In-plants Unite!November 2013 By Bob Neubauer
In six locations across the country, in-plants have been gathering over the past month for one-day networking forums. Coordinated by the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association, the regional meetings were designed to bring in-plants together with others in their areas while spreading the word about the benefits IPMA can bring to them.
The meetings started in early October at Oregon State University, in Corvallis, and Moorpark Community College, northwest of Los Angeles. They each featured speakers, in-plant tours and plenty of networking time for the dozens of managers who attended.
These were followed by meetings at the University of California-Davis Repro Graphics (at which California State Printer Jerry Hill spoke about justifying new equipment purchases); Freese and Nichols, in Fort Worth, Texas; Nestle Purina Petcare, in St. Louis; and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, in Charlotte, N.C. The meetings were individually sponsored by Ricoh and Konica Minolta.
“One of IPMA’s key objectives is to bring in-plant managers together in a non-competitive environment where discussion can take place on the common issues all of us face,” explains IPMA President Rob Lingard. “Many in-plant managers are not able to attend the annual conference or participate with one of IPMA’s chapters, so IPMA’s sponsorship of regional meetings is an effort to provide a venue where this interaction and discussion can take place without the expense of travel or time away from busy schedules.”