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I've Been Thinking . . . 4/11/19

Posted By Angelia Erbaugh, DRMA, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DRMA!!!  This month we are celebrating our 85th birthday!  Contrary to what you may think, I have NOT been at the helm for all 85 years (close, but not quite).  We have accomplished great things over our 85-year history, and we have a lot more to accomplish!  Thanks to each of you for helping move manufacturing forward through DRMA!

Peer-to-peer connectivity . . . this is part of what members expect from local industry association.  DRMA provides many ways for members to connect with the thriving DRMA community in order to build a network of peers who face the same challenges, opportunities, and solutions and to foster a sense of mutual support among members.

One way to connect is by meeting your peers at association-sponsored events and Meet Ups.  We offer a number of formats so that you can select those that fit your style, location, and schedule:

·         Happy Hours are held at member sites throughout the region for a couple of hours after work.  Hosts provide great munchies (and often complimentary adult beverages!) in this casual, open house style atmosphere.  Drop in, drop out as your schedule allows.  No need to feel intimidated; we’ll take good care of you.  You’ll love it!  The next Happy Hour is on April 30 at Huntington Bank downtown Dayton. Register here.

·         Breakfasts with DRMA are for you early birds . . . they are held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on a topic pertinent to manufacturers.

·         Meet Ups . . . these are small group dialogue sessions organized around a topic area; they are designed to connect members with other members who are interested in that topic so that you can share and learn from each other.  These have become really popular; check them out!  They are FREE and for MEMBERS ONLY.

Check out these and other events on our website.

Another way to connect with other members is through volunteering . . .  you probably know that DRMA accomplishes its goals through the efforts of volunteers and staff.  But why should YOU volunteer?  What’s in it for you?  According to the American Society for Association Executives . . .

·         86% of hiring managers in the country’s largest companies recently cited involvement in industry or trade associations as somewhat or very beneficial to an employee's career

·         Companies value employees who proactively seek opportunities to develop their skills and expertise

·         Participation in professional associations is an effective way to learn of new industry developments and network with others in the field

·         Taking an active role by volunteering for committees, writing articles for association publications, and delivering presentations allows employees to strengthen their leadership abilities, interpersonal skills, and business acumen.

Volunteering . . . promotes personal growth and self-esteem; strengthens the community; teaches you a lot; gives you a chance to give back; encourages civic responsibility; and provides you a way to make a difference.  Want to find out more about volunteering at DRMA?  Contact me.

Wow – Brian Beaulieu hit it out of the park again! Those who attended know 1) how many jobs in manufacturing are open right now across the country; and 2) the year in which we are going to experience our next recession. Let’s have a little fun . . . email me your answers, and I’ll give you kudos in my next article!

Hey members, we have a new program! A Lean Manufacturing Workshop Series, conducted in partnership with the Workforce Division of Sinclair College and FASTLANE!  You’ll learn how to implement lean concepts and techniques to make improvements to your operations.  The first of four sessions, Lean 101 Overview, is on May 1. The price is CHEAP at just $250 per session or $800 if registered for all four sessions.  BUT WAIT!  The price is STUPID CHEAP for Manufacturer members . . . you get a $100 per person discount (compliments of FASTLANE).  That’s just $150 per session or $400 for all four!  AND you get a free, on-site lean assessment provided by FASTLANE (for Manufacturer members).  The registration form can be found here.  To register your employees, please return the registration form and payment information to Shay.

DRMA wants to help you retain your emerging talent.  That is why our Young Professionals Committee has collaborated with the University of Dayton’s Center for Leadership to offer a series of Professional Development workshops to give your staff the opportunity to connect as well as earn a DRMA professional development certificate!  Course descriptions and registration form can be found here.  Act now! The second course is on May 2, titled “Going from Peer to Supervisor.”  To register your employees, please return the registration form and payment information to Kayla.

After receiving input from exhibitors and attendees, the DRMA Board of Trustees made the difficult decision to suspend AMTS 2019.  We’re looking forward to working with members to explore opportunities that will bring more value to all members.  If you would like to help, let me know.

Looking to get your name in front of 200 golfers at our July golf outing?  We are seeking sponsors!  Proceeds go to the DRMA Foundation which funds our career awareness initiatives, a VERY WORTHY CAUSE!  Contact Kristen for a list of sponsorships available this year.

Make it easier on yourself to find skilled workers in a couple of years.  If your facility shows well, host an open house on MFG Day 2019 on October 4 to show students, educators, and parents the great occupations and careers your company offers.  Interested?  Let me know.

You know that you can get a HUGE discount off your workers’ comp premium by being part of a group. Do you know that you have to pay dues to the organization that sponsors the group?  And since you already pay dues to DRMA, why not get a quote for the DRMA workers’ comp group?  Contact Shay who will connect you with CareWorks Comp, the administrator of our group. They will get you a no-obligation quote.

Save money with your DRMA membership: Our Legal Services Plan offers members one FREE legal consultation per month with employment law attorney Bob Dunlevey at Taft/Law. Simply identify yourself as a DRMA member when you call (937-641-1743).

Thanks for choosing to be a member!  I REALLY appreciate it!  And, thanks so much to you members who adjusted up the amount of dues you paid this year based on your current number of employees.  The honor system works!

Tags:  Dayton  leadership  manufacturing 

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Ongoing Change

Posted By Don Clouser, Chairman of the Board, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Dayton Region Manufacturers Association celebrates its 85th birthday this month. While none of us were there in the beginning, I am sure we all can imagine, have heard of, as well as experienced ourselves many of the changes that this association has seen. Pure stats alone, the DRMA started with a membership of 25 companies and has grown to over 400 strong today.

Initially the Association was a niche group in manufacturing. It was named the Tool Manufacturers Association consisting of members from the tool and die sector. But over time it grew and changed. Many machine shops started joining that did contract work outside of the tool and die sector. If a company was “cutting chips” then it joined the Association to be part of a group that understood its interest. In 2011, the Association renamed and rebranded itself as the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association. The Board realized that the membership by that time was made up of all types of manufacturers, not just “chip cutters.” And we know that with technology and infrastructure, geography shrinks. At our events and in our communications, our group spans from Springfield to the Indiana line and from Sidney to Cincinnati.

With this growth many great efforts have come and gone. The intimacy of the small dinner meetings at country clubs grew into monthly dinner meetings at banquet halls. These have morphed into a variety of interactions between breakfast events, dinner events, golf outings, Meet Ups and Happy Hours.

The Association has had affinity programs, business speakers, a bots program, a tradeshow, a “Buy DTMA” trade fair, MFG Day, STEP II graduation and many more. The latest in this evolution is the DRMA Board’s decision to suspend AMTS 2019. After much debate and feedback from exhibitors and attendees, the Board thought it best to suspend the show, refocus efforts, and provide a program that will best serve the Association’s members.

I am sure that this decision, as well as the trip down memory lane, will open up discussions on “why does the Association do this?” or “why does it not do that anymore?” I encourage those discussions. Those are the discussions and the sharing of thoughts that help an association get to the best decisions. We know from our own businesses that everyone will not be happy with all of the decisions. The important consideration is that these decisions have been well-thought out.

An association does not last 85 years and grow to over 400 members by luck, but rather by hard work. I want to thank our 100+ volunteers, our staff, as well as the current Board and boards of days gone by for that hard work, creativity, and ability to make tough decisions. With the current efforts in government relations and workforce development, I am sure we will be seeing more evolution in the coming years. While I miss a lot of events that don’t happen anymore, I look forward to the future accomplishments this Association will achieve. Happy 85th Birthday, DRMA!

Tags:  AMTS  leadership  manufacturing 

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I've Been Thinking . . . 3/14/19

Posted By Angelia Erbaugh, DRMA, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Business and economic development . . . this is part of what members expect from their industry association.  And DRMA members are no different.  As a result, DRMA strives to provide programming, industry-pertinent information, and connections with organizations to help members strengthen their company.  We do that in a lot of different ways, including sending business lead emails, producing these monthly newsletters, conducting the annual employee wage and benefit survey, and conducting a highly successful trade show, the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show every October.  To learn more about these services, click here.

A great source for “insider” business information is Brian Beaulieu, one of the country’s most informed economists.  Brian is returning to speak to DRMA members on Thursday, April 11.  As the CEO of ITR economics, Brian will give manufacturers and other businesses insight on how to forecast, plan, and increase their profits based on business cycle trend analyses.  ITR Economics predicts future economic trends with a 94.7% accuracy rate and 60 years of correct calls.  The economic trends are shifting.  Seeing those shifts, understanding them, and setting realistic expectations for the remainder of 2019 and for 2020 will require managers to be keenly aware of the changes taking place.  Thinking and planning for the changes before they are on your door step is key to being successful as we go through the business cycle.  Even if you have heard Brian or his brother Alan at a national conference this year, you don’t want to miss Brian’s speech to DRMA.  He applies their trend analysis to Ohio and the Dayton Region. Brian is a dynamic, interesting and entertaining speaker.  You will not be disappointed!  Register here.

DRMA wants to help you retain your emerging talent.  That is why our Young Professionals Committee has collaborated with the University of Dayton’s Center for Leadership to offer a series of workshops to give your staff the opportunity to connect as well as earn a DRMA professional development certificate!  Course descriptions and registration form can be found here.  To register your employees, please return the registration form and payment information to KaylaAct now! The first course is on Tuesday, April 2!

Wow!  DRMA members love golf!  Our May outing sold out in 12 hours!  We have a couple of sponsorships left . . . get your name in front of over 80 golf outing attendees.  Contact Kristen for more information.  If you didn’t make it in time to register for golf, you don’t have to miss out on all the fun!  Come to the Troy Country Club the evening of May 20 for a DRMA Happy Hour!  Register here.

You don’t want to miss the next Workforce/HR Meet Up on March 26, as we’re discussing the advantages of hiring people with industry- recognized credentials.  Huh, you say?  That’s why you should attend!  Scott Ellsworth will be on hand to talk about why he, as a former manufacturer, believes in the value of credentials and how they are a big piece of the manufacturing workforce puzzle.  Register here.  (Remember that Meet Ups are free and for members only.)

DRMA is always looking for new avenues to help our members.  We work with local media to run stories about manufacturing and the good that our members are doing for the industry.  If you have positive news to share, whether it is a planned expansion, new job creation, or you’re adding new equipment, let us know and we’ll get you in touch with the right media.  This can help your company experience increased credibility and exposure to your potential employees!  Contact Kristen and she’ll make the right connections for you.

Make it easier on yourself to find skilled workers in a couple of years.  If your facility shows well, host an open house on MFG Day 2019 on October 4 to show students, educators, and parents the great occupations and careers your company offers.  Interested?  Let me know.

We have a couple of opportunities for you to connect with the DRMA community at DRMA Happy Hours, casual and fun events where you’ll get to know other members.  We’ll introduce you around, so don’t be shy!

·         March 21 - Join March Madness at Waibel Energy Systems in Vandalia!  Register here.

·         April 30 – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Huntington National Bank in downtown Dayton!  Register here.

Thanks for choosing to be a member!  I REALLY appreciate it!  And, thanks so much to you members who adjusted up the amount of dues you paid this year based on your current number of employees.  The honor system works!

Tags:  economics  leadership  manufacturing  workforce 

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Hello, Hello, Hello Yes, Yes, Yes

Posted By Don Clouser, Chairman of the Board, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Urbandictionary.com defines an echo chamber as “an insular communication space where everyone agrees with the information and no outside input is allowed.” “We can’t find good people!” “Can’t find good people!”, “Can’t find good people!”, “Can’t find good people!”

We all have challenges in our businesses today. Even those who seem to have hit their stride are finding ways to improve. But where are those answers? Do you keep asking the same people in the same place? “Yes”, “Yes”, Yes”. Have you gone outside your normal realm for a fresh perspective? Or would you rather be told you are right, even though it is not working?

Are you the kind of person that has to figure it out themselves? Try this, try that, logic suggests that this would work. If I get help, that would be cheating or a sign of weakness. Overtime you reinvent a number of actions and end up with the same results.

I often get mocked for being old school and asking around what other people are doing. When I ask how to do something and get barraged with “look it up,” “Google it,” “YouTube it,” all the information is out there. You don’t have to think. You just look up the answers. They make me feel lazy. Plus I need the interaction to challenge what I am being told to make sure it fits.

Let me reiterate that we all have challenges in our business today. Fortunately, you are not unique. But how are you overcoming them? Can you identify with any of the above examples? If so, you need to reach out. You need to get out of your comfort zone and ask the opinion of someone who does not owe you anything but their opinion.

While DRMA cannot solve your problems, we can help you realize there are others in the same situations working on new solutions who are willing to share so that you can figure out what is best for you. Our Meet Ups are a great way to elevate your business by learning and challenging your peers. Every month individuals come together with the same issue/interests that you have (Operations, Workforce/HR, Additive Manufacturing, Safety, Young Professionals) to discuss how they are overcoming challenges or best utilizing solutions. Check out this newsletter, the website, or the weekly News Bits emails for the schedule.

Don’t reinvent the wheel. Don’t expect a different result from the same action. Take a deep breath and talk with someone you don’t know who is in the same situation. DRMA is serious about advancing manufacturing. Are you serious about advancing your business? Then we will see you soon.

Tags:  leadership  manufacturing  workforce 

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I've Been Thinking . . . 2/14/19

Posted By Angelia Erbaugh, DRMA, Friday, February 15, 2019

DRMA’s recent Top Issues Survey (click here for the results) confirms again what we have known for some time:  The #1 concern facing virtually all manufacturing members is the lack of a qualified workforce.  That’s why DRMA drives and supports numerous initiatives to increase the awareness of careers in manufacturing in order to attract more workers to the pipeline.  Read more about these initiatives in the Member Benefit Spotlight article in this newsletter.

One of those initiatives is organizing national MFG Day locally.  MFG DAY 2019 is on October 4, but NOW is the time to start thinking about hosting an open house.  Why so early?  Many schools plan their fall field trips during the spring.  Watch this short video to see the impact that MFG Day made on students’ views about careers in manufacturing.  Contact Kayla to learn more about participating.

Another of those initiatives is summer camps . . . we introduce kids to manufacturing with a few hands-on activities and videos.  I need 2 people to help with this project this year.  If you like working with kids, this is the place for you to plug in.  Let me know.

And another one:  We’re having great success in raising the awareness of the great careers our region’s manufacturing industry offers with our Power Lunches and career day activities!  Do you have a passion for growing your workforce pipeline and talking with young people?  Please volunteer a couple hours of your time and expertise during a Power Lunch and speak with students one on one about why you love working in manufacturing.  Talking points will be provided to you.  This requires a minimum commitment from you while providing you with the opportunity to impact your future workforce!  Contact me for more information.

We’re closing out our membership renewals!  Volunteers and staff work hard to ensure your membership in DRMA is valuable to you.  From growing the workforce pipeline, to advocacy, to business and economic development, to peer-to-peer connectivity, DRMA’s brand promise is to Strengthen, Advocate, and Educate.  Be part of the voice in 2019!  And if there is something else you would like us to do, please let me know.

DRMA wants to help you retain your emerging talent.  That is why our Young Professionals Committee has collaborated with the University of Dayton’s Center for Leadership to offer a series of workshops to give your staff the opportunity to connect as well as earn a DRMA professional development certificate!  Course descriptions and registration form can be found here.  To register your employees, please return the registration form and payment information to KaylaAct now! The first course is on Tuesday, March 5!

Looking for more work?  Or, looking for a supplier?  Don’t forget to use the DRMA Business Lead Email service to get work or to find a supplier.  Email Shay and she’ll explain the process.

We have a couple of opportunities for you to connect with the DRMA community at DRMA Happy Hours, casual and fun events where you’ll get to know other members.  We’ll introduce you around, so don’t be shy!

·         February 28 at The Greentree Group/Back to Business IT in Beavercreek, register here.

·         March 21 at Waibel Energy Systems in Vandalia, register here.

 

Hey, thanks for choosing to be a member!  I REALLY appreciate it!

Tags:  business  industry  manufacturing  workforce 

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Prepare or React?

Posted By Don Clouser, Chairman of the Board, Friday, February 15, 2019

Recently, President Trump gave the 2019 State of the Union address.  In it he shared powerful economic stats for the past two years of his presidency.  Some of them include (and I paraphrase):


5.3 million new jobs
600,000 new manufacturing jobs
5 million Americans off food stamps
The economy is growing twice as fast as 2016
Unemployment is the lowest it has been in a half century
I found that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 9,000 points or 53% from just two years ago.

Have you experienced a change?  Are times better for you now than they were?  Did you cause that?  And if not, what are you doing about it?

We work hard at our daily lives and in our businesses.  There are opportunities to quote, materials to buy, schedules to manage, equipment to maintain.  When times are good, we hire and invest.  And when times are tough, we lay off and cut costs.  While this is understandable, the question is how much is done in preparation and how much is done in reaction?

How many times do you find yourself lagging in the business?  You get the business before you have enough people or equipment.  You lose money before you make adjustments to your costs.  You ride the waves of prosperity as well as the crashes between them without knowing which you are riding before it is too late.  Many of us have spent time at Aileron, and I am sure you have learned that more companies fail on the upswing than on the downswing.  We assume our current situation will last, and we make our plans for that situation only.

I challenge all of us to control our own destinies.  While this may sound contradictory, it is easy to work hard.  But it is hard to work smart.  Are you preparing your business for what is coming?  Do you know what is coming?  Have you done as much analysis on what the next couple of years look like economically for you as you did to decide if you should buy that new piece of equipment or not?  Have you made the effort to do the proper planning for your business?  Or have you been surprised each day and react to your current set of circumstances?

Another resource that our DRMA provides us in this regard is the opportunity to hear Brian Beaulieu.  Brian is an economist from ITR Economics.  DRMA has him in each year to present ITR’s economic forecast for our industry and our area.  He helps us “look into the future” so that we are preparing rather than reacting.  Many of your colleagues have developed plans based on ITR’s forecasts.  I encourage you to come and listen.  Bring your team so that you have a balanced understanding, make a balanced business plan, and control your own destiny.  Register now and I will see you there on April 11.

 

Tags:  economy  manufacturing  workforce 

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Presenting Your 2019 DRMA Board of Trustees

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Association is led by a strong group of individuals who cares about manufacturing and who cares about DRMA.  Your 2018 Board of Trustees and officers are:

Don Clouser, The Champion Companies, Springfield, Chairman

 Jon Foley, Rack Global Enterprises, Dayton, First Vice Chairman

John Bertsch, Detailed Machining, Sidney, Second Vice Chairman

Jim Zahora, GEMCITY Engineering, Dayton, Past Chairman

Patty Breig, National Oilwell Varco, Dayton

Dave Burrows, Goodwill Easter Seals, Dayton

Mitch Heaton, Dayton Development Coalition, Dayton

Scott MacDonald, University of Dayton, Dayton

Ben Staub, BasTech, Dayton

Brian Ault, Bruns General Contracting, Tipp City

Michele Mischler, MCM Sales Associates, Cincinnati (Affiliate)

John Masheck, Clark, Schaefer, Hackett, Dayton (Associate)

2019 Chairman, Don Clouser

Don Clouser is the vice president and general manager of Champion GSE in Springfield, Ohio. As a member of The Champion Companies family of businesses, Champion GSE designs and manufactures ground support equipment for the aerospace, military and power-generation markets. It specializes in hermetically-sealed shipping and storage containers for customer assets as well as transportation stands for large jet engines.

Don began his career at his father’s machine shop, Metwood Industries, after graduating from Miami University. In the beginning, he learned to program and operate CNC equipment. This started his love for manufacturing and respect of value created from people who marry their skills with material. Don has developed a passion for continuous improvement as well as cultural implementation of professional management.

Don has served on a variety of boards and committees to support his industry and community. But it is his long standing relationship with DRMA of which he is very proud. Since 1998, Don has served the Association in a variety of ways, always recognizing how much more he has benefitted than has given. This continues with the privilege of serving on DRMA’s Board of Trustees and as its chairman for 2019.

Don calls Troy home where he has enjoyed 25 years of marriage with his wife Angie and their three children.

New Board Members

Brian Ault is vice president of sales for Bruns General Contracting, a third-generation general contractor that offers design/build and general contracting services to commercial and industrial customers.  Prior to joining Bruns, Brian spent over 20 years in the automobile service, body shop, and dealership industry, including owning his own dealership.  He attended the University Of South Carolina Moore College Of Business.  Brian is active on several economic development committees and with the Miami County Republican Central Committee.  Brian has been involved with the DRMA since he started with Bruns in 2009, serving as chairperson of the Member Services Committee and on the Board of Trustees from 2013 through 2015.  He currently serves on the Golf Committee and as co-chair of the Funding Committee.

Brian will fill a regular seat on the Board, focusing on the DRMA Foundation fundraising campaign.

John Masheck is an audit principal with Clark, Schaefer, Hackett and serves as the commercial services chair for the firm and on the manufacturing and distribution industry group.  Since he began his career in 2004, John has worked with a wide variety of companies from start-ups to million-dollar family-owned businesses.  John comes from a family with a long line of business owners and enjoys bringing a strategic focus to his clients to assist them with growth and transition planning.  John also serves as the treasurer for the Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty.  CSH has been a DRMA member for many years.

John will fill the financial seat on the Board and will be the Board liaison to the Finance Committee.

Michele Mischler is the owner of MCM Sales Associates and partners with ThomasNet and other “best in class” solutions providers to help clients implement effective sales and marketing strategies.  Michele began her career providing advertising production and brand strategy consulting to global B2C marketers.  She transitioned that experience to the industrial world when she began representing ThomasNet over 20 years ago.  Michele joined DRMA in 2009, served on the Member Services Committee, and served on the Board of Trustees from 2015 through 2017.

Michele will fill the associate seat on the Board, focusing on member services, member engagement, and member recruitment.

Welcome 2019 Board of Trustees!

Tags:  board  DRMA  leadership  manufacturing  trustees 

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I've Been Thinking . . . 1-8-19

Posted By Angelia Erbaugh, DRMA, Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Members expect advocacy from a trade association and it’s part of DRMA’s brand promise.  DRMA advocates for members’ issues on many fronts, with public officials, legislators, educators, parents, the business community, the media, and many other regional stakeholders.

One way we do this is by conducting an annual survey of our members and producing a list of their top issues.  This list helps us accurately communicate your concerns to the media, elected officials, and other community leaders and gives us direction on the types of programs and services that will help you strengthen your company. Of no surprise, the lack of a skilled workforce tops the list again this year.  See what else is keeping your fellow members awake at night here.

It’s membership renewal time!  Volunteers and staff work hard to ensure your membership in DRMA is valuable to you.  From growing the workforce pipeline, to advocacy, to business and economic development, and peer-to-peer connectivity, DRMA’s brand promise is to Strengthen, Advocate, and Educate.  Be part of the voice in 2019!  And if there is something else you would like us to do, please let me know.

Don’t miss our January evening event on January 17.  Not only will you get to know your 2019 board chairman, Don Clouser, but you’ll also get the inside scoop on UD football from head coach Rick Chamberlin.  And come a little early to meet up with some of the young folks involved in the association.  Let’s show them how much we NEED them in the industry and in DRMA.  Oh, and the cash bar will be open for service!  Register here.

Save money with your DRMA membership: Our Legal Services Plan offers members one FREE legal consultation per month with employment law attorney Bob Dunlevey at Taft/Law. Simply identify yourself as a DRMA member when you call (937) 641-1743.

Help grow your workforce by getting involved in Montgomery County’s YouthWorks program.  Say what?  Come to a one-hour “what the heck does this mean” meeting on either January 29 or February 5.  Lean more in the Growing the Workforce Pipeline section of this newsletter.

Involvement vs. engagement.  DRMA and many other business associations across the country are realizing there is a major difference between the two.  Involvement (yes, we depend on involved volunteers) is not the ONLY way for you to get value from your membership.  In fact, across all associations, only about 25% of members attend their associations’ events.  It’s really all about ENGAGEMENT.  Engagement comes in many forms, from attending events, to participating in our wage and top issues surveys, to reading and responding to business lead emails, to hosting an open house on MFG Day, etc. etc.  We now ask you to get ENGAGED . . . which is truly how you get bang for your DRMA dues buck!

Hey, thanks for choosing to be a member!  I REALLY appreciate it!

Tags:  advocacy  dayton  dayton region  manufacturing  ohio 

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Chairman's Connections - Charge!

Posted By Don Clouser, Chairman of the Board, Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Charge!

First let me say thank you for having the faith that all of the great things done by DRMA cannot be screwed up in one year. And therefore, thank you for the privilege of being the Association’s chairman for 2019. Actually the board, staff, and volunteers have set us up for our Association and industry to have a great year.

Happy New Year everyone! December involves a lot of time reviewing and reminiscing the previous year. Also many of you spent the last quarter planning and budgeting for this year. Now is the time for action, and 2019 promises to be a year worthy of action. DRMA will continue its many great activities that you read about each month in the newsletter and News Bits emails. But I am most excited about the momentum that we are gaining in workforce development. The number one issue for our industry has been, is, and will be for the near future increasing the skilled workforce. Over the years DRMA has put a lot of effort into school collaborations, Power Lunches, college programs, and of course, Manufacturing Day. Recently, the government has finally started listening and now everyone is scrambling to provide additional solutions. DRMA is taking advantage of this in a few ways.

The Fundraising Committee is pursuing private philanthropic donations to help us fund our current projects, possible new projects or efforts by others that have a positive impact on our industry’s need for skilled workers. In our business worlds we all believe anything can be done if someone is willing to pay for it. So we need the funds to make things happen, and in today’s climate donors are willing to listen. These donors support the economic impact we will have by growing the workforce pipeline. If you would like to help through donations, time or making connections with us and foundations or private donors, please give the office a call.

The other path is through public funds. As mentioned before, we have formed a state-recognized sector partnership. The Dayton Region Manufacturing Workforce Partnership will be the group recognized when there is government funding to be shared. Or if we have an idea that needs funding, the sector partnership will be the one that interacts with the government agencies. If your company would like to get more involved with this effort, please call the office.

Through fundraising and networking, DRMA will either be the provider of workforce efforts or the clearing house for other organizations’ efforts. Whether it is time, money, people or programs, DRMA will connect the dots so that there is an effective effort to solve our workforce needs. Please be a part in whatever way you can. My first article may not be overly thought provoking but as I have explained, the thoughts have been made. The effort is started. The momentum is building. And now is the time for action.

Charge!

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