Over 250 people from 80 different companies turned out for the Customer Appreciation & Technology Expo hosted by IBT—Sedalia on April 3rd. The Expo was held to thank customers for IBT’s 33 years of business in the Sedalia area, as well as showcase their new building and location. The Sedalia branch opened in 1980.
“We really appreciate the support of the customers who participated,” said Rick Gerling, Regional Manager at IBT in Sedalia. “We also appreciate all the suppliers who showed up and dedicated their time and energy to make this event a success. It was great to see everyone there.”
“Sneak Peek” at New Location
Customers got a “sneak peek” of the recently renovated IBT building, now at the new location of 414 North State Fair Boulevard in Sedalia. It includes 9,000 sq. ft. of warehouse and office space.
“The new building is nice and open. I really like the lighting and the layout,” said Darryl Ehlers, a Supply Chain Manager for Pittsburgh Corning who attended the event. He has worked with IBT in Sedalia for five years to source spare parts—and also get ideas for solving production challenges.
“We came to the event to support IBT, as they’ve supported us so well over the years,” said Ehlers. “We even walked away with some new ideas from vendors for projects, like using Magna-Crete for floor repairs.”
22 Suppliers Showed Off New Technology
Twenty-two different suppliers showed off the “latest and greatest” new technology and swapped ideas with participants, while everyone enjoyed a free lunch buffet from Kehde’s BBQ—complete with turkey, beef, baked beans, and coleslaw.
Nick Griffitt, an MRO Manager at the Gardner Denver location in Sedalia, enjoyed meeting all the vendors.
“It was nice to make new contacts and meet the suppliers,” Griffitt said. “The event spawned some ideas for us at the plant.”
Griffitt has worked with IBT for almost four years in his role, purchasing MRO supplies, consumables, and repair parts. “IBT is very easy to work with,” he said. “They’re very competitive on price, and are willing to stock the items we need. They’re also in a great location.”
Suppliers in attendance at the event included:
Participants from Every Industry
Russ Bradbury, a Plant Project Manager for Maxion Wheels in Sedalia, came out to see the new building—and was surprised by the turnout.
“What I enjoyed most was seeing the broad spectrum of industries and businesses in attendance,” Bradbury said. “It’s great to see how IBT brings value to so many different companies, and talk to others in the area who are also trying to maximize profit and solve production issues.”
Bradbury added that he’s worked with IBT for as long as he can remember—at least ten years.
“We count on the IBT team to understand our challenges, and help us solve them in the most cost-effective manner possible,” he said. “I like working with a team that truly knows their product line and can offer us practical solutions.”