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2016 Accomplishments

DRMA has made significant progress in upholding our mission to strengthen member companies and to serve as the advocate for manufacturing in the Dayton region.  DRMA is recognized as the trusted voice of the industry to represent members’ needs and concerns so that they may stay focused on their business.  The programs that DRMA provides members have experienced great success over the past year.  These successes include:


  • Growing the Workforce Pipeline – DRMA drives and supports numerous initiatives to increase the awareness of careers in manufacturing and in order to attract more workers to the pipeline . . . so that members have less difficulty in finding enough qualified candidates.
  • Organized national MFG Day locally, resulting in over 4,500 students from 54 schools attending 40 member open houses to see manufacturing occupations and processes; one of the most well-attended in the entire nation.  Every 4th grade student in the Dayton Public School system experienced a hands-on manufacturing activity, led by the Wizards of Wright from WPAFB or the Dayton Metro Public Library.  Patrick Ross, the Chief Communications Officer from the U.S. Office of Patents and Trademarks spent the day in Dayton visiting five open houses
  • Supported FASTLANE in conducting 10 Power Lunch exhibits to capture students’ interest in manufacturing careers during their school lunch period
  • Extended our outreach to younger children by delivering a manufacturing summer camp with the City of Dayton for the second year
  • Participated in the national Dream It. Do It. manufacturing career awareness network to access best-practice resources from organizations across the country
  • Participated in the Ohio Manufacturing Careers Council to work on state-wide messaging about manufacturing careers
  • Teamed up with the Miami Valley Career Center to pilot manufacturing fundamentals training program designed to fast-track adults in the workforce pipeline
  • Collaborated with Learn to Earn to establish education and career pathways for manufacturing
  • Orchestrated placement of students in job shadow and internship opportunities with member companies
  • Communicated to members various government workforce funding, training, and hiring opportunities
  • Fostered collaborative relationships to advocate for members’ workforce concerns with multiple organizations and schools such as Learn to Earn, Dayton Regional STEM Collaborative, Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board, Sinclair Community College, Clark State Community College, Wright State University, Miami Valley CTC, Springfield Clark CTC, Greene County Career Center, Upper Valley Career Center, Dayton Region STEM School, Stebbins High School, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ohio Robotics, Aerospace Professional Development Center, and many others, both locally and nationally


  • Peer-to-Peer Networking – DRMA provides many ways for members to get connected and stay engaged with the thriving DRMA community in order to build a network of peers who face the same challenges, opportunities, and solutions to foster a sense of mutual support among members.
  • Held 13 member events and 30 Meet Ups
  • Facilitated the DRMA LinkedIn discussion group
  • Expanded our social media outreach to facilitate member-to-member communication


  • Business and Economic Development – DRMA provides programming, industry-pertinent information, and connections to help members strengthen and grow their business.
  • Conducted a highly successful AMTS which featured 150 and 3,000 attendees, informative technical seminars, and a MFG Mix in a new venue, the Dayton Convention Center
  • ·         Published 12 e-newsletters
  • ·         Sent 21 business leads, some about international business opportunities
  • ·         Conducted the Wage and Benefits Survey in partnership with Manpower
  • ·         Offered 2 Sponsored Benefits programs
  • ·         Launched a service for members to receive a discount on OSHA training through the Associated Builders and Contractors


  • Advocacy – DRMA advocates with public officials, legislators, educators, parents, the business community, the media, and many other regional stakeholders to advance the interests of our members and the industry.
  • Conducted a survey and produced a list of members’ top issues
  • Promoted the value of the industry through our Speakers Bureau and by publishing the Manufacturing in the Dayton Region document with statistics compiled by the Center for Urban and Public Affairs at Wright State University
  • Worked with the media which resulted in many positive manufacturing stories throughout the Region
  • Supported the Dayton Business Journal’s annual Manufacturing Awards event
  • Supported the Dayton Mayor’s Makers Movement event
  • Built connections with other organizations
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • City of Dayton Mayor’s Manufacturing Task Force
  • Dayton Development Coalition
  • Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mason-Deerfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Dayton Regional Israeli Trade Alliance
  • Dayton Region Military Collaborative
  • VetTown
  • Technology First
  • Dayton Defense
  • Dayton Metro Plan
  • Strengthened government relations
  • Convened 12 manufacturer members to attend a round-table discussion with Presidential candidate Donald Trump; convened 3 women owners of Manufacturer member companies to attend a round-table discussion with Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka
  • Hosted a Meet the Candidates event featuring candidates for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District
  • Hosted a Meet and Greet with Congressman Warren Davidson in collaboration with the Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Held Meet Ups with State Representatives Jeff Rezabek and Kyle Koehler
  • Hosted public officials at MFG Day open houses
  • Hosted public officials at AMTS
  • Enhanced our relationships with State Representatives Niraj Antani, Mike Henne, Scott Lipps; Congressman Turner’s staff, the Ohio Attorney General’s staff, and the Ohio Treasurer’s staff.
  • Enhanced our collaborative relationships with organizations focused on government advocacy such as the Dayton Chamber, the Coalition for Prosperous America, and the Associated Builders and Contractors

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