Panel Discussion program on Supplier Collaboration on Nov 30th

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November Event: Supplier Collaboration leads to bottom-line benefits
The November Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics Network program will focus on the importance of OEMs and suppliers working hand-in-hand to create highly value-added, win-win relationships that ultimately lead to bottom line benefits. In order for the business world to truly progress in an ever-increasing global environment, genuine collaboration must become a central business philosophy. Only after companies uncover the real meaning of supplier collaboration can it become a part of a company's sustained business strategy.

The panel discussion will include:

Mike Render, Product Manager, Caterpillar Aftertreatment & Cooling Products  Mike has been at Caterpillar for 38 years working in a variety of functions. His current role is to run the business of providing engine emission reduction products for the complete line of Caterpillar Diesel and natural gas engines. His organization provides a range of cooling products that includes radiators, engine coolers, water pumps, etc. for all the CAT machines and engine products. In his current position, as well as in his former experience in electronics, he has worked to change the supplier relationship from an adversarial '3 bids and a buy' to a collaborative partner relationship. His team has developed a number of techniques that have made this approach very successful as described in a recent article in Business Week regarding the Caterpillar/Tenneco relationship.

Michael Hesketh, President of Superb IPC
Michael brings the perspective of a supplier to the conversation. His small power coating business in Shelbyville, KY, has learned that being flexible and responsive to customer needs have made their complete one-stop facility a provider of solutions for their clients. Superb mainly serves the automotive, appliance and general metals industries. Michael and his team are committed to supplying customers with products that not only meet but exceed their quality requirements.

Jim Tarabori, Director of the Institute for Supplier Collaboration

Jim is Director of the newly formed Institute for Supplier Collaboration, a thought-leadership group formed to promote the use of collaborative techniques between manufacturers and their key suppliers.   Previously, Jim served as Caterpillar Inc.'s Director of Purchasing for North America. He simultaneously served as Caterpillar's Director of Supplier Relations & Development, where he led the development of the Supplier Relationship Management program to align suppliers to corporate goals to achieve the corporation's Vision 2020 strategies. The Institute for Supplier Collaboration was founded by CGN, a global business performance consulting firm that has worked with major manufacturers to find immediate and significant business value and improve their ability to compete in an increasingly global marketplace. 

How does your company stand up? Take the survey...

True collaboration is achieved only after understanding the limitless benefits of its practice and proper methods of its implementation. The profound understanding needed can only happen after the realization of where a company stands in the practice of proven supplier collaboration techniques. Take this short survey prior to attending the event and learn how your company stacks up against the competition. The survey results will be a summarized topic of discussion during the closing comments of the event.


This event is a great opportunity to hear from Caterpillar, a global leader in size, scope, reach and character. Caterpillar Inc. is a genuine enabler of sustainable world progress and opportunity, defined by the brand attributes of global leadership, innovation, and sustainability.

For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2010 sales and revenues of $42.588 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services.

Workshop to focus on design-centered manufacturing

Profitable innovation and manufacturing often utilize design to create distinctive products that provide a great customer experience and brand loyalty. A workshop to be held in Louisville will explore the dynamics of great design and the important role design-centered innovation and manufacturing can play in a company's future success and Kentucky's economy. Panelists include: Stuart Rosenfel, public policy advisor and author and Lou Lenzi, Director, Industrial Design, GE Appliances.The workshop will be held November 2, 2011 at the Galt House from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. There is no fee, but attendees must register. For more information, call Rick Johnson (859) 246.3231 or click here to send an email.


Network member ISA Recycling holds 2011 Cans for Kids Initiative

Community involvement continues to be an important aspect of ISA Recycling's corporate culture. This year's campaign is focused on raising funds for the West End School in Louisville, KY. Funds will help aid in the expansion of the school's facility and education for the students.

This October, other Network member companies are invited to get involved. Companies can collect and donate cans or donate any form of scrap metal, corporate or personal; hold their own can drive for employees and/or customers or make a corporate donation. For more information, contact Niki Spies at (502) 693-5727 or click here to send an email.

Supplier Collaboration Event

Date: November 30

Time: 8 - 10 a.m. 

Networking and registration from 8 - 8:30 a.m. 

Program begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Location: Muhammad Ali Center, 150 South Sixth Street, Louisville

Cost: Free to Network members; $10 for GLI members and additional guests of members; $20 for nonmembers

Breakfast will be served. 

 Please call Marie Branum at (502) 625-0226 orclick here to send an email



Payment in advance of the event is required.  If you have a company check in process on the day of the event, please bring a credit card to guarantee payment.  To avoid waiting in line at the event, please pay by credit card now by calling (502) 625-0085.


No refunds within 48 hours of the event.  No-shows will be billed.  Substitutions are welcome with proper notice.


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A benefit to membership in the Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics Network is no cost for monthly events and programs. Depending on the membership level, companies have one or more 'spots' at each event. Take full advantage of your membership be utilizing all of your seats at events. If you are unsure about how many seats your membership level allows you, please call Marie for more information.

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