Is your company located in the St. Louis area and committed to continuous improvement? Are you seeking ways to accelerate your improvement journey, deliver better value to your customers, and engage your workforce? Join the AME St. Louis Consortium today and become part of a collaborative learning network of local companies that are committed to performance excellence and collaborative learning. Consortium membership is open to companies from any industry (manufacturing, health care, financial services, software, distribution, information technology, and more) in the St. Louis area with a desire to share and learn to become part of this practitioner-to-practitioner network. Leverage collective resources and knowledge and improve your approach to improvement!

Interested in joining? Get an introduction to the AME St. Louis Consortium and learn more about the benefits, offerings and more. Contact Jonathan Jones, AME St. Louis Consortium facilitator, at or 314-608-0783.


Advancing the Manufacturing Community by Banding Together with Marc Braun & Jonathan Jones

The Manufacturing Executive is a growth strategy podcast for manufacturing leaders, hosted by Gorilla 76 thinker & founder Joe Sullivan. The podcast recently hosted Marc Braun, executive coach at MDB, chairman for the AME, former president of Cambridge Air Solutions, author, and volunteer and Jonathan Jones, AME consortium facilitator, CEO Peer Advisory Board Leader, executive coach, author and community leader. In this episode, they discuss:


Consortia Members attend all St. Louis Consortium events free of charge! Contact Tina to receive event discount code to enter at registration. 

Tour Agenda:
  9:00 Gather and Introductions
  9:30 Empire Daily Business Huddle
  9:45 Empire Business Overview & Empire Product Highlights
10:15 Maintenance Process - KPI's, TPM - Maintenance Department
10:35 Cell Based Manufacturing - Fireplace Pre Cell
10:55 Cell Based Manufacturing (Automation) - 3030 Laser/Trustore & Robot Press Brake
11:15 Cell Based Manufacturing (Kitting) - Fireplace Post Cell
11:35 Quality Process - Purchased Parts Reject Board
11:55 New Product Development & Rollout - NPD Room

Lunch & Learn
12:15 Skill Development - Utility Program
12:30 Continuous Improvement Approach
12:45 Q&A
  1:00 End

Empire Comfort Systems Plant Tour

Date: May 31, 2023 

Time:  9:00-1:00 p.m.

Location: 918 Freeburg Ave., Belleville, IL 62220

Join AME St. Louis Consortium at Empire Comfort Systems on May 31st for a Plant Tour followed by a Lunch & Learn.  

Lean Highlights:

Layout for Flow

Maintenance Programs

Material Handling

Management System Reporting

Pull Based Systems

AME St. Louis Consortium Members Only

Host Company:

Since 1932, Empire Comfort Systems has built a tradition of manufacturing excellence. We are committed to building high-quality products to serve our customers for years to come.

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June 13, 2023 Sharing Session - Respect for People

On your journey to excellence, are you putting an emphasis on people centric leadership and respect for people? Are your team members empowered to make decisions? Are they valued for their heads, hearts, and hands?

Join us for a roundtable sharing session on Respect for People on June 13th at 10:00 a.m. We will be splitting into small group breakout sessions for collaboration and sharing.

AME Lean Sensei Defines Respect for People Excellence as:

• Team Members are empowered to make decisions, try, fail and problem solve in a safe environment

• Team Members are valued for their Heads, Hearts, and Hands.

• Team Members are responsible / Accountable for the processes in their areas

• Team Members continue to be developed, coached and trained on critical thinking and problem solving skills.

• Team Members are trusted to implement many improvement ideas with simple validation processes

• Team Members feel ownership for their portion of the Value Stream

Participant Benefits:

• Gain fresh perspective and new ideas

• Share success stories, opportunities and challenges

• Learn & Collaborate with like-minded peers

• Offer and obtain valuable insight

Come prepared to share best practices, successes, and challenges. Bring your questions for others.

If you have any interest in being a room moderator / facilitator, please indicate on the registration form. 

Host Company:

The Gund Company (TGC) is a vertically integrated manufacturer and fabricator of engineered performance material solutions (thermoset rigid composite, thermoplastics, flexible, and elastomeric) in the generator, oil and gas, electric vehicle, transformer, switchgear, power electronics, motor, medical, aerospace, food manufacturing, subsea, and metals processing industries. TGC has 12 locations in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and China.

The Gund Company Plant Tour

Strategy, Culture, and Continuous Improvement

Date: June 27, 2023

Time:  8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Join AME St. Louis Consortium at The Gund Company on June 27th for a Plant Tour. The Gund Company has been on a continuous improvement journey for over a decade, has learned from others, and developed structures and processes that meet the organizations need for growth, culture, and continuous improvement.

Lean Highlights:

AME St. Louis Consortium Members Only

Tour Agenda:
8:00 - 8:10: TGC introduction.

8:10 - 8:15: Strategy deployment and value stream mapping.

8:15 - 8:25: SDB, VLC Visual Management system.

8:25 - 8:30: Walk Group to plant floor.

8:30 - 9:30: Tour

9:30 - 10:00: Q&A, what can TGC Improve?

Home in Home Company Visits

"Go See" - Visit a consortium member company to share, learn & grow.



We are excited to have you as part of the AME St. Louis Consortium and look forward to the opportunity to share, learn and grow with your organization.