APICS Central Minnesota Chapter History
Central Minnesota APICS has focused on its mission of providing
manufacturing educational resources and promoting professionalism in
operations for over 20 years. The chapter started as a project under the
Twin Cities Chapter which provided guidance and funding for the first
years. After several years the local board determined project status
should be dropped and we became an official APICS chapter.
The first dinner meeting exceeded initial expectations and the chapter
has maintained a steady attendance record by offering topics related to
traditional operations concerns and the occasional “softer” subjects
like Human Relations or Finance. The chapter has earned national status
by qualifying under the rigors of the chapter awards program.
Over the past couple of decades, teams of volunteer chapter members from
our local companies have not only produced dinner meetings, but have
offered excellent educational opportunities for certification, seminars
on various topics and expert advice.
As a chapter, we do not track the progress of our members in their
careers but if one quickly looks at manufacturing and service companies
in the area, you will find our members in key positions using the
benefits of their association with Central Minnesota APICS.
The Association for Operations Management
APICS—The Association for Operations Management is a not-for-profit
international educational organization respected throughout the world
for its education and professional certification programs. With more
than 70,000 individual and corporate members in 20,000 companies
worldwide, APICS is dedicated to using education to improve the business
APICS is recognized globally as:
- the source of knowledge and expertise for manufacturing and
service industries across the entire supply chain in such areas as
materials management, information services, purchasing and quality.
- the leading provider of high-quality, cutting-edge educational
programs that advance organizational success in a changing,
- a successful developer of three internationally recognized
certification programs, Certified in Production and Inventory
Management (CPIM), Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM),
and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
- a distribution center for hundreds of business management
publications and educational materials
- a source of solutions, support, and networking local chapters,
workshops, symposia, and the annual APICS International Conference
Founded in 1957 as the American Production and Inventory Control
Society, APICS has since expanded its focus to include a full range of
programs and materials on individual and organizational education,
standards of excellence, and integrated resource management. To reflect
this new direction, we are now known as APICS—The Association for
NOTE: Thanks to our friends at the
APICS-Twin Cities chapter for the above text.