Welcome to APICS Youngstown

APICS Youngstown brief UPDATE from Tuesday, 5/9/2017 meeting.
Lots of brainstorming, synergy, cooperation and camaraderie filled the room Tuesday night.
The future of APICS Youngstown? 
Bright!  Very bright, thanks to the six (6) APICS members volunteering to serve as active Board members to help carry our Chapter forward over the next few years.
If you were unable to attend Tuesday night and would like to provide your input with what interests YOU regarding our tours, professional development meetings and training, we look forward to hearing from you.
Also, if you’d like to help in any way, whether it is a Board position, committee member or anything you’d like to see, don’t hesitate to contact us.
More details to follow, as we update our web page with the 2017-2018 Board, improve communications and add some social media to the mix.
John Primm
Current Secretary
Cell: 330-428-4227


Dear members:


APICS Youngstown’s Future to be discussed Tuesday, 5/9/2017 at Vernons Café in Niles at 6:00 p.m

APICS Youngstown needs your input.  Your Chapter is at a crossroad, and there are a couple options to discuss.  It is most important to get feedback from our active membership to know the direction we should take.

We rented a banquet room for privacy, convenience and simplicity.  Dinner and tea, coffee and soft drinks will be provided by the Chapter.  No pre-orders; we will be ordering from the menu.

If interested in attending or if you have questions, please contact me by e-mail as soon as possible, so we can let Vernons know the number of servers we will need.

If you realize you can come “last minute” and did not RSVP, please come anyway.

We will NOT cancel this meeting, and you don’t really need a reservation since we have enough room.

Hope to see you at 6:00 p.m. at

Vernons Café

720 Youngstown-Warren Road

Niles, OH 44446


John Primm

Current Secretary

Cell 330-428-4227


Holiday Party! Tuesday, 12/13/16 RSVP by NEXT Friday, 12/9 at noon

ASQ Youngstown-Warren & APICS Youngstown Chapter

RSVP to: primmjohn@yahoo.com,tgrant3@kent.edu

The local chapters of ASQ and APICS will be hosting a joint holiday party on: Tuesday, December 13, 2016.    We hope you can join us!

PLACE:          Vernon’s Café, Niles, OH

TIMES:           5:30 pm – Social time,  6:00 pm – Dinner

ASQ  & APICS Members – No charge (free!)

Non-Members and Guests – $10

Don’t be “naughty” – Please RSVP by noon BO BOTH John Primm and Terri Grant by Friday, December 9th to:

John Primm at primmjohn@yahoo.com OR Cell/text 330-428-4227


Kent State Trumbull: Terri Grant; Email:  tgrant3@kent.edu

RSVP to: primmjohn@yahoo.com,tgrant3@kent.edu

Note: It is not necessary, but if you are sending your regrets that you cannot make it, feel free to contact John Primm.


The Youngstown Phantoms game was a success!  We had 25 attendees!


Our last event at Kent Trumbull with Ron Emery’s The Dysfunctional Organization was enjoyed by 16 attendees!

APICS Youngstown November events: Please RSVP ASAP to John Primm at primmjohn@yahoo.com OR Cell 330-428-4227. Or you can e-mail or text Ron Emery at ronemery@gmail.com OR 330-984-7395.

Saturday, 11/12 Phantoms Game $20.00/ticket and food (alcoholic drinks NOT provided by Chapter). NOTE: Reserve ASAP! Last time, one company paid for 15 tickets. We have 30 seats. An e-mail from me by e-mail or phone/text will be your confirmation that your seat is reserved.


Monday, 11/14 Altronic Tour

Altronic LLC
HOERBIGER Engine Solutions
712 Trumbull Avenue, Girard, Ohio 44420, USA

My e-mail to you or text or call will be your confirmation for this tour.




November fun night out

Date and event: Youngstown Phantoms Game: Saturday, 11/12/2016

COST: $20.00

Where: Covelli Centre – 229 East Front Street, Youngstown, OH 44503

Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm – Puck Drop at 7:05 pm. Games usually last 2-3 hours.

The Phantoms are facing the Bloomington (IL) Thunder, an in-conference rival.


For future information from 11/12 to 12/9, should you purchase walk-in tickets.

“Join us on November 12th as we raise awareness about hunger in the Valley and support Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley!  Remember $1 = 5 meals. $1 from every walk-up ticket purchased will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.”   http://www.mahoningvalleysecondharvest.org/ They have partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank in past seasons, but this is the first year they are doing a $1 back promotion. We have a goal to raise $1000. The campaign will start this game and end at our December 9th game.





Here is Altronic’s website:


And this is the website of the corporation Altronic is part of, HOERBIGER:



With the tour approaching, I am excited about it. I prepared a short PowerPoint introduction for the participants, so they get an idea about our facility before we go on the actual tour. This should give a clear understanding of our location and how we fit in the market and the Hoerbiger world.


TOUR: Altronic LLC, HOERBIGER Engine Solutions, 712 Trumbull Avenue, Girard, Ohio 44420, USA. At the end of the tour, we’ll select a local restaurant for those that can join us.


DATE: Monday, November 14


TIME: 5:00 p.m.




Founded in 1953, Altronic is recognized by natural gas engine operators around the world as the premier provider of ignition, instrumentation, and control products.

Altronic brings together five interconnected, premium gas engine product lines to the market:
Standard and digital ignition systems and accessories
Digital instrumentation such as speed, temperature, and pressure monitoring devices
Engine control and starting systems
Precision mechatronic systems, including valves, mixers, and actuators
Custom control panel assemblies from Altronic Controls

In 2009 Altronic was purchased by HOERBIGER Holding, Switzerland.

HOERBIGER was founded in 1895 and is active throughout the world  as the global leader  in the fields of compression technology, drive technology, and hydraulic systems.  The company employes over 6800 people, at the 130 locations in more than 50 countries.

Rules for the tour:

  • Altronic will provide coats and safety glasses for the tour
  • participants must wear closed toe shoes (no steel toe necessary)
  • no videos or pictures allowed
  • printed circuit boards are not to be touched, as product can be damaged

Altronic LLC
HOERBIGER Engine Solutions
712 Trumbull Avenue, Girard, Ohio 44420, USA

Suggestion for dinner is the Station Square restaurant on Belmont Avenue. They have great food, and it is in less than 2 miles distance from the plant.   At the tour, we’ll find out who is able to go and if that’s what the group chooses. Each attendee will pay for their own dinner.


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,