Akron Public Schools, Medina County Career Centers, and Buchtel VOC-tech schools all came out on March 26th to participate and hear about the opportunities the National Robotic League can bring to precision manufacturing in our region. Steve Tamasi, President and owner of Boston Centerless, Inc. of Woburn, MA, came into talk to company owners, parents and educators about starting a robotics program that can encompass all of the current effort that are occurring within the middle schools and high schools. For more information on the NRL go to: www.goNRL.org
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We are pleased to announce that the U.S. Business and Industry Council has released its latest report on import penetration in advanced U.S. manufacturing markets.
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This Chapter Leadership Summit Series is developed to provide comprehensive training and development for Chapter Officers and Chapter Executives. This high-impact event includes vehicles to strengthen the relationship between the local chapters and the NTMA, build strength in local Boards of Directors and grow capacity of Chapter Executives through best practice tools and resources.
This event delivers small group settings with Officers and Executives joined by an industry expert in specific ‘tracks’; and have customized ‘take-away’ for each curriculum aimed at your chapter.
Track 1—Chapter Organization
Track 2—Chapter Operations and Practices
Track 3—Board Development
Track 4—Promotion and Marketing
Track 5—Maximizing NTMA Membership
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown is the featured venue for this event. Explore the jewel of downtown Indianapolis amid museums, award winning zoo, theaters and skywalk to Circle Center fine shopping at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/indcc-indianapolis-marriott-downtown/ while enjoying the opportunity to take part in two other quality NTMA annual events- the ‘NRL National Competition’ and ‘Purchasing Fair’.
As part of NTMA’s strategic goal to support chapters, summit registration fees, meals and lodging for the first 20 chapters with (2) confirmed registrations: Chapter Executive/Executive Director and Chapter President and/or other designated Chapter Officer, are sponsored by NTMA. Save the dates- Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th. Additional summit details to be released soon. We ask your chapter to make this event priority on your leadership event calendar.
Manufacturing Day 2012, founded by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), along with NTMA and other sponsors, registered over 200 facility tours and presentations October 5th, designed to expand knowledge about and improve public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the U.S. economy.
From the East coast to the Western shoreline, students, educators, media and the community at large learned about real career opportunities, training and resources. NTMA members demonstrated pride in quantity and quality hosting events across the country. Toth Technologies, of Pennsauken, New Jersey, demonstrated the manufacturing technology which awarded them American Machinist 2007 Top Ten Shop and Modern Machine Shop 2012 Top shop. www.tothtech.com Kuhn Tool & Die, of the NW Pennsylvania Chapter recently hosted over 100 tourists to its Homecoming Manufacturing Tour series, leading tours for technical students, local government leaders, curious citizens and members of the NTMA. The Dayton, Ohio region generated the highest concentration of Manufacturing Day activity, joined by Dysinger, Inc. of Dayton, Ohio www.dysinger.com exhibiting their AS9001 Rev C Certified high precision part machine shop. Also in the country’s Midwest, Mittler Bros Machine & Tool, of Wright City, Missouri, www.mittlerbros.com opened its precision machine shop which designs and builds special machines including in house engineering.
Thank you to all who joined NTMA by hosting tours, promoting and supporting this initiative. Though through the entrepreneural spirit of this great nation, every day is Manufacturing Day. We continue to celebrate the success of our industry and look forward to Manufacturing Day 2013 when we again manufacture America’s future…
This year’s Fall Conference and Purchasing Fair were held in conjunction at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. With twenty NTMA Chapters’ Executives and Leaders in attendance, this event proved to be the most successful in providing networking and education opportunities to engage and support chapters. Jeff Walmsley and Kelly Schneider presented ‘Keys to Retaining and Growing Your Chapter’ to a standing room only crowd. Topics of the interactive discussion included: recent membership statistics; impacting new members; digging deeper into member companies; reactive vs proactive retention systems; and leveraging relationships. Each representative gathered take-aways specifically designed for effective retention and growth of their chapter. Please contact Kelly K. Schneider for copies of the Power Point presentation and Chapter Executive Roundtable discussion notes. I am happy to conduct a personal overview of the content covered.
You need to know the competitive wage rates paid and benefits offered by other custom precision job shops—in your chapter, in your industry segment, and at similar size companies.
The NTMA wage survey is an excellent tool to establish and maintain a functional compensation program. Each chapter must meet a minimum threshold of survey responses in order to provide valid stats for its local area. Every member’s input counts towards the credibility of the report. Please make these quality surveys a priority in your business operations.
This survey is exclusively distributed on line. For an electronic copy of the survey form, please contact John R Mackay, Mackay Research Group at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-890-4255. Thank you for your prompt attention.
A new strategic goal of the NTMA Member Services Team is to ‘dig deeper within an organization.’ Respecting that members join NTMA for a multitude of reasons and NTMA membership benefits multiple functions of company operations, it is our intent to gather additional and diverse information on our members in order to provide focused quality and value. Hence, we introduce the enhanced NTMA Regular Membership Application. The revised NTMA Application is available HERE as a pdf download. The new form also reflects our new national headquarters address in Cleveland, Ohio.
As part of basic Code of Regulations for NTMA Chapters, incorporation of the approved application conforms to the association’s membership guidelines, rights and requirements. We appreciate your attention in adopting this form to your membership packet materials and upload to your chapter website. This form is also available at www.ntma.org/join/ Please contact Jeff Walmsley at 1.800.248.6862 with questions or need for additional information.
Future notable NTMA Chapter events include:
Western Massachusetts Chapter offers an MTConnect Workshop on December 7th, at CT Center for Advanced Technology to discuss technology and machine stats.
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter presents ‘2012 CMC Quarterly Regional Roundtables’ Tuesday, December 11th, at AB&I Foundry, Oakland CA, to strategize and discuss the current state, regional and local regulatory issues impacting metalworking companies.
December 14th marks the date of festive holiday celebrations for the Florida West Coast Chapter at the East Lake Country Club; and the Akron Chapter at the Akron/Fairlawn Hilton.
I am proud to announce your chapter’s upcoming event. Please email me at email@example.com with your event calendar. I am excited to engage and support growth with NTMA chapters. Please contact me if I can be of assistance. On behalf of the NTMA Team, we appreciate your leadership and thank you.
Rhetorically, at least, you don’t have to be a card-carrying deficit hawk to believe that an ongoing U.S. economic crisis triggered by reckless spending and borrowing gets genuinely overcome only by promoting saving and producing instead. President Obama says that he agrees, too; hence his call to create “an economy built to last” rather than one based on “bad debt and phony financial profits.”