Moving Manufacturing



In 2019, as we celebrated our 85th birthday, DRMA 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: 

Workforce Partnership

DRMA leads the Dayton Region Manufacturing Workforce Partnership, a network of sector partnerships across the state organized by the Ohio Manufactures’ Association, along with partners FASTLANE, the Dayton Development Coalition, and Ohio Robotics, Inc. The purpose of the DRMWP is to develop and execute new and enhanced initiatives that strategically align workforce efforts to ensure manufacturing competence and growth throughout the region.

  • Awarded the region’s portion of a state-wide DOL grant to increase apprentices and apprentice programs based on industry-recognized credentials
  • Continued our push on industry-recognized credentials: talking to schools about incorporating them into their curriculum (Centerville High School, Northridge High School, Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Upper Valley Career Center, Greene County Career Center, Clark State Community College, and Sinclair Community College have done so) and educating members on the value of credentials
  • Organized national MFG Day locally, resulting in over 4,700 students from 63 schools and 9 home school groups attending 48 member open houses to see manufacturing occupations and processes; THE most well-attended in the entire nation
  • Conducted 7 Power Lunches and 12 career fairs/presentations; and recruited, trained, and launched a speakers’ bureau and conducted 2 speaking events - all to foster students’ interest in manufacturing careers
  • Extended our outreach to younger children by delivering a manufacturing summer camp with the City of Dayton for the fifth year
  • Collaborated with the Dayton Metro Library to expose middle-schoolers to manufacturing careers through their Career Adventures camp (summer) and Career Adventure Days (fall)
  • Launched the Your Future Career campaign in collaboration with the Associated Builders and Contractors to attract people to careers in skilled trades through a sponsorship with the Dayton Dragons, including a summer job fair for just-graduated high school seniors
  • Joined the National Association of Manufacturers Creators Wanted campaign
  • Advised and supported the following organizations on the development of manufacturing training programs: Gem City Career Prep High School, the Greene County Career Center, and the Life Enrichment Center
  • Promoted Montgomery County’s Youth Career Services 365 program to members to expose young people to careers in manufacturing
  • Collaborated with the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association on writing rules to allow minors to work in manufacturing environments
  • Served on the following schools’ advisory committees to convey the needs of manufacturer members:
    • Montgomery County Educational Service Center Business Advisory Committee
    • Miami County Educational Service Center Business Advisory Committee
    • Greene County Educational Service Center Business Advisory Committee
    • Miami Valley Career Technology Center Precision Machining Advisory Committee
    • Upper Valley Career Center Manufacturing Advisory Committee, both high school and adult programs
    • Greene County Career Center Manufacturing Advisory Committee and Superintendent’s Advisory Board
    • Gem City Career Prep High School Advisory Committee
    • Belmont High School Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Committee
    • Stebbins High School Manufacturing Advisory Committee
    • Sinclair Community College’s CAM Department Advisory Committee
    • Clark State Community Colleges’ Manufacturing Advisory Committee
    • Wright State University School of Engineering Advisory Board and the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department’s Advisory Committee
    • Dayton Public School’s Superintendent’s Advisory Committee
  • Communicated to members various government workforce funding, training, and hiring opportunities
  • Recruited members for a Goodwill/Miami Valley Works focus group about an employee resource network program
  • Recruited members to speak at Sinclair Community College’s Women in STEM event
  • Promoted the state’s TechCred program; conducted an info session for members
  • Fostered collaborative relationships to advocate for members’ workforce concerns with multiple organizations and schools
    • Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board
    • City of Xenia Economic Development Office
    • SOCHE
    • Goodwill/Easter Seals Miami Valley and Miami Valley Works
    • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    • East End Community Center
    • Junior Achievement
    • Dayton Job Corps
    • The Manufacturing Institute
    • Ohio Robotics/Xtreme Bots
    • Associated Builders and Contractors
    • Montgomery County ADAMHS
    • Sinclair Community College
    • Clark State Community College
    • Edison State Community College
    • Wright State University
    • Miami Valley CTC
    • Springfield Clark CTC
    • Greene County Career Center
    • Upper Valley Career Center
    • Warren County Career Center
    • Northridge High School
    • Stebbins High School
    • Northmont High School
    • Gem City Career Prep High School
    • Liberty High School
    • Dayton Regional STEM School
    • Hobart Institute of Welding Technology
    • and many others, both locally and nationally

Peer-To-Peer Connectivity

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, fostering a sense of mutual support among members.

  • Held 5 Happy Hour events, 2 evening member events, 3 breakfast events, and 2 special events (one featuring economist Brian Beaulieu and one with Congressman Warren Davidson)
  • Held 33 Meet Ups for discussion around specific topics (Workforce/HR, Manufacturing Operations, Additive Manufacturing, Young Professionals, Safety, Government Relations, and MFG Day
  • Held 14 DRMA 101 sessions to build relationships with and among members
  • Held a Young Professionals’ leadership professional development workshop series in partnership with UD’s Center for Leadership and a lean manufacturing workshop series in partnership with Sinclair Community College and FASTLANE
  • Held a fun competition between members to collect safety boots to donate to Clothes That Work; 146 pairs were collected from member companies!
  • Expanded social media outreach to facilitate member communication
    • Twitter +18%
    • Facebook +32%
    • Instagram +26%
    • Linked In +85%

Business And Economic Development

DRMA provides programming, industry-pertinent information, and connections to help members strengthen and grow their business.

  • Held the annual economic update event featuring renowned economist, Brian Beaulieu
  • Conducted the annual Wage and Benefit Survey in partnership with Manpower
  • Offered our successful Legal Services Plan, a Workers Comp Group Rating Program, an OSHA training discount programs
  • Launched a new health insurance plan through the National Association of Manufacturers
  • Sent 21 business leads
  • Published 12 e-newsletters and 36 News Bits emails and redesigned the format to enhance readability for members
  • Launched a new website
  • Suspended our trade show and investigated opportunities to bring more value to members


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
  • Wrote multiple letters of support for initiatives that positively impact the region’s manufacturing industry
  • Worked with the media resulting in DRMA being mentioned or quoted in 54 articles/interviews
  • Worked with several regional groups to develop a plan to elevate the perception of the Dayton Region to attract and retain talent
  • Built or enhanced connections with other organizations
    • Associated Builders and Contractors
    • Dayton Development Coalition
    • Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
    • European American Chamber of Commerce
    • Dayton Region Military Collaborative
    • Dayton Region Israel Trade Alliance
    • Technology First
    • The Entrepreneurs Center
    • Culture Works
    • Red Cross
    • Goodwill/Miami Valley Works
    • Employer Resource Association
    • City of Dayton Mayor’s Manufacturing Task Force
    • City of Springfield
    • Preble County Economic Development Office
    • Ohio Manufacturers’ Association
    • U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
    • National Association of Manufacturers
    • National Tooling and Machining Association
    • Consumer Energy Alliance
  • Strengthened government relations
    • Strengthened relationships with State Representatives J. Todd Smith, Phil Plummer, and Jena Powell, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy, Dayton City Commissioner Chris Shaw, and U.S. Senator Rob Portman
    • Hosted a Meet and Greet with Congressman Warren Davidson
    • Held meetings with SBA reps to change the 50-employee threshold for certain federal regulations
    • Held a training session on rules surrounding lobbying
    • Enhanced our collaborative relationships with organizations focused on government advocacy such as the Dayton Chamber, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Coalition for Prosperous America


In addition to member dues, DRMA diligently pursues sources of revenue to help fund DRMA activities.

  • Conducted two great golf outings to raise funds for the DRMA Foundation (which pays for all our workforce pipeline initiatives)
  • Continued the Board’s fundraising campaign to solicit charitable donations for the DRMA Foundation from businesses, individuals, and philanthropic organizations with ties to manufacturing


20 Manufacturer, 9 Affiliate, and 18 Associate members were added in 2019; total membership for 2019 is 375 member companies, which includes 220 Manufacturer members. More members = a stronger voice = stronger connections and more programs.


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