The National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2016 is the first of its kind targeting minority business enterprise (MBE) manufacturers, supply chain decision makers, and stakeholders. As the registrations continue to pour in, we wanted to highlight what participating corporations are seeking in MBE manufacturers.
We spoke to Jackie LaJoie, Supplier Diversity Manager with Ingersoll Rand, to explore the two major difficulties corporations encounter when trying to award business to MBE manufacturers and to discuss the skills they hope to meet at the Summit.
What’s been your biggest frustration when attending tradeshows?
“As you know, many of the regular tradeshows we go to have a big mix of indirect suppliers and very few manufacturing suppliers so there’s a lot of interest in the potential to meet pure manufacturing MBEs.”
What types of MBE’s are you looking for?
“Ingersoll Rand’s family of brands includes Ingersoll Rand, Trane, Club Car, and Thermo King so we see the Summit as great opportunity for our procurement teams to meet multiple MBE manufacturers with varied and diverse offerings. Our procurement leaders are looking for foundries, metal fabrication, machined parts, steel, plastic injection molding, thermo form molding, castings, fasteners, hardware and fittings, mechanical sub-systems, power storage and distribution, expansion valves, tanks and tube fabrication, flow control valves and electric motors, drives and airflow. ”
What advice would you give to MBE manufacturers?
“Take full advantage of the National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2016 and other national programs designed to help strengthen and grow manufacturers. We–corporations–are looking for you and are eager to add you to our supply chains.”