2015 Mentor Day

2015 Mentor Day will take place on Tuesday April 7, and includes Industrial Engineering students from Mizzou and K-State.

Where:  100 Mars Boulevard, Topeka, KS 
WHEN: Tuesday April 7, Meet at Mars at 10 am

***Lunch and networking to follow immediately after at Blind Tiger***

We have spots available for the tour.   Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis with IIE members getting 1st priority.  Signing up does not necessarily guarantee your spot. Emails will be sent out to confirm participation and provide additional details.

RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KTHQRQF

More about 2015 Mentor Day! 

Rather than dividing the students across several different companies in Kansas City, we would like to bring all of the Mentors and Students together to one location, so that we can all benefit from meeting other IIE Members and hearing about their expertise and experiences.

The day will include a factory tour followed by a lunch and networking session.

The tour location is the Mars plant in Topeka, Kansas, which opened in 2014.  Here we will see first-hand the production and packaging of M&Ms and Snickers.  The state of the art 500,000 square foot facility produces close to 10 million candy items each day, and that accounts for only about two-fifths of its capacity! The factory is applying for a LEED gold certification and plans to not send any waste to landfills.

Following the tour, we will have lunch as a group. Mentors will have an opportunity to share their career experiences and advice, and students will have an opportunity to share their experiences and ask questions. 

This is a great opportunity for the students to learn more about the field of Industrial Engineering, and great for Mentors as well.  We are looking for Mentors to participate in the tour and share your work experience and insights with the students.  This is an opportunity for you to give back, stay connected with these two great universities, and possibly some future recruitment!

IIE Tour: The Roasterie

Start your week off right with a tour of Kansas City’s favorite coffee maker!


Monday March 23, at 8am
Meet at 8am and the tour will begin at 8:20
Tour will last approximately 1 hour

1204 W 27th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Parking is in the lot across the street at the SW corner of 27th and Holly Streets

Learn about the coffee making process from “seed to cup,” and tour the entire production space for an up close and personal tour!

Free!  (Beverages and pastries are extra)

Sign Up:
Survey Monkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LDTGYTQ



KC IIE Event: Google Fiber Space

Join the KCIIE chapter for an exciting peak into Google Fiber Space!

Fiber Space is Google’s retail location for customers to try out cool demos (hardware-equipment, TV, & Internet), Google Apps such as Google Art Project, Google Earth or Google Hangout.   Customers can come to learn more about Google Fiber’s history, why KC is the first city chosen nationwide, get more info about our services and plans, how Fiber works, and what the construction process looks like. 

After the tour and demos, we will head over to a Westport establishment (location TBD) for a networking social.

When:  Thursday, November 13, 3:30 pm
Where: 1814 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111
Cost: FREE for members, FUTURE MEMBERS, or non-members too!!!

RSVP by: Monday, November 10th  via https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8B6MTY3

KC Manufacturing Network, Summer Networking Event – August 26, 2014, 4-7 PM

Wrap up your summer by making some new connections! 
Join us for the Kansas City Manufacturing Network (KCMN) Summer Networking Event, Aug. 26, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Dark Horse Distillery in Lenexa, KS.


Admission is just $20 and includes your choice of beverages, including Dark Horse Rider Vodka, Dark Horse Long Shot White Whiskey, well spirits, beer, wine and soda, as well as great food, plus an opportunity to network with fellow manufacturers!

Dark Horse Distillery
11740 West 86th Terrace, Lenexa, KS
Located just west of I-35 off of 87th Street in Lenexa, the Dark Horse Distillery is a family owned and operated distillery launched in 2010 with a complete unique event space.

Event limited to the first 125 people who sign up
Appetizers and sandwiches by Dean & Deluca
Advance registration is required, no walk-ins will be accepted at the door
REGISTER by contacting Donna, 816-304-7958, donna@kcmn.org
Pay online at (LINK TBA) or cash or check at the door


Join the KCIIE chapter for an exciting tour of the Gear For Sports facility in Lenexa, KS!

The GEAR FOR SPORTS family of brands has grown to include GEAR FOR SPORTS, Champion and Under Armour. Their brands provide customers with a single resource for all of their sportswear needs. They offer t-shirts, caps, fleece, luxury men’s fashions, performance wear and performance outerwear.

The GEAR FOR SPORTS operation in Lenexa, KS has 185,000 square feet of production space and 300,000 square feet of warehousing space. They can store 26,000 skids of product and have an automated picking system. In addition, they have 19 automatic presses and 100 embroidery heads in their production area.

After the tour, we will head over to Brewbakers at 95th and Renner for a networking social.

When: Tuesday, May 20th from 4-6pm (Brewbakers at 6pm)
Where: 9700 Commerce Parkway, Lenexa, Kansas 66219
Cost: Free for members; $15 for non-members
RSVP by: Friday, May 16th via:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HLNRJ36/
Non-members pay via http://iiekansascity.org/payments/

Hope to see you all there!

December Event – 2013 Planning and Officer Elections

Join us as we start planning for the 2013 program year. We’ll discuss events for each month, so if you have a facility you’d like to tour or an idea for a different event (training session, dinner speaker, etc) we want to hear it. We are always looking for additional members to get involved with the officer team as well – I think I may have mentioned that once or twice, as well as the leadership development opportunity.

When: Monday, December 10th at 6pm
Where: Barley’s Brewhaus, 16649 Midland Dr, Shawnee
Cost: Free (BYOB – buy, not bring)
RSVP: Contact Jay Christensen at kjchrist (at) jcp (dot)com or 913-541-2324 by Monday afternoon