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2016 Manufacturers Workshop & Tour

The 2016 VMA Manufacturers Workshop "Modern Manufacturing: Living The Lean Culture" will help attendees understand their corporate “operating system” and help to identify their strategic core processes. Attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of the five principles of lean, the modern tools of lean and the intellectual inconsistencies of lean. This workshop is only open to VMA/VRC members.

10/5/2016 to 10/7/2016
When: October 5-7, 2016
Where: Valley Ho Hotel
6850 E. Main Street
Scottsdale, Arizona  85251
United States
Contact: Malena Malone-Blevins
202-331-8105 ext 310

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The 2016 VMA Manufacturers Workshop "Modern Manufacturing - Living the Lean Culture" is designed to assist managers, supervisors, and team members with a functional understanding of the key leadership skills needed to facilitate and sustain a lean culture in their company.  This year’s workshop will be led by Dr. Dan L. Shunk. Dr. Shunk is a professor in the Industrial Engineering Department at Arizona State University and has been recognized in the semiconductor, electronics, aerospace and automotive communities for his innovative approaches to product development and productivity improvements.


Mid-to Senior-level management, engineering and manufacturing personnel from VMA and VRC member companies.  This workshop is a VMA/VRC member’s only event.  If you are not sure if your company is a member, please call 202-331-8105 ext. 310.



This year, VMA is excited to offer attendees of the 2016 Manufacturers Workshop two half-day tours to compliment the Modern Manufacturing - Living the Lean Culture theme of the workshop.  Our keynote speaker Dr. Dan Shunk, has teamed up with his colleagues at Arizona State University to organize a tour of two engineering buildings in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering.  After lunch, attendees will be transported to Honeywell Aerospace for a tour of the Honeywell Aerospace facility.


On October 6th our Honeywell Tour host, Blake Headley, Lean Master and Honeywell Operating System Process Leader will open the workshop allowing attendees to extend the conversations around the tour and provide an opportunity for more in-depth question and answer. Please register by SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 Your tour fee of $70 includes both tours, transportation and boxed lunch.  


Attendee registration is open to VMA and VRC members only.  Registration fee is $590 for the first registrant from a dues-paying member company and $540 for subsequent registrants. There is no limit to the number of subsequent registrants.  Your registration includes continental breakfasts, lunch, breaks and Welcome Reception as well as a copy of all speaker presentations and handouts included in the Manufacturers Workshop.


Accommodations have been arranged for the VMA Manufacturers Workshop at the Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale at a discounted rate of $187 per night. Discount is valid from October 4 thru October 6th, with limited rooms on October 7th. Please call the Valley Ho at 480-248-2000 or 866-882-4484 to make reservations or CLICK HERE  to make reservations online. Any reservations made outside of that range of dates or made for an upgraded room are not guaranteed at the discounted rate. Last day to make reservations at the discounted rate is September 12th.


  • 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 are non-refundable. 
  • Substitutions for cancellations can be accepted until September 30, 2016.   Any changes or registrations after that date will need to be made onsite.  
  • Substitutions for tour cannot be accepted.
  • All Cancellations for tours or registration must be in writing to Malena Malone-Blevins at or call 202-331-8105. 


For more information please download the workshop program or call Malena Malone-Blevins 202-331-1805 ext.  310 or email



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