TOURING ON MFG DAY
ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
Valley industrial Association
VIA JOB BOARD LAUNCHED
MFG DAY TOUR PHOTOS
Valley Industrial Association
MTH Pumps & 2018
VIA Board Chairman
When the end of Summer brings cooler evenings and changing foliage, I inevitably start thinking about the upcoming year end and whether we’ve made the necessary progress towards our annual business goals. While most every business sets goals for sales, budgeting and a few other common business metrics, these (while important) do not represent all that makes a great company.
At the VIA we have tried to highlight some of the alternative attributes that can help make a good company great via our annual Spark Awards. However, as important as it is to recognize the stars in our membership, it is part of our mission to help enable all of our members to continuously improve.
One of the tenets of continuous improvement is that you need to measure something to improve it, but how do you measure Workforce Development, Safety, Culture, Social Responsibility, Innovation, or Operational Excellence in a quantitative way? This is the challenge that our President, Kathy Gilmore and a group of dedicated volunteers and business partners have taken on in preparation for the next Spark Awards.
Besides providing a more consistent method of determining the winners of upcoming Spark Awards, the surveys that have been developed will also provide a benchmark for all participants to use to measure their status against other participants, as well as evaluate the effectiveness of their improvement efforts. Furthermore, I anticipate that the survey results will give the VIA a direct measure of its impact on the success of our membership as a whole, and help direct future VIA programming.
It is our hope that the new Spark surveys represent a new value to our member companies much like the annual salary survey that has proven to be so popular year after year. Soon you will see the new surveys being distributed and I highly encourage everyone to fill them out to maximize the data value they can provide. That’s all for now, but I wish each and every one of you success in the remainder of 2018, and into the future. Hopefully our 2019 Chairman, Aaron Nosek of Keson Industries, will be congratulating your company as one of our next Spark Award winners.
It's zooming by, folks. October already? We have an action-packed month planned as the US celebrates Manufacturing Month (no more "one day" thing). We are thrilled to have more time to celebrate this awesome industry with a huge down-stream impact.
Fall is our busiest season at the VIA and we thank all who attended our Annual Meeting! We went back to our old Luncheon-style and the format seemed to resonate much better. We also tried out a new venue - Arrowhead Golf Club and it did not disappoint. A couple statistics for you: 97% said the venue met or exceeded expectations, and 94% thought the overall meeting met or exceeded expectations (30% of attendees filled out our survey). I will take that as a good sign. If you ever are part of something at the VIA and your expectations are NOT met, please tell us how we can do better. And when you put your name on the survey, we can have a great conversation about it too!
Here's a little recap from the Annual Meeting where we shared what's happening in the VIA:
Highlights Year-to-date in 2018:
NEW VIA Job Board!
Over 75 programs held, including Spark Awards, Culture Day, Educational Professional Peer Groups, Golf, EIQ Luncheon, Annual Meeting
We helped our companies connect with students for over 1072 Tours in 2018.
Coming up in the 4th Quarter:
The "Make it Cool Phase" of New Website & Database
NEW on-line Portal for Tooling U with a partnership where our members get 10% off
More prof. peer group programming to help hone skills.
The NEW Benchmarking for Excellence Application on-line!
Awesome free committees to help you collaborate to solve challenges.
Our well-known Economic Forecast Breakfast with Bill Strauss.
As a non-profit we are committed to investing everything we can back into the organization, and strive to magnify your investment in us. Please consider joining the mission, the parties and the forums. Best wishes on a great Q4!
16th | CFO/Finanical Leaders Co-hort
17TH | APICS Roundtable
18th | Women of the VIA: EIQ
24th | Captive Lunch & Learn
| Executive Forum
25th | HR: Communication Strategies
30th | Sales Group: Expectation
31ST | MFG Bus Tour
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VIA JOB BOARD/
4th | Happy Anniversary VIA - 116 years
6th | Eat That Frog
8th | Engingeering: Larson
14th | Risk Assessment & Hazard Analysis
| Sustainability Roundtable
15TH | IT Lunch & Learn
28TH | Economic Forecast with Bill Strauss
29TH |HR: Conflict Management
HR: Conflict Management
by Rod Kelly
SBA an Advisor, Financial Backer for Manufacturers
“Hi. I’m the government, and I’m here to help,” was said to a chorus of chuckles. “That’s actually the truth with the SBA.”
Those were the reassuring comments at the VIA annual meeting from Robert Scott, administrator for the US Small Business Administration’s Great Lakes Region. Scott, who wore his Buckeye allegiance proudly in front of an audience of about 125, had a message about helping manufacturers through a host of financial and business service offerings.
In Fiscal Year 2017, the SBA empowered Illinois manufacturers and businesses to:
· Access more than $1.1 billion in guaranteed loans through area banks and community-based businesses. Scott said about 25 percent of the SBA-backed loans nationwide are underwritten by Huntington Bank. Other VIA banking members that participate in SBA loans include Wintrust, M&M Bank, BMO Harris, Chase, MB Financial and Old Second. SBA-backed loans can range from as little as $50,000 up to $5 million.
· Find mentors and allies through 40 resource partners, including SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and the Veterans Business Outreach Center.
· Assist small businesses and manufacturers secure more than $1.8 billion in federal contracts, which by law, 23 percent of contracts are set aside for small businesses.
“Our goal with our loan-backed programs, is to move the borrower along so they don’t need us anymore,” said Scott. The loan process has been streamlined 50 percent to make it easier for manufacturers to secure financing for their needs. He believes the SBA is the best kept secret in the federal government and is more customer service focused than other departments. “We want to be viewed as a business advisor to make you successful and creating jobs. We are not going to act like government.”
Scott complimented manufacturing: “If you are doing well, the country is doing well.”
And manufacturing is doing well, just like those darned Buckeyes.
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At the end of 2017, the Women of the VIA mapped out their list of hot topics for 2018. Emotional Intelligence was on the top list. A remark I heard just yesterday was that it was a bit selfish of our Women's group to keep Emotional Intelligence as a "women's topic" since women are typically more gifted in that realm. Were we actually trying to increase the divide by excluding men from this event? Absolutely not! I would like to put it out there that men are always invited to our Women of the VIA events! These events are planned by Women and are open to all. And we especially like to have men that support, encourage, mentor and work with women on their teams and in their companies. Bottom line? We want men to understand us!
Our EIQ Luncheon on August 17th included Key Note speaker, Trisha Squires Daho, Founder of Empowered Leadership Cultivation, leading the talk about the four skills of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness and Relationship Management. Daho talked about how a high EIQ predicts success by a greater margin than a high IQ. Here are a few more correlations Trisha made between leadership and EIQ:
Best leaders are commanders of self and handling the emotions of others
Authenticity builds trust
Growth relies on retention of clients AND your people
Your attitude is your brand
Culture drives behavior
The event included a panel of inspiring area leaders; Lori Bottoms, CFO of The Jel Sert Company, Stacia Hobson, Co-Owner of Image Industries, Gail Hernly, CFO of Tek Pak, Inc and Jeannette Legge, Director of Global Product Commercialization at Molex, LLC. The panel was asked how they have used Emotional Intelligence in their work environment and how they lead teams differently as women. One memorable remark was when Lori Bottoms mentioned that she felt it was important to utilize data, and lead with facts, over emotions and feelings when working with men.
For me, the biggest take-away in Emotional Intelligence is that through motivation, extended practice and feedback, one can improve and increase their EIQ. This is not the case with your cognitive abilities or your IQ. One warning though, that I have noticed; once you start studying EIQ, you start to become hyper-aware of your own quirks and outbursts. Just the other day I could feel my Self-Management score plummet as I barked at a colleague who was disrupting a meeting that I was in. I'm definitely a work-in-progress.
If you are interested in diving in a little deeper into this topic; join us for the Emotional Intelligence 2.0 book-club meeting on 10/18 at the VIA. This does a little deeper dive into the four skills, and when you purchase the book there is a test included that gives you a EI 2.0 Appraisal. Consider taking the initiative, especially if you have or are considering a leadership role in your company.
Sustainability Committee Hosts Second in Series of Knowledge-Sharing Sessions
ISO 14001: Up Close
ISO 14001, he added, “We’re a 100-plus-year-old company (that) needed more conformity.” For most manufacturers, conformity means ISO certification. ASTG’s Quality Engineer Paula Kirby (a Six Sigma Black Belt herself) talked about how the organization, a wide width coating and finishing company, approached ISO 14001.
To the more than 20 members and guests of the VIA, Paula shared: “ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 are about continuous improvement. It’s a journey. It’s an evolving management system.”
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The scene: white cinderblock walls, speckled linoleum floor, a couple refrigerators, circular tables scattered like coins. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group’s lunchroom was standard fare — until you looked through a large picture window along the south-facing wall.
There, you saw the inner workings of an earnest manufacturing company, the kind striving to show up as a leader, the one hosting this second in a series of meetings by Valley Industrial Association’s Sustainability Committee headed up by Tim Tremain, president of MTH Pumps.
Beyond the single pane was an amalgam of clean silver metal, a patterned ceiling of conduit pipes crisscrossing like a maze, and massive industrial pendants showering brilliant light among people moving, walking, working with large rolls of multi-colored cloth and swaths of tape for industrial applications. In the distance, steam hissed and machines hummed.
ASTG President Dan LaTurno pointed to the window and said, “Out there, we have the best group of people.” Referencing ISO 14001, he added, “We’re a 100-plus-year-old company (that) needed more conformity.” For most manufacturers, conformity means ISO certification. ASTG’s Quality Engineer Paula Kirby (a Six Sigma Black Belt herself) talked about how the organization, a wide width coating and finishing company, approached ISO 14001.
To the more than 20 members and guests of the VIA, Paula shared: “ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 are about continuous improvement. It’s a journey. It’s an evolving management system.”
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by Kathy Gilmore
Cut to Precision
Opening the Doors to Manufacturing
With an arm waving to multiple new state-of-the-art machines, Precise Stamping President Chris Goblet proudly proclaims, “These are our newest babies.”
Stopping at one of the 5 new Xpert 80 Bystronic compact, high-speed press brakes, Goblet demonstrated the precision, quality and safety of the machine to a group of members of the Valley Industrial Association who recently toured the 20,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in North Aurora. For example, the intuitive Xpert 80 will not operate if a hand or other object, such as a cell phone, is placed in the machine.
“We are proud of our safety record, not only because of our training, but because we invest in equipment that is made smarter and safer,” said Goblet.
Another one of those new investments is the CNC Milling Haas VF 11/50, an 120” X 40” X 30” cutting table with 30 stations that allows for performing complex secondary operations with laser cut and waterjet cut components. “This enables us to rapidly prototype almost any part in-house,” said Goblet.
The 25 full-time employees can operate multiple machines that operate with the same controllers. As a result, Precise Stamping fulfills more than 300 unique parts each month, some as small as a single unit.
“Our niche is tight tolerance, design and low volume orders up to 10,000 units,” said Goblet. “Anything bigger will go to a larger operation or overseas. “We offer a turnkey solution, from laser cutting to stamping. We design and provide solutions that customers care about and that can’t be done by other manufacturers.”
Primary industries that Precise Stamping supplies include: agriculture, food, medical, robotics and automotive.
Nearly 60 Years in Manufacturing
Precise Stamping was founded in 1959 by Robert Goblet, Chris’s father. Originally named Javelin (because Robert threw the javelin in college), the company was renamed Qualified Industries before settling on Precise Stamping in the mid-1990s. Chris was the only child interested in the business, until five years ago when his brother Paul joined the team.
“Nobody enjoys this business more than Chris,” said Paul. “He is all about reinvesting in the company and our people. You should see him at IMTS. He logs more miles and looks at so many machines to determine what technologies can benefit our customers.”
“From an internal manufacturing standpoint, it was evident that Precise Stamping puts its people first, not only in terms of safety, but in providing them the equipment and technology to produce outstanding work,” said VIA President Kathy Gilmore. Precise Stamping has been a member of VIA since 2016.
To learn how Precise Stamping can design, cut or stamp your machine needs or to set up a time to meet at IMTS, call (630) 897-6477 ext. 541
Roderick Kelly is co-founder of K+L Storytellers, an Aurora-based content company that writes for the VIA.
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5 WAYS TO INTEREST THE NEXT GENERATION IN MANUFACTURING CAREERS
As the 10th President of the Valley Industrial Association, Kathy expands on her previous role as Membership Manager to work for the brightest future of the organization, so that the VIA can continue to best serve area manufacturers and the businesses that serve them.
Kathy brings an entrepreneurial spirit to the VIA having 20 years' experience as an upper level sales director for a Chicagoland kitchenware company. Rounding out her sales experience with an MBA from Aurora University in 2017, she has some fresh ideas and enthusiasm for the 116 year-old organization.
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Trish Overturf has a long history of working in Special Events. Throughout her career Trish has found work in the production of large scale Professional Sporting Events. For the past 13 years her hunger and drive for events and meeting management came in the form of working in the education management industry. Trish’s 20+ years of skilled Event Production, Public Relations, Marketing, Customer Service, Fundraising and Public Speaking make her a perfect fit as the Program Manager for Valley.
Over the past six years, Rolling Meadows High School’s Technical Education Department has grown exponentially – from 16 students in 2012 to 200 in 2018.
Curious about this growth, TMA went to Rolling Meadows Technical Education teacher Anthony Genovese and asked him what the secret is.
“The role of a manufacturing educator is not only to teach skills, but also to get new generations excited - light that fire – to create growth like this,” Genovese said.
He laid out his 5-point approach to help stir interest in manufacturing among high schoolers.
1. Participate in high school freshmen introductory events
“Our district holds an introduction for incoming freshman night, and we took advantage of the opportunity by displaying 3D printers, blueprints, printed parts and exploded models,” Genovese said. “That got the students’ attention.”
2. Develop engaging, real life projects for students to build
As a part of the class curriculum, Genovese had his students create housing for USB chip projects – allowing them to learn caliper reading, tolerancing, understanding manufacturing floor design, and creating designs they could successfully print.
“When those plans began circulating around school, it caught on, and created a buzz,” he said. “Kids like to build, to be active, to use their skills. We focus what we’re studying around the projects – engaging, real life projects.”
3. Encourage the current battling robot craze
Genovese and his colleagues also took advantage of the current battling robots rage to start an after-school activity building robots for competition with other area robotics clubs. “We encouraged them to work together to build teamwork and learn what would work and what didn’t,” Genovese said.
4. Reach out to potential students early, during 7th - 8th grades
Genovese and a colleague started an after-school experience for what they called “Next Generation Engineers” to help them get acquainted with the classes, the teachers, the school and the department’s set up. “We reached out to feeder schools and found the program worked well,” he said.
5. Work to change parents’ perception of manufacturing careers
And, equally important, Genovese said, is changing parents’ perception of manufacturing careers. That emphasis was a major factor in how Genovese proposed the renovation of the department’s classrooms be set up. “We had to make sure it did not appear dirty, dark or dingy,” he said.
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Sue’s attention to detail and questioning nature has already proven to be of great service to the association. She is your go-to contact for all things VIA, from registering for a program, getting an invoice or collecting data for one of our surveys. Sue has an extensive background ranging from Insurance to Accounting, Business Administration, Sales, and Construction. Sue has a unique viewpoint and operates with a member-centered acumen. No challenge is too large to tackle, making Sue a boon for the VIA.