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a company’s performance against that
of similar-sized companies.
Wage & Labor Survey: The bien-
nial comprehensive study offers solid
figures on salaries and benefits drawn
directly from KCMA’s membership.
Safety Survey: The annual study
shares safety records and details about
ongoing safety programs, highlighting
some of the innovative safety practices
throughout the industry.
3: Education & networking
KCMA members gather annually for
high-caliber conferences and plant tours,
with opportunities to network with the
best in the business. A brief look at the
2016 plant tour event is on page 34. Information on KCMA’s spring conference
is on page 39. More information is also
available at KCMA.org.
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[Along with the certi;cation pro-grams,] benchmarking and relationships remain among the most impactful bene;ts of KCMA for Marsh
Furniture. The Trend of Business
report is a timely information tool
by segment that gives participating
members the framework to measure
excellence in the industry. Also, the
conferences continue to provide the
opportunities to build relationships
with our counterparts in the industry through informative speakers
and presentations. And of course,
the operational tours have been very
valuable. Few other industries have
the type of culture that promotes
this kind of collaboration.
- Edwin Underwood,
Marsh Furniture Co.
Because of the KCMA, we as manufacturers and suppliers are able to
get our message to the masses on a
larger scale. Our advocacy voice is
much louder. We can accomplish
more as a group than we can as individuals. We are also able to learn
from the successes and failures of
our predecessors and move our
industry forward for the bene;t of
all of our members. And to any new
KCMA members, I would give one
piece of advice: Get involved. Get involved on a committee, come to the
semi-annual meetings, and participate in surveys, the ESP and ANSI
programs. We have a great industry
that is supported by the KCMA.
- John Gahm, Kitchen Kompact