Every day is an interesting day in the world of manufacturing - how could it be otherwise?
We live in a dynamically changing world where we produce some pretty incredible products on equipment made regionally or procured from around the globe, source raw materials from countries far and near, balance talent and metrics on a daily basis with creative and innovative thoughts of improvement, adhere to an onslaught of ever-changing regulations, certifications and legislative requirements...
Manufacturing is "busy" business - we work diligently with tried and true processes and strive to become better and more efficient through wise investment in our people and technology. We endeavour to develop cultures that sustain our vision to produce quality products that build endearing and long lasting employee, supplier and customer relationships - up and down our value chain. Yes, there is a lot happening within our four walls - which does indeed make every day interesting!
Excellence In Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) (www.emccanada.org) has worked tirelessly for almost three decades helping manufacturers network, collaborate and access resources that enable them to navigate the continual activity within our buildings, our sector and industry as a whole. Input from Members across Canada has led to 54 active consortiums, a plethora of training opportunities, the establishment of an Energy Group and Purchasing Co-operative. It has resulted in a Safety Group that has 14 years of strength behind it and countless other programs all designed to keep our "busy" businesses as competitive and efficient as possible while opening doors that might lead to further growth and development.
After twenty years of visiting with manufacturers across Ontario and the East Coast, it never ceases to amaze me how adept businesses are at taking on new challenges and setting goals - persevering despite the odds - to be the best at whatever they set out to do. I am always humbled by those so willing to share their journeys. There are so many lessons to learn and opportunities to grow!
A perfect example of the power that comes from an occasion like this took place in Kanata recently at a special event that dealt with the challenges of rapid growth. Those in attendance were either in the midst of it or contemplating what kind of impact sudden growth would have on their own organizations. Having the ability to listen to someone candidly share their journey - the good, the bad and the ugly - and then hearing others echo similar experiences provides participants the freedom to share in turn the issues they face in their business in a grass roots manner that can only serve to open the door to positive progress and better chances at organizational success.
Our Members invite you to come with an open mind, listen and extrapolate what might work best for you in your situation, take the time to connect with others in the room, with the company that shared, with community partners if they are present - grow your network and your possibilities and perhaps one day, you too will wish to share your journey to date.
EMC's GF2 supported events are open to all Food, Beverage and Bio Sector Manufacturers at no cost. EMC receives funding under Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. We cordially invite you to join us at one of the upcoming sessions taking place across the Province! Our Schedule of EMC Food, Beverage and Bio Sector Events can be found by clicking on the Calendar tab at the top of our web page (www.emccanada.org).
At the end of the day, it's all about sharing and learning from one another - about collaboration and networking - about taking down barriers and looking at the "what might be's". Its culture development and engagement and technology and processes, efficiency and improvements... yes, every day is an interesting day in the world of manufacturing!
As we address some of those aspects of our "busy" businesses in business today, we invite you to join us at one of our upcoming events! For more information on the sessions listed or the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium and the Food Sector Initiative, please feel free to touch base anytime!
All the best,