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 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.

The one-day conference will feature 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.

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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:

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
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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
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Remarks on Manufacturing in Oklahoma
Lt. Governor Todd Lamb
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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
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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. (more…)

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: (more…)

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. (more…)

March 20th, 2013

2013 Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing

Make plans to join us for the 2013 Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 9 at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City. 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. (more…)

December 10th, 2012

Winter 2013 Benchmark Magazine

Click the cover below to download and read the print version (4mb pdf) of our Winter 2013 Benchmark Magazine. This issue features four outstanding Oklahoma manufacturers. (more…)

October 1st, 2012

2012 Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing

Thanks to everyone who made this year’s Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing a great success.

Check back soon to view slide shows and videos from our presenters.