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We EDUCATE our members through sharing relevant industry information, hosting events, workshops, and providing you avenues to share your knowledge while learning from other industry professionals.

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Being involved in DRMA is allowing my company to grow by having opportunities to network with other business owners, building trust, and lasting friendships.    

Larry Gray, American Heating Treating 

News Bits

The twice-monthly DRMA News Bits is full of industry-pertinent information.


Breakfasts with DRMA

Breakfast events are a great way to start the morning by diving deep into topics relevant to the industry. Lasting only 90 minutes, you can get to work at a reasonable time. 

Happy Hours

Happy Hours are casual, 2-hour open-house events held at member locations. A great opportunity for members to mingle, solve problems, and find new avenues for business growth. ($)

Lunch & Learn Webinars

Lunch & Learn webinars, presented by members over the lunch hour, bring valuable information to DRMA members with the convenience of participating from your desk, your home, or on a boat . . . as long as you have your device and internet service! Click here to view our upcoming webinars.

Presenting to the DRMA Audience

Hosting a DRMA Lunch and Learn webinar is a great way to present a topic of interest and offer valuable content to DRMA members in a convenient, easy way. What to know:

  • The webinar is promoted as “DRMA Lunch & Learn: (topic), presented by (member)”
  • The webinar is offered from 11:30–12:30 p.m. (over lunch); the first 45 minutes is the program, followed by 15 minutes for Q&A
  • We work with you to see when the webinar fits into the DRMA calendar of events
  • You have the option to do a single webinar or a series of up to three
  • You pay a sponsorship fee: single webinar - $300, multiple webinars - $200 each
  • What you do:
    • Develop the content
    • Book/coordinate the speaker(s)
    • Deliver the webinar using your technology, including admitting attendees, monitoring chats, etc.
    • Write the promotional material
  • What DRMA does:
    • Attendee registration
  • You get:
    • Your logo on the event page on the DRMA website
    • Your name mentioned in emails that include promotion of the event
    • Unlimited employees of your company registered for the webinar at no charge
    • Registration list with contact info
Do you have a topic you would like to present to the DRMA audience? Click here to fill out the submisison form.


Meet Ups: Learn from Members

Meet Ups help you and your key employees, build your peer network with members who are interested in the same topic area, so that you can learn from them and strengthen your business.  Meet Ups are small discussion groups, designed to stimulate dialogue in a casual, comfortable atmosphere.  Ask questions, get advice, and share your experiences with fellow members.  (This is not a sales pitch opportunity.)  They are FREE and for members only.

Operations Meet Up

For anyone responsible for any aspect of manufacturing operations.  Topics include ERP systems, scheduling, facility maintenance, streamlining processes, and other areas of interest in managing the operations within your company.  Registration is for the Operations Meet Up, and registrations must be received no later than 24 hours in advance. In some instances, competitors will not be permitted to attend; DRMA will notify you in advance if this applies to you.

Workforce/HR Meet Up

For anyone responsible for human resources or skilling up your manufacturing workforce.  Topics include internships and apprenticeships, funding for training, training resources, recruiting methods, assessments, compensation strategies, compliance issues, and others.

MFG Day Meet Up

For anyone interested in hosting an open house on national Manufacturing Day on the first Friday in October.  Topics include how to conduct an effective open house, how to connect with schools, tools to make your open house run smoothly, and others.


Government Relations Meet Up

For anyone interested in advancing the concerns of manufacturers with government officials and elected representatives.  Topics include government policies, legislative issues, and the opportunity to speak with those who work for and represent us.

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DRMA Shoptalk, brought to you by DRMA's Associate Board, allows members

to get together for a little “overtime” after work at one of Dayton’s most popular breweries.

This 90-minute event starts with short, “rapid fire” presentations on timely and relevant

topics by subject matter experts, followed by an hour of peer-to-peer networking.  Members will

have the opportunity to hear from experts in the field and weigh in with their own thoughts and questions.

To make it better, attendees will enjoy this experience not in a stuffy board room, but rather in the comfort of a bar stool

with a beer in hand.  Whether you are a young professional or simply young at heart, people of ALL ages are welcome to attend! 

Want to be considered as a speaker at an upcoming event? Fill out this form.

Special Events

DRMA features several special events throughout the year, like the Golf Outing, workshops, and seminars. ($)


OSHA Training

Members receive a discount on OSHA training for their employees. ($)

DRMA is excited to announce that we are partnering with Mid-America OSHA Education Center to offer a 20% tuition discount on OSHA training for DRMA members!  Mid-America OSHA Education Center headquartered in Springboro is one of 27 OSHA Education Centers in the U.S.  The OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers are a national network of non-profit organizations authorized by OSHA to deliver occupational safety and health training to public and private sector workers, supervisors, and employers on behalf of OSHA.


Courses offered include OSHA standards and Outreach Training Program trainer and update courses.  Additional OTI Education Center course offerings include topics such as record keeping, machine guarding, confined space entry, electrical standards, and fall arrest systems.

For more information on the DRMA member discount, contact Shay in the DRMA office.  For a full course listing and to register, please visit www.midamericaosha.org.


Lean Manufacturing Workshops

Learn how to implement lean concepts to make improvements to your manufacturing operation. These workshops, presented by Sinclair College and sponsored by FASTLANE, are exclusive to DRMA members.  Cost is $150 (standard) and $200 (advanced) per session per attendee and for members only.

Learn More about Our Lean Workshops

The seven-part series will teach participants how to implement lean concepts and techniques to make systematic, lasting improvements within their operations. Learn how to foster an environment built on the idea that good is never good enough, an environment always focused on continuously improving in small steps every day. As an added bonus, each Manufacturer member attending will get a free on-site lean assessment provided by FASTLANE.


  • Session 1: Lean Leadership - Understand the role and the importance of human relations and employee involvement in improving processes and products using Lean methodologies. Targeted for owners, senior leaders and managers. Wednesday, March 24
  • Session 2: Lean 101 Overview – Introduction to Lean concepts and techniques to positively impact safety, quality, cost and delivery. For all levels and all areas within the organization. Wednesday, April 21
  • Session 3: Workplace Organization – Using 5S to arrange, order, clean, standardize and sustain improvements on the shop floor. For all levels and all areas within the organization. Wednesday, May 26
  • Session 4: Lean Office – Understand how to effectively apply and implement Lean tools and concepts to processes throughout the entire organization. For employees from all levels and all functional areas of the organization including operations, human resources, finance & accounting and sales & marketing. Wednesday, June 9
  • Session 5: Visual Workplace/Standardized Work – Understanding and implementing visual management techniques to enable communications and provide immediate feedback. For all levels and all areas within the organization. Wednesday, August 25
  • Session 6: Set-Up Reduction – Learn how to produce a product with the minimum material, labor, space and equipment required to add value and how to eliminate non-added value activity. Targeted to employees involved in direct production operations. Wednesday, October 13
  • Session 7: Error Proofing - Understand how to effectively “mistake-proof” processes and operations to minimize and eliminate errors. Also known by the Japanese term Poka-Yoke, this session on error proofing is targeted to employees involved in direct production operations. Wednesday, December 8


  • Session 1: Value Stream & Swim Lane Mapping – Understand how to effectively apply and implement tools to map and improve the flow of materials and information within an operation or organization. Wednesday, August 11

  • Session 2: Performance Metrics – Learn how to measure and track key performance characteristics throughout the organization. Wednesday, September 15

  • Session 3: Total Preventive Maintenance (TPM) – Understand the concepts of Total Preventive Maintenance and their application to operations and processes. Wednesday, November 17

All sessions run from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and will be held at the Sinclair Conference Center. Participants can attend individual or multiple sessions.

The cost of the standard workshops is only $150 (standard) and $200 (advanced) per person per session. The cost includes parking, breakfast, and a free, on-site lean assessment provided by FASTLANE (for Manufacturer members). To register, download this registration form. Email Shay with the completed form or with any questions.


Learn More About our GD&T Workshops

The two-part course covers concepts of datums, tolerances, symbols, features, and material conditions as applied to the production and inspection of machined parts and assemblies. The workshop will run in two sessions on Friday, June 4, and Friday, June 11. Each session will run from 8 -11 a.m. and will be held at Sinclair in Building 12, Room 116. Parking, a light continental breakfast, and a copy of the GD&T Hierarchy Pocket Guide are included. A certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the second session. To register, download this registration form. Email Shay with completed registration forms or with any questions.

GD&T Workshops

Increase your team’s ability to read and interpret blueprints and engineering drawings and better understand the ASME Y14.5 GD&T standard.  This workshop, presented by the Workforce Development Division of Sinclair Community College, is exclusive to DRMA members. Cost is only $175 per participant.