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February 25, 2009

The 5th Annual Lean, Six Sigma & Business Improvement Summit will take place in Chicago, June 23 – June 26, 2009

I think all of us that are in manufacturing are looking for ways to stand strong during these tough times.  As a CNC mill and lathe shop we are looking for ways to cut cost and increase efficiency.  It’s one thing to create tight tolerance machined parts, but this must be complimented with a creative strategy of navigating through the radical change in how our business will now need to function in the new era we are in.  It can’t be business as usual.  Just as airplanes can’t fly without proper aerodynamics, business – especially machine shops – can’t sustain flight in business without a resdesign and a new phylosophy.

The upcoming Lean & Sixth Sigma Summit may indeed provide answers for us all.
Book now for the event that helps you buck the economic slowdown trend and ensure your company’s costs remain stable – or fall
WCBF’s 5th Annual Lean & Six Sigma Summit gives you the unique opportunity to confront the fundamental challenges for the integration, sustainability and expansion of Lean and Six Sigma as a combined approach of performance excellence, business growth and innovation. Over 200 of the globe’s most prominent Lean Six Sigma practitioners, representing a variety of industries are preparing to gather in Chicago to share their experience, knowledge and wisdom with you. Giving you an unprecedented opportunity to learn from the likes of Wal-Mart, Motorola, Johnson and Johnson, BMW, General Cable, Baxter Bioscience and many more.
No matter where you are in your Lean Six Sigma initiatives – whether you are one of the early adopters whose Lean Six Sigma strategies are central to the overall business plan, or new to the whole concept this is the single most important event of the year. As you will see when you come to examine the Summit agenda, we are examining Lean Six Sigma from the viewpoint of key industries that find it the most valuable, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, government, and services – and showing how to apply those best practices to other verticals.
Join your peers at this landmark event that brings you face to face with world class experts to discuss the still-untapped potential – and challenges of Lean and Six Sigma.
Benchmark and learn from practical experiences:
• More than 30 case studies
• 6+ interactive panel discussions
• 20+ dedicated tracks
• 13 Pre and Post Summit hands-on workshops
ALL LEVELS COVERED – Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Practitioners
ALL INDUSTRIES COVERED – Manufacturing, Service and Transactional Environments
If you would like a reminder nearer the event please click here.
Or just print this page for future reference.
Based on the enormous success of WCBF’s Six Sigma event series to date, it is expected that this will be the largest senior-level conference to focus on Lean Six Sigma & Business Improvement. Nowhere else will you find such an exceptional array of speakers and organizations willing to share their experience with you.
Pick One. If you plan on attending just one Lean, Six Sigma & Business Improvement conference, then this is the one to select. WCBF currently averages over 200+ senior-level attendees at its Six Sigma Conferences. This is the highest number of senior-level attendees per a Six Sigma niche focussed conference than any other organization.
Book now and save up to $575.
Hosting The Global Six Sigma and Business Improvement Awards
The Global Six Sigma and Business Improvement Awards are given to the most outstanding organizational achievements through the deployment of business improvement programs.
The focus of this elite awards program is to demonstrate to the global business community the real results and excellence which organizations achieve through the successful deployment of Six Sigma and other business excellence programs.
After extensive reviews by an independent panel, the Lean Six Sigma CEO of the Year Award 2009 will be presented to Karen Strauss, CEO, Masco Builder Cabinet Group. Karen Strauss will accept the Award on the morning of June 24th at the Lean & Six Sigma Summit, including a short acceptance speech. See our testimonials for further evidence of the quality of our events.
Get your personally signed copy of books by leading business authors to takeaway at the exclusive book signings during the Summit including:
Books by Thomas Pyzdek:
The Six Sigma Handbook
Quality Engineering Handbook
The Handbook for Quality Management
Books by Pete Pande:
The Six Sigma Leader
The Six Sigma Way
Implementing Six Sigma: Smarter Solutions Using Statistical Methods: Second Edition. By Forrest W. Breyfogle
Pull Thinking®: Harness the Power of Pull to Fuel Growth and Ignite Performance by Aligning People, Culture and Purpose. By Kenneth E. Meyer
Testimonials from our recent six sigma events:
“Thank you for such a great Conference. Over the years, I have attended 25+ Six Sigma Conferences and I have never participated in one better. We appreciate you and your team’s hard work!”
Dr Neal Mackertich, Founder, Raytheon Six Sigma Institute, RAYTHEON
“As a new deployment leader, I attended three Six Sigma conferences last year, and yours was by far the best! I found the sessions to be varied and informative, and they were supplemented by opportunities to mingle with other participants and industry specialists. I look forward to making the WCBF conference an annual event!”
Linda Bowyer, VP Service Quality, TD Canada Trust
“The orchestration of the key leaders – CEO, CIO, VP – to tell their success stories; the sprinkling of “new and refreshing thinking” and the caliber of the attendees made this one of the most outstanding learning events of the past 2-3 years.”
Wanda Sturm, SigmaPlus Engagement, HP
“The event was first class — outstanding speakers (especially Jim Collins), exhibits, and meals. It was a great week!”
Stephen J. Wittig, Vice President Six Sigma, QualityCabinets/Merillat
“WCBF’s Global Six Sigma Summit offers a great opportunity to meet thought leaders in a variety of industries. The presentations are first-rate, and the “sideline” interactions are incredibly valuable to me.”
Mike Richman, Publisher, Quality Digest
“The conference attracted a high percentage of organization leaders as well as Six Sigma practitioners providing an excellent opportunity for sharing/networking. You were successful in attracting several high level people and engaging speakers that brought this summit to a higher level than similar ones.”
Don Baker, Rochester Institute for Technology
“Vijay Bajaj and his staff at WCBF consistently produce premier, high-value conferences related to Six Sigma, Lean, Design for Six Sigma and Innovation. WCBFЃfs attention-to-detail, adherence to sound ethical standards, high degree of collaboration and responsiveness, commitment to post-conference follow-up and focus on maintaining long-term, excellent business relationships sets it apart from other conference organizers. Their ongoing commitment to objectively gauging the needs of their diverse, world-wide customer base and quickly responding to changing market trends enhances WCBFЃfs ability to attract the most talent speakers in their respective fields. For these reasons, Air Academy strongly supports and thanks WCBF for their contributions.”
Lee Pollock, Senior VP, Director of Lean Sigma Programs, Air Academy Associates
“The summit was outstanding Ѓ] great networking and process improvement sharing!”
Wayne R. Potter, Electrical Value Stream Leader Process Excellence, Northrop Grumman Corporation
“I always enjoy networking with professionals leading in problem solving. This year’s conference was a good sharing of lessons learned and fresh practical ideas.”
Rick Morrow, Director of Continuous Improvement, United Airlines
“I’ve attended six sigma conferences over the past few years and this WCBF event was the best. I look forward to the next WCBF six sigma conference.”
Chris Kargula, DFSS Engineering Manager, Cooper Standard
“The WCBF Global Six Sigma Summit and Awards Conference was our most successful marketing event for 2007. This was largely the result of the personal interest WCBF staff took in finding ways to optimize our visibility and facilitate contact with key prospects.”
Wayne Caccamo, VP Marketing, Instantis
“The conference last week was fantastic. Jim Collins and Mikel Harry were outstanding and provided unique perspectives for the profession. The mix of track speakers was also the best I have seen.”
Paul Hesselschwerdt, President, Global Partners Inc
“A Summit very well organized where the aim of the program is the content and the real research of best Practices. It was a hard job as an Awards Judge due to the real top level of competitors and their great results.”
Fabrizio Majorana, Deputy CEO, UniCredit
“I am extremely pleased with BMO’s breakthrough performance in Lean Six Sigma deployment across Product Operations in North America. Winning two prestigious Global Six Sigma Awards has validated the hard work and dedication of our people, and significantly stimulated interest from other BMO businesses to leverage Lean Six Sigma for delivering strategic initiatives.”
Richard Lam, Deployment Leader, Quality & Productivity Management Office, BMO Financial Group

February 18, 2009

Are you looking to buy CNC machines?

There are a lot of places that sell quality CNC lathe and milling machines, but few have the great reputation as a trusted source for machine shops as Midwest.  If you want to expand and keep machining costs to a minimum consider a used CNC lathe or mill machine.  Check out Midwest Machinery.



Welcome to Midwest Machinery!  We hope you will find exactly what you’re looking for in a machine tool, be it fabrication, CNC machining or support, we strive to offer the very best that the used machinery market has to offer.



Midwest Machinery is a stocking machine tool dealer with inventory on site at our Franksville, Wisconsin facility. Our 25,000 square foot warehouse can accommodate all sizes of machine tools while having the added advantage of viewing them under power. We are happy to accept trade ins, as well as consign your equipment on site to assure you the best return on your equipment for sale.


Our staff has a combination of machine tool experience in both fabricating and metal cutting machinery, as well as CNC equipment.  If you don’t see what you need on our site, please let us know, chances are we know where to find it immediately!
We have a knowledgeable staff that will strive to deliver quality products based on your needs, and assist you from start to finish.  We don’t just want your business;  we want your repeat business.  We also have a very knowledgeable full-time Service Technician on staff to teach, train, maintain, and troubleshoot machine tools.

Feel free to contact us by phone, fax or e-mail if you need additional assistance or other information not provided here at our website.  We sincerely thank you for your time and consideration.


Midwest Machinery, Inc.
21303 Omega Circle
Franksville, WI 53126

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January 8, 2009

A New Year for CNC Machine Shops

I think all of us in the machine shop industry are a little concerned about what’s next. For some us we’ve seen an increase of work for our milling centers, where our lathe work has dramatically decrease. Some of seen just the opposite. Others I know are realizing an overall increase in their CNC machining.

But all Machine Shops are wondering what the machining will business we be like as we enter a new year with such an unstable economy. As a sales rep for John Prosock Machine I speak with many of our existing manufacturing customers as well as new companies that are looking to source out CNC mill and lathe machining. Some are slowing to the point where they are able to machine their own parts on their own milling centers or CNC lathes.

While others have seen their work load expand which is requiring them to pursue other machine shops to meet their growing internal demand. But everyone seems to be holding their breath to see what is next for the economy and how that will affect the manufacturing sector and the world of precision machining. At John Prosock Machine we are pulling out the stops.

We believe that this year will be one of the best ever. Certain sectors of the market are growing. We believe its our job to find out where the growth is and then position ourselves in front of the growing demand and thrive during these tough times.

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