a network of talented individuals to serve as CEO’s of newly formed startup companies.

 

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise are our NIST Network Affiliate Sponsors. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers.

After more than 26 years, MEP continues to innovate, meeting the challenge of developing new programs, services, and partnerships to help manufacturers flourish in the 21st century. MEP is a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a U.S. Department of Commerce agency.

Due to our need to cover costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event, but you are welcome to send a substitute. If  you have paid online and cancel before the deadline, contact us for event credit for a future  meeting.

 

Planning for 2016

Planning for 2016: What You Need to Know
KCMN October Meeting

We are continuing our planning theme for October, as many of you have noted this is the time of year that planning gets underway.  Jon Willis has been a perennial favorite of KCMN members due to his ability to provide a wealth of economic information in language we can all understand.  Margaret Reynolds is also back by popular demand, with some great ideas for your planning process, and an opportunity to see how your fellow attendees are implementing their planning processes.

The Outlook for the US Economy – Jon Willis, Assistant Vice President and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City 

Jon Willis will give a presentation on the state of the U.S. economy and discuss the economic outlook for 2016.  In the presentation, he will discuss recent developments in labor markets and inflation with an emphasis on the manufacturing sector.

Reignite Growth: 3 Ideas to Spark Next Stage Growth – Margaret Reynolds, Master Growth Catalyst of Breakthrough Masters Unlimited

The odds of success are stacked against you.

•          Discover how to get a better ROI out of your planning efforts

•          Learn how your strategic planning process compares to what others are doing

•          3 simple ideas that drastically improve your results

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
7:30-9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

 

Cost is $20 for members and $25 for manufacturing company guests, $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

 

Jon Willis  Jon Willis is a Vice President and Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.  He joined the Economic Research Department in September 2000.  A native of Iowa, Jon received a B.A. degree in economics from Grinnell College in 1993 and a Ph.D. degree in economics from Boston University in 2001.  Jon conducts research on labor market dynamics over the business cycle and the relationship between the price-setting behavior of firms and inflation dynamics.  In addition to working at the Bank, he has served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Margaret Reynolds  Margaret provides “strategic engineering” support to leaders who are dissatisfied with their organization’s growth rate and overall performance. Past efforts to change it are not returning the desired value. Her approach results in significantly altering the growth trajectory –more than doubling the growth rate in half of the time for many clients. She has recently captured her insights in a book, just released, titled Reignite: How Everyday Companies Spark Next Stage Growth. You can learn more about it and download a free chapter at ReigniteGrowth.com. Her favorite success metric? 100% of her clients are willing to refer her.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise are our NIST Network Affiliate Sponsors. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers.

Due to our need to cover costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event so we can provide spaces for those who may be on a wait list. Cancellations of reservations paid by credit card will be assessed a $10 processing fee by the registration service, or contact us for event credit for a future event.

Planning for the Next Stage: Management Succession

KCMN September Meeting

At some point, all organizations must replace key leaders and managers.  Those organizations who anticipate and plan for succession generally are more effective and achieve better results than those who simply react to changes and openings.  Are you anticipating and planning about your succession needs to the extent you should be?

Dan Bean, MA, MBA, Managing Partner of CMA, a St. Louis based consulting firm that is establishing a presence in KC will provide an effective leader to effective leader succession planning process.

Lisa Kist, SPHR and CXO of Robbie, will describe how they anticipate and manage the succession planning process at their organization.  The presenters will also discuss talent review, assessments, transitioning responsibilities, onboarding and unifying the team behind a new leader.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
7:30-9:00 AM
UMB Officer’s Dining Hall, 1010 Grand, 6th Floor
Kansas City MO

Please note the change in location.  Due to hotel conflicts, UMB has agreed to host us. Hot breakfast will be served!

Due to increased costs, we have had to raise our meeting fees effective with the September meeting.  Rates have been the same since early 2008 and meeting fees are no longer covering the cost on a monthly basis.  Cost is $20 for members and $30 for manufacturing company guests or $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

Our Speakers

Dan Bean has helped hundreds of individuals and organizations of all types and sizes achieve their goals. Dan assists organizations with strategic planning, organizational development, talent management and executive development. He has a particular passion for working with family-owned businesses, especially during generational transitions. He draws upon over 30 years of consulting experience, 15 of which have been as Partner at CMA. Armed with two Master’s degrees—one in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Western Kentucky University and a second in Business Administration from University of Missouri – St. Louis—Dan explores key issues that drive organizational performance.

Lisa Kist is part of Robbie’s strategic planning team, helping continue to guide Robbie’s direction and growth. She provides leadership and direction to human resources and customer service and is responsible for ensuring positive interactions with Robbie internal and external customers. She has been a part of KCMN’s advisory board team since 2008, and provided key leadership in launching KCMN’s Workforce Best Practices Group, and continues to grow this group for the benefit of KCMN membership.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center  and Missouri Enterprise are our NIST MEP Network-affiliate sponsors. Participation in KCMN activities may result in your being contacted to respond to a survey that helps us to document impact of our programming on your business.

Wrap up your summer by making some new connections!

OPEN TO KCMN, SME, APICS, IIE & ASQ MEMBERS & THEIR INVITED MANUFACTURING COMPANY GUESTS

Following our sold out successful event last summer, we are making this year’s summer networking event even bigger and better!logo merge

Arrowhead Stadium
Founder’s Club –Parking Lot M
August 20, 2015  4-7 PM

(North Sideline, 50 Yard Line, Adjacent to Founder’s Plaza, Across from the Team Store)

Arrowhead’s Founder’s Club features a large central bar, outside patio and collection of dining, bar and fireside lounge seating with surrounding views of the Founder’s Plaza and playing field. Virtual tour at http://www.kcchiefs.com/arrowhead/virtualtour/build.html

 

Admission includes a complementary beverage, as well as great food, plus an opportunity to network with fellow manufacturers- all for only $20 per person

  • Event limited to the first 150 people who sign up
  • Networking activities, door prizes and a chance to park at Arrowhead at no charge!
  • Proceeds benefit the scholarship funds for SME and IIE.
  • Advance registration is required, (online or donna@kcmn.org) No walk-ins will be accepted at the door
  • Pay online at http://tinyurl.com/mfgnet2015  or  cash or check at the door – due to 5 organizations involved, no invoicing

Your choice of beverages, thanks to our Premier 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.

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Regulation: Traps for the Unwary

KCMN June Meeting

While regulation is not everyone’s favorite subject, what you don’t know CAN hurt you. Join us in June for 2 speakers who are experienced, knowlegeble and will keep you engaged in a topic you never knew could be so interesting!

Environmental Compliance and Manufacturing: Traps for the Unwary  - Mike Comodeca,  Partner, Environmental Law practice group, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP  Mike will cover recent developments in environmental enforcement and new rules that affect the manufacturing sector and provide examples of how to avoid significant penalties as a result of enforcement actions.

  • The new rule recently issued by EPA on the definition of solid waste.  That rule will have significant impacts on recycling efforts at manufacturing plants.
  • How and why to conduct an environmental audit, and when it might be worth the extra effort to protect that audit under the attorney-client privilege.
  • What to do when the inspector comes calling.

Keeping  Employees Safe, Increasing Your Bottom Line & Doing The Right Thing  - Rick Wilson, Project Manager, Missouri Enterprise  Rick finds that some don’t understand safety or how to effectively reduce incidents or compliance issues, and he’s here to help. He will cover:

  • OSHA Inspection Priority & what an inspection consists of
  • Citations / Penalties
  • New Reporting Requirements Jan 1, 2015
  • OSHA requirements that apply to most General Industry (GI) employers.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
7:30-9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

Cost is $15 for KCMN and KCIC members and $25 for guest manufacturers, $50 for guest non-manufacturers. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up by June 5 BY CLICKING HERE , or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

Mike Comodeca is a partner with Spencer Fane where he is a member of its Environmental Law practice group. As the national environmental counsel for a global manufacturer and distributor of household, health and personal care products, Mike advises the company on all aspects of environmental law for its 10 North American facilities, including compliance, permitting and enforcement proceedings. Mike graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1979 and the University of Colorado School of Law in 1986. He was selected by the Army to pursue his Masters in Environmental Law at George Washington University, and graduated with highest honors in 1996.

Rick Wilson is a project manager with Missouri Enterprise with over 20 years of experience in Safety, Continuous Improvement/Lean and Supply Chain. Rick focuses on safety, quality, delivery and cost when working with manufacturing companies.  He is a member of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is a Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO) and an OSHA Authorized Trainer.

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. Cancellations of reservations paid by credit card will be assessed a $10 processing fee by the registration service, or contact us for event credit for a future event.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center  and Missouri Enterprise are our NIST MEP Network-affiliate sponsors. Participation in KCMN activities may result in your being contacted to respond to a survey that helps us to document impact of our programming on your business.