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10:15 am

Group leaves for Mazak tour

5:00 pm

Group returns from tour


7:00 – 7:30 am

Registration, continental breakfast
and networking

7:30 – 7:45 am

Welcome remarks

7:45 – 8:15 am

Workshop topic: Mazak Supply Chain and Manufacturing Philosophy

8:15 – 10:00 am

Workshop topic:

Mazak MT Connect

10:00 – 10:15 am

Coffee break

10:15 am – 12:15 pm

Workshop topic: University of Kentucky –

Toyota 8-Step Problem Solving Process

12:15 – 1:15 pm


1:15 – 3:15 pm

Workshop topic (continued)

3:15 – 3:30 pm

Coffee break

3:30 – 5:30 pm

Workshop topic (continued)

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception

6:30 pm

Dinner on your own


7:30 – 8:00 am

Continental breakfast
and networking

8:00 – 10:00 am

Workshop topic: University of Kentucky –

The People Side of True Lean

10:00 – 10:15 am

Coffee break

10:15 am – Noon

Workshop topic (continued)





April 30–May 2, 2014

VMA Manufacturers Workshop
and Tour

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH


About the Program

The VMA Manufacturers Workshop and Tour begins with a tour of Mazak in Florence, KY on Wed., April 30. As a follow-up to the tour, the workshop will open on Thurs., May 1 with experts from Mazak who will discuss the company’s Supply Chain Management and MT Connect. After lunch, faculty from the University of Kentucky will present discussion and case studies on Toyota’s 8-Step Problem Solving Process. The seminar will conclude on Fri., May 2 with a discussion of "The People Side of Lean,” also presented by the University of Kentucky.

VMA’s Manufacturers Committee members are: Dennis Petrucci, Chairman, DFT, Inc.; Bill Metz, Immediate Past Chair, Richards Industries; David Beck, Fisher Valve Division - Emerson Process Management; Don Curtin, Conval, Inc; Kelly Grudzinski, Farris Engineering, Curtis-Wright Flow Control Company; Mark Novak, Check-All Valve Manufacturing Co; David Reinhardt, Daniel Measurement and Control, Inc.; and Colleen VanderVelde, Cameron-DynaTorque

Who Should Attend?

Mid- to senior-level management, engineering and manufacturing personnel from VMA and VRC member companies. This event is only open to members.

ABOUT THE MAZAK TOUR ( included with registration fee )

Attendees have been invited to tour Mazak’s ever-expanding Manufacturing and National Technology Center in Florence, KY. This is an opportunity to tour arguably the most successful machine tool company in world. Mazak has been manufacturing some of the world’s most advanced Multi-Tasking, five-axis, turning and milling machines since 1974 in this facility and many of these machines currently are being used in valve manufacturing throughout the world.

The tour will open with buffet lunch generously hosted by Mazak. After lunch, Brian Papke, president of Mazak, will kick off a half-day tour of the plant and share with us his philosophy and commitment to continuous investment and product improvement that has resulted in 15 plant expansions in the past 30 years, including the recently completed 200,000-square-foot expansion. The tour will conclude at Mazak’s National Technology Center, highlighting a number of the company’s state-of-the-art machines, some of which were developed specifically with valve manufacturing in mind.

To learn more about Mazak and the upcoming tour, click here.


Attendee registration is open to all VMA/VRC Members. The registration fee is $590 for the first registrant from a dues-paying member company. Second and subsequent registrants from the same company are $540 per registrant. Your registration fee includes transportation to Mazak, buffet lunch and tour on April 30, seminar on May 1 & 2, and all food events during the seminar to include continental breakfast, coffee and refreshments breaks and reception.

Hotel Reservations

The Hyatt Regency Cincinnati is no longer accepting reservations for the 2014 Manufacturers Workshop. The cut-off date for the workshop rate at the Hyatt was April 4. However, due to registration demand, we have contracted with the Millennium Hotel Cincinnati for additional rooms. The Millennium is just a short walk from the Hyatt (two doors down) and is offering a $139.00 rate for attendees, which includes in-room internet. Please call the Millennium at 513.352.2100 and identify yourself as a Valve Manufacturers Workshop attendee or CLICK HERE to make reservations online. The cut-off date to make reservations at the Millennium is April 18. Rates extend three days prior and three days post event. 

If you have any issues with reservations at the Millennium, please give Malena Malone-Blevins a call at 202.331.8105 x310 or email

Registration Cancellation Policies

  • Cancellations received up to 30 days before the event are refundable, minus a 5% registration service charge.

  • Cancellations received between 15 and 29 days before the event are 75% refundable.

  • Due to hotel and other event guarantees, cancellations received between 0 and 14 days prior to the event the day are non-refundable.

All cancellations must be in writing to Malena Malone-Blevins at


Please call Malena Malone-Blevins, Meetings Manager at 202.331.8105 x310 or email at

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