The Platinum Link - The Monthly Newsletter of the APICS Southwest Michigan Chapter

January 2016 Print

President's Report

March 2016


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Greetings and welcome to March. For those who like the snow, enjoy it while you can. For those who feel really ready for spring, hold on – we’re almost there.

Last month I talked about resolutions and finding my “one word” theme to appoint as a guiding beacon for the year. After much deliberation, I narrowed it down to a few choices: focus, connect, and excellence. Somehow connect resonated most strongly. So connecting – ideas and people – throughout this year is central to my mission. That seems appropriate as again and again I am reminded in my professional and personal life of the importance of relationships. Healthy relationships are key and beneficial to every aspect of life. 

Speaking of connections…

Great Lakes Student Case Competition results are in. One of Western Michigan University’s two teams qualified for the final competition, featuring “The Fresh Connection” supply chain simulation. The team competed against 23 others in Downers Grove, Illinois on February 19th and 20th. They placed in the 5th Place group – just above the middle of the pack overall. The eight Parent Chapter board members who attended were impressed with their commitment, effort, and professionalism throughout the event. The Student Chapter members gained valuable experience and good memories that will no doubt stay with them for years to come. Great work WMU team! 

Have you ever considered getting a supply chain certification but thought it wasn’t for you because you’re not a material planner or operations scheduler? Do you already have your CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) and wonder what’s next? The CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) may be perfect for you. It has become the ultimate end-to-end supply chain management certification, respected across many industries. If you’d like to learn more about the CSCP, click here for information. The next local class is scheduled to start March 23rd

Series three (Manufacturing Management) of the Lunch and Learn Thursday workshops are well underway.   The next topic (March 10th) is “Capacity Planning and Management.” Click here for details. 

See the Chapter website for information regarding our educational offerings and professional development events:

I hope to see you at an upcoming event.


Angela N. DeVries, CPIM

President, APICS Southwest Michigan Chapter

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Professional Development Meeting

Professional Development Meeting
Tuesday March 15th, 2016

Duncan Aviation
15745 South Airport Road
Battle Creek, MI 49015

Topic: Tour of Duncan Aviation

Registration is ONLY available at: [email protected]

Registration Deadline: Thursday March 10th, 2016

NOTE: Limited Availability, RSVP soon

Duncan Aviation is the world’s largest privately owned business jet support facility providing business aircraft operators with every aircraft service they need, with the friendliness and responsiveness of a small-town company. 

Duncan Aviation has major MRO facilities in Battle Creek, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Provo, Utah, and offers a vast array of services and innovative solutions with excellent customer service. Duncan Aviation provides aircraft acquisition & sales, airframe & engine maintenance, avionics installations, interior & paint; avionics/instrument/accessory repairs & overhaul and parts support for Bombardier, Dassault, Textron, Gulfstream and Embraer manufactured aircraft. With 20+ avionics satellites and 10 engine Rapid Response offices; Duncan provides avionics and engine services in the field along with providing 24/7/365 support worldwide.

The people at Duncan have a passion for aviation and for serving their customers. They are among the most experienced in the industry and the quality of the service they provide is among the best in the world.

Duncan Aviation has previously been awarded the Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces award for its Battle Creek, Mich., location and has been featured on FORTUNE magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.

During the tour of Duncan’s Battle Creek facility, we will take a walk through the Paint, Interior, Avionics, and Airframe Departments.  In order to respect the privacy of Duncan’s customers, no pictures may be taken in the hangars during the tour.                                                                          

A maximum of 80 people will be allowed for this event.  Please RSVP only if certain on attendance.  Due to space restrictions, tours will occur in shifts, non-touring guests will remain in conference room to eat and socialize.  We look forward to this event and hope you are able to join us.  


5:30 pm:Hors d'oeuvres

6:00 Tours Begin


$0.00 APICS Member Ticket

$0.00 Guest Ticket - Non APICS Member

$0.00 WMU Student Associate Member Ticket

$0.00 WMU Student Ticket - Non APICS Student Member

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Welcome New Members

The Board of the Southwest Michigan Chapter Welcomes New Members

Surendra Beniwal

Amy Brailey

 Annette Daniel

 Courtney Dauber

 Terri Ferus

 Jeffrey Flynn

 Joshua Frazier

 Tyler Holder

 Nic Huff

 Scott Johnson

 Hans Meulenberg

 Jack Minear

 William Morrow

 Mark Nantz

 Brandi Oliverio

 Casey Piazza

 Sheryl Price

 Travis Kibler

 Emma Raabe

 Bill Roberts

 Christopher Sweeney

 Alex Thorn

 Drew Ughetti

 Sarah Wegrzyn

 Kevin Yeakey







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Education Corner

APICS Southwest Michigan Chapter Educational Offerings Spring 2016

It certainly is starting to feel like Spring. While the deadlines are fast approaching to sign up for our Spring 2016, it's not too late.  We have several educational opportunities availiable to help you with your personal or career growth.  We offer a variety of educational offerings to widen your knowledge base or to update your current skills.  The educational offerings that APICS offers are a key benefit of your membership.  They provide valuable knowledge that can help you in your current position or help prepare you for your next position.  APICS certifications can give you a leg up on the competition and are specifically referenced in many job postings.  We encourage you to take advantage of these offerings and sign up soon..

  "Lunch and Learn" Workshops

We continue to have a very positive response to our ongoing "Lunch and Learn" workshops.  If you haven't taken the opportunity to review the upcoming offerings, please do so.  These workshops are a very cost and time effective way to update your knowledge on various supply chain topics. Classes are held at two week intervals with a new topic each session.  There is bound to be a topic that is relevant to you.  We hope to see you at an upcoming session.

Additional details on the "Lunch and Learn" Workshop series can be found here "Lunch and Learn" Workshops

CSCP March 2016 

Our next Instructor led CSCP exam preparation course begins March 23rd.   

APICS CSCP education is essential if you are:

  • interested in increasing your knowledge and expertise in the field of global supply chain management, specifically in the areas of customer relations, international trade, information technology enablement, and physical logistics
  • consulting or facilitating supply chain functions or working with ERP systems
  • creating a common standard of understanding, vocabulary, resources, and frameworks within your company to address your supply chain challenges and opportunities.


An APICS CSCP designation will help you:

  • master the necessary tools to effectively manage global supply chain activities, including suppliers, plans, distributors, and customers around the globe
  • acquire the skills you need to create consistency and foster collaboration through best practices, common terminology, and corporate communication
  • understand how to use enterprise resources planning (ERP) systems and other technologies to improve the entire supply chain process
  • maximize your organization's ERP investments by millions of dollars
  • increase your professional value and secure your future.


The new APICS CSCP exam consists of three important modules. The exam reflects critical changes in the marketplace and in the evolving roles and responsibilities of operations and supply chain managers. For accreditation, you must master each of the following:

MODULE 1 Supply Chain Design

  • Develop the Supply Chain Strategy
  • Design the Supply Chain


MODULE 2 Supply Chain Planning and Execution

  • Procure and Deliver Goods and Services
  • Manage the Relationship with Supply Chain Partners
  • Manage Reverse Logistics


MODULE 3 Supply Chain Improvements and Best Practices

  • Comply with Standards, Regulations, and Sustainable Best Practices
  • Manage Risk in the Supply Chain
  • Measure, Analyze, and Improve the Supply Chain

Preview the APICS CSCP Exam Content Manual APICS CSCP exam preparation materials

 For more information on upcoming CSCP offerings, please visit the course info page March 2016 CSCP REVIEW

CPIM March 2016 

We will be conducting a CPIM Module 1 (Basics of Supply Chain Management) exam review course starting March 19 on the Western Michigan University campus.  This will be in a "Fast Track" format meaning the course will be conducted in only 3 sessions.  Theese will be held every other Saturday from 8am-5pm 

A CPIM education can help you to:

  • Increase your functional knowledge of production and inventory management.
  • Improve efficiency across the processes of your organization's supply chain.
  • Streamline operations through accurate forecasting.
  • Predict outcomes more accurately.
  • Maximize customer satisfaction by delivering products and services Just-in-Time.
  • Increase profitability by optimizing your organization's inventory investment.
  • Enhance your credibility among peers, employers, and customers. 


Basics of Supply Chain Management

The basic concepts in managing the complete flow of materials in a supply chain from suppliers to customers are covered in the Basics module. This module covers manufacturing, distribution, service, and retail industries. This includes the fundamental relationships in the design, planning, execution, monitoring, and control that occur. Knowledge of the material in this module is assumed as a prerequisite for the other APICS CPIM modules, which cover similar topics in much greater depth.

Topics include:

  • Understanding basic businesswide concepts, including understanding various supply chain environments
  • Managing demand, including markets and customer expectations
  • Designing products, processes, and information systems
  • Understanding supply issues including inventory costs, functions, and metrics


For more information on the CPIM Module 1 Exam Review class, please Click Here



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New APICS Educational Offering

The APICS Southwest Michigan Chapter is looking into being able to provide the following APICS Principles of Operations Management courses. If you or your company would have an interest in one of these courses or the entire series, please contact our VP Education Mike Manchester.

Here is a brief overview of each course:

The APICS Principles of Inventory Management will impart an operational knowledge and understanding of inventory management principles and techniques, roles and responsibilities, and the impact that inventory can have on a business.

Topics include

  • inventory management fundamentals
  • ordering techniques
  • replenishment policies
  • purchasing management
  • just-in-time and lean methodologies
  • inventory performance measurement.

The APICS Principles of Operations Planning course imparts a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the basic inventory planning principles and techniques that are used at each level in the planning process, from strategic to tactical.

Topics include

  • planning foundations
  • business planning
  • basics of forecasting
  • sales and operations planning
  • master scheduling
  • capacity management
  • operations systems.

The APICS Principles of Manufacturing Management course aims to provide fundamental knowledge and understanding of the core concepts necessary to effectively managing activities related to planning, scheduling, and controlling manufacturing processes.

Topics include

  • manufacturing management fundamentals
  • manufacturing product structures
  • material requirements planning (MRP)
  • capacity planning and management
  • production activity control
  • advanced scheduling
  • lean production management.

The APICS Principles of Distribution and Logistics program will provide fundamental knowledge of operations management and understanding of the core concepts necessary to effectively manage an organization's supply chain.

Topics include

  • operations management foundations
  • introduction to distribution and logistics
  • distribution channel design
  • inventory management
  • distribution requirements planning (DRP)
  • warehouse management
  • packaging and material handling
  • transportation management
  • transportation operations.

The APICS Principles of Managing Operations imparts a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the processes, operations, quality management and process improvement functions needed to run a successful organization. This course is just being released at the end of March and will not be available until later this year.


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Calendar of Events

Click on the link below to access our upcoming events.

Calendar of Events


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Monthly Article

Extraordinary Supply Chain Partners

By Elizabeth Rennie | January/February 2015 | 25 | 1

APICS education inspires beneficial relationships

Brett Horacek, CPIM, CSCP 
Supply Chain Management Supervisor

Brett Horacek, CPIM, CSCP, is the supply chain management supervisor for Hospira, a global manufacturer of injectable pharmaceuticals and infusion technologies. He first was hired about 14 years ago as senior manufacturing supervisor. Later, he took a role focused on advancing supply chain processes. He says he managed change by supporting continued growth of a startup facility to meet new product development and commercial manufacturing demands. This included direct responsibility for supplier relationship management, logistics, warehousing, inventory control, order fulfillment, returns, and imports and exports—as well as serving self-directed team functions for planning and metric creation and reporting.

“The timing of my joining APICS coincided with my role changeover to supply chain manager within the company,” he says. “I wanted to … attend some of the classes being offered within the [APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management] CPIM module. I also knew APICS membership would help to serve as a networking tool for me in my new role.”

Supplier development

As a supply chain manager at Hospira, Horacek sometimes must extend partnerships with vendors beyond the ordinary. He says a very important application of his APICS knowledge is evidenced in one such strategy that he developed with a precious metals recovery service.

“The APICS [Certified Supply Chain Professional] (CSCP) program teaches us that, in order to achieve certain levels of business success, both vendor and customer must open up and be honest about exactly what needs to be done for each to come out ahead,” Horacek says, adding that his CSCP education was essential to creating an “extraordinary relationship” with this recovery supplier.

Some of the drugs Hospira makes are derived from raw materials that contain precious metals, such as palladium and platinum. Inherent in the production process is the generation of “side streams” that are not part of the end drug product. Recognizing the waste in this system, Horacek devised a plan to recoup the precious metals by collecting the streams that were deemed valuable and sending them out for recovery.

“The very economic viability to make these certain drugs depends on the ability to recover the precious metals from these side streams. Otherwise, it would be difficult to remain competitive in the market due to a higher [cost of goods sold],” he says.

Horacek applied his APICS knowledge to assess several suppliers on the recovery yields they could deliver. He eventually identified one provider that offered not only high recovery yields for Hospira’s precious metal streams, but also excellent customer service. He says the relationship between his company and the recovery vendor soon became a true strategic partnership.

“They have made many special concessions—from how quickly they process our material to even flying to a site to partner with us and creating a fault analysis within our processes to help us recover additional precious metals we had previously overlooked,” Horacek says. “It is a win-win partnership that remains intact to this day.”

Horacek also finds value in the CPIM program education. “Early on in my role in supply chain management, I [applied] my knowledge from the CPIM program to create capacity planning models to help me understand where our rate-limiting process steps were,” he says. “This also helped me develop more robust and predictable production schedules.”

He adds that obtaining his certifications has greatly broadened his supply chain management understanding and his capacity to function on both the tactical and strategic levels. “I have benefited from taking the certification classes,” Horacek says. “The information and insight provided by APICS instructors is truly invaluable in today’s complex, global realm of business.”

Elizabeth Rennie is managing editor for APICS magazine. She may be contacted at [email protected].

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Great Lakes District News & Events

The APICS SCOR® Professional (SCOR-P) program enables you to learn techniques for managing and measuring the performance of a global supply chain utilizing the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR®) model.

The APICS SCOR-P program:

  • Establishes in-depth knowledge of the SCOR model and methods
  • Provides real-world techniques for tackling strategic supply chain issues
  • Provides a practical method for evaluating the effectiveness of each course

SCOR-P endorsement demonstrates a commitment to your career and an investment in yourself. By building on your SCOR knowledge, you will dramatically increase your rate of supply chain improvement and performance.

SCOR-P endorsement builds on the SCOR Framework by providing participants with the tools to:

  • Standardize performance metrics
  • Build processes to describe what, where and how activities are performed
  • Create best practices for processes impacting supply chain performance
  • Manage critical supply chain resources for developing and retaining employees

Complete information can be found by clicking Here.

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Board of Directors

Angela DeVries, CPIM


Pfizer, Inc.

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Michael E. O'Neill, CPSM, CPIM

President-elect, VP Programs

Eaton Corporation

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Viswanathan "Raj" Rajagopal, CPIM

VP Administration

Pfizer, Inc.

Ed Huver, CPIM

VP Finance

Pfizer, Inc.

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Michael Merling

Director of Finance

Jeff Taft

VP Technology


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Andrew Barnett

Director of Technology

David Rench

VP Education

Manchester Industries

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Mike Manchester, CPIM, CPM, CSCP

Past President, Director of Education

Pfizer, Inc.

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Federico Conde, CPIM

VP Membership

Kellogg Company

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Scott Lemons

VP Marketing

Humphrey Products

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Megan McFadden, CPIM

VP Communications

GE Aviation

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Cindy Troyer, CPIM, CPM

VP Quality

Eaton Corporation

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Rian Caldwell

VP University Relations

American Axle & Manufacturing

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Ashley Kordish

Director of University Relations

Ralph Moyle Inc

Robert Montgomery, CPIM

Director at Large

Manufacturing Mgmt. Assoc.


Brian Flahie

Director at Large

Eaton Corporation

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