KC Manufacturing Network, Summer Networking Event – August 26, 2014, 4-7 PM

Wrap up your summer by making some new connections! 
Join us for the Kansas City Manufacturing Network (KCMN) Summer Networking Event, Aug. 26, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Dark Horse Distillery in Lenexa, KS.

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

Admission is just $20 and 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!

Dark Horse Distillery
11740 West 86th Terrace, Lenexa, KS
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.

Event limited to the first 125 people who sign up
Appetizers and sandwiches by Dean & Deluca
Advance registration is required, no walk-ins will be accepted at the door
REGISTER by contacting Donna, 816-304-7958, donna@kcmn.org
Pay online at (LINK TBA) or cash or check at the door

KC IIE Gear For Sports FACILITY TOUR

Join the KCIIE chapter for an exciting tour of the Gear For Sports facility in Lenexa, KS!

The GEAR FOR SPORTS family of brands has grown to include GEAR FOR SPORTS, Champion and Under Armour. Their brands provide customers with a single resource for all of their sportswear needs. They offer t-shirts, caps, fleece, luxury men’s fashions, performance wear and performance outerwear.

The GEAR FOR SPORTS operation in Lenexa, KS has 185,000 square feet of production space and 300,000 square feet of warehousing space. They can store 26,000 skids of product and have an automated picking system. In addition, they have 19 automatic presses and 100 embroidery heads in their production area.

After the tour, we will head over to Brewbakers at 95th and Renner for a networking social.

When: Tuesday, May 20th from 4-6pm (Brewbakers at 6pm)
Where: 9700 Commerce Parkway, Lenexa, Kansas 66219
Cost: Free for members; $15 for non-members
RSVP by: Friday, May 16th via:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HLNRJ36/
Non-members pay via http://iiekansascity.org/payments/

Hope to see you all there!

December Event – 2013 Planning and Officer Elections

Join us as we start planning for the 2013 program year. We’ll discuss events for each month, so if you have a facility you’d like to tour or an idea for a different event (training session, dinner speaker, etc) we want to hear it. We are always looking for additional members to get involved with the officer team as well – I think I may have mentioned that once or twice, as well as the leadership development opportunity.

When: Monday, December 10th at 6pm
Where: Barley’s Brewhaus, 16649 Midland Dr, Shawnee
Cost: Free (BYOB – buy, not bring)
RSVP: Contact Jay Christensen at kjchrist (at) jcp (dot)com or 913-541-2324 by Monday afternoon

Student Chapter Success

The IIE Chapter Leader news came out last week and one of the info items was the Student Chapters that achieved the Gold Award for their 2011-2012 program year. Both Kansas State and Missouri accomplished the honor this year! This is the first time the Mizzou chapter has earned the Gold Award, coming on the heels of hosting a successful Regional Student Paper Conference in March. Congratulations to the students and leaders at both schools on this accomplishment!

The full list of Gold Award winners is available via the IIE website. Other South Central Region schools earning Gold were Texas A&M, University of Houston and University Texas at Arlington. In respect to athletic conferences, other SEC schools on the list are Louisiana State, Texas A&M, Florida and Tennessee, while the only other Big XII school was new member West Virginia.

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