Save the Date! Upcoming KCMN Meetings

Mark your calendars for our upcoming meetings – more details coming soon!

November 14, 7:30 – 9 AM River Market Event Place:  Business analytics:  what companies track, how they track it, and how to decide what to share.  Kent Galley of Emerge BI will discuss opportunities for building custom dashboards for decision making, and will lead a panel of companies who will share their best practices.

January 9, 7:30 – 9 AM River Market Event Place: Local vs Global sourcing – advantages and disadvantages, and how to manage risk.


We are still seeking participants for our panels for these meetings – if you are interested, or have suggestions, please contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958 or

Planning for Growth & Taking the Leap – Dimensional Innovations Tour

KCMN October Meeting – MFG Day Event 

In January of 2016,  DI opened a new design build fabrication facility in Lenexa, almost doubling its fabrication footprint to 140,000 square feet.  With full design, engineering, fabrication and installation capabilities, this division of DI focuses on signage projects and serving DI’s programmed accounts such as AMC and Cinemark. Join us for a tour of their new Lenexa facility, where the company will discuss expansion / opening a second manufacturing facility

·         The decision to expand and the process of planning
·         Preparing for the move and the plant layout process
·         Thinking like a startup: leadership structure and building the team
·         Relocating 85 employees to a new location
·         Managing culture and communication between two facilities
·         Maintaining performance and managing KPIs through the move and ramp up phase
·         “Day 2” Adjustments to the plan after moving in and lessons learned along the way

Tuesday, October 10
7:30 – 9:00 AM
Dimensional Innovations, 15500 West 108th Street, Lenexa, KS 66219

Maximum attendees: 50

Cost is $20 for KCMN members, $25 for manufacturing company guests, and $50 for non-mfg company guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up BY CLICKING HERE  or contact Donna Gordon  816-304-7958,

7:30 AM Breakfast & Networking
7:45 AM Company Presentation
8:15 Dimensional Innovations Tour

Please wear closed-toed shoes and bring safety glasses if you have them.

About Dimensional InnovationsDI_Logo_Square

Dimensional Innovations, named a Business Journal 2017 Champion of Business,  is an experiential design firm that creates and builds immersive and interactive brand experiences. Combine a team of graphic designers and brand strategists with architects and animators, then take interior, interactive and environmental designers and connect them to a team of digital engineers, throw in an innovation lab, then bolt on a workshop where we can build just about anything and, well, you’ve got us. Together, we are designers, makers and innovators of world-class experiences, places and products.



Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise are our NIST Network Affiliate Sponsors. We welcome all regional manufacturers to join us to make KCMN the central resource for manufacturing company managers and owners who are working to grow and improve their businesses across many functional areas.

Thriving in a Changing Industry – H&H Color Labs Tour

KCMN February MeetingH&H

This event is sold out. Please contact to be added to the waitlist.

H&H Color Lab, begun nearly 50 years ago as a resource for photographic prints on paper from film, has weathered an industry in constant change. Through all the changes, H&H has survived and thrived through continuous innovation, customer education, and a relentless  focus on quality and customer service.

Join us for our February meeting and plant tour at H&H Color Lab, where they will discuss:

-Adapting and growing in a rapidly changing industry

-Managing the ups and downs of a seasonal workforce

-Utilizing Lean principles for more agility in the production process

Tuesday, February 14
7:30 – 9:00 AM
H&H Color Labs 8906 E. 67th Street Raytown, MO 64133


Cost is $20 for KCMN members, $25 for manufacturing company guests, and $50 for non-mfg company guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna Gordon  816-304-7958,

Maximum attendees: 40  Open to KCMN Current members through Jan 12, then will open to guests if space is available.

7:30 AM Breakfast & Networking

7:45 AM Company Presentation

8:15 H&H Tour


About H&H Color Lab

H&H Color Lab has served the needs of the professional photographer for 47 years. As the industry changes, the H&H mission remains the same: to support and serve our customers by providing the highest quality photographic printing, customer service, and education to help maximize their business potential. Operating within a set of core values, and lean manufacturing principles, lab employees work diligently to deliver the very best product to its customers.

H&H takes pride in offering an extensive line of high-quality albums, beautifully printed press products, photo jewelry, innovative metals, specialty products and much more. Production capabilities in their 55,000 square foot facility include photographic, ink jet, digital press and dye sublimation. Other services include color correction, printing, finishing and shipping. H&H also supports the independent school and sports photographer with complete turnkey programs designed to help them compete in this competitive market.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise are our NIST Network Affiliate Sponsors. We welcome all regional manufacturers to join us to make KCMN the central resource for manufacturing company managers and owners who are working to grow and improve their businesses across many functional areas.

Planning for 2017: what’s Next for Manufacturing?

KCMN November Meeting

As the dollar has strengthened, US Exports have dragged. Policy uncertainty from both the US and Europe have frozen some from taking action. The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) indicates declining growth.  There has been an ongoing concern over the lack of skilled workers in the manufacturing sector.  Given this spate of less than optimal economic news, what’s a manufacturer to think when planning for 2017 and beyond?

Despite the gloomy news, Kansas City is seeing much activity. The Kansas economy showed some strength in manufacturing, outpacing the nation in both durable and non-durable manufacturing. Missouri’s GDP in 2015 grew at a 1.8 percent rate – slightly ahead of the national rate of 1.7 percent. Manufacturing, construction and healthcare were particularly strong in Missouri as each sector outpaced national rates.

Join us for our annual forecast meeting on November 1 to learn more.  Jon Willis, economist with the Federal Reserve, and KCMN favorite since 2011, will present his overview of the current economic conditions in both the US, and in manufacturing.  Following Jon’s presentation, our panelists will present the view of the Kansas City Manufacturing and Industrial economy from the perspective of those who are out in the marketplace daily.  The event promises to be a thorough look at what’s happening, and what’s next for manufacturing in Kansas City.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

7:30 – 9:00 AM

CBIZ MHM, LLC 700 West 47th St. 11th Floor, Kansas City, MO 64112

 Cost is $20 for KCMN or 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 BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or


Jonathan L. Willis, Vice President and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

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, Willis received a B.A. degree in economics from Grinnell College in 1993 and a Ph.D. degree in economics from Boston University in 2001. Willis 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.

Panel Discussion Leader: Mark Chalfant, CEO, Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) Mark leads the MAMTC team, not only providing direction and guidance to the state’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, but also working with other agencies and organization to help build the manufacturing sector in Kansas. Mark is a graduate of the Industrial Engineering program at Kansas State University, and has a Master’s degree from the University of Southern
California in Systems Management. He has 30 years of manufacturing and industrial setting experience working for both large and small companies in California, Utah and Kansas. Mark is an Innovation Engineering Black Belt
working with companies on growing their top line utilizing the Innovation Engineering Management System.

Rob Bratcher, Senior VP, Commercial Banking Division Manager, Kansas City, Commerce Bank Rob joined Commerce Bank in early 2012 as the Commercial Division Manager for Healthcare Banking across the  bank’s Western Region.  Beginning in 2014, Rob was promoted to serve as the head of Commercial Banking for the Kansas City Region.   Rob has spent 20  years in the financial services industries, providing guidance to medium and large middle market companies. Rob’s community interests include serving as Treasurer of the Kansas City Repertory Theater, and serves in multiple leadership roles for the United Way of Greater Kansas City. Rob is a cum laude graduate of the University of Missouri- Columbia with a BSBA in Finance & Real Estate from the Trulaske College of Business.

Chris Gutierrez, President, Kansas City SmartPort, Inc. Chris Gutierrez is the President of Kansas City SmartPort, Inc., a non-profit economic development organization that promotes and enhances the Kansas City region’s status as a leading North American logistics hub. SmartPort is an affiliated group of the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC). Chris has been active in logistics and international business for more than twenty-five years. He has worked in the public and private sector in international business and logistics. Chris’ community involvement includes his positions as a board member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Kansas Supply Chain Management Program, CSCMP, and the World Trade Center – Kansas City and Feed Northland Kids. He’s also alumni of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions.

Bob Dowling, Lead Managing Director, CBIZ MHM, LLC Bob is a Lead Managing Director in the Kansas City office and serves as a Lead Managing Director responsible for supervising, reviewing and performing attestation engagements for a variety of middle to large market-sized clients. Formerly an audit partner at a Big Four firm, Bob has over 30 years of experience as a public accountant. He works with clients in a wide array of industries, including retail, manufacturing, distribution, consumer products, software and life sciences. Bob is responsible for business growth, particularly in the public company arena and he is the leader of the local Manufacturing, Retail and Distribution (MRD) industry practice. Additionally, Bob is responsible for performing independent quality reviews of financial statements and served as the technical leader of the Kansas City Attest Practice for many years.