Lean and Six Sigma? You Mean I Can Do Both?

KCMN April Meeting

In this era of I want it now, and it must be perfect, juggling priorities with limited time and dollars is a continual challenge.  Is it possible to combine the effectiveness measures of Six Sigma with the efficiency gains of Lean?  April’s KCMN meeting will feature two speakers who will introduce you to the possibilities, and discuss strategies for accomplishing the goals of both.

Understanding Lean Six Sigma – Scott Gardner, Master Black Belt, MAMTC   Scott has worked with numerous companies throughout Kansas to improve operations through integration of the principles of Lean and Six Sigma.  Scott will explain how both systems can complement each other, and discuss measures for improving both quality and cost.

How Garmin is integrating the principles of Lean and Six Sigma – Luke Goodrich, Product Quality, Garmin International, Inc.  Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, has been applying lean and six sigma principles to manufacturing and distribution center operations at its Olathe, Kansas headquarters and in its facilities around the world for years as part of its constant quest to create flawless products and services. Luke will explain how Garmin is identifying opportunities, overcoming challenges, and measuring progress in these efforts.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
7:30-9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up by April 7  By clicking HERE, or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

About our speakers:

Scott Gardner has a wealth of experience as a Manager in manufacturing processes, material handling, production facilities, distribution centers and facility layouts. He has a very strong background in Lean Enterprise, Operation Process, Office Optimization, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering. His history in Lean and Six Sigma boast projects that positively impacted the bottom line of the company by millions of dollars. He is educated and mentored to hold an executive position. He has worked closely with the FAA and Government over the past 7 years from a compliance, regulatory, and Safety Management System aspect.  Scott has experience in implementing cellular manufacturing, Kitting, Single Piece flow manufacturing using JIT, Kanban / KanWhip applications, continuous improvement, six sigma, safety, risk management, and team building. Scott designed his current home and his design of his church won a national competition with Morton Builders.

Luke Goodrich has a broad background in manufacturing and distribution center processes, global supply chain activities, industrial engineering, and sales & operations planning. He has extensive design, implementation, and management experience in raw material and finished goods handling, cell manufacturing, on-demand production, distribution center operations, reverse logistics, quality assurance, and root cause & corrective action processes. Garmin International, Inc. is the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, Garmin has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, fitness, marine, aviation, and OEM applications.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise are our Network sponsors. 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.

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 at 816-304-7958

Huhtamaki – Developing a CI Process and Culture that Accelerates Improvement

KCMN June Presentation and Tour – SOLD OUT – Thank you for your interest in KCMN!

HuhtamakiKCMN members who are striving to implement continuous improvement initiatives know that they not only need to consider the process but also what it means to the people who are implementing it, measuring it and leading the charge. Our June meeting will discuss:

  • History of Huhtamaki’s CI Program
  • Defining Principles
  • Gaining Engagement
  • Lessons Learned

IMPORTANT: No open toed shoes or jewelry allowed for tour, we will provide hairnets, ear plugs and safety glasses.

Tuesday, June 14
7:30–9:45 AM
9201 Packaging Drive Desoto, KS  66018

Parking: Park in any open spot in Visitor or Employee parking sections (car pool if possible) Enter through “Employee Entrance” where you will be greeted by a Huhtamaki employee and escorted up to the meeting room.

About Huhtamaki

Huhtamaki is a global consumer and specialty packaging company. Our focus and expertise is in technologies such as paper, plastics, films and molded fiber. We offer products from stock and custom designs to total packaging systems and solutions.  Huhtamaki Industries was established in 1920 in Kokkola, Western Finland, by Heikki Huhtamaki, a village baker’s son. Today, Huhtamaki Oyj, is headquartered in Espoo, Finland. In the United States, our collective history goes back even further. Huhtamaki’s U.S. growth has been largely through the acquisition of such leading companies as Sealright, which originated in the 1870s and leading brands such as Chinet, whose molded fiber technology was developed in 1903 by Martin Keyes of the Keyes Fibre Company in Waterville, ME where Chinet is still made.


7:30 AM  Sign in & breakfast – Coffee, juice, water, muffins and fruit
8:00–9:30 AM  Tour and presentation (divide into two groups)
9:30 AM  Wrap up and Q & A

IMPORTANT: No open toed shoes or jewelry allowed for tour, we will provide hairnets, ear plugs and safety glasses.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) and Missouri Enterprise are the Network’s sponsoring organizations.