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Two Production Seminars Back to Back

Thursday, January 17, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has opened registration for Production Leadership:  Next Level Supervision of People & Process and Production Measurement: Benchmarking & Buy-in, to be held February 12-13 and 14-15 respectively, at Atlas Container, in Severn, MD.  

“This is the first time we are offering these two courses back to back. Its an excellent way to learn at such a reasonable price with special pricing for multiple people in attendance.  You can attend one class or both the class one gives you the leadership skills and class two goes indepth with practical application and training,” said Taryn Pyle, AICC Director of Education & Leadership Development.

Production Leadership:  Next Level Supervision of People & Process will address the constant changes in the marketplace and workforce. Managers in independent corrugated, folding carton, and rigid box plants will benefit from the education and hands-on experience with the tools of leadership and improvement. Before this course, participants are encouraged to complete a self-assessment to gain awareness of their specific leadership and communication style. During the seminar, in addition to learning from an expert instructor, participants will share their best practices, challenges, and questions for discussion. This popular seminar has been updated to address up-to-minute challenges. 

“The interactive discussion and hands on tools were helpful to me in preparing our production crew for better machine processes," said David Casey, Operations Manager, BoxBoard Products.

Production Measurement: Benchmarking & Buy-in welcomes attendee to the War Room, where productive team members practice using tools to increase productivity and reduce employee turnover in the War Room of a virtual company and on the real host plant floor. Participants will work together, with the goal of cutting setup times by 65%. All the tools in the War Room will be used to ensure lasting success. Real-time learning will include a setup reduction process with a host plant crew. 

Justin Gittings, Supervisor, Independent II, said “what I enjoyed learning the most was learning how to create SOP's so that I could then implement this process and educate employees to follow the same practice on each machine." 

Both seminars will be led by Dr. Scott Ellis, Ed.D, Principal, Working Well LLC. Scott is a leadership and process improvement specialist who serves on AICC’s faculty to assist in building Packaging School curriculum. Scott has served as a resource for development of individuals, teams, and organizations as a consultant, teacher, psychotherapist, coach, and general manager in the packaging industry for two decades. His pragmatic approach is focused on making it easy to do the right things right.

Atlas Container, the host plant, is a manufacturer of corrugated packaging and display products. They deliver with their own trucks and run their own manufacturing equipment, so customers are buying directly from the source with no middleman.

They have several printing machines to customize any packaging needs. They also have two state-of-the-art, design and testing departments that can create or re-engineer packaging prototypes.

AICC members can register for Production Leadership for $1295 (first person) and $795 (additional people); Production Measurement for $1295 (first person) and $795 (additional people); and register for both seminars for $1895.

Attendees are encouraged to make their room reservations at the Towne Place before the hotel cut-off date, Friday, February 1.

More information about the seminar can be found at Questions about seminars or webinars and the value a well-trained workforce brings to a company can be directed to Taryn Pyle, Director of Education & Leadership Development,, or Chelsea May, Education and Training Manager, or 703.836.2422.


About AICC, The Independent Packaging Association

We are a growing membership association which has served independents since 1974, by providing access to education and information in print, in person, and online. AICC membership is for the full company- join and all employees at all locations have access to member benefits. In April 2017 AICC began offering free online education to all members to help the individual maximize their potential and the member company maximize its profit. When companies invest and engage, AICC will deliver success.