Kansas Manufacturers Association, Wichita, offers its members collective marketing

Kansas Manufacturers Association, Wichita, offers its members collective marketing

The Kansas Manufacturers Association (KMA) is one of the newer industry partners in Kansas. It was formed in 1989 as a committee of the NTMA/Wichita for developing consortium-type groups and collectively marketing member’s resources and capabilities. It became the KMA on Aug. 7, 1992.

While the concept developed slowly, The KMA is developing work for its members (18 companies). In February of this year, Haldex Corporation in Landskrona, Sweden, a manufacturer of braking systems for semi-trucks and trailers, signed a $1.7 million contract with KMA. It was the largest single contract to the group and the first to be awarded to KMA and not member companies.

“We can obtain contracts that individually may be too large for one member to handle, but together can be accomplished successfully,” said Laura Olson-Oxley, vice president. “This brings business to these plants that would not have been available otherwise.”

Right now, the KMA is getting settled in its new location, a 5,700-square-foot office/classroom complex at 138 South Ida. This is also the headquarters for the Wichita Industrial Trade Show (WITS) and will eventually house the Machinists Apprenticeship Program (MAP), NTMA and other industrial, educational and professional groups.

Laura pointed out that the KMA is offering the rental of conference rooms (for 10-12 people) and classrooms (for 24-26) to both KMA members and non-members. The rates per day are $35 and $50 for members and $50 and $75 for others. Call Laura Parker (8:30-12:30) for information or to make your reservations. Catering is available and there is plenty of parking.

The KMA activities include creating its own certified program for manufacturing management in cooperation with Wichita State U. Some 115 people from the 18 companies are enrolled in the course which runs through calendar year 1996.

An electronics communication system is being purchased and installed to link KMA with its member companies. The KMA is working with the Wichita Industrial Safety group to save its members money on insurance and has 75% of the members getting group rates.

KMA is assisting MAP and WSU on pre-employment testing and skills testing to make sure employees get the exact courses they need and employers hire those best adapted to the job at hand.

In the area of personnel, Mike Gerwert has just joined the KMA as operations manager. He was formerly with Koch Industries and has a BBA in accounting from Pittsburg State U. He will handle accounts and investments, general office operations, and manage the information systems and bulletin board.

Carolyn Pritchard is administrative assistant for KMA and runs the WITS office. Perry Bemis is the president of KMA.

For information about any of the KMA activities or to rent a classroom call 316-264-7865.

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