Welcome to APICS Youngstown


10/12/2016 update for October PDM and 2 events in November.

Our Summer Garden Foods PDM & Tour in Boardman was a HUGE success!  Our thanks to the forty (40) who attended.

Below is a snapshot of our calendar for the rest of the year.  See attached documents for more information.  With the tour, you’ll find a little bit about the company, along with the guidelines for the tour.  IF INTERESTED, PLEASE E-MAIL ME TO REGISTER ASAP FOR ANY OF THE BELOW.  IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY!

I intend to send out a survey to see what programs including days/times you would be interested in for 2017.  If you would be interested in helping me do that, whether it’s Survey Monkey or other, email me at primmjohn@yahoo.com or call/text me at 330-428-4227.  The questions have already been made.  I just need help “tweaking them” and with the design/mechanics/loading/launching it.  I’ve never done it before and prefer it “works the first time.”

APICS Youngstown PDM Monday, 10/24.  Ron Emery will be speaking on The Dysfunctional Organization* at Kent State Trumbull Room 219 in the “library building” from 5:30 to 6:30.  Drinks and pizza will be provided by the Chapter.  This was by request and 12 are already registered.  Networking at 5:00 and after 6:30.  *the DySFunCtioNal Organization.


Tour Monday 11/14 at 5:00 p.m.  Altronic LLC, HOERBIGER Engine Solutions, 712 Trumbull Avenue, Girard, Ohio 4442.  At the end of the tour, we’ll select a local restaurant for those that can join us.  URLS: http://www.altronic-llc.com/ and http://www.hoerbiger.com/

Fun night out – Phantoms EVENING Game Saturday, 11/12

December holiday dinner at Vernon’s Cafe in Niles with ASQ/ASM.  Date TBD.


Meeting Tuesday, 5/17/2016 – RSVP by Friday, 5/13/2016Joint PDM: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 ASM/ASQ/APICS and ISO/TS Networking RSVP to tgrant3@kent.edu & primmjohn@yahoo.com by Friday, 5/13 (Vernon’s Café-Niles)

Good afternoon:

Combined Dinner Meeting with ASM and APICS

Joint PDM: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 ASM/ASQ/APICS and ISO/TS Networking RSVP to tgrant3@kent.edu & primmjohn@yahoo.com by Friday, 5/13 (Vernon’s Café-Niles).  Please specify that you are an APICS member (or APICS Guest).  Please pay John Primm directly, as at the end of the night, he will pay the overall bill for APICS Youngstown.

Please plan to join us, along with our friends from for our year-end dinner meeting.  We will be meeting/dining at Vernon’s Café Located at 720 Youngstown-Warren Rd (Route 422), Niles, OH.    Both members and non-members are welcome to attend.

More information follows below.


$10 for members who RSVP by noon on Friday, May 13, 2016.

$15 for non-members and members without reservations


Please RSVP by noon on Friday, May 13, 2016 to:  330-675-8809 or:  tgrant3@kent.edu

Thank you,

Lisa Goetsch, EdD

Director, Workforce Development & Continuing Studies

Kent State University at Trumbull

4314 Mahoning Ave NW, Warren, OH 44483

PH:  330-675-8830


6:00 – 6:30 pm                   Networking / Social Time

6:30 pm                                Dinner

7:00 pm                                Awards / Announcements

7:15 – 8:00 pm                   Presentation

Presentation:  Mentoring and Coaching,  Mr. Ron Emery

Ron Emery is a farmer.  A farmer of people. In his latest book entitled, ‘Growing Comes from Planting Seeds-A guide to mentoring, coaching and developing business relationships” Ron describes how being a farmer is a goal for all of us.  Just like a farmer plows the ground, fertilizes it, waters and cares for his crops, we must do that to cultivate relationships and have them grow and prosper to allow them to be all that they can be.

Today’s challenges in the business world are still the same ones that have been prevalent for the past fifty years and they all deal with the soft sciences not the hard sciences. Technology continues to evolve and adapt.  There are so many tools and resources out there it will make your head spin. Yet with all those resources and increased ability to manage we still struggle with people.  How do we motivate them, how do we reward them, and how do we prepare them for growth.  Our knowledge of leading people and managing day to day results falls behind.  There needs to be more focus on the people side of the business, giving them ownership, holding them accountable, giving them the right resources to succeed.  People do a bad job because of management’s failure to provide them the proper tools, the proper training, guidance and education, and support to make them successful.  Labor is seldom the problem.  Management is.

The proudest moments in any career are when you see all of the effort you have put into a project and/or organization start to produce results. When you start to see people believe in themselves and become all they can because you have created an effective fertile ground in which they can grow and develop. That is when you are really rewarded for your effort.  Listen to Ron share some of his stories of life over the last 35 years of work and tell us, “How we can grow from planting the right seeds”.


Good morning!

REMINDER: Saturday, April 9, 2016 – 7:05 p.m. Phantoms Hockey Game EVENT

APICS Plant Tour Monday, 4/25/2016 Tour at 6pm, Dinner 7pm

APICS Youngstown is hosting this tour, and we have also invited ASM & ASQ to join us.

Both the tour and dinner will be at:

Summer Garden foods

500 McClurg Road

Boardman, Ohio 44512


Details regarding the menu will be sent later (I intend to provide details about our May meeting at that time, as well).


For more information, please look at their website: http://www.summergardenfood.com/


For reservations, please contact me at primmjohn@yahoo.com OR Cell 330-428-4227 ASAP but NLT Wednesday, 4/20/2016


We look forward to seeing you!


TOUR: Monday April 25, 2016

RESERVATIONS BY: Wednesday, April 20, 2016


John Primm


Cell: 330-428-4227


Saturday, April 9, 2016 – 7:05 p.m. Phantoms Hockey Game EVENT
Good afternoon:
Since APICS members, relatives and friends (26) had a great time last November at the hockey game, we want to continue to offer and support our Valley teams.  ASQ & ASM are also interested in participating.  Because of that, I’m asking that you reserve early.  Our current tickets will be in the BLUE section
Please reserve your seat(s) ASAP. . . or NLT Thursday, 3/31/2016.  Just give Ron Emery or me a check or cash on the night of the event (Saturday, April 9, 2016).  Doors open at 1800 hours and game starts at 1905 hours).
Your cost is $10.00 per ticket.
The best “guesstimate” by the Phantoms staff is we could purchase additional tickets one week in advance and still be in the BLUE section; however, if ticket sales escalate faster than last year’s last game, those tickets may go into the GREEN section.
I will be sending out a general survey in April for our 2015-2016 PDM, tours, seminars and other events.  If there is interest, we’ll also host an event at one of the Scrappers’ games in Niles.
CONTACT: John Primm
Email: primmjohn@yahoo.com
Cell 330-428-4227

JANUARY TOUR: Laird Controls North America Inc., “Wireless Automation and Control Solutions” Division

No charge for members/non-members, except dinner.

MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2015 at 5:30

ESTIMATED TIME: About an hour (with Gary Hall and Adele Riffle)!

RSVP by Friday, 1/15/2015 by noon, please.

655 N River Rd. NW Ste A
Warren, OH 44483-2254

United States


To register, please e-mail John Primm at primmjohn@yahoo.com OR call/text 330-428-4227 with your name and company AND if you plan on going to dinner after the tour.

As soon as you contact me, I will provide more information.

Bourbon House 45

775 Mahoning Ave NW

Warren, OH 44483


“Just around the corner from Laird!”


OUR SOCIAL EVENT FRIDAY, 11/6 was a success!

The Youngstown Phantoms and Green Bay Gamblers played a great game but we lost 2-1.

That didn’t prevent the 26 of us to have a GREAT time!

I want to thank everyone that attended and all that returned my e-mail and phone call!

Also, we are thankful to the Covelli Center and especially to Tyler Jaspering and Christina Lehmann!

John Primm


Cell: 330-428-4227



Monday, December 14, 2015

PDM: Christmas Party with ASQ/Warren.  TOPIC & LOCATION: TBD


January 2016

Tour—Laird Technologies, Warren



February 2016

Speaker: Ron Emery.  Topic: Coaching and Mentoring.  Location: Soap Gallery

117 South Champion Street; Youngstown in building fka & occupied by the “Purple Cat”.



March 2016

Economic Development Regional Chamber co-event.  MORE INFORMATION TBD


April 4, 2016

Speakers: Mike Skorjia, Adam Divelbiss, & RonEmery.  “Building Global Supply Chains” KSU.


May 2016

TOPIC: Joint Awards Dinner ASQ/ASM.  DAY & LOCATION: TBD


Message from the President….

Welcome back to another year of events at Youngstown APICS.

A lot has happened over the recent months. We have a new board with three new board members. I have recently assumed the Presidents role from Michael Zajac, who has served the past year with energy and vigor. It will be hard to keep up with his contributions.

We have a full slate of events for you this year including PDM’s, plant tours and a Youngstown Phantoms game you can bring your family to. We will also continue our relationships with ASM, ASQ and other APICS chapters to offer you the best value in education and training.

Things are looking up this year for Youngstown APICS but we can’t lose sight of what our customers need. To that point we are always open to how we can serve you and give you everything you need from your membership. Do not hesitate to drop me a note or give me a call and let me know how we are doing. I look forward to seeing you at our next event. Please check our calendar often for updates.

All the best,