About Us


APICS is a not-for-profit international educational organization respected throughout the world for its education and professional certification programs. With more than 70,000 individual and corporate members in 20,000 companies worldwide, APICS is dedicated to using education to improve the business bottom line.

APICS is recognized globally as:

  • the source of knowledge and expertise for manufacturing and service industries across the entire supply chain in such areas as materials management, information services, purchasing and quality.
  • the leading provider of high-quality, cutting-edge educational programs that advance organizational success in a changing, competitive marketplace
  • a successful developer of two internationally recognized certification programs, Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM)
  • a distribution center for hundreds of business management publications and educational materials
  • a source of solutions, support, and networking local chapters, workshops, symposia, and the annual APICS International Conference and Exposition.

Founded in 1957 as the American Production and Inventory Control Society, APICS has since expanded its focus to include a full range of programs and materials on individual and organizational education, standards of excellence, and integrated resource management. To reflect this new direction, we are now known as APICS.

Our History

Established in 1962 as the Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of APICS, the chapter provided a forum for manufacturing professionals to learn from one another and overcome the industrial challenges.

Currently the chapter serves several hundred professionals across the nine counties in Southwestern Michigan by providing monthly professional development meetings, educational courses, plant tours, employment resources, problem solving, and professional networking.

Mission and Vision

APICS is the global leader and premier provider of information and services in production and inventory management and related areas to enable members, enterprises, and individuals to add value to their business performance. We follow, adhere to and support APICS International's Mission Statement.

In addition, Our Vision at SWMI is to offer an integrated approach to education, certification and professional networking. We do this by collaborating with other local professional organizations on chapter meeting and events so that our membership can benefit from improved services.

Components of these Vision elements are:

  • Community involvement and Volunteerism
  • Support for local colleges, universities and other institutions of higher education
  • Support for vendors and companies offering learning and development opportunities
  • A develop people initiative