Recap of the October Mid-Atlantic District Meeting

Please use the link below to see a short recap of the most recent Mid-Atlantic District Meeting held in Bethlehem PA on October 23rd and 24th.

Dave Jankowski and the District Team would like to thank everyone who attended the meeting.

The Carl Stein Student Auction on Friday evening set a new record for the total raised and thanks go to the individuals, companies and chapters for their donations of items for the auction and thanks also to those who reached deep into their pockets and wallets during the bidding to make this such a success.
All auction proceeds go to the prize fund for the 2016 MAD Student Case Competition.

The Case Competition final will take place on Saturday February 27th during our next District Meeting and we hope to see as many of you as possible.

Chapter presidents remember our district meetings are open to all APICS members in the Mid-Atlantic District not just chapter officers and we welcome all attendees.

Finally we would like to wish everyone Happy Thanksgiving.

Dave and the MAD Team

MAD October Meeting

Please note: The next meeting will be held in Pittsburgh.

Northeastern Penn Chapter of APICS – June 19, 2013

PlantTourThe Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of APICS sponsored a plant tour at American Silk Mills in Hudson, PA on Wednesday, June 19th.  The Tour was coordinated by Raymond Presser, Vice President of Logistics.  Assisting Mr. Presser with the guided tour was Russ Sokolas, Amy Trotter and Marcie Walsh. There was an excellent turn out for the event with 18 attendees in all. The chapter would like to thank Raymond, Russ, Amy and Marcie for their excellent work in preparing the group for the tour by setting up an information board with photos and terminology before taking each group out on the floor.

The evening was capped off by a special recognition of Raymond Presser by Mike Auriemma, President of the chapter for Raymond’s work in bringing the APICS Body of Knowledge to the team at American Silk. Raymond was instrumental in working with Janet Rosenbaum of the Continuing Education department at Penn State University’s  Wilkes-Barre campus to offer 13 individuals from different departments  the Basics of Supply Chain Management module.

Ice Cream Sundae Production: From Job Shop to Lean Flow

NEPA APICS PDM: May 16th at Top of the 80’s, Hazleton

Ice Cream Sundae Production: From Job Shop to Lean Flow

Presented by Michael D. Ford, CSCP, CFPIM, CQA, CQE, CRE

Principal, TQM Works Consulting

Are you interested in comparing a job shop layout to a lean flow line? Or maybe you just missed dessert? Either way, this session will be an instructive and tasty experience!

This interactive workshop will engage you and your fellow participants by role-playing as customer order entry professionals, production planners, workstation operators, inspectors or hungry customers placing orders. The session involves two major exercises: first, a simulation of a traditional job shop layout; and then, creation of a flow line to demonstrate the improved lean environment.

Attendees will gain knowledge of the following concepts:

  • The advantages of empowerment and engagement
  • Lean improvements in productivity, space requirements, lead time and quality
  • Some secrets you never knew about Lean (which contradict the so-called “experts”)!

This experiential learning session provides valuable lessons learned that the audience will remember years or decades later. Participants engaged in a simulation will retain more information than the standard lecture format.

This event was originally presented by Mr. Ford at the APICS International Conference in Pittsburgh last October, and received such great reviews he has been invited to deliver this a dozen times since at APICS’ chapters and universities. The nature of this event hands-on Lean Training Event provides appeal to a wide ranging audience: please invite your coworkers, your management team, family and friends!

Michael D. Ford, CFPIM, CSCP, CQA, CRE, CQE is Principal of TQM Works Consulting. He provides innovative solutions based on 26 years of experience in retail, distribution, manufacturing, and consulting. His work history includes software implementation, business planning, inventory control, distribution planning and corporate training. He has presented at over 240 industry events throughout the U.S., Canada, Nigeria and S. Africa, and has provided over 4,000 hours of classroom training.

Ford is a graduate of SUNY-Buffalo, earning a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. Ford combines his technical expertise with personal skills to develop a unique “outside the box” approach to life’s challenges. He specializes in delivering training that is “edu-taining.”

Where: Top of the 80’s, 3 Top of the 80’s Road, Hazleton PA 18202

When: 5:30pm, Wednesday, May 16             Cost: $25 APICS members; $17 students; $30 nonmembers

Buffet Menu: Deluxe Salad, Baked Ham w/Pineapple Sauce, Roast Turkey w/Stuffing, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Honey Glazed Carrots, Homemade Rice Pudding, Rolls and Butter, Coffee, Tea, Soda and Ice Water.


Agenda:          Networking                 5:30pm

Dinner                         6:00pm

Announcements          6:45pm

Presentation                7:00pm to 8:15pm


Please RSVP to Kathy Egan at 570.957.1307 or by Monday, May 14

10/26/2011 NEPA APICS Visit to Bloomsburg University

Mr. Ed Daveski, VP of Education for NEPA APICS visited with 25 students and 2 faculty members at Bloomsburg University to discuss supply chain career opportunities, his vast work experience, and example projects with which he had been involved. The students volunteered to come to the event because of their declared or possible interest in supply chain management.

Students commented that they enjoyed Mr. Daveski’s requirements for taking a business to the next level: commitment, ethics, and perseverance. They also found the implications of REACH to be eye-opening and said they wanted to remember the  perspective of “what can we do to keep our customer in business.” One student commented that Mr. Daveski’s story about Emerson’s lengthy payment terms was impactful because it reinforced a recent class lesson on the cash conversion cycle.

Mr. Daveski concluded with a talk about the importance of actively belonging to a professional society and pursuing professional certifications. Students asked about the role of APICS in Mr. Daveski’s career progression, advice about courses, and opportunities he saw for entry-level positions.

The students and faculty at Bloomsburg University heartily thank Ed Daveski & Joe Desmarteau (who unfortunately missed the event by a few minutes due to work commitments) for their efforts and time! They also thank the chapter for generously providing pizza and soda.

New CPIM Certification Course

CPIM Certification Course:

Basics of Supply Chain
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
October 12, 2011 – December 14, 2011
10 weeks
Location: Library L-12
Instructor – Ed Daveski

Deb Conway
Assistant Director of Continuing Education
Penn State Hazleton
76 University Drive
Hazleton PA  18202

Phone 570-450-3136
Fax 570-450-3104