Wrap up your summer by making some new connections!

OPEN TO KCMN, SME, APICS, IIE & ASQ MEMBERS & THEIR INVITED MANUFACTURING COMPANY GUESTS

Following our sold out successful event last summer, we are making this year’s summer networking event even bigger and better!logo merge

Arrowhead Stadium
Founder’s Club –Parking Lot M
August 20, 2015  4-7 PM

(North Sideline, 50 Yard Line, Adjacent to Founder’s Plaza, Across from the Team Store)

Arrowhead’s Founder’s Club features a large central bar, outside patio and collection of dining, bar and fireside lounge seating with surrounding views of the Founder’s Plaza and playing field. Virtual tour at http://www.kcchiefs.com/arrowhead/virtualtour/build.html

 

Admission includes a complementary beverage, as well as great food, plus an opportunity to network with fellow manufacturers- all for only $20 per person

  • Event limited to the first 150 people who sign up
  • Networking activities, door prizes and a chance to park at Arrowhead at no charge!
  • Proceeds benefit the scholarship funds for SME and IIE.
  • Advance registration is required, (online or donna@kcmn.org) No walk-ins will be accepted at the door
  • Pay online at http://tinyurl.com/mfgnet2015  or  cash or check at the door – due to 5 organizations involved, no invoicing

Your choice of beverages, thanks to our Premier sponsor:

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Spencer Fane is the law firm where your business leaders work with our business leaders. We provide an unconventional approach to legal services geared toward protecting and advancing business and personal interests. Our clients are certain that their interests are our priority, because they work with leaders – leaders who work decisively, execute with purpose and understand the importance of flawless timing. Be certain.

Supporting Sponsors (Click on the logos to learn more):

 

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Thanks to all who made our Networking Event a Success!

One hundred and forty people attended our joint networking event at the Dark Horse Distillery in Lenexa.  We couldn’t have pulled this off without the support of our participating organizations:

APICS
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
American Society for Quality (ASQ)

Also a great big thanks to our sponsors!
Premier Drink Sponsor: Spencer Fane
Supporting sponsors:  MWV, Kelly Services, Barr-Thorpe Electric and A&E Custom Manufacturing

Also thanks to Brian McCarthy (IIE), Deneen Slack (SME) and Andy Zawisza (APICS/KCMN) for giving up most of their evening to help with check-ins, and for all who led our networking discussions!

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Networking – Strategy and Value for Manufacturers

KCMN September Panel Discussion
Alphapointe – Please note the location change!
KCMN’s annual networking event is always a big draw, but networking doesn’t have to be that event you attend once a year.  With social media, cocktail hours, breakfast meetings, and special events, how does a manufacturer find time to get it all done?  Join our panelists at Alphapointe on September 9 to learn how to build and utilize your network for business growth, and for the benefit of your manufacturing career.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
7:30 – 9:00 AM, tours available at 9:00 AM
Alphapointe 7501 Prospect  Kansas City, MO

David Cacioppo, President/CEO, emfluence   David will be our panel moderator, and will share his one-to-one marketing philosophy built on three guiding principles: Track. Measure. Improve. David was the recipient of the 2014 Direct Marketer of the Year Award from the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association and is currently the President of the Entrepreneurial Exchange, a Board Member of Children International and is a past Board member of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program, The American Advertising Federation of Kansas City and the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association.
Dave Coughlin, Operations Consultant, Heatron  Dave will share how to build a professional network, some do’s and don’ts, and include an approach to grow and build your network into professional relationships.
Brad Carl, Vice President and COO, Columbia Burlap & Bag Co. - The impact Social Media has on networking, the misperceptions, and how your company could be using it to connect with others and stay in touch with your market.
Chris Klope, Chief Operations Officer, Mobile Hydraulic Equipment Co., LLC   Chris will discuss his perspective on networking as “the new guy in town” and contrast his experience in KC with St. Louis – a very clique-ish metro area that has failed to innovate and grow. He’ll share how he makes time for networking, and how to make a business case for building your network.

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 September5 BY CLICKING HERE  contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org 

Due to hotel conflicts, thanks to Alphapointe for hosting our meeting! Tours are available for anyone who can stay following our meeting
About Alphapointe
www.alphapointe.org and www.alphapointeonline.com
Alphapointe 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 is the largest single employer of visually impaired individuals in Missouri, employing 200 + people locally, approximately 115 of which are blind or visually impaired, and is the only comprehensive rehabilitation and education agency for persons with vision loss in the state of Missouri, serving over 5,000 individuals annually.  Alphapointe is ISO-9001:2008 Certified, cGMP compliant.

Our Panelists:
Columbia Burlap & Bag Company began in the early 1950`s by buying and selling used burlap bags. Today, we have locations in North Kansas City, MO Dallas, TX as we continue to build on a 60-year commitment to quality products and customer satisfaction.  Products include burlap bags, rolls, sheets and other burlap products, woven polypropylene products including sand bags and bulk bags and a complete line of wire baskets for the tree growing industry  Columbia`s customers include tree growers, custom tree diggers, nurseries, garden centers and landscape companies and any business or person who needs a bag.

Mobile Hydraulic Equipment Co - HIPPO Multipower began in the 1970s as a hydraulic service company.  The company developed more efficient hydraulic circuits and began the manufacture of Multipower (hydraulic, electric, pneumatic and welding) generators for the US Military.  Following the award of a program of record by the US Army the company transitioned the same technology into the work/service truck industry, railroad maintenance-of-way equipment and most recently co-developed a program with Polaris building the first SUV with a Multipower unit for the commercial agriculture, railroad, energy exploration, and maintenance vehicle industries.

Heatron is an ISO 9001:2008 registered company serving two core business units: Custom Heating Elements (thermal management and heating element design and solutions) and LED Integration (design and manufacture of LED light engine components and full LED light engines). Heatron focuses on building long term relationships with our clients. We are committed to the highest industry standards and remain dedicated to the continuous improvement of thermal management and LED lighting design, manufacturing and assembly solutions.

emfluence is a full service digital marketing agency focused on conversions. We convert strangers into prospects, prospects into customers, and customers into evangelists. Part internet technology specialists, part marketing strategists, emfluence is solely focused on helping you grow your business online with less hassle and increasingly better results. Our integrated approach allows us to offer affordable, impactful solutions in local, national and international markets.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise, are our NIST Network Affiliate Sponsors.

Wrap up your Summer with a Great Networking Event!

WE ARE SOLD OUT!  THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE GREAT RESPONSE!

OPEN TO KCMN, SME, APICS, IIE & ASQ MEMBERS & INVITED GUESTS

Following our sold out successful event last summer, we are making this year’s summer networking event even bigger and better!

Join us at our members-only event:logo merge

Dark Horse Distillery

11740 West 86th Terrace, Lenexa, KS

August 26, 2014  4-7 PM

Located just west of I-35 off of 87th Street in Lenexa, the Dark Horse Distillery is a family owned and operated distillery launched in 2010 with a complete unique event space.

Admission includes your choice of beverages, including Dark Horse Rider Vodka, Dark Horse Long Shot White Whiskey, well spirits, beer, wine and soda, as well as great food, plus an opportunity to network with fellow manufacturers- all for only $20.

  • Event limited to the first 150 people who sign up
  • Appetizers,  sandwiches and a special dessert by Dean & Deluca
  • Cost is $20 per person
  • Advance registration is required, (online or donna@kcmn.org) No walk-ins will be accepted at the door
  • Pay online  or  cash or check at the door – due to 5 organizations involved, no invoicing
  • Proceeds from the event benefit the SME and IIE Scholarship funds

Your choice of beverages, thanks to our Premier sponsor:

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At Spencer Fane, we take pride in our ability to work in partnership with our clients to achieve their goals. Our client engagement philosophy highlights three critical steps: We identify achievable goals. We work to find the best strategy for achieving those goals. We implement powerful legal strategy in a skillful, aggressive and cost-effective manner. We believe our success is measured by our results. Spencer Fane has a wealth of experience representing regional, national, and international manufacturing companies. We have guided our clients through the complex legal issues that arise including contracts, employment issues, asset protection, and environmental requirements.

Register today by CLICKING HERE  or contact Donna  816-304-7958  donna@kcmn.org

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Who we are:

The Kansas City Manufacturing Network (KCMN) was established in 1993 as the central resource for manufacturing company managers and owners who are working to grow and improve their businesses. KCMN’s educational and networking opportunities create opportunities for manufacturers to learn through real world experiences such as plant tours, presentations by local subject matter experts, and panel discussions that share lessons learned from fellow manufacturing professionals.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, magazines, publications and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities.

Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IIE is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial engineering.  In addition to continuing education opportunities, we provide exposure to an excellent network of fellow Industrial Engineers in manufacturing, distribution, service, consulting, and education.

American Society for Quality (ASQ) is a global community of people passionate about quality, who use the tools, their ideas and expertise to make our world work better. ASQ: The Global Voice of Quality, was founded in 1946 and has over 78,000 members worldwide.  We offer technologies, concepts, training, solutions, and an active network of quality practitioners, leaders, and innovators second to none.

APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate end-to-end supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designations set the industry standard. With over 37,000 members and more than 250 international partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers.

 

 

Wrap up your summer by making some new connections!

WE ARE SOLD OUT – THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THE GREAT RESPONSE!

OPEN TO KCMN, SME, IIE & ASQ AND THEIR INVITED MANUFACTURING COMPANY GUESTS

Following our sold out successful event last summer, we are making this year’s summer networking event even bigger and better. Join:

Kansas City Manufacturing Network,

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers,

Institute of Industrial Engineers, and

American Society for Quality

at our members-only event at the Dark Horse Distillery in Lenexa, KS from 4-7 PM on August 20, 2013.

Located just west of I-35 off of 87th Street in Lenexa, the Dark Horse Distillery is a family owned and operated distillery launched in 2010 with a complete unique event space.

Admission includes your choice of beverages, including Dark Horse Rider Vodka, Dark Horse Long Shot White Whiskey, well spirits, beer, wine and soda, complements of our drink sponsor, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP. We will also have sandwiches and appetizers catered by Dean & Delucca.  Learn more about four great organizations who provide resources and support to the area’s manufacturing community, and participate in discussions to help you get to know your fellow manufacturers – all for only $20.

Attendees must pay online or by cash or check at the door.  Due to multiple organizations participating, there will be no invoicing.  Sign up today by clicking here!

Attendance is open to members only of the 4 participating organizations and invited manufacturing company guests, and will be limited to the first 100 to sign up.  If we are able to secure additional sponsors, proceeds from the event will benefit SME and IIE Scholarship funds.  Contact Brian Crawley from SME for more details if you’d like to help sponsor the event.

Your choice of beverages, thanks to our sponsors:

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At Spencer Fane, we take pride in our ability to work in partnership with our clients to achieve their goals. Our client engagement philosophy highlights three critical steps: We identify achievable goals. We work to find the best strategy for achieving those goals. We implement powerful legal strategy in a skillful, aggressive and cost-effective manner. We believe our success is measured by our results. Spencer Fane has a wealth of experience representing regional, national, and international manufacturing companies. We have guided our clients through the complex legal issues that arise including contracts, employment issues, asset protection, and environmental requirements.

Thanks to our additional supporting event sponsors:

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Who we are:

The Kansas City Manufacturing Network (KCMN) was established in 1993 as the central resource for manufacturing company managers and owners who are working to grow and improve their businesses. KCMN’s educational and networking opportunities create opportunities for manufacturers to learn through real world experiences such as plant tours, presentations by local subject matter experts, and panel discussions that share lessons learned from fellow manufacturing professionals.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, magazines, publications and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c)3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce.

Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IIE is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial engineering.  Our members can be found in manufacturing, distribution, service, consulting, education, and even retirement!  In addition to continuing education opportunities, we provide exposure to an excellent network of fellow Industrial Engineers.

American Society for Quality (ASQ) is a global community of people passionate about quality, who use the tools, their ideas and expertise to make our world work better. ASQ: The Global Voice of Quality, was founded in 1946 and has over 78,000 members worldwide.  We offer technologies, concepts, training, solutions, and an active network of quality practitioners, leaders, and innovators second to none.

 

Don’t be left in the dark! Get to know your fellow manufacturers!

A special KCMN networking event hosted by Alphapointe

Featuring Boulevard Beer and Jack Stack Barbecue

FREE to KCMN current members and their invited guests

Alphapointe Association for the BlindKCMN is kicking off our fall season with a special networking event! Our meeting is sponsored by Alphapointe Association for the Blind, a unique manufacturer, and will feature free food and drink for KCMN members who are current with their membership. The meeting will feature a networking roundtable where participants will have an opportunity to learn about each other’s accomplishments, opportunities and challenges.

  • Members who RSVP by the August 19 deadline get in for free
  • Please limit participants to 5 per company so everyone has a chance to participate
  • Please invite your manufacturing colleagues to come and check out KCMN. Guests will need to RSVP with their contact information, and who invited them in order to get in free.
  • Guests not invited by a KCMN member will be $15 – proceeds from the event will be donated to Alphapointe, a non-profit organization
  • Donations are also appreciated!

Alphapointe Association for the Blind
Thursday August 25
4:00 to 6:00 PM
7501 Prospect, Kansas City, MO

AGENDA

4:00 PM – Enjoy Jack Stack barbecue and Boulevard Beer
4:30 PM – Welcome and introduction to Alphapointe
4:40 PM – Networking roundtable discussions begin
5:40 PM – Enjoy barbecue and beverages

Bank of Kansas City

 

 

Bring your business cards for a drawing for some great prizes from Bank of Kansas City and Johnson County Community College!

Space is limited, so sign up today at by clicking here or contact Donna Gordon

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.

About Alphapointe

Our Mission is to empower people with vision loss to maximize their independence.

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, 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 ISO-9001:2008 Certified, cGMP compliant. Their facility includes:

  • eCommerce Office Supply Store with over 40,000 products offered featuring SKILCRAFT® products
  • Military Base Supply Stores at Fort Leonard Wood Army Base and Little Rock Air Force Base
  • Over 50 million pharmaceutical bottles produced for the Veterans Administration mail order pharmacy program
  • Produce over 12,000,000 writing instruments per year
  • Sales to federal government and commercial distribution network of nearly 200 locations coast-to-coast
  • Complete, State of the Art, plastics processing facility

In addition, Alphapointe is the only comprehensive Vision Education and Rehabilitation Center in the State of Missouri. Services include low vision services for seniors and Low Vision Clinic, diabetes outreach and education, adaptive technology instruction , job skills evaluation, placement, and training and many more services. In 2010, Alphapointe provided direct rehabilitation services to over 750 individuals who are blind or visually impaired in 2010 and served over 4,000 people through various training and outreach programs.