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



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.

LEAN vs. MRP Friend or Foe?

KCMN April meeting and SOR plant tour – Thanks to all who made this tour a great success – for those who missed the tour, photos are below!

SOR has been on a LEAN journey since 2010.  A significant element of this LEAN journey has been design and implementation of techniques for improving demand flow.  Everything SOR supplies is executed via a configure and build to order process.  With the many options offered in our product set this results in a high mix production environment with a relatively high variability in demand.  Come see how SOR has used LEAN demand flow techniques such as design capacity, Kanban, and standard packaging, in concert with MRP in our LEAN implementation.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 
7:30  – 9:00 AM
14685 West 105th Street, Lenexa, KS 66215Print

7:30 – 8:00 AM – Registration, breakfast and networking
8:00 – 8:20 AM – SOR company presentation
8:20 – 9:00 AM  Plant tour

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

SOR Overview

SOR is a Kansas based globally recognized manufacturer and marketer of high quality process instrumentation. We offer a comprehensive line of pressure, level, temperature and flow measurement products. SOR actively serves all sectors of the process industry, with our particular strength being in the Oil & Gas, Power, Petrochemical, and Chemical segments.

 Due to limited space, 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. Guests 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

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.

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