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    • 08/09/2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • DISHER: 201 W Washington Ave #230, Zeeland, MI 49464
    • 35
    Register



    Join West Michigan World Trade Association for our 2018 Production Breakfast Tours

    This series will provide an opportunity for participants to:
    *engage in the import/export community at large 
    *tour exciting local facilities that are actively participating in the production/distribution cycle
    *view industry best practices at work 
    *network with industry peers, while enjoying a light breakfast together

    August 9, 2018:  7:30-9:00 AM
    Production Breakfast Tour 1 - DISHER Culture Tour

    September 13, 2018:  7:30-9:00 AM
    Production Breakfast Tour 2 - Dematic

    October 11, 2018: 7:30-9:00 AM
    Production Breakfast Tour 3 - SoundOff Signal

    November 8, 2018: 7:30-9:00 AM
    Production Breakfast Tour 4 - Ferris Coffee

    COST: Buy 3 get 1 free!
    $30 Single Event Ticket- WMWTA Member 
    $40 Singe Event Ticket- NON WMWTA Member
    $90 Entire Event Series Registration- WMWTA Member
    $120 Entire Event Series Registration- NON WMWTA Member

    Student Scholarships are available upon request. Email: manager@wmwta.org


    Date: August 9, 2018 DISHER Culture Tour
    Time:
    7:30-9:00 AM
    Location: DISHER
    201 W Washington Ave #230
    Zeeland, MI 49464

    Join West Michigan World Trade Association members and guests as we visit DISHER to participate in their new and exciting Culture Tour.  Company representatives will share their passion about Making a Positive Difference® using the Why, Way, What, and Who of culture. Discover how this focus drives their financial performance, customer relationships and employee satisfaction. Network with industry peers, enjoy a light breakfast and consider how you might implement these concepts in your own office environment.

    After 11 years of hustle as an automotive engineer, Jeff Disher started to dream about what it might be like to operate a product development firm that truly made a difference. He was looking for more meaning— a greater purpose. The time was right to take a chance. In early 2000, with a young family at home, Jeff took that chance. He set up a card table, plugged in his computer, and went to work inside a local conference room in Zeeland, Michigan. Disher Design and Development was born. What is DISHER’s sweet spot today? Delivering product development solutions in a highly collaborative and responsible way. “I wanted my customers to sleep better at night knowing their project was in good hands,” comments Jeff.

    Agenda for Event 1: 
    7:30-8:00 AM Registration and Pastries
    8:00-8:45 AM Introduction and DISHER Culture Tour
    8:45-9:00 AM Questions and Wrap up

    About DISHER
    DISHER is a nationally-recognized product development, talent attraction, and business consulting firm with offices in Michigan and Indiana. The team of 160-qualified experts partner with Fortune 500 companies, suppliers, and independent inventors to successfully research, design, engineer, and manufacture high-impact products and services. The range of industries served is as broad and diverse as their customers. DISHER’s integrative capabilities include:

    ·Discovery Solutions
    ·Engineering Solutions
    ·Manufacturing Tech Solutions
    ·Talent Solutions
    ·Business Solutions

    Together, DISHER partners with clients to achieve greater performance, productivity, and profitability. What makes DISHER truly shine is the servant-hearted culture that is constantly looking for ways to make the world a better place.

    Not a member? Click here to join!

    • 09/13/2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Dematic: 507 Plymouth Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
    • 36
    Register



    Join West Michigan World Trade Association for our 2018 Production Breakfast Tours

    This series will provide an opportunity for participants to:
    *engage in the import/export community at large 
    *tour exciting local facilities that are actively participating in the production/distribution cycle
    *view industry best practices at work 
    *network with industry peers, while enjoying a light breakfast together

    August 9, 2018:  7:30-9:00 AM
    Production Breakfast Tour 1 - DISHER Culture Tour

    September 13, 2018:  7:30-9:00 AM
    Production Breakfast Tour 2 - Dematic

    October 11, 2018: 7:30-9:00 AM
    Production Breakfast Tour 3 - SoundOff Signal

    November 8, 2018: 7:30-9:00 AM
    Production Breakfast Tour 4 - Ferris Coffee

    COST: Buy 3 get 1 free!
    $30 Single Event Ticket- WMWTA Member 
    $40 Singe Event Ticket- NON WMWTA Member
    $90 Entire Event Series Registration- WMWTA Member
    $120 Entire Event Series Registration- NON WMWTA Member

    Student Scholarships are available upon request. Email: manager@wmwta.org


    Date: September 13, 2018 Dematic
    Time:
    7:30-9:00 AM
    Location: Dematic
    507 Plymouth Ave NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49505

    Join West Michigan World Trade Association members and guests as we visit Dematic for a tour of their production facility. Company representatives will be on hand to share more regarding Dematic's fascinating history, current work and future goals. If you haven't toured an engineering facility that specializes in this many types of supply chain distribution options, you won't want to miss this tour! Network with industry peers, enjoy a light breakfast and ask questions. 

    Agenda for Event 2: 
    7:30-8:00 AM Registration and Pastries
    8:00-8:45 AM Introduction and Dematic Tour
    8:45-9:00 AM Questions and Wrap up

    About Dematic
    Dematic is a global engineering company that designs, develops, supports and builds logistics solutions that optimize supply chains, improves performance and increases productivity. Our industry leading software and automation technologies allow organizations to be responsive to customer demands, labor challenges and asset and space utilization requirements. With more than 75 years of robust design and delivery experience, Dematic's track record of success has led to the development and implementation of more than 6,000 world class integrated systems for a customer base including some of the world's biggest companies. 


    Click on the image above (or here) to watch a recent video by Dematic focusing on "Goods to Person Picking Solutions"

    Not a member? Click here to join!

    • 10/11/2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • SoundOff Signal: 3900 Central Pkwy, Hudsonville, MI 49426
    • 36
    Register



    Join West Michigan World Trade Association for our 2018 Production Breakfast Tours

    This series will provide an opportunity for participants to:
    *engage in the import/export community at large 
    *tour exciting local facilities that are actively participating in the production/distribution cycle
    *view industry best practices at work 
    *network with industry peers, while enjoying a light breakfast together

    August 9, 2018:  7:30-9:00 AM
    Production Breakfast Tour 1 - DISHER Culture Tour

    September 13, 2018:  7:30-9:00 AM
    Production Breakfast Tour 2 - Dematic

    October 11, 2018: 7:30-9:00 AM
    Production Breakfast Tour 3 - SoundOff Signal

    November 8, 2018: 7:30-9:00 AM
    Production Breakfast Tour 4 - Ferris Coffee

    COST: Buy 3 get 1 free!
    $30 Single Event Ticket- WMWTA Member 
    $40 Singe Event Ticket- NON WMWTA Member
    $90 Entire Event Series Registration- WMWTA Member
    $120 Entire Event Series Registration- NON WMWTA Member

    Student Scholarships are available upon request. Email: manager@wmwta.org


    Date: October 11, 2018 SoundOff Signal
    Time:
    7:30-9:00 AM
    Location: SoundOff Signal
    3900 Central Pkwy
    Hudsonville, MI 49426

    Join West Michigan World Trade Association members and guests as we visit SoundOff Signal for a tour of their production facility. Company representatives will be on hand to share what is like to manufacture and develop safety lighting that is considered the world's standard today. This ESOP, holds a unique corner on the market, landing West Michigan on the global map for design innovation with solution driven technology. You won't want to miss this opportunity to network over a light breakfast, before seeing their space!

    Agenda for Event 3: 
    7:30-8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast
    8:00-8:45 AM Introduction and SoundOff Signal Tour
    8:45-9:00 AM Questions and Wrap up

    About SoundOff Signal
    SoundOff Signal originated in 1992 as a manufacturer of high-quality safety solutions. Using "Smart Design", or a problem-solving approach to product development, SoundOff does their research when bringing new products to market, including:

    *A device that activates a beeping sound once a motorcyclist's turn signal is activated, reminding the cyclist to turn the signal off once a turn was complete, avoiding motorist confusion/serious accidents.
    *A device know as the "Wig-Wag", introducing modulation to headlights via a heavy-duty flasher that provides attention-grabbing conspicuity to notify motorists of an oncoming emergency vehicle. 
    *The GHOST light, an extremely bright, yet compact, versatile product.
    *An Intersector Under-Mirror Light, designed to provide a unique, 180-degree vehicle profile illumination to signal approaching off-angle traffic.
    *The nForce collection, the first full-line, tri-color family of lighting products, designed to integrate aesthetically and functionally with today’s evolved police vehicle designs. 
    *The first LED warning lights for American school buses, offering improved activation time over traditional incandescent lighting to reduce stopping distance for trailing motorists. 

    SoundOff Signal continues to explore the evolving needs of global markets, leveraging strategic business relationships to best serve their customers around the world including: Europe, Asia, Mexico, and South America.


    Click on the image above (or here) to watch a recent video created by SoundOff Signal to create a bluePRINT Training video for Miami PD!

    Not a member? Click here to join!

    • 11/08/2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Ferris Coffee: 227 Winter Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
    • 37
    Register



    Join West Michigan World Trade Association for our 2018 Production Breakfast Tours

    This series will provide an opportunity for participants to:
    *engage in the import/export community at large 
    *tour exciting local facilities that are actively participating in the production/distribution cycle
    *view industry best practices at work 
    *network with industry peers, while enjoying a light breakfast together

    August 9, 2018:  7:30-9:00 AM
    Production Breakfast Tour 1 - DISHER Culture Tour

    September 13, 2018:  7:30-9:00 AM
    Production Breakfast Tour 2 - Dematic

    October 11, 2018: 7:30-9:00 AM
    Production Breakfast Tour 3 - SoundOff Signal

    November 8, 2018: 7:30-9:00 AM
    Production Breakfast Tour 4 - Ferris Coffee

    COST: Buy 3 get 1 free!
    $30 Single Event Ticket- WMWTA Member 
    $40 Singe Event Ticket- NON WMWTA Member
    $90 Entire Event Series Registration- WMWTA Member
    $120 Entire Event Series Registration- NON WMWTA Member

    Student Scholarships are available upon request. Email: manager@wmwta.org


    Date: November8, 2018 Ferris Coffee
    Time:
    7:30-9:00 AM
    Location: Ferris Coffee
    227 Winter Ave NW 
    Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Join West Michigan World Trade Association members and guests as we visit Ferris Coffee for a tour of their coffee production facility and expert coffee tasting. Company representatives will be on hand to share how Ferris begin importing beans, what the company looks for when selecting farmers/products and what this means for the West Michigan coffee scene. If you haven't sampled their delicious coffee, you won't want to miss this opportunity. Network over a light breakfast, listen and ask your coffee questions. For these guys, a good "cup of joe" is serious business!

    Agenda for Event 4: 
    7:30-8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast
    8:00-8:45 AM Introduction, Coffee Tasting and Tour
    8:45-9:00 AM Questions and Wrap up


    About Ferris Coffee
    Ferris Coffee is a family-owned and operated company with a heritage that dates back to 1924. Perfecting the taste of Ferris coffees and nuts for nearly a century, they provide the highest-quality plant-grown food products available, including globally imported beans. 

    Focusing on education, Ferris Coffee employees share their passion, knowledge, and expertise with the community regularly. Launching "The Foundry" (or a series of classes designed to create a more educated and collaborative coffee industry) Ferris Coffee encourages the general public, retailers, roasters and production managers to demand more when it comes to quality and presentation.

    Expanding to 3 locations and a food truck, this business is one to watch as an upcoming importer/exporter. 

    Not a member? Click here to join!

West Michigan World Trade Association is a 501(c)6  non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the region's competitive edge in the global marketplace, while providing a forum for executives interested in sharing their experiences and honing their skills in international trade.

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