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

KCMN Events

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

Tuesday, April 11, 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Johnson County Community College, Regnier Center, Room 101
12345 College Blvd Overland Park, KS 66210-1299

Cost is $20 for KCMN members, $25 for manufacturing company guests, and $50 for non-mfg company guests. This event is part of a 3-part workforce series: get $10 off when you register for all 3. Details at Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up for the April meeting only by April 7 BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna Gordon  816-304-7958,

Expanding Options for Aging Workers:

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

Managing a multi-generational workforce: Individuals, not Generations

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

Panel Moderator:

Kirk Young, Job Match Assessment


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

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

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