Events & seminars

Inventor’s club to host founder of center

The Williamsport Inventor’s Club will feature Steve Brady, director of the newly opened Covation Center Inc. located in downtown Williamsport at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the IMC offices at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Covation Center is a co-working space for both freelancers and small businesses. Attend the September meeting and learn more about the physical and consulting services available to empower entrepreneurs, start ups and small business owners.

The Innovative Manufacturers’ Center 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.

Attendance is free and open to the public; however, registration is required.

New attendees are asked to arrive by 5:15 p.m. to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to the start of the meeting to protect the inventors and information exchanged.

To register visit or call Lauri Moon at 570-329-3200 ext. 8085.

Series of workshops

for manufacturers

Lean manufacturing level one certification is a comprehensive series of workshops that introduces lean principles. Participants learn to distinguish value-added from non-value added activities to eliminate costly waste. As a great starting point for an individual’s and company’s continuous improvement journey, the level one certification is a pragmatic, “hit the ground running” hands-on approach that applies acquired workshop knowledge to the workplace, according to a news release.

Upon completion, each candidate will learn how to “discover” improvement opportunities within an organization and how to capitalize on them in a team based format to create real value through reduced costs, increased cash flow, and improved customer satisfaction.

Upon completion the graduate will be able to: understand how to recognize and eliminate waste, know how to determine value added, non-valued-added, and necessary non-value-added activities, identify the value stream, how it’s mapped, and how to identify the areas that require improvement, develop a road map and an implementation plan, understanding and apply lean tools such as value stream mapping, workplace organization, change management, teaming and kaizen methodology and turn data into actionable information in order to quantify problems and prioritize countermeasures.

The schedule of sessions includes: A3 thinking and value stream mapping, Sept. 27; KATA and communication, Oct. 18; root cause and standard work, Nov. 1; plant tour and coaching day, Nov. 15; change management and visual workplace, Dec. 13 and teams and single minute exchange of dies, Jan. 10.

For more information and to register visit

Series of seminars

addresses improving

enterprises’ workforces

An eight-session certification starting Sept. 28 is a powerful second step for individuals looking to fortify and lead their organization’s Lean journey, according to a news release.

Continuing the theme of a team-based approach to organizational opportunities, participants will further develop their skill sets to lead sustainable change within their organization. Our distinct “learn and do” approach is proven to develop Lean leaders that can manage, measure and lead their organization’s Lean transformation.

The four stages of the program — establish the direction, deployment and execution, leadership skills development, continuing the journey — are designed to arm change agents with the ability to establish the organization’s continuous improvement direction, develop the leadership skills necessary in the Lean journey, applying improvement across the business enterprise, deploying an improvement strategy and develop the necessary methods to manage daily improvements.

The schedule of sessions include establishing the direction, Sept. 28; deployment and execution, Oct. 19; strategy development, deployment and KPIs project coaching day, Nov. 2; continuous improvement across the enterprise, Nov. 16; developing Lean leadership skills, Dec. 14; effective listening, emotional intelligence and training within industry/standard work, Jan. 11; continuing the journey, Jan. 25; Lean daily management system; presentation and graduation, Feb. 8

IMC’s Lean manufacturing level one or equivalent training is a prerequisite for these courses.

For more information and to register, visit

Electric utility firm

promotes diversity

PPL Electric Utilities is hosting a meet-and-greet event for the leaders of diversity-owned businesses who are interested in becoming PPL suppliers.

The free event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17, at PPL Conference Center at Walbert, 1639 Church Road, Allentown.

It is open to women, minorities, veterans, the disabled, members of the LGBT community, as well as disadvantaged and HUBZone businesses, according to a news release.

Attendees will have the chance to meet PPL leaders, supply chain staff members, and prime suppliers, and discuss opportunities to become a PPL supplier.

“Several dozen people attended this event last year and we are hoping to see even more at this year’s event,” said David Amico, PPL’s Supply Chain director, according to the news release. “We value diversity at PPL and would like nothing better than to significantly expand upon the diversity of our suppliers.”

The event will include lunch and offer opportunities to network and discuss potential supply opportunities. Those interested in attending should register by Oct. 27 by visiting

PPL Electric Utilities provides electric delivery service to more than 1.4 million homes and businesses in Pennsylvania and ranks among the best utility companies in the country for customer service and reliability. PPL Electric Utilities is a major employer in the communities it serves. It is a subsidiary of PPL Corp. For more information visit