Economic Development News

President's Roundtable connects industry leaders
Published: Friday, July 1, 2016
By: Shaun Sappenfield

You may have seen periodic references to the President’s Roundtable Committee in past Chamber Today publications.  What is the President’s Roundtable and more so, what is its purpose?

The President’s Roundtable Committee is a collection of the highest ranking officials from each manufacturing/distribution company located within the greater Jefferson City area.  The meetings are designed to allow committee members an opportunity to share information as it relates to future outlook, industry trends, and current news within each individual company.  Each committee member provides a brief update on their perspective company and entertains questions from other committee members.  Meetings are held on site, with a rotating schedule, and this practice offers the host company an opportunity to showcase their facilities and share best practices as it relates to their operation. 

In addition, the committee meetings also serve as a great vehicle to initiate company-to-company contact when faced with issues affecting manufacturers on an industry-wide spectrum.  Recent discussions have focused heavily on the low local and regional unemployment rates, which currently stand at 3.3% for Cole County and 3.5% for the Jefferson City Metropolitan Statistical Area (which includes Cole, Callaway, Moniteau and Osage Counties).  The diminishing labor pool has become a primary point of concern for most all area manufacturers as it relates directly to their day-to-day production capabilities, and committee discussions have allowed for best practices in attracting and retaining employees during this period of low unemployment. 

Separately, the committee meetings have enhanced the Chamber’s understanding of each manufacturer's individual needs and potential support related to future expansion efforts.  “I appreciate the Chamber’s ongoing efforts to connect the leaders within the manufacturing sector, on top of their day-to-day support of business growth,” said Jim Walker, Plant Manager for Modine Manufacturing.  “The committee meetings offer participants an opportunity to discuss issues affecting their day-to-day operations   

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that Jefferson City's MSA accounts for 4,570 production jobs, which is 6.9 percent of the total employment.  The Chamber understands the value in connecting industry leaders for the purposes of maintaining a competitive edge when competing within a global market. 

Committee Members: Ben Bielski, Metal Culverts, Inc., Joe DeLong, DeLong’s, Inc., Bob Volmert, Continental Commercial Products, Faye Edwards, Scholastic, Inc., Chris Huckleberry, Command Web Missouri, Jim Walker, Modine Manufacturing, Darrell Moore, Modern Litho-Print Co., Douglas Roy, Unilever, Mike McGrew, Sonoco Plastics, Jim Libey, Porite Manufacturing, and Steve Loethen, Morris Packaging

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