Planning for 2016

Planning for 2016: What You Need to Know
KCMN October Meeting

We are continuing our planning theme for October, as many of you have noted this is the time of year that planning gets underway.  Jon Willis has been a perennial favorite of KCMN members due to his ability to provide a wealth of economic information in language we can all understand.  Margaret Reynolds is also back by popular demand, with some great ideas for your planning process, and an opportunity to see how your fellow attendees are implementing their planning processes.

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 2016.  In the presentation, he will discuss recent developments in labor markets and inflation with an emphasis on the manufacturing sector.

Reignite Growth: 3 Ideas to Spark Next Stage Growth – Margaret Reynolds, Master Growth Catalyst of Breakthrough Masters Unlimited

The odds of success are stacked against you.

•          Discover how to get a better ROI out of your planning efforts

•          Learn how your strategic planning process compares to what others are doing

•          3 simple ideas that drastically improve your results

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
7:30-9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

 

Cost is $20 for members and $25 for manufacturing company guests, $50 for non-manufacturing company guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up today BY CLICKING HERE, or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

 

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.

Margaret Reynolds  Margaret provides “strategic engineering” support to leaders who are dissatisfied with their organization’s growth rate and overall performance. Past efforts to change it are not returning the desired value. Her approach results in significantly altering the growth trajectory –more than doubling the growth rate in half of the time for many clients. She has recently captured her insights in a book, just released, titled Reignite: How Everyday Companies Spark Next Stage Growth. You can learn more about it and download a free chapter at ReigniteGrowth.com. Her favorite success metric? 100% of her clients are willing to refer her.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise are our NIST Network Affiliate Sponsors. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers.

Due to our need to cover costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event so we can provide spaces for those who may be on a wait list. 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.

Best Practices in Managing Safety

KCMN February Meeting

No one intends to have an unsafe work environment. But if you have people in your plant, you have an opportunity for risk.  Join us at our February KCMN meeting where our panelists will discuss:

  • Accountability for safety – Who’s in charge?
  • How they manage safety in their plants
  • Lessons learned
  • Bottom line and morale benefits of a safe environment

Our panel discussion moderator will discuss the safety from an underwriting perspective, including typical questions asked, and discuss outcomes they’ve encountered; and how those outcomes can impact work comp rates.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
7:30-9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guest manufacturers, $50 for guest service providers. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up by February 6 at BY CLICKING HERE , or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

Panel Moderator:

Gary Briles, Creative Planning Risk Services, Inc

Panelists:

Chris Klope, COO, Mobile Hydraulic Equipment Co., LLC

Rob Kohl, Plant Manager, MWV- Primary Plastics Operation

Mike Stokes, Langley/Empire Candle Company LLC, VP of Operations

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.

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.

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.

Workforce in 2013: Finding the Right Fit

KCMN January Meeting

One of the more common complaints of companies, who are growing, facing retirements and/or planning for the future, is that finding the right people to fill open positions is a continual struggle.  January’s KCMN meeting will focus on strategies for finding people to fill those gaps.  In addition, we’ll discuss workforce trends and issues for 2013, and some new programs and opportunities being presented by the region’s community colleges.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
7:30-9:00 AM

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

Panelists:

John Emmett, Panel Moderator, Manpower

Julie Yang-Brethauer, FPC, Director, Human Resources, Torotel Products, Inc.

Lisa Kist, Director, Human Resources, Robbie Flexibles

Clint Lanchaster, Director, Technical Services, National Association of Trailer Manufacturers

Panel Discussion:

Join our 3 company representatives who will share their workforce strategies, including:

  • Utilizing social media to be where your target employees are
  • Building relationships with schools who offer  education and training programs that are a fit for your skill needs
  • Visibility in your community – being involved in STEM and other programs can drive interest
  • Positioning your company to hire transitioning military personnel
  • Setting up an employee referral program

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 at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

Information and Resources for Manufacturers:

Quarterly Employment Survey – John Emmett will provide highlights for Manpower’s  Employment Outlook Survey 4Q 2012

Metropolitan Community Colleges Business and Technology Center will discuss the launch of their Precision Machining Consortium Program

Kansas City Kansas Community College will provide information on their awarded grant that will launch their Training for Employment (T4E) initiative for careers in construction and advanced manufacturing.

For KCMN members, we are considering launching a quarterly special interest group for those manufacturers interested in continuing the dialog on workforce issues.  KCMN advisory board member Lisa Kist is heading up this effort.   Come to the January meeting for more information!

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise are our Network sponsors. Due to our need to cover the event costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations can be accepted up to 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.

Manufacturing in 2013: Are We Growing or Not?

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 2012.  In the presentation, he will discuss recent developments in labor markets and inflation with an emphasis on the manufacturing sector.

Navigating the Capital Markets – Financial Industry Panel Discussion.  Three capital market panelists will discuss their forecast for the financial market and discuss strategies for financing growth or continuing operations in 2013.

Forecast Questions? Do you have a particular data point/area of interest you’d like out speakers to cover?  Submit your questions to Donna@kcmn.org, or include them as part of your online signup process.

Tuesday, October 9, 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 October 5  by clicking here  , or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

Speakers   

Jon Willis  is the 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.

David Enslen is a Senior Vice President at Commerce Bank, leading the Bank’s commercial banking efforts in the Kansas City Metro area.  David has over 35 years of banking experience in the Kansas City area marketplace.  Commerce Bank is a $20 Billion publicly-owned regional bank that operates as a Super-Community Bank offering an array of sophisticated financial products delivered with high-quality, personal customer service.  Commerce Bank has provided commercial banking services in the Midwest for over 145 years and is the highest rated bank in the country and receives regular recognition for its high level of customer service.  Commerce provides services nationally but primarily operates in 13 states with 363 branches.  The Company’s promise – We Ask, Listen and Solve – is not just our brand, but also our corporate focus.

Timothy D. Leland is a Managing Director and Partner of TGP Investments, and is responsible for leading the firm’s business development efforts. Prior to joining TGP, Mr. Leland served as an investment banker for more than fifteen years, focused primarily on sourcing and executing middle-market mergers and acquisitions transactions. TGP Investments, L.L.C., founded in 2005, is a Kansas City-based merchant banking firm led by a strong investment team with extensive experience in middle-market private equity investing.  TGP’s private equity investment fund has $56.5 million under management, and was formed to make middle market investments in well-managed, profitable, and growing companies. The Fund prefers to provide growth capital for acquisitions or internal growth, or to facilitate liquidity or a sale event for existing shareholders.

Jeff Phillips is Senior Vice President of Missouri Bank where he focuses on assisting Entrepreneurs with their banking needs utilizing his background in manufacturing, distribution and wholesale financing.  Missouri Bank is a $550 million, family owned bank with all four offices in the Kansas City metro.  Missouri Bank understands that running a business is not easy.  It’s not for everyone.  So to those whose DNA dictates launching companies from scratch, we raise our glasses high and say, running your business is not a good idea.  It’s a great one.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center  and Missouri Enterprise  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.

Manufacturing’s Next Leaders — How to manage the transition in your business

KCMN September Meeting

With many manufacturers facing an aging workforce, the question of who will provide leadership and direction over the next decade is becoming an issue to consider.  Do you have the bench strength you need when faced with a retirement of a key member of your team?  Have you developed a management succession plan in your organization that ensures a smooth transition?  Join author and nationally recognized speaker Dr. Steve Cohen, and 20 year manufacturing veteran leader Marty Sawyer to learn how you can make your organization ready for growth, expansion or replacement of key members within your manufacturing company

Steve M. Cohen  Ed.D.,  principle with the Labor management Advisory Group
–Organizational design issues: are you building an organization or a community?
–Building a culture of high performance;
–Succession planning: overt vs. inadvertent;
–Who will be ready to move up and who won’t?

Marty Sawyer, CEO and co-owner of Trimac Industrial Systems LLC
–First things first: what to consider before planning your succession
–Three Succession Mistakes not to make
–Keys to Success

Tuesday, September 11, 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 September 7 by clicking here, or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

About our speakers:

Marty Sawyer is a 20 year veteran of heavy industry.  Starting her career in the steel and fabricating industry, she ran her 5th generation family business Richards & Conover Steel.   Rich-Con was founded by her great-great grandfather in 1857 and was the oldest business in Kansas City.  Assuming the Presidency from her father Marty led the company through a difficult turnaround until its sale in 1999.

After Rich-Con, Marty did several interim and consulting projects for several companies until 2003, when she and her partner purchased the assets of a troubled equipment manufacturer, Infra-Red Technologies.  The new company was Trimac Industries, LLC which grew from start-up to a 15% Return of Sales.  In 2008, private equity investment was brought in to fund further growth and invest in Trimac’s proprietary technology and unique niche.  The next several years were difficult because of the recessionary impact on capital equipment purchases, but she and her partner decided to repurchase Trimac back from the ownership group in 2012.

Currently Marty is CEO and co-owner of Trimac Industrial Systems LLC, a manufacturer of industrial custom equipment.  Trimac designs and builds ovens, washers and finishing equipment for paint, powder and other coating applications.  In addition, Marty is President of Steel Chain, LLC an interim management and advisory practice where she helps companies change in order to make more money.

Marty has a unique perspective on what makes business thrive.  Her background in family businesses, as a start-up entrepreneur and a hired executive gives her a well-rounded outlook on leadership.  Her focus is companies who are ready to make changes to make more money.  Her understanding of the challenges of a high transaction commoditized business compared with the long cycle, complex sale seen in custom equipment has shown her the best methodologies to use for each situation.  From turnarounds to rapid growth, her expertise is in creating a powerful strategic focus as the implementation roadmap.  Marty’s primary concentrations are Finance, Operations and Marketing, to insure that performance quickly improves.

 Steve M. Cohen  Ed.D. is a principle with the Labor management Advisory Group.  LMAG is a full service human resources consulting practice.  For the past 20 years of consulting, Dr. Cohen  assists his clients by developing human resources systems including job descriptions, performance appraisal systems, policy and procedure manuals, and wage and salary surveys.  Another areas of expertise include dispute mediation, and the prevention and “work out” of sexual harassment and employee conflict and violence situations.  He also conducts management related training.

Dr. Cohen completed his undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas, his master’s degree in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University, and his doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from Northern Illinois University.  He also has a Certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution from De Paul University School of Law and a Certification in Labor Relations from the Wharton School of Business.

In addition, Dr. Cohen has taught undergraduate and  graduate courses in Public Administration/Personnel Administration at Northern Illinois University, National College, Rockhurst College, and University of Missouri KC. He has published numerous articles in National Journals and presented papers at National Conventions.  His book:  Mess Management: Lessons From a Corporate Hit Man was published in September 2010 by AuthorHouse, Inc.

High Speed Automation – A&E Custom Manufacturing

KCMN May Meeting and Plant Tour

How do you keep up with the competition, especially when your competition’s labor costs are a fraction of yours half a world away?  For A&E Custom Manufacturing, their response has been to take the competition head on.  A & E has invested in state of the art robotic technology to augment the talent of their workforce, and to provide competitive cost and scale to their customers.

The tour will feature:

  • The company recently installed an Amada Astro NT robotic bending cell that operates completely unmanned, and features loading, gage checking, part positioning/indexing, multiple bends, and automated stacking.
  • Amada CNC press brakes
  • Laser cutters with automated blank and cut sheet removal
  • Laser cell with robotic part removal
  • Robotic welding cell

A & E will discuss their automation journey with attendees, and provide a shop tour to demonstrate their processes and improvements made in the last several years.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
7:30-8:45 AM
3150 Chrysler Road, Kansas City KS 66115

Please bring safety glasses or sunglasses to wear for the tour, as protective eyewear is required on the shop floor.  Closed toe shoes are also required.

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 at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

AGENDA

7:30 AM  – This meeting will be structured with a flexible start time.  A & E will provide an overview and presentation of the company and their operation, and will take small groups on tour on a staggered basis, with the last tour to begin around 8:15.

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. A&E was recently featured in The Fabricator, you can read the article here.  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.

 

Innovation and Adaptation – Creating New Opportunities in Manufacturing

Kansas City Manufacturing Network November meeting – Alphapointe Plant Tour

When over half of your workforce is either blind or visually impaired, there
are certainly soAlphapointe Association for the Blindme unique challenges when it comes to productivity, safety, and workflow design. However, the processes of adapting to a rapidly changing and competitive manufacturing environment are similar to those faced in any manufacturing environment.  Join KCMN member Alphapointe at our November meeting, where they will discuss:

•           Utilizing technology and innovation strategies to create a unique manufacturing environment

•           Strategies for ensuring and promoting a safe working environment

•           Lessons learned in their manufacturing operations that are applicable to a wide variety of workplace environments.

Tuesday, November 8, 7:30  to 9 AM
Alphapointe Association For the Blind
7501 Prospect  KCMO

AGENDA

7:30 AM  Sign in & breakfast – Coffee, juice, bagels
7:45 AM  Tour and presentation (divide into two groups)
9:00 AM  Wrap up and Q & A

ABOUT ALPHAPOINTE ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND

Alphapointe Association for the Blind is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has continued to serve people who are blind and visually impaired in the Kansas City, Missouri community and surrounding region since 1911. Alphapointe Association for the Blind is the largest single employer of visually impaired individuals in Missouri, employing 175 people, approximately 100 of which are blind or visually impaired, and is the only comprehensive rehabilitation and education agency for people with vision loss in the state of Missouri, serving over 4,000 individuals.  Alphapointe is 3 Shift operation and is  ISO-9001:2008 Certified, cGMP compliant.

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member. Space is limited, so sign up no later than November 4 at By clicking here or contact Donna Gordon

Due to limited space, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event so we can provide spaces for those who may be on a wait list. 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

Generation Y – Myths and Realities for your Workforce

KCMN September Meeting

While having the right processes and procedures in place is critical to enhancing profitability, there’s a third “P” that can sometimes be the most difficult to get right – People!  Today’s workforce is undergoing a metamorphosis-the values, work habits and experiences of workers can create management challenges.  Join us as we will host speakers who will identify workforce trends, and give you strategies for meeting your workforce challenges.

  • Kirk Young, Job Match Assessment – Employing Gen Y – Are You Prepared?
  • Nathan Goodpasture, Pride Manufacturing, Inc. – Managing Multiple Generations
  • Victoria Ogier, MARC  – Workforce Program Overview And Update

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn
520 Minnesota Avenue

Kansas City, Kansas

Our Speakers Will Discuss:  

Nathan Goodpasture, Director of Business Development, Pride Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Attraction & Retention: Creating a path of clear progress on meaningful work.

Incentivizing the risks of long term training.

Overcoming the expectations of Gen Y.

Empowering the Boomers, a consultancy solution.

Shifting the paradigm of American education (Mfg is not plan B).

Learning from local and regional programs that are already working.

Pride Manufacturing is an aggressive custom machining and fabricating company headquartered in the Kansas City, Missouri Metropolitan area. They produce plastic and metal components, tooling, fixtures, weldments and molds for a broad spectrum of industries and applications. Its equipment portfolio is diverse and state-of-the-art, and team comprised of the foremost members of their respective specialties. Clientele choose Pride for the unmatched quality, as well as personalized engineering and logistics solutions that accompany the fulfillment of each production requirement.

Kirk Young, SPHR,  CEO, Job Match Assessment, Inc.

They are coming.  The birth rate in the U.S. spiked starting in 1980 and a new generation as influential as the Baby Boomers is now bringing change with them to work.  Are you prepared?

Workforce Generational Shift:  Demographics drive Destiny.

Is Gen Y Motivated? Getting Gen Y Engaged

Gen Y is Similar to the Boomers

Gen Y’s Life Experience is Different

Gen Y Bring New Challenges to Our Values

Kirk Young, SPHR, is a 26 year HR veteran, who served in nine different roles with Ernst & Young, Unilever and Lear Siegler. Now he is CEO of Job Match Assessment, Inc. where he applies his experience with engagement and job-fit metrics for more than 160 clients in diverse economic sectors.  Kirk has directed the Human Resources and Development functions.  He implements recruiting, performance management, compensation, succession planning, and assessment systems all over the country and in Canada.  He is well experienced in employee and labor relations management.    Mr. Young has an MBA from St. Louis University and a BS Psychology from Emporia State University.  He is MBTI qualified, a DDI certified instructor, and a Strategic Partner of Profiles International.

Victoria Ogier, Workforce Development Project Manager, Mid-America Regional Council

Mid-America Regional Council has launched a Manufacturing Sector Partnership Taskforce to identify skill needs and gaps in the workforce.  Victoria will provide an update on the taskforce’s activities.

Meeting Details:

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Our founding sponsors, Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center  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.

Sign up no later than September 9 by clicking here  or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958 or donna@kcmn.org

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

 

Sales and Operations Planning: The Missing Ingredient to Improved Efficiency?

Presentation and Discussion
KCMN May Meeting

While productivity and efficiency gains are a frequently mentioned goal of KCMN members, those gains are harder to achieve when trying to forecast in an uncertain environment.

A formal definition of Sales & Operations Planning is function of setting the overall level of manufacturing output (production plan) and other activities to best satisfy the current planned levels of sales (sales plan and/or forecasts), while meeting general business objectives of profitability, productivity, and competitive customer lead times. Another definition is the answer to the question, “How do you reconcile what sales says they’re going to sell with what we need to produce?”

KCMN will feature sales and operations planning expert John Boyer who will discuss the process of Sales and Operations planning. Desired results include asset utilization, cost management, and on-time shipment performance. This presentation includes the what-why-who-when fundamentals of S&OP, and its application and lessons learned from implementation at Milbank Manufacturing.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Milbank
Training Center – 5601 Gardner Kansas City, MO  64120

Parking is in the paved parking lot (look for the big wind turbine). Entrance to the training center is off of this parking lot (sign is over the door)

AGENDA

7:45 AM  Welcome and Overview of Milbank Manufacturing
8:00 AM  Presentation on Sales and Operations Planning by John Boyer
8:45 AM  Milbank’s Results, lessons learned and future expectations
9:15 AM  Discussion and Q & A

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

About our Presenters and Host

John E. Boyer, Jr.  PE, CFPIM – President of J.E. Boyer Company, Inc.

John E. Boyer, Jr., PE, CFPIM, is President of J. E. Boyer Company, Inc., a management education and consulting company. John has 38 years experience as a manufacturing professional, consultant, and university educator including Rockwell International, Emerson Electric, and Weber State University. He has completed 40 S&OP design and implementation projects in a wide variety of industries including metal fabrication, electronics, automotive, sporting goods, and healthcare. John has a BS-IE from Lehigh University and an MBA from Utah State University, is a frequent speaker for many professional organizations.

Eric Krichbaum – SR. VP of Operations/COO at Milbank Manufacturing

Eric has 28 years of leadership experience within a manufacturing environment. At Milbank, he has responsibility for the production, logistics/inventory management, procurement, product engineering and environmental, health and safety functions. Eric has been a valued leader in the implementation of lean and change management principles, strategic planning and supporting business processes and organizational structures resulting in improved operational performance. He promotes an environment that values a culture of learning, achieving results and continuous improvement through the active engagement of all employees.

About Milbank Manufacturing

Milbank builds solutions that move electrical power for the residential, commercial, industrial, utility and transportation sectors. Milbank combines over 80 years of expertise in electrical distribution with a commitment to develop and globally implement sustainable, integrated power solutions. Milbank’s portfolio includes electric metering systems, commercial and industrial enclosures and control products and PowerGen™ wind and solar solutions, stand-by and portable power. A third-generation, family-owned business, Milbank Manufacturing Company is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, please visit www.milbankmfg.com or www.milbankpowergen.com.