Navigating 2011: View of the Future and Resources to Help

The Outlook for the US Economy – Jon Willis
Jon Willis will give a presentation on the state of the U.S. economy and discuss the economic outlook for 2011. In the presentation, he will discuss economic factors related specifically to manufacturers. He will also discuss current issues affecting the labor market.

Expanding your Business Through Exporting – Regina Heise
Are you looking for ways to grow and increase revenue? Are you looking to foreign markets for the first time or interested in expanding to new international markets? Now is the perfect time to look at exporting, but do you know how to navigate the export process, look for new markets, identify customers, and avoid common pitfalls?

About the speakers
Jon Willis Assistant Vice President and Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Jon 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.

Regina Heise, Director, U.S. Commercial Service-Kansas City
Regina Heise has been the Director of the U.S. Commercial Service-Kansas City office since October 2005. In this capacity, she works daily with U.S. companies to pursue international sales opportunities and coordinates efforts with the larger international trade community to bring value-added programming to area businesses. An agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service is the main trade promotion arm of the U.S. Government. The Kansas City office works with companies in Northwestern Missouri and Eastern Kansas. Regina has been with the Department of Commerce since 1996, previously serving in Washington, D.C. as the Deputy Director of the Trade Information Center

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 7:30-9:00 am
Overland Park Marriot
10800 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS (435 & Metcalf)

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend two meetings before having to join as a member. Sign up today by clicking HERE or contact Donna Gordon.

Our founding sponsors, Mid America Manufacturing and Technology Center (MAMTC) and Missouri Enterprise, will be our sponsors for this event. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers. We invite you to join with us to make KCMN the premier resource for manufacturers.

Lean Confusion?

As we launched our Lean Benchmarking Group, this was a central issue – how do we define what Lean is? Brian McCarthy shared this article with me, and it’s a great summary on the issues surrounding Lean – how do you define it, and who is implementing it. Ultimately, the article summarizes the challenges of Lean, and proposes that employee buy in at all levels is the key to sustaining gains.
Link to the article: http://www.industryweek.com/articles/lean_confusion_22538.aspx

Planning for Success: Presentation and Tour

Kansas City Manufacturing Network and Robbie Fantastic Flexibles will be hosting a discussion and tour focused on their strategic planning and budgeting process, along with how to use those to drive business results. The tour and discussion will focus on:

  • Overview of our short-term and long-term strategic planning process
  • Turning our short-term strategic plan into annual business plans and goals
  • Quick overview of our budgeting process
  • Driving annual business plans and goals through our accountability culture/structure.

Robbie is a privately held company originally founded in 1970. Through innovation and high tech solutions, Robbie has become a leader in printed shrink films, bags and pouches for demanding applications. The winner of numerous printing and innovation awards, Robbie serves business segments including supermarkets, food processors and consumer product good companies. Robbie’s top quality printed flexible packaging is proudly produced by a fantastic 150 member team. For more information visit www.robbieflexibles.com.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
7:45–9:30 AM

7:45 AM Sign in, coffee and networking
8:00 AM Presentation by Pepper Stokes and Lisa Kist
8:45 AM Facility Tour
9:15 AM Wrap up and Q&A

Robbie Fantastic Flexibles
10850 Mid America Ave, Lenexa, KS 66219
www.robbieflexibles.com

Previous Meeting Topics

To get an idea of the kinds of topics and forums we present, you can review our previous meeting topics.

Planning for Success: Robbie Presentation and Tour
September 2010

Kansas City Manufacturing Network and Robbie Fantastic Flexibles will be hosting a discussion and tour focused on their strategic planning and budgeting process, along with how to use those to drive business results. The tour and discussion will focus on:

* Overview of our short-term and long-term strategic planning process

* Turning our short-term strategic plan into annual business plans and goals

* Quick overview of our budgeting process

* Driving annual business plans and goals through our accountability culture/structure.

5S: 15% Technique, 85% People
June 2010

While 5S is a basic Lean tool, it is one that most companies find themselves reaching for on a regular basis. Even if you’ve utilized 5S philosophy in your plant, sustaining those principals and continuing to hone your approach can be a challenge.

Lessons Learned: Discussions for a Changing Landscape
May 2010

Manufacturers continue to face the challenges that come with operating in a changing business climate. Recessionary pressures, employment challenges and legislative issues complicate the process of improving operations. Share your strategies for dealing with the current environment, and learn what is working for other manufacturers in the same boat. KCMN’s May meeting will feature discussion leaders who will help facilitate the discussion and add valuable insight to the topic.

Hallmark Plant Tour: Getting Everyone on the Same Page
April 2010

For 100 years, Hallmark Cards Inc. has been helping people make meaningful connections that enhance relationships and enrich lives. Come see how their Lean Manufacturing, Planning and Execution Division has applied Lean to creative, transactional and manufacturing operations.

Panel Discussion: Lean Beyond the Plant Floor
March 2010

The principles that have driven increased efficiency and productivity on the shop floor have resulted in a stronger organization, but ‘are we there yet’? To maximize the benefits of Lean in your organization requires the whole organization.so what’s the problem? Join KCMN panelists as they discuss the challenges, benefits and successes of an enterprise-wide lean implementation.

Quality Challenges – Where Do We Go From Here: Heatron Plant Tour
February 2010

The tour will focus on the Quality “Management” Systems Heatron utilizes to serve over 30 different markets including medical, semiconductor, and lighting. Heatron has been ISO registered since 1997, but its customers are moving from quality systems requirements to business systems requirements with less reliance on ISO standards. Learn how they are meeting those demands and taking Quality to a new level.

Legislative Update: Critical Issues for Manufacturers
January 2010

With the rapid pace of new legislation comes new issues and opportunities for manufacturing companies. What you don’t know CAN hurt you. Begin the new year with three speakers who will update us on new and pending legislation, court decisions and regulations that can impact your business. Join KCMN on Tuesday January 12, 2010 from 7:30am to 9:00am at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kansas City, KS for this informative breakfast meeting.

2009 Topics

Lean in the Real World Series

November – Lessons Learned in Lean

October – Lean Discussion Groups

September – Milbank plant tour

June – Cellular Manufacturing: Brunson Instrument Company Plant Tour

May – Surviving a Downturn Stories from the Trenches: Panel Discussion

April – Lean Journey: Holland 1916 Plant Tour

March – Show Me the Money: Resources for Manufacturers

February – Pain Management: Keeping Healthcare Costs Under Control

January – Resources to Help You Keep Your People

5S: 15% Technique, 85% People

While 5S is a basic lean tool, it is one that most companies find themselves reaching for on a regular basis. Even if you’ve utilized 5S philosophy in your plant, sustaining those principals and continuing to hone your approach can be a challenge. Join our experienced panelists on June 15 to discuss:

  • Standardizing the first 3 S’s
  • The 6th ‘S’
  • Sustaining your efforts
  • Audits and Rewards
  • Visual Work Boards
  • Keeping the Momentum

PANELISTS

Julia Cowden – Internal Project Manager, Torotel Products, Inc.
Julia is responsible for training processes/building skills, safety/hazardous communications, and 6S, along with other lean tools within Torotel’s Lean journey. She also plans and executes a variety of employee relations issues.

Eric Krichbaum – VP of Operations, Milbank Manufacturing
Eric has 28 years experience with the implementation of lean and change management principles, strategic planning and supporting business processes and organizational structures resulting in improved operational performance.

Brian McCarthy – Project Manager, MAMTC
Brian has over 27 years of experience in the design, planning and implementation of manufacturing processes, operations management, industrial engineering and Lean Enterprise.

Our founding sponsors, Mid America Manufacturing and Technology Center (MAMTC) and Missouri Enterprise, will be our sponsors for this event. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers. We invite you to join with us to make KCMN the premier resource for manufacturers.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn
520 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas

Registration is $15 for KCMN members or $25 for guests. 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. You may register as a guest for up to 2 events before membership is required. For questions or comments, please contact Donna Gordon.