With over 150 members and a variety of companies represented, the Manufacturing, Industrial and Logistics council provides the opportunity to share similar interests, insights, technical innovations and efficiency improvements, as well as unique processes and procedures,, to meet the future demands and challenges of external and internal customers. Click here to view a list of the companies represented within the MILC.

The council’s membership is open to those that have some degree of responsibility for a manufacturing facility and those offering specialized products or services to meet their needs.

Are you already an IFMA member and want to become a member of the Manufacturing, Industrial and Logistics Council? Click here or contact Joshua Amos at joshua.amos@ifma.org .

Job Opening:

A search for the Head of Facilities (title TBD), a new position and member of the senior management team. Responsibilities include all non-production activities associated with 32 facilities; 18 of which are operating plants.
• 14 owned properties (13 buildings and 1 tract of undeveloped land); 1.2 million sq. ft.
• 18 leased facilities with 1.4 million sq. ft.; annual cost, $5.8 million

Responsibilities are currently handled by local managers. The Head will bring consistency, standard processes, vendors, and forward looking planning; allowing plant managers to concentrate on production.

The Head will work with senior managers and the CEO/Owner to understand business trends, plans, expectations, and to report local conditions. Success necessitates coordinating with plant and facility personnel.

www.rtpcompany.com . RTP is located in Winona, MN. Relocation provided.

Al Giesen
Managing Director

MILC News & Updates

Letter from the President
Dear fellow colleagues,

Over the last year, we have seen a steady increase in capital improvements and investments into the facilities of manufacturers across the nation.  With this steady growth brings even more importance to the role of facility managers.  We should be honored to be responsible for such large investments.  But we must also recognize our efforts should strive to lead to additional savings that only makes our companies stronger and in turn creates more jobs and security for all involved.  This effort is substantially increased with knowledge that can only come from industry data and education.  We must endorse the great resources that IFMA offers to continue our knowledge.

Our interest and commitment to sustainability will also drive our technology and resources to a new heights.  We have already seen this effort reduce fuel costs and thus with the new drilling technology we have reduce gas costs.  All these savings will hopefully lead to more investment in our facilities but we must be vocal to request our funding needed to conduct our work efficiently or face dealing with reactive repairs.

We also must be advocates of our industry and our IFMA organization by promoting membership for the learning and networking of our colleagues.  If each of us could just entice one new member, our networking would double and the amount of knowledge as a resource would be indefinite. Collaboration will be the key to gaining our knowledge and shared innovation. In addition, we must stay close to our supplier and appreciate they are also continuously looking for new innovation to grow their business which we can benefit from.  Encourage meetings and conversations to create the opportunity to match a need and solution.  Identifying the solutions and understanding the costs associated will allow us to submit the proper budget request. 

Together through collaboration, innovation and data sharing we can with together!

Keith G. Vandendussche
MILC President


FM Salary Survey

How does your salary compare with that of your peers? Here's your chance to find out.

IFMA is conducting a survey of salaries within the facility management industry. Take 5 minutes to complete this brief questionnaire, and we will share with you an Executive Brief of our findings, free of charge.  

Also, your name will be entered in a drawing to receive a $100 gift certificate to the IFMA store. Five winners will be selected at random for this prize.  

The questionnaire can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IFMA_SalarySurvey

The deadline for responses is August 7th 2017.

When it comes to shaping your career, knowing is half the battle. Your participation in this survey will put you in the know regarding salary market rates for all the positions that comprise the Facility Management profession. Thank you, in advance, for your participation and your contribution toward a greater understanding of the FM industry.

Please join us for an upcoming webinar:

A Snapshot of the Latest Trends in O&M Costs and Industry Practices  

Presented by Jake Smithwick, PhD, MPA, FMP, SFP

Tuesday August 22, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

• Discuss changes in janitorial, maintenance, and utility costs over the past 8 years. Costs and best practices will be highlighted by region, industry, and facility use.
• Discuss FM security operations, and organizational structure.
• Identify best practices in internal benchmarking: costs, practices, and customer satisfaction.
• Review tools and practices that FMs can use to optimize their O&M functions.
• Explain the critical relationship between organizational culture and O&M costs.
• Many FMs outsource janitorial functions – we will discuss the most effective ways to find and retain expert service providers.
• Understand the relationship between customer satisfaction and operational costs.
• Service providers: understanding the value of “metrics” and creating a win-win with the Owner.

About the presenter:

Jake Smithwick, PhD, MPA, FMP, SFP
Dr. Jake Smithwick is an assistant professor in the Engineering Technology and Construction Management Department at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Jake’s research focuses on the optimization of project delivery within facility management, procurement technology, risk management, and performance measurement. Jake also has experience in improving organizational agility through strategic management of corporate overhead. He has worked on a variety of projects, totaling more than $600 million in value, with 25 public and private owners. His industry experience also includes field inspection of nearly 2,000 waterproofing systems (74 million SF) across the United States, and six years in the US Air Force Reserve (civil engineering squadron). Jake also possesses IFMA’s Facility Management Professional (FMP) and Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) credentials.

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If you're interested in learning more about leadership and volunteer opportunities within the council, please contact Joshua Amos at joshua.amos@ifma.org.

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