Planning for Growth & Taking the Leap – Dimensional Innovations Tour

KCMN October Meeting – MFG Day Event 

In January of 2016,  DI opened a new design build fabrication facility in Lenexa, almost doubling its fabrication footprint to 140,000 square feet.  With full design, engineering, fabrication and installation capabilities, this division of DI focuses on signage projects and serving DI’s programmed accounts such as AMC and Cinemark. Join us for a tour of their new Lenexa facility, where the company will discuss expansion / opening a second manufacturing facility

·         The decision to expand and the process of planning
·         Preparing for the move and the plant layout process
·         Thinking like a startup: leadership structure and building the team
·         Relocating 85 employees to a new location
·         Managing culture and communication between two facilities
·         Maintaining performance and managing KPIs through the move and ramp up phase
·         “Day 2” Adjustments to the plan after moving in and lessons learned along the way

Tuesday, October 10
7:30 – 9:00 AM
Dimensional Innovations, 15500 West 108th Street, Lenexa, KS 66219

Maximum attendees: 50

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

7:30 AM Breakfast & Networking
7:45 AM Company Presentation
8:15 Dimensional Innovations Tour

Please wear closed-toed shoes and bring safety glasses if you have them.

About Dimensional InnovationsDI_Logo_Square

Dimensional Innovations, named a Business Journal 2017 Champion of Business,  is an experiential design firm that creates and builds immersive and interactive brand experiences. Combine a team of graphic designers and brand strategists with architects and animators, then take interior, interactive and environmental designers and connect them to a team of digital engineers, throw in an innovation lab, then bolt on a workshop where we can build just about anything and, well, you’ve got us. Together, we are designers, makers and innovators of world-class experiences, places and products.



Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise are our NIST Network Affiliate Sponsors. We welcome all regional manufacturers to join us to make KCMN the central resource for manufacturing company managers and owners who are working to grow and improve their businesses across many functional areas.

Managing Growth and Change the Webco Way


Webco Manufacturing hosted KCMN’s May meeting at their new facility in Olathe, KS.  Mike Miller and his co-owners provided an overview of The Webco Way.  The Webco Way is a set of 31 guiding principles that is used daily to help the company continue to grow and improve.   As an employee-owned company, the leadership team was looking for a way to help all employees understand the concept of thinking like owners, and making decisions that benefited all involved.  The team looked at principles that they were practicing in their daily operations, and those that were best practices that they aspired to.  The result is the Webco Way.

Each week, a new principle is emphasized, discussed and shared – with employees, suppliers, and even customers.  This keeps everyone focused.  Mike noted that they are not perfect, but continue to improve.

20140513_085753The Webco Way has helped everyone to ‘step up their game’ as the company continues to grow and expand.    The meeting concluded with a tour of Webco’s state of the art facility.  Attendees commented that they were interested in developing their own ‘Webco Way’, and appreciated the Webco team’s willingness to share their best practices with their fellow manufacturers.

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


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


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