July 16th, 2014

Position: President/CEO, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance

President/CEO Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance

The Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance is seeking a new President/CEO for the organization, as the current President/CEO is retiring in late October 2014. The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance plays a key role in economic development and supports manufacturers through the provision of training, process improvements, and access to professional resources to grow their business. As President/CEO of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, the successful candidate will play a leading role in developing strategy for modernizing Oklahoma’s industrial base. The President/CEO will, in consultation and cooperation with the Oklahoma Alliance’s Board of Directors:
  • Formulate policies, programs, and evaluation criteria in support of the Manufacturing Alliance’s goals;
  • Develop and implement the Manufacturing Alliance’s strategic and business plans;
  • Report to the Board on their implementation. Responsibilities include: 
  • Marketing the Manufacturing Alliance’s goals;
  • Obtaining public and private funding for the Manufacturing Alliance;
  • Maintaining and enhancing systematic communications with Alliance clients, private and public-sector partners, other Manufacturing Extension Partnership affiliates, and others in the state’s community of manufacturing service providers. Preferred qualifications include:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working with public sector entities including the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the higher education system, the Career and Technical Education system, and private sector entities;
  • BA or BS in related field required, graduate degree is desirable;
  • Demonstrated expertise in formulating strategy and policy;
  • Experience in developing strategic relationships with the business and commercial sectors;
  • Executive experience in managing budgets, contracts, and operations;
  • Experience working effectively with Boards of Directors;
  • Experience working collaboratively with manufacturers, academic institutions, and government entities;
  • Experience in developing partnerships with public and private sector organizations;
  • Experience in building a strong and effective management team;
  • Demonstrated skill in working within the political arena and with elected officials;
  • Direct experience in manufacturing an advantage.
The successful leader of this dynamic organization will possess strong leadership skills, demonstrated administrative ability, entrepreneurial management skills, organizational awareness, political sensitivity, and the ability to establish rapport with Alliance constituencies. This job is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the successful candidate will be expected to reside in the Tulsa metro area. An ELECTRONIC letter of interest and résumé must be submitted by August 1, 2014 to: Amy Davis ...  docdavis@ctcweb.net      
June 20th, 2014

2014 Oklahoma Technology Showcase

Registration is now open for this year's Oklahoma Technology Showcase. Building on last year’s success, the 2014 Oklahoma Technology Showcase will feature nine of the state’s innovative high-tech companies. Showcase presenters will give a 10 minute high energy talk that highlights their innovative products or  services, life lessons learned as they pursued their ambitions and any needs for collaboration or funding they may have going forward. This year’s event will include guest speakers from Oklahoma’s leading industries and provide ample opportunities to network with inventors, manufacturers, researchers and leaders in the innovation economy. Breakfast, lunch and a networking reception will be provided. The Technology Showcase is August 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Nigh University Center. Register Now Sponsorship opportunities and event booth space are still available. Contact Chad Mullen with OCAST at 866-265-2215 or Chad.Mullen@ocast.ok.gov.        
June 5th, 2014

APSCO Featured on Radio Show

APSCO Inc., a Tulsa-based manufacturer, will be featured on the Oklahoma Innovations radio show. The show is a weekly broadcast produced by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science Technology. APSCO is a manufacturer of pneumatic cylinders and valves for the truck equipment industry. The company has grown from $600,000 annual sales in 1984 to more than $10 million. During the recent economic downturn, APSCO has turned its attention to seeking expanded markets for its products and manufacturing capacity and designing innovations to existing products which can be used in a green economy. Listen to this edition of Oklahoma Innovations on the stations listed below or on the OCAST web site www.ok.gov/ocast/News_Media/Radio_Show/ beginning Monday, June 9: Altus – Saturday at 6 a.m. on KOCU 90.1 FM Ardmore – Saturday at 6 a.m. on KLCU 90.3 FM Chickasha – Saturday at 6 a.m. on KCCU 100.1 FM Clinton – Saturday at 6 a.m. on KYCU 89.1 FM Lawton/Fort Sill – Saturday at 6 a.m. on KCCU 89.3 & 102.9 FM Oklahoma City – Sunday at 5 p.m. on KTOK 1000 AM Tulsa – Sunday at 8 a.m. on KRMG 740 AM/102.3 FM Wichita Falls, TX – Saturday at 6 a.m. on KMCU 88.7 FM
April 3rd, 2014

2014 Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing

Make plans to join us for the 2014 Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 30 and Wednesday, October 1 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center. We’re looking forward to another great informational and educational program. It’s our state’s most important gathering of manufacturing professionals, giving everyone a chance to learn from one another and set the agenda for economic growth and development.

Click here to register online.

  • This year we've added a Tuesday afternoon half-day session just for manufacturers. This in-depth "Manufacturer's Workshop" will focus on specific aspects of continuous improvement. It's included in the price of the conference, just click the "Manufacturer's Workshop" box during registration. But hurry, it's limited to the first 100 who sign up. --
  • And plan to join us for a Networking Reception Tuesday evening at the hotel. Please click the "Networking Reception" box during registration so we know you are coming.
On Wednesday, there will be nationally-recognized speakers and a plethora of informative workshops, including sessions on New Markets, Lean Manufacturing, Innovation and New Product Development, Updates on Government Regulations, Strategic Planning and much more. Dynamic keynote speakers and panel discussions will inspire and educate business leaders as they navigate an increasingly complicated global economy.

Click here to see the tentative agenda.

State-of-the-art manufacturing equipment will be on display and a gathering of experts will field questions on a full range of subjects important to company growth. It's $245 per person and includes lunch. Limited exhibitor-sponsor opportunities are available for $745. E-mail conference@okalliance.com for more information. See you in October! Logo-A-2014
March 24th, 2014

Manufacturer’s Workshop: Visual Workplace, Visual Thinking

Enterprise Excellence Group, Association for Manufacturing Excellence, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, and Kimray, Inc. are bringing to Oklahoma City a special seminar.Visual Workplace, Visual Thinking” is a two-day workshop and factory tour event led by Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth, a nationally renowned Visual Lean expert and author of the Shingo Award winning book, “Visual Workplace, Visual Thinking.” The event is scheduled for May 14 and 15. The seminar will teach principles, concepts, methods, and tools used in a visual workplace, and teach why visuality in the workplace is so important. Visual workplace principles can be used in any organization to help make the workplace for efficient, consistent, and productive. Participants will see more than 120 examples of actual visual solutions invented by real employees that learned how to think visually. On day two, participants will visit Kimray, an Oklahoma City oil and gas valve manufacturer, and apply what they learned. As part of the registration, each participant will receive a copy of “Visual Workplace, Visual Thinking.” To register, go to the AME website events page: http://www.ame.org/events/visual-workplace-visual-thinking-0
October 10th, 2013

2013 Governor’s Manufacturing Leadership Awards

Each year, the governor bestows awards on a select few Oklahoma manufacturers in recognition of their pacesetting standards. The award-winning companies must be progressive, forward-thinking and willing to adapt to change to become more successful in their marketplace. “They represent the enormous potential available in Oklahoma and take a leadership role in promoting the importance of doing business in and from our state,” said Chuck Prucha, president of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance. “These four companies are remarkable organizations and have had an amazing impact on their communities through their innovative growth.” An awards committee made up of manufacturing professionals selects the winners from a long list of nominees. The awards were presented at the annual Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing. Click below to view the video profiles for each of the 2013 award winners.              
October 10th, 2013

2013 Presentations and Videos

Thanks to everyone who made the 2013 Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing a huge success. Click below to view presentations and videos from the event. Keynote Address: Changes and Trends in Advanced Manufacturing Christine Furstoss, Senior Executive and Technical Director for Manufacturing and Materials Technologies at GE, based at GE’s Global Research Center in New York Presentation {3mb} Streaming Video Keynote Address: Building Oklahoma's Manufacturing Talent Pipeline Jennifer McNelly, President of The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers Presentation {3mb} Streaming Video Remarks on Manufacturing in Oklahoma Lt. Governor Todd Lamb Streaming Video The State of Our Manufacturing Economy Chad Wilkerson, Branch Executive of the Kansas City Federal Reserve's Oklahoma City office, serving as the Bank’s lead officer and regional economist in the state of Oklahoma Presentation {3mb} Streaming Video Toyota Kata: An Introduction and Overview Led by experts from Industrial Solutions (ISI), providing an introduction and overview of Kata concepts. It helped participants understand how Toyota Kata is being utilized to affect successful and sustained continuous improvement and transform cultures, including many Oklahoma manufacturers. Presentation {4mb} More on ISI Innovation in Manufacturing: Real-World Examples and Round Table Discussion Joe Genet, Innovation Project Manager and a certified IE Black Belt for the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, moderates this roundtable discussion offering real-world examples from manufacturers that are using continuous innovation to prosper and grow. Dave Younge, owner of Progressive Stamping, offers an Oklahoma manufacturer’s perspective. Mark Chalfant of MAMTC is a certified IE Black Belt from the Kansas MEP Center and brings the perspective of an IEMS Process Coach along with his experiences of successes and challenges. Presentation 1 Presentation 2 {2mb} Presentation 3 {4mb} Streaming Video Motivating Without Money: (No Cost) Steps for Dramatically Improving Employee Engagement and Retention! In this highly-interactive educational session, Kristine Sexter, President and Senior Consultant with WorkWise Productions, zealously illustrates how manufacturing leaders, managers, and supervisors can measurably increase employee engagement, performance, and retention—all without tapping the company’s budget! More on Kristine Sexter  
August 27th, 2013

Next Generation Manufacturing Study to Close August 29th

The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance is supporting the Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study (www.ngmstudy.com) by encouraging all small and medium sized manufacturers to complete the free, quick and confidential online survey before the study closes on August 29. The 2013 NGM Study marks the third time the survey has been conducted and provides manufacturers and stakeholders with valuable information on the status of manufacturing in America, as well as metrics for improvement. For manufacturers in Oklahoma, this is a prime opportunity to gain advice on how to prepare for success in the next generation. Respondents receive a Performance Report, or “scorecard” that describes how they rank against world-class benchmarks. Study results also offer strategies that can help them capture competitive advantages, best practices to support execution of those strategies, and performance goals against which to measure their progress. Key areas of assessment include customer-focused innovation, superior processes/improvement focus, human-capital management, supply chain management and collaboration, sustainability, and global engagement. “The survey closes on August 29, so it’s important that all interested manufacturers act quickly,” said Chuck Prucha, president of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance “The results provide not just the manufacturers with valuable benchmarking information, but also support the roles of manufacturing-focused organizations like us. The data and trends, compared to the 2009 and 2011 results, will be invaluable for development of our future targets and strategies for how we assist manufacturers. Not to mention the survey is free for all respondents—data and assessments that companies normally could not receive without a fee.” The NGM Study is part of a national research effort coordinated by the American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC), the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, in partnership with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers across the nation. For more information, please visit: www.ngmstudy.com
August 26th, 2013

Mini-Seminars: 2013 Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing

When you attend the Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing on Oct. 9,  you’ll walk away with loads of new ideas on how to grow your business and make your operations more efficient and profitable. In addition to thought-provoking keynote speakers, three mini-seminars will offer valuable information on a variety of issues. The mini-seminars include: • Innovation in Manufacturing: Real-World Examples and Round Table Discussion American workers, managers and business owners need to transform from a culture that fears failure to a proactive culture focused on growth through innovation. Joe Genet is Innovation Management System Project Director for the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance. He will moderate this roundtable discussion offering real-world examples from manufacturers that are using continuous innovation to prosper and grow.   • Motivating Without Money: (No Cost) Steps for Dramatically Improving Employee Engagement and Retention! According to the National Association of Manufacturers, attracting, engaging and retaining skilled and semi-skilled workers is a leading concern of American manufacturing professionals. In this highly-interactive educational session, Kristine Sexter, President and Senior Consultant with WorkWise Productions, will zealously illustrate how manufacturing leaders, managers, and supervisors can measurably increase employee engagement, performance, and retention—all without tapping the company’s budget! All attendees will receive a customized workbook that includes checklists, step-by-step instructions and specific directions for immediately implementing the strategies revealed in this session! o  Learn How Money Can Actually Demotivate! o  Why a Great Salary Package, 401K and Bountiful Benefits Are Not Always the Answer o  “So What DO Manufacturing Employees Want?” Effective Motivators for Modern Workplaces o  The 10 Real-World, No-Cost, Steps All Manufacturing Managers Can Implement Today to Increase Productivity Kristine Sexter is the President of WorkWise Productions, a consulting firm established in 1998, serving modern manufacturers who want their executives and leadership teams to know how to find, train and keep great employees. She is the author of six books, including, “Rolling Out the Recognition: Employee Retention Strategies for Manufacturers.”   • Toyota Kata: An Introduction and Overview For nearly 15 years, the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance has promoted Lean to assist our state’s manufacturers. Early on, it was much about the tools and, over time, the realization came that this point solution approach alone was not enough. To sustain “continuous improvement” gains, and have real cultural change, the people side of the equation needs to be included in equal measure and requires an enterprise transformation focused on leadership, culture and tools. In this regard, the Toyota Kata components of improvement and coaching are a means for helping assure overall success by providing employees and executives with the means to develop the habits necessary to move progressively forward. This session, led by experts from Industrial Solutions, will provide an introduction and overview of Kata concepts. It will help participants understand how Toyota Kata is being utilized to affect successful and sustained continuous improvement and transform cultures, including many Oklahoma manufacturers. Since 1997, Industrial Solutions has trained more than 17,000 people at 600 unique companies. It has engaged in comprehensive Lean implementation programs with more than 100 companies representing industries from aerospace to healthcare, manufacturing and state government.
August 12th, 2013

State Firms Sought for Manufacturing Study

The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance is offering small and medium-sized manufacturers an opportunity to compare themselves to similar companies in key strategic areas. It is part of the organization’s 2013 “Next Generation Manufacturing Study” with an online survey running through August 29. The NGM Study, also conducted in 2009 and 2011, gives manufacturers in Oklahoma and across the nation access to manufacturing information and strategies that can help them capture competitive advantages, best practices to support execution of those strategies, and performance goals against which to measure their progress. Manufacturing executives can participate in the NGM Study by completing a free, quick and confidential online survey. Once the survey is released, participating manufacturers will receive a free Performance Report or “scorecard” that describes how they rank against world-class performance benchmarks and targets improvements where needed. Results from the NGM Study provide manufacturing trends that help stakeholders develop and implement policies and programs to support the successful implementation of Next Generation Strategies. “We have asked Oklahoma businesses to participate in the past because the survey offered a great overview of the state of manufacturing,” said Chuck Prucha, president of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance. “It allowed us to see how Oklahoma manufacturers compared with manufacturing practices across the nation. This information can lead to the quick adoption of proven practices that lead to a company’s growth and profitability. We hope manufacturers will participate in the survey again this year.” The NGM Study is part of a national research effort coordinated by the American Small Manufacturers Association and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, in partnership with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance. Participation in the survey is free and respondents are not required to share financial information. For more information, please visit: www.ngmstudy.com