Supply Chain Sourcing: Local, Global or Both?

KCMN Events

KCMN January Meeting

At a basic level, your supply chain ensures that materials arrive when needed, at a cost that ensures profitability.  For many items, multiple vendors, from multiple locations make the material sourcing decisions more complex.  Join us for our January meeting, where our panelists will discuss:

Local vs Global sourcing

-Calculating costs and determining cost of ownership – best practices

-Advantages and disadvantages of local sourcing

-Advantages and disadvantages of global sourcing

-evaluation of risk

Tuesday, January 9,
7:30-9:00 AM
River Market Event Place, 140 Walnut, KCMO

Cost is $20 for KCMN & KCIC 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,

About our presenters:

Panel Moderator: Jack Harwell, Business Advisor, Kansas Small Business Development Center

Jack leverages his over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, distribution, logistics, and all things supply chain to assist SBDC clients. Jack has a B.S. in Mathematics and an MBA at the University of Texas at Dallas, as well as CPIM and CSPC certifications with APICS.

Doug Ubel, Vice President – Purchasing, Milbank – As a member of Milbank’s Executive Leadership team, Doug has created supplier categories and a segmentation by strategic, core and transactional. He has reorganized the team into a centralized structure with Category Managers. This has led to implementation of strategic supplier business reviews and collaboration processes, which utilize a supplier scorecard with key procurement metrics. He has established processes for the critical raw materials evaluations for hedging and market based decisions to reduce risk and stabilize margins for the company.

Zach Schamaun, Manufacturing Service Line Manager at Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball – Prior to re-entering public accounting, Zach was a global inventory manager and Mexico GM for  WireCo WorldGroup, where he managed logistics, planning, scheduling & shipment teams. Zach shifted the organization from a production-based focus to a customer/delivery-focused mindset.

David Wan, Senior Buyer at SOR, Inc. David has been Senior Buyer at SOR since 2015. Prior experience includes 10 years with GE Energy and Transportation groups, where he rose to the position of Global Commodity Leader.

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.