Moving Manufacturing



In 2020, 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: 


DRMA strengthens our members by fostering innovation, partnerships, and connectivity while growing the industry through workforce development, economic development, and business tools.

DRMA leads the Dayton Region Manufacturing Workforce Partnership, an OMA-endorsed sector partnership, along with partners FASTLANE and the Dayton Development Coalition. 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

  • Worked with education partners to establish the infrastructure to increase apprentices and apprentice programs based on industry-recognized credentials, as part of a DOL grant
  • Continued our push for industry-recognized credentials: talking to schools about incorporating them into their curriculum (Stebbins High School, Centerville High School, Gem City Career Prep High School, Upper Valley Career Center, Sinclair Community College, Clark State College) and educating members on the value of credentials
  • Organized national MFG Day locally, pivoting to a virtual experience; produced 8 video tours of member companies’ facilities to show manufacturing occupations and processes; videos were viewed over 2,500 times and used by 53 schools; worked with Junior Achievement to create a teacher guide; worked with a state-wide team to share resources
  • Convened a committee to work on virtual outreach tools to include live chats between teachers, students, and manufacturer members
  • Conducted 10 in-person career events, including Power Lunches, career fairs, and presentations - all to foster students’ interest in manufacturing careers
  • Recruited 9 members to design hands-on activities and recruited 2 members to do videos for career fairs
  • Recruited and trained 5 volunteers for our careers speakers’ bureau
  • Collaborated with the Dayton Metro Library to expose middle-schoolers to manufacturing careers through their Career Adventures camp, this year done virtually
  • Continued the Your Future Career campaign in collaboration with the Associated Builders and Contractors to attract people to careers in skilled trades, including Instagram messaging and producing a TV spot
  • Advised and supported the following schools on the development of manufacturing training programs: Gem City Career Prep High School, the Greene County Career Center, Stebbins High School, Kettering Fairmont High School, and Dayton Christian High School
  • Communicated various government workforce funding, training, and hiring opportunities to members
  • Recruited members for focus groups for Dayton Public Schools and Greene County Career Center
  • Promoted the State’s TechCred program
  • Applied for and received a Parker Hannifin Foundation workforce grant; applied for the State’s ISP Accelerator grant
  • Wrote numerous letters to support educators’ manufacturing initiatives
  • Fostered collaborative relationships to advocate for members’ workforce concerns with multiple organizations and schools
    • Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board
    • Gem City Career Prep High School
    • Dayton Public Schools
    • Stebbins High School
    • Northridge High School
    • Upper Valley Career Center
    • Greene County Career Center
    • Miami Valley CTC
    • Wright State University
    • Edison State Community College
    • Clark State Community College
    • Sinclair Community College
    • Montgomery County ADAMHS
    • Associated Builders and Contractors
    • Ohio Manufacturers Association
    • NAM/The Manufacturing Institute
    • Junior Achievement
    • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    • SOCHE
    • and many others, both locally and nationally
  • Conducted the annual Wage and Benefit Survey in partnership with Manpower
  • Offered our successful Legal Services Plan, Workers Comp Group Rating Program, and OSHA training discount programs
  • Worked with the National Association of Manufacturers to enhance the health insurance plan offered to members
  • Launched a new sales training program, in partnership with The Revenue Path Group
  • Sent 23 business lead emails
  • Added a member directory to the website and confirmed capability/product/service categories offered by all members
  • Provided resources to members to help them deal with the COVID pandemic, including adding a weekly virtual meet up (16 held), a resource page to our website, and forwarding emails from NAM and OMA to members who opted-in
  • Launched the first General Management Roundtable group and established the process to form additional groups
  • Continued to foster participation from the younger generation at member companies through our Young Professionals Committee


DRMA educates our members through sharing relevant industry information, hosting events, conducting workshops, and providing avenues to share knowledge while learning from other industry professionals.

  • Published weekly News Bits emails to provide members information on DRMA activities and pertinent information from partner organizations; added quarterly chairman videos
  • Increased followers on social media channels to facilitate member communication
    • Twitter +3%
    • Facebook +5.8%
    • Instagram +3.7%
    • Linked In +12%
  • Held 1 breakfast event and 4 Shoptalks, a new event format
  • Held 11 Meet Ups for discussion around specific topics (Workforce/HR, Manufacturing Operations, Additive Manufacturing, Safety, Government Relations, and MFG Day)
  • Launched and held 7 Lunch & Learn webinars, presented by member companies, to provide useful information in a format that is convenient for members
  • Held 8 DRMA 101 sessions and launched an Ambassador Club to ensure members feel connected to DRMA
  • Held, in webinar format, the annual economic update event featuring renowned economist, Brian Beaulieu; and arranged for members to have access to an additional Beaulieu webinar
  • Held the summer golf outing in October (spring outing was cancelled due to COVID)
  • Held 6 Lean and 2 GD&T workshops, presented by Sinclair
  • Partnered with the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association, the Associated Builders and Contractors, and the National Tooling and Machining Association to offer their conference attendance to members
  • Implemented technology to allow virtual attendance at events


DRMA advocates on behalf of our members with public officials, legislators, educators, parents, the business community, the media, and other regional stakeholders to strengthen the position of our region’s 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 43 articles/interviews
  • Built or enhanced connections with other organizations
    • Associated Builders and Contractors
    • Dayton Development Coalition
    • JobsOhio
    • Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
    • European American Chamber of Commerce
    • Dayton Region Military Collaborative
    • Dayton Region Israel Trade Alliance
    • Technology First
    • The Entrepreneurs Center
    • Employer Resource Association
    • FASTLANE and the Ohio MEP network
    • Manufacturers’ Agents of Cincinnati
    • Ohio Manufacturers’ Association
    • Women in Business Networking
    • U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
    • National Association of Manufacturers
    • National Tooling and Machining Association
  • Strengthened government relations
    • Held 7 virtual chat sessions with local candidates running in the fall election
    • Strengthened relationships with State Representatives Niraj Antani and Phil Plummer, Ohio State Auditor Keith Faber, and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French
    • Hosted a Meet and Greet with Congressman Warren Davidson
    • Partnered with the Associated Builders and Contractors to offer their “Road to the Whitehouse” event to members
    • 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
  • Served on the following schools’ advisory committees to convey the needs of manufacturer members:
    • Educational Service Centers’ Business Advisory Committees for Montgomery, Miami, Greene, and Preble counties
    • Miami Valley Career Technology Center Precision Machining Advisory Committee
    • Upper Valley Career Center Manufacturing Advisory Committee, both high school and adult programs; and the Welding Advisory Committee, adult program
    • Greene County Career Center Manufacturing Advisory Committee and Superintendent’s Advisory Board
    • Gem City Career Prep High School Advisory Committee
    • Stebbins High School Career Tech and Manufacturing Advisory committees
    • Sinclair Community College’s CAM Department Advisory Committee
    • Clark State Community College’s Greene Center and Manufacturing Advisory committees
    • Wright State University School of Engineering Advisory Board and the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department’s Advisory Committee
    • Dayton Public School’s Business Advisory Committee
    • Dayton Public Schools middle schools’ Project Lead the Way Advisory Committee


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

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


Even in this tough COVID year, 10 Manufacturer, 4 Affiliate, and 8 Associate members were added in 2020; combined with an 85% Manufacturer retention rate and an overall 82% retention rate, total membership for 2020 is 340 member companies, which includes 204 Manufacturer members. More members = a stronger voice = stronger connections and more programs.