Solutions and new strategies for workforce recruiting

KCMN March Meeting

Got talent? Increasingly, for many manufacturers, finding the talent needed to fill open positions has become more challenging. Join us for our March 7 meeting where we will present speakers who are working on strategies to not only seek out potential employees, but also build a pipeline to increase chances for success.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
7:30-9:00 AM
River Market Event Place, 140 Walnut, KCMO 64106


Greg Kindle, President, Wyandotte Economic Development Council

Wyandotte County: Workforce Solutions Wanted: Economic development used to be all about location, location, location.  Today, it could easily be said it’s all about talent, talent, talent.  Finding the workforce to meet the needs of the business community has become a challenge.  Innovation has largely allowed manufacturers to keep growing but an existing and future talent pipeline is a national issue with local implications.  Wyandotte County Economic Development Council has developed a unique workforce solutions approach that seeks to connect businesses in Wyandotte County with an existing labor pool often overlooked or disconnected from the workforce system and works with the school district to create a future talent pipeline around the industry sectors creating jobs in the county.

Torree Pederson, Executive Director, Greater KC Chapter of NTMA

Building Robots and Ties to Manufacturing BotsKC is a manufacturing workforce development program of the Kansas City National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA). BotsKC students design and build remote controlled robots to face-off in a gladiator-style competition. Through the manufacturing process of bot building, students’ imaginations are captured as they design, build and compete with their own robotic creations. Through this hands-on effort with industry partners, students gain practical knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – all essential skills for manufacturing.

By formalizing ties between schools and manufacturing partners, students gain a better understanding and become enthusiastic about the career possibilities in manufacturing. Manufacturers are able to build valuable industry-school connections and workforce talent pipelines by helping BotsKC teams engineer a lean, mean, fighting machine. In other words, everybody wins.

Timothy Welsh   Executive Director, National Center for Aviation Industry

Industry Talent Supply Chains: New Sources of Aviation Talent Shortages of talent and high costs of talent acquisition are driving a growing national interest in applying supply chain management principles to talent planning management. The use of supply chain techniques in this way has recently been expanded to help the aviation industry mitigate talent shortages in its manufacturing and maintenance sectors.

National industry talent supply chains are employer-driven by design. Qualified education, training and certification organizations are organized into integrated supply chains to provide reliable talent at scale to employers and employer groups.

This presentation will explain the origins and current state of talent supply chains and provide an actual aviation talent supply chain example. Information will also be shared with the audience about various tools and methods now available for enhanced talent planning management.

Shannon Martinez, Program Manager/Recruitment Specialist Workforce AID Kansas Department of Commerce 

Workforce AID (Aligned with Industry Demand):  Kansas businesses report a shortage of qualified, skilled employees.  The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Kansas Board of Regents implemented a project to address the skills gap in Kansas through development of a talent pipeline by aligning workforce training and education with industry opportunities and demands.  Workforce AID is nationally recognized by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and supports economic and workforce development by keeping Kansas businesses competitive and promoting a more robust economy.  Workforce AID finds, trains and delivers a skilled and certified workforce.

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 today BY CLICKING HERE  or contact Donna Gordon  816-304-7958,  This meeting is part 1 of a 3 part series on workforce issues. Sign up for the whole series! Information at

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.

Developing Strategies for Your Workforce – Today and Tomorrow

KCMN January Meeting

While there a growing number of institutions working to develop the next generation manufacturing employee with the right skills, getting them in the door is only the first step. Join KCMN panelists in a discussion about best practices for working with interns and new employees, and partnering with area resources to develop the skill sets you need for your plant floor.

  • Mike Stradinger, CEO, Holland 1916, Inc
  • Robert Kohl, Plant Manager, MeadWestvaco Corporation
  • Allison Clemens, Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS)
  • Donna Deeds, Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS)
  • W. David Wellmaker Jr., Cirriculum development, Technology Summer, JCCC

Our panelists will discuss resources and strategies for working with education partners to develop employees with the necessary skills for success, share best practices for working with interns, and getting the most from your employee development program.  Audience members will be invited to share their experiences and best practices as well.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
7:30-9:00 AM

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

Cost is $15 for members, $25 for guests.  Register by January 10 BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958. Due to our need to cover costs, no shows or cancellations after January 10 will be billed, or you may send a substitute in your place.

Speakers - 2012-09-21 - 15h-34m-30sMike Stradinger – Holland 1916 is corporate parent for five manufacturing companies providing innovative solutions to their customers, including nameplates, RFID solutions, and interface solutions. Holland 1916 has partnered with Northland CAPS, which provides students the opportunity to work in real business settings and apply skill sets to real life issues and projects.

 Robert Kohl   – MeadWestvaco (MWV) is a global packaging company with products in healthcare, beauty and personal global_logo_redesigncare, food, beverage, tobacco, and home and garden markets around the world. MWV has partnered with the Grandview school district and the Metropolitan Community College to develop their next generation workforce.

Northland CAPS

Allison Clemens  – Northland CAPS provide high school students in the Northland with a pre-professional, innovative and entrepreneurial education through career oriented experiences that are both hands on and real world.

logoDonna Deeds – CAPS provides students the opportunity to deeply explore professions of interest through a problem-based, inquiry learning method. Local and global business partners participate with highly skilled instructors to provide authentic exposure and skill acquisition in 21st century professions. Students can earn college credit and/or certifications while earning core and elective high school credit.

David Wellmaker is a consultant, training developer, facilitator, and team coach with over 25 years experience developing and implementing effective business solutions. He has led diverse teams of 4 to 1000 people, with positions of corporate trainer and manager of Fair Employment and Diversity for a Fortune 500 Company.

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.