March 2019 Professional Development Meeting

March 05, 2019
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

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1985 Douglas Dr N
Golden Valley, MN 55422

March 2019 Professional Development Meeting

NEW!  Breakfast Meeting!

A Real-Life, Local Case Study:
Demand Driven Planning at Wipaire

Presented by: Tim Hendrickson, Chief Operations Officer and Matt Gutz, Sr. Manufacturing Planner
Wipaire Inc. - St. Paul, MN

Tuesday March 5, 2019, 7:30am
Honeywell, Golden Valley, MN

Low-volume, high-mix manufacturing environments are tricky for many of us.  Wipaire is a local company that decided to utilize the demand driven planning methodology to reduce the non-value added activities affecting them.  The company has successfully been using the demand driven planning process in partnership with MRP for over the past year. They have proven to reduce (improve) inventory by 20%, increase on-time customer shipments by 40% and reduce production planning time from 1 week to 1 day!  Come join us to hear a great success story with an easy implementation process at a significantly lower cost than a new MRP system.

Here are a few things that you'll learn to improve areas at your company:

  • Key areas to focus on to increase customer shipment response time
  • How to break down a DDMRP implementation so it is feasible
  • Lessons learned for what NOT to do when implementing Demand Driven principles into your MRP system

Tim Hendrickson and Matt Gutz participated in the first Minneapolis session of the Demand Driven Planner class offered by APICS Twin Cities Chapter.  Come hear what they’ve done since.

Speaker Bios:

Tim Hendrickson is the Chief Operations Officer of Wipaire, Inc., the worlds largest manufacturer of aircraft floats and skis. He has over twenty years of experience in manufacturing, operations, and engineering management. Tim has implemented customer focused operating strategies in many environments, including make-to-stock, make-to-order, and engineer-to-order. Tim has a master’s degree in Engineering Management, a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, as well as Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

Matt Gutz is a Senior Manufacturing Planner at Wipaire, Inc.  Matt has over 15 years of experience working at Wipaire and is CPIM Certified. 

Note:  Honeywell requires all non- US Citizens to provide their Visa and Passport documents at least 2 days prior to the meeting. 


1985 Douglas Drive N                     
Golden Valley, MN 55422

Note: Use the Douglas Drive Entrance on the East end of the building.
Parking on both sides of the entrance.
Guard Desk will log all attendees.


Date - Tuesday March 5, 2019

7:30 am Check-In, Networking, Continental Breakfast

7:45 am Announcements & Speaker Introduction

8:00 am Speaker & Q&A

9:00 am Adjourn

Earn 1 Certification Maintenance Point for attendance at this event!

Members: $15.00, Non-Members: $20.00, Full-time Students: Free

Registration Deadline: 5:00pm on Thursday, February 28, 2019, or until Sold Out! (Registrations after 5:00pm on Thursday, February 28th, will be accepted on a "space available" basis.  Please call the Chapter Office at 763-413-2513 to register after the posted deadline.) 



$15.00 Member Registration
$20.00 after 05:00 pm February 28

$20.00 Non-Member Registration
$25.00 after 05:00 pm February 28

$0.00 Student Registration