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April 19 Workgroup Meeting Announcement

posted Mar 25, 2011, 9:43 AM by Paula Del Giudice

April's free lean and environment webinar will feature three speakers:

     Kathey Ferland, Texas Industries of the Future, The University of Texas at Austin

     Tom Beard, Texas Manufacturers Assistance Center, (Arlington)

     Kurt Middelkoop, Texas Manufacturers Assistance Center (Arlington)


The speakers will be presenting the Energy-Efficiency Opportunity Calculator for Small and Medium-sized Manufacturers, a software tool to assist technical assistance providers or plant staff to estimate potential energy and cost savings, as well as emission reductions, from 16 projects commonly found at small and mid-sized manufacturers.  The Texas MEP will be demonstrating the tool and discussing how it has been integrated into its delivery of their E3 program.



     Introduction and Overview of Approach (5 min) Kathey Ferland

     TMAC Use of Tool and Incorporation of Tool into E3 Projects (15 min) Tom Beard

     Demonstration of Tool (15 min) Kurt Middelkoop

     Case Study  (10 min) Kurt Middelkoop

·          Q&A  (15 min)



Ms. Ferland initiated the Texas Industries of the Future (IOF) program, an industrial energy efficiency program, in Fall 2000 at The University of Texas at Austin in the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources.  She is responsible for all aspects of program development, fundraising, and implementation of the Texas IOF program.  Currently Ms. Ferland is working with DOE and the US Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing on the development of the Superior Energy Performance, an ANSI-accredited energy-efficiency plant certification program.   Prior to starting Texas Industries of the Future, Ms. Ferland managed an industrial pollution prevention technical assistance program at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s predecessor, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.   Ms. Ferland has a MS in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas.


Tom Beard has over 20 years’ experience in operations management and manufacturing.  He joined the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center in 1995.  Since then he has worked with a number of companies on MRP II implementation.  Recently, Tom has worked with the DOE Industrial Assessment Center in Texas on joint assessments of manufacturers.


Prior to joining TMAC, he worked as a General Manager at Wor-Tex Corporation, where he doubled company sales and profitability.  In 1990 Tom joined General Dynamics Ft. Worth Division where he served in Program Management with the Industrial Modernization Incentives Program. During this period, Tom conceived and implemented several modernization projects that reduced cost and improved efficiency in some of the most sophisticated manufacturing facilities in the United States.  These modernization efforts resulted in savings to the companies involved of over $10 million with an average pay back of two years.


Tom received his BS degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and is an ISO 14001 Auditor.

Kurt Middelkoop has over 26 years of experience in manufacturing and small business ownership and operation. Kurt presents a holistic, integrated approach to his customers. He advocates Sustainable Manufacturing practices (economic, environmental, social).  He has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to provide training and on-site assistance for delivering “Lean and Clean” integrated workshops and EMS to both municipalities and manufactures. He has delivered the Green Suppliers Network (GSN) process improvement program for multiple companies, a partnership with the EPA, NIST MEP, and OEMs, and was a contributor to the EPA in the development of the Lean & Environment toolkit.  He has provided training on “Lean, Environmental and Sustainability” to organizations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Ireland.

Kurt has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. In 2005 he was chosen as the Industrial Engineer of the Year- Dallas Chapter.  In 2007 his customer Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions was awarded by the Governs Office as winner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Environmental Excellence Award for their implemented ISO 14000 EMS.


Date/Time – Tue April19, 3:00 pm EDT, 2:00 pm CDT, 1:00 p.m. MDT, 
12:00 pm PDT 
Web site: 
Audio: Call 877-531-0114; meeting room number is *1576220* - be sure 
to hit the "*" key before AND after the room number 


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