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NCILC announces Continuous Improvement programs

At the March meeting of the North Central Illinois Logistics Council (NCILC), members agreed on a new format that will focus on educational programs aimed at both management and frontline associates. 

Recognizing the overall workforce of many area companies has not yet completely rebounded from the recent downturn of the local economy, the intent behind the new format is to hold fewer meetings but shift from short presentations to slightly longer programs. Adopting the overall theme of “On the Road of Continuous Improvement,” two, two-part series have been scheduled for the upcoming months.

The first series kicks off on April 18 with “Managing and Reducing Workers’ Compensation Claims” presented by Carol Cesaretti, a workers’ compensation attorney from Chicago who will offer advice to employers on how to control existing claims and reduce future claims. 

That program will be followed up with a program titled, “Risk Reduction in the Workplace” on May 16 presented by Lanny Slevin, a physical therapist with St. Margaret’s Center for Physical Rehabilitation who will talk about what companies can do to reduce risk and prevent injuries in the workplace or on the road. 

The second series of programs will further the Continuous Improvement theme, beginning with an “Introduction to Continuous Improvement” presented by Amanda Oltman on June 20. Oltman is a warehouse superintendent at Advantage Logistics and is charged with implementing the distribution center’s continuous improvement process for both management and hourly associates. Her program will provide an overview of the steps involved in implementing a program, and information on how to turn a plan into action at the workplace. 

Part 2 of this series will be titled, “Turning Managers into Leaders,” presented by Mike Neubauer, a consultant with years of HR and management experience in the logistics industry. While companies may promote current employees to management positions, leadership skills do not necessarily automatically accompany the promotion. Neubauer will talk about how to develop those skills which are so critical to a successful manager.
Both series are open to the public at no charge, and companies are encouraged to bring at least one key supervisor or team leader to all programs.

The NCILC meetings will begin at 8 a.m. and are held at Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby Campus, in Room C-316, except for the May 16 meeting which will be held in Room C-325/326.

For more information call Tim Robey of Double D Express at 815-220-3425, DeAnna Carlson of PDQ Courier, Inc. at 800-490-7441, Ray Gatza at 815-883-5761 or Pam Furlan at 815-224-7930. Anyone who would like to attend any of these meetings should RSVP to either Jo Ann Johnson at 815-224-7930 or Shug Grosenbach at 815-433-5830 in order to receive a visitor parking pass which is now required to park in any of the visitors lots at the college.

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