The September Chapter meeting is a hybrid plant tour/chapter meeting – this time at Versatech, located in Effingham, IL. With a record number of people coming to recent plant tours, we expect a big crowd at this first meeting after summer break.

Versatech is a full service, value added solutions provider that serves manufacturing in several different industry segments. They deliver a broad range of engineering, manufacturing and consulting services to best meet each customer’s individual needs. Versatech has employed Lean Manufacturing and Energy Management techniques to evolve, expand and excel to meet customer requirements. They guide their customers to experience increased profitability by assisting them on their continuous improvement journey as well.

Check out the many ways Versatech is an industry innovator and leader! Then join us on September 22 to see for yourself!

Tuesday, September 22
starting at 5:00 p.m. Gathering at Versatech, light refreshments
5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Plant Tours
6:15 p.m.  Dinner, welcome and brief chapter meetings
**4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  A special “what is NTMA” meet and greet for prospective members will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall located just north of Versatech.

$25/person includes dinner. All you need to do is email or fax the office with the name(s) of those attending and you’ll receive an invoice  (email the chapter).

NTMA 2015 Fall Conference
October 21-23
St. Louis, MO at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel

National NTMA Chairman Herb Homeyer will welcome the NTMA community to his hometown (home region) of St. Louis.

Fall Conference is 3 days jam-packed with professional development, networking, meeting with executives and key representatives from your suppliers and sponsors, exploring new ideas, soaking up inspiration and having some fun!

St. Louis members – here’s your chance to attend this national-level event with limited travel time and costs. You might consider the benefits of being on-site the whole Fall Conference – and then get your room booked at the hotel before they are sold out! If you can’t get away for the whole conference, won’t you consider signing up for the Opening event – an evening Octoberfest in Marthasville hosted by Homeyer Precision Manufacturing or an evening at Ballpark Village. Or look at the Technology Days. Or the keynote speakers.

Still not sure? Take a look at the entire schedule! Look at who will be there (speakers)…and while you’re there look at the sponsors – these are your national and international partners who help you run your business every day. Maybe one of them has an answer to a challenge you are struggling with every day! Maybe one of the sponsors or a speaker has a concept or inspiration waiting for your ears that can take your business to the next level! If you don’t come for at least part of the program, who knows what you’ll miss!

Everything you need to know is right here! If you have questions about ala carte pricing, contact someone from the Events team at NTMA – you’ll find their contact info on the brochure, too – or email the St. Louis Chapter office.

The St. Louis Chapter’s Board of Directors will welcome attendees to St. Louis at the “Regiception” on Tuesday afternoon. Won’t you and/or someone from your company be there to show them St. Louis?!

Plant Managers: NTMA is bringing a national Plant Managers Roundtable to St. Louis on Tuesday, October 20 – mark your calendars now! This event will bring together plant managers and other industry professionals to discuss some hot topics – learning and networking focused specifically around the everyday challenges of your job! This is your chance to attend a national-caliber meeting right here in St. Louis (limited travel time/costs – plus one full day out of the shop with optional welcome reception and dinner the night before) all at the Chase Park Plaza on St. Louis’ Central West End.

Sponsored by St. Louis and NTMA associate member Paulo. Click here for schedule (now). Updates and program details will be posted here soon.

It was once again time to relax and network at the beautiful Chateau on the Lake resort in Branson – joined by Kansas City members and NTMA staff.

What were the highlights?

Friday afternoon free conference sessions headed up by expert speakers from CBIZ:

“ 401(k) Benchmarking – Peeling the Onion on fees & expenses”
Ed Hinders, Vice President, Retirement Planning Services – CBIZ
Tax and Accounting Questions Made Clear
Dave Gresham , Managing Director & Shareholder – CBIZ
Are you ready for the new ACA reporting procedures?
Sara Miller , Director of Client Services – CBIZ
Social Engineering – How safe is your company?  Trust no-one!
Kyle Konopasek, Manager Business and Technology Risk Services, CBIZ
Industry Roundtable Discussion
The rest of the weekend was social/fun/networking:
Dinner & Show on the Showboat Branson Belle
Group Catamaran sailing on the Lake
Saturday evening Social – Speaker, Dinner & Drinks, guest speaker National Chairman Herb Homeyer

Although we don’t print a formal membership roster, since they are pretty much obsolete the minute they are printed, we DO have membership lists available for NTMA members, associate members and educational members. Contact Sally to get yours!

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St. Louis Area’s Customer Service at NTMA headquarters office is Kelly Kasner.

St. Louis members or potential members are encourage to contact Kelly regarding anything at the national NTMA level (including  assistance with web site login and how to join NTMA).

Kelly Kasner, Midwest Membership & Chapter Services Executive
1-800-248-6862 (
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Sally Safranski is the contact for anything related to the Greater St. Louis Chapter NTMA.