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Field Service Advisor - Brantford region/KW-Cambridge region/Hamilton/Niagara Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC)
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Great day of Best Practice sharing and Networking at KEI Inc (Kuntz) in Kitchener

Senior Manager was our first event of the day and the team at KEI provided some background on the company including the fact that it has been family owned and operated since 1948 and currently has 400 non-unionized employees.  Kuntz prides itself on being ‘quality obsessed’ and provides premium plated products to a variety of [...]

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Succession Planning and Ergonomics were the networking and best practice topics this month!

Over 30 people across 2 events discussed the challenges within a manufacturing work place of succession planning and ergonimics (specifically dealing with the aging workforce). Some great ideas and sharing took place. Our first SIG had Jen McGillis from Ergo Inc discuss the challenges of an aging workforce and Ergonomics.   She will present us with [...]

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What do Blackberries, Pigs and Rubber have in common?

A great year of networking and best practice sharing throughout the year in the EMC Waterloo Region consortium. This article touches on some of the highlights!

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EMC: A great discussion about Continuous Improvement Culture and how Blackberrys are made!

RIM provided a great room, CI journey and finished with a great plant tour as we discussed creating and maintaining a Continuous Improvement culture RIM provided a great room, CI journey and finished with a great plant tour as we discussed creating and maintaining a Continuous Improvement culture. We started with RIM talking to us [...]

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EMC: Great day of networking and best practice sharing at Spartech Color

Over 50 people across 3 events had the privilege of touring and sharing best practices at Spartech Color in Stratford.  They are working on their Continuous Improvement (CI) journey and used the CI group to help them create their CI strategic plan?  During this event we looked at considerations including support from various areas of [...]

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EMC: Centra Industries hosts great day of networking and best practice sharing

A great day of networking, benchmarking and best practice sharing at Centra Industries! Over 60 individuals across 4 events enjoyed the tours, networking and best practice sharing at Centra Industries.  Centra provided great tours for all the groups and was very open in their successes, future goals and challenges. Senior Managers: We had guests from [...]

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EMC Purchasing Co-op Announces 3 new Lucrative Programs

EMC Purchasing Co-op is excited to announce the successful negotiation of three valuable new program categories to compliment their existing line-up of MRO, General Sign Inputs and Graphics Medium categories. The three new categories are Metals, Industrial Gases & Accessories, and Courier Services. Metals – Salit Steel and Berg Steel Corporation are the new Preferred [...]

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EMC: Taylor and Grant in Waterloo is closing and has some great employees available for you!

Taylor & Grant in Waterloo was recently bought out by Nassau Inn in New York State.  As a result they are closing their manufacturing facility in Waterloo, ON.  There are many great workers there and I thought this forum would be a good opportunity to mention the skill set and knowledge of these workers in [...]

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EMC: Great Networking and Sharing event at AirBoss

Over 40 people attended 2 great events at AirBoss in Kitchener!  AirBoss Rubber Compounding in Kitchener operates 4 mixers, de-centralized into business units – operating 24/7 and employing continental shifts During our Continuous Improvement SIG we discussed the challenge of mixer # 6 which operates with the most variety of recipes, i.e. low volume high [...]

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EMC KW/Cambridge SIG: A Swine time at Conestoga Meat Packers!

Our May SIG event was hosted by Conestoga Meat Packers.  Conestoga Meat Packers is a vertically integrated processor of premium quality, fresh pork. Based in Southwestern Ontario Canada, they supply the Canadian market with wholesome, delicious pork since 1982. They are owned and supplied by a co-operative of 150 Southern Ontario family farmers who got [...]

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