Inventor’s club to discuss 3D printing

The Williamsport Inventor’s Club is bringing Jim Lantry to Williamsport as the guest speaker for its August Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Aug. 27, at IMC Inc., 1127 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

Attendance is free and open to the public; however, registration is required for this meeting by visiting or calling 570-329-3200 ext. 8085. Guests and potential new members should join Keith Bloodgood, Club President, for a brief pre-meeting and group orientation at 5:15 p.m.

The Inventor’s Club meeting is designed to educate, foster collaboration and networking and give attendees the tools, resources and knowledge they need to move their inventions forward. The Club utilizes Innovation Engineering, which transforms innovation from a random art to a reliable system. A “Pitch/Ask” session allows inventors to present their idea and receive feedback from the group of seasoned and aspiring inventors and innovation support professionals.

Jim Lantry, with Topp Business Solutions, will present to inventors the topic of 3D Printing and how many companies are introducing Additive Manufacturing to save time and money for new product development. He will explain how several 3D Printing technologies are being applied to various design cycle stages: ideation / concept, product approval, rapid prototyping and production. Lantry’s background is more than 20 years in CAD software and 3D printing sales experience to manufacturing, tooling and plastics companies in the Northeast and Canada.

The Innovative Manufacturers’ Center Inc. is host to the Williamsport/Lycoming Keystone Innovation Zone, which has provided program support to the Williamsport Inventor’s Club since its founding in 2007. Meetings take place on the 4th Wednesday of most months and are open to the public. All attendees are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to the start of each meeting to protect the inventors and information exchanged.

For more information on IMC or WLKIZ, visit or contact IMC at 329-3200 ext. 8080 or

50-year celebration

for job training site

Job Corps is celebrating 50 years of changing the lives of millions of young people; individuals who may otherwise have not had a chance at happy, safe, productive lives.

Aug. 28, Red Rock Job Corps Center will celebrate this milestone with a number of activities for students, staff, alumni, their families and the community. Additionally, the Center will hold its August graduation to honor these successful students. Dr. Francis Cole, Job Corps regional director, is keynote speaker.

During the celebration, campus tours will be available to community members as well as a barbecue luncheon and a number of other activities. People interested in attending should register by Aug. 18, by contacting, Jackie Johnson, Red Rock Business Community Liaison at 570-477-0206 or emailing her at

Series of workshops

for manufacturers

IMC will offer a series of workshops for Lean Manufacturing Level One Certification.

Sessions are as follows: A3 Thinking and Value Stream Mapping, Sept. 11; Lean Principles, Sept. 24; Effective Communications, Oct. 7; Standard Work and Root Cause Analysis, Oct. 21; Change Management and Team Building – Nov. 4; Facility Tour, TPM and Downtime Reduction, Nov. 18; Changeover Reduction and Visual Plant, Dec. 9; Lean Project Reports and Graduation, Dec. 23.

According to a news release, benefits of the workshops include Reduced Lead Time, Improved Quality, Reduced Cost, Reduced Inventory, Improved Productivity, Better Floor Space Utilization, Better Teamwork, Improved Morale, Better Perception in the Eyes of the Customer.

This Lean Certification program also is eligible for WEDnet funding.

For more information on each session and to register, visit

Women’s expo

in State College

Entrepreneurial Women’s Expo will bring together speakers who are leaders in their fields of business, finance, health, and personal development 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 for its 6th annual conference, at Celebration Hall, 2280 Commercial Blvd., State College.

Registration is available at or by calling 814-360-1063.

Seminar on

trade in?Charlotte

The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration will host the 2014 Discover Global Markets Forum – The Americas conference in Charlotte, North Carolina from Oct. 29 to 31 with the goal of building U.S. exports across the Western Hemisphere.

At Discover GM, U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Officers representing 14 countries from U.S. embassies and consulates across the Western Hemisphere will address the impact of free trade agreements and how they can contribute to your successes well as how current market trends in Latin America can affect a business.

For more information on Discover Global Markets visit: