What our members say about us:
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“As a privately held medium size manufacturing business, KCMN provides SOR a readily available network of other businesses to seek advice from, bounce ideas off of, share best practices, and develop lasting relationships with. Being a part of the network is like having a broad based consulting firm on retainer without having to write a big check each month!” – Bert Benton, SOR, Inc.
“KCMN provides “application” educational opportunities to our managers that aren’t normally covered by the technical societies they belong to.” – Mike Miller, Webco Manufacturing
“We belong to KCMN as it allows us the opportunity to interact with other manufacturers that care about making their businesses better. The opportunity to interact with other companies through the Lean Sub Group, along with meeting topics that are geared towards manufacturers, provides us an opportunity that we would not obtain with other organizations. If you want to compete in today’s manufacturing environment, why not be a part of an organization where you can interact with other manufacturers wanting to do the same for their businesses and not only survive but thrive and prosper?” – Chris Vering, Knit-Rite
“We are members of KCMN because it provides a great opportunity for our leaders to network and learn from other manufacturers in the Kansas City area. We enjoy the plant tours and monthly meetings for the cost effective educational opportunities they provide. Our leaders always walk away with practical solutions for our own facility. The relationships we have made with other network members have been invaluable for obtaining timely, effective advice when implementing new initiatives. No matter how different the operations, there are always common pitfalls or lessons learned that have ultimately saved us time and energy.” – Lisa Kist, Robbie Flexibles
1) Very informative speakers at the monthly events that are providing vital information on topics that are relevant to the needs of the local manufacturing community
2) Excellent networking opportunity with local companies in a non-competitive environment to share best practices and help one another
3) Benchmarking opportunities with the plant tours on a local basis that allow us to send a broader group of people and gain a different perspective from other manufacturers
4) Relationships have led to additional interaction outside the KCMN like one-on-one benchmarking with member companies and participation in Kaizen events between member companies
5) KCMN is continually working to identify the needs of the membership to promote events that will meet the ever-changing needs of Greater Kansas City manufacturers
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- Regular breakfast meetings or events highlighting a topic of importance to manufacturers (usually 2nd Tuesday of the month)
- Plant Tours of local manufacturing facilities
- Access to resources, both local and state, that specialize in serving the manufacturing business community
- Networking opportunities to meet and exchange information with other manufacturers and industry resources
- Opportunities to meet suppliers and customers, in a non-threatening setting
- Members receive $100 off their membership for each new member they refer to KCMN!
- Members only access to our Linked In Discussion group to share information and discuss issues
- Manufacturers can participate in our quarterly Lean Support Group, Workforce Strategies Group, EHS Support Group, and our Emerging Leaders Group.
Annual Membership Rates:
Manufacturer Company Membership – $300 (Must have a primary or secondary NAICS code that is a manufacturing code – not wholesale or distribution)
Schools or non profit organizations who support manufacturing – $300
Manufacturer < 25 Employees – $150 (Must have a primary or secondary NAICS code that is a manufacturing code – not wholesale or distribution)
Non-Manufacturers Individual Membership – $600
Student Member – $50 (one time annual fee, and you can attend monthly meetings at no charge)
Membership for manufacturers is a company membership, non-manufacturer memberships are individual memberships. All members recognize that the member list and meetings cannot be used for solicitation purposes. Memberships are renewed annually on the anniversary date. KCMN dues are used to operate the group, and fund meetings and special events. Questions? Please contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958 or Donna@kcmn.org
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.