Managing Growth and Change

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Webco Manufacturing Inc., has experienced rapid growth and change culminating in a move to a 200,000 custom built facility in 2013.  With growth comes challenges, which necessitates a culture that embraces change and continuous improvement.  With the move, the company launched the Webco Way, a set of values and traits that continues to move the company forward.  Through the Webco Way, commitment to the Malcom Baldrige Community of Excellence and ISO registration, the company continues to embrace change.

Join us for a presentation on how Webco manages growth and change followed by a tour of their new facility on May 13.

Tuesday, May 13
7:30- 9:00 AM
20570 W. 162nd Street Olathe, KS 66062

Limited to the first 75 people to sign up. This tour will be open to KCMN members only until April 11th, after which we will open it to the wider mailing list if there are still spaces left.
Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up today BY CLICKING HERE, or contact Donna Gordon at 816.304.7958816.304.7958, or donna@kcmn.org

Agenda:

7:30-7:45 AM:  Sign in, breakfast and networking

7:45 – Company presentation

8:30 – Facility Tours

Please wear close toed shoes and bring safety glasses if you have them.  Limit of 75 attendees.

WebcoWebco, an Employee Owned Company, is a proven supplier with outstanding quality and delivery performance for OEM’s in the custom, production, and industrial fabrication industry. For almost 30 years our clients, and ultimately friends, have included aviation ground support, construction equipment, custom air handling and cooling equipment, mining, structural products, trucking, and waste water treatment, just to name a few.

KCMN is brought to you by our sponsor partners, MAMTC, whose mission is to help companies realize never ending growth in the rapidly changing global marketplace and Missouri Enterprise, whose mission is to help Missouri manufacturers succeed.

2014: Focus on Growth

KCMN October Meeting

The Outlook for the US Economy – Jon Willis, Assistant Vice President and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City  Jon Willis will give a presentation on the state of the U.S. economy and discuss the economic outlook for 2014.  In the presentation, he will discuss recent developments in labor markets and inflation with an emphasis on the manufacturing sector.

Implementing our growth strategy Mike Waters, President & CEO of SOR, Inc.      

SOR  is a mid-market company fortunate to have a stable base resulting from decades of sales of their core product sets.  The primary markets SOR competes in have often become dominated by large companies such as Emerson and Siemens.   Mike Waters has led SOR in the development of a growth strategy based on carving out niche segments and opportunities in these markets where the big companies can’t or won’t compete.

The Opportunities and Challenges of a Global Manufacturing Company – Brad Batz, Executive Vice President, Fike Corporation, Blue Springs, Mo.

Brad Batz will share how Fike has continued to be a high-growth, global manufacturing company over the last six decades. He will discuss the changes in approach to leadership and culture and how its positioned the company and its people for future success

 Cost is $15 for members, $25 for guests.  Guests may attend 2 meetings before joining as a member.  Sign up by October 11 BY CLICKING HERE
or contact Donna Gordon at donna@kcmn.org or 816-304-7958

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
7:30-9:00 AM

Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

 

Speakers   

Jon Willis  Jon Willis is a Vice President and Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.  He 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.

Mike Waters, President & CEO of SOR   Mike has 25 years of experience in the process instrumentation industry.  Prior to SOR he held a variety of positions including VP, GM of Sagebrush Pipeline Equipment, and President of Flow-Zone.  He started his career with Emerson Electric / Rosemount.  Mike holds a BS in Engineering from Texas A&M and an MBA.”

Brad Batz, Executive Vice President, Fike Corporation  Brad Batz is the executive vice president for Fike Corporation’s Oil & Gas business unit. In this role, Batz leads all business and new product development, sales, manufacturing and customer service and support. He is also a shareholder and a member of Fike’s Board of Directors. As a member of Fike’s global leadership team and former executive vice president for Fike’s Corporate Operations, Batz has led sales, manufacturing, engineering and continuous improvement activities around the world.Batz holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from the University of Florida. He is also co-owner of Impact Design located in Kansas City, Mo.  Batz is a native Kansas City-area resident and is active in the community supporting charities such as March of Dimes and The Children’s Place. He currently lives in Kansas City, Mo, with his wife and two children.

About Fike

Fike Corporation was founded in 1945 and currently has more than 1,000 employees worldwide. Its global headquarters are located in Blue Springs, Mo, USA, and has operations in 13 countries. Fike is a global leader of innovative safety solutions that protect people and critical assets from dangers such as fire, explosion and over-pressurization through its complete line of proven, reliable products.

 

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (www.mamtc.com) and Missouri Enterprise, (www.missourienterprise.org ) are our Network sponsors. 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.

Capturing More Sales – Even on a Budget

KCMN February Meeting

Manufacturers sometimes see marketing in light of the quote, “I know I’m wasting half of my money, I just wish I knew which half!”  In addition to cutting the bottom line, survival depends on the ability to sustain and grow the top line, sales, as well.   How do you know which trade shows will result in new business? What channel is the best to reach my target customer? What’s the best method for finding new customers?  February’s meeting gives you an opportunity to learn some new strategies for reaching out for increased sales.

How to market your firm successfully on a limited budgetRich Delaney – Owner of 20/20 Marketing  Discover from a proven marketing professional who has worked for Caterpillar Corp. and helped local manufacturers become more successful, what it takes to increase sales and profits.  Rich Delaney, president of 20/20 Marketing has over 30 years experience in building sales and profits for companies.  His insights will reveal how to capture more sales without big budgets.

Marketing Strategies for the Real World –Steve Hasty, President, A&E Custom Manufacturing  See how one Kansas City area manufacturer with limited resources implemented an effective marketing strategy that carried them though the “great recession” and beyond.

Tuesday, February 14, 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 today at By clicking here , or contact Donna Gordon.

Marketing Questions? Do you have a particular data point/area of interest you’d like out speakers to cover?  Email us your questions or include them as part of your online signup process.

20/20 Marketing and president Rich Delaney, are dedicated to providing innovative solutions to individuals and organizations committed to growth.  20/20 Marketing helps companies get more from their marketing, sales efforts and employees with a focus on strategic planning, integrated marketing communications, sales development programs, and improved advertising communications strategies. Clients include top Fortune 100 firms to small / medium sized firms and solo entrepreneurs. The common denominator is that they all seek to improve their marketing and sales processes and profitability.

A&E Custom Manufacturing is a quality metal fabricator founded in 1959, and is now a premier source for one-of-a-kind, short and medium run fabrications.  A&E specializes in: Tool and die-making for the metal stamping industry, Medium- to large-run precision stamping production, and Custom sheet metal fabrication.  To serve their customers, the company continually updates equipment and process technology, and has installed current state-of-the-art automated laser cutting and forming equipment. Customers include:  signage and display companies, architects, mechanical designers, inventors, and the food processing, transportation, medical and agricultural industries.

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.

Innovation Strategies: It’s Not Just About The Bottom Line

KCMN Roundtable
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 7:30-9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

Through the downturn, it’s become tempting to focus on cost cutting as a means of survival. However, product and process innovations can help lift companies out of the doldrums through new markets. Join us on November 9 to hear 3 company leaders share what they have achieved through innovation, and learn how you can apply some of the concepts they have used in your company.
• Why is innovation important
• Getting the process started
• Tools for driving innovation in your company
• Sustaining your efforts
• Overcoming challenges

Panelists
Jim Baker, CEO, Dimensional Innovation – Making Left Brained Sense out of a Right-Brained Process
Jim will discuss DI’s reasons for pursuing a commitment of innovation: You need more than LEAN to survive, and how the current economy “commoditized” the company’s offerings. He will discuss how DI used the Winning Ways methodology and formed DI’s Innovation Division.

Jeff Gray, CEO, Jakobe Furniture – Engineering a Turnaround
Jeff will share the processes that led to the company’s financial turnaround, including continuous improvements to the quality and processes of the company. In addition, he will talk about sources of information for his turnaround and the importance of continually connecting and communicating the company’s vision.

Richard Powell, General Manager, Brunson Instruments – Keeping Innovation in the Forefront
Richard will discuss Brunson’s start with the Eureka Winning Ways program in 2007. The process of developing and implementing an innovation process has helped Brunson to energize and streamline their growth strategies. He will share how they continue to utilize the concept three years later.

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend two meetings before having to join as a member, and are required to pay in advance or at the door. 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.
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.

About our Speakers
Jim Baker, CEO, Dimensional Innovations, Inc.
Jim is the CEO and a founding partner of Dimensional Innovations, Inc. an award-winning, multi-disciplinary firm taking ideas through design, fabrication and installation. We create experiences that make distinctive connections with our clients and your customers. Today, Jim is a vital part of the team, actively involved with every department. He is ultimately responsible for financial success, employee and client satisfaction and future strategic planning. Building our one-of-a-kind team is Jim’s proudest accomplishment and most significant contribution to DI. In addition, Jim was World Champion Skydiver as a member of the United States Freefall Exhibition Team, the United States Parachute Team, and World Team’s 94 & 96. He’s owned and operated a commercial photography studio and processing lab. Currently, Jim’s passion is mountain climbing recently summiting Kilimanjaro and Mt. Rainier. He is currently training to climb Aconcagua in Argentina in January. He founded www.Climb4SMA.com a new charity to raise money and awareness to help fight the deadly disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Jeff Gray, CEO Jakobe Furniture
Jeff Gray formed Jakobe Furniture as a legal entity in September 2004 to manufacture custom furniture for the restaurant and hospitality industries. Because of its custom capabilities, and market demand, the company quickly evolved into its current niche of “custom manufacturer and service provider to the contract and hospitality industries.” Simply put, they manufacture, deliver, install and service the custom furniture needs of their clientele. The company’s products can be found all over the country, and even beyond the United States, with marquee customers like M.I.T, Kansas City Royals, New York Jets, AMC Theaters, and Energizer Batteries. After falling into nearly every pitfall a new start-up business could possibly find, the company has found its way financially in the last 18 months.

Richard Powell, General Manager, Brunson Instruments
Brunson Instrument Company is one of a very few American companies that specializes in industrial measurement. The 81-year-old company helps solve measurement problems for manufacturers of large machines, including aircraft, paper mills, satellites, ships, machines tools and particle accelerators. Brunson operates its manufacturing facility using Theory of Constraints and lean processes including lean accounting. Richard Powell has been the General Manager since 2001. In 2007 Brunson was approached by Missouri Enterprise to participate in a pilot program for business growth called “Winning Ways”. The program was developed by Doug Hall, founder and CEO of the Eureka Ranch a corporate think tank that is utilized by some of the biggest corporations in the world.