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

News Bits


The twice-monthly DRMA NEWS BITS newsletter 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

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

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!


Watch for upcoming webinars on the  EVENTS page.

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. Interested? Just send us an email at and we'll get back to you.


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.

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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Shoptalk Events

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.

DRMA 101

DRMA 101

Attending DRMA 101 is a great way to pick up important information to help your company get the most out of its membership. Join us for a 101 session to learn what DRMA does to help strengthen your business and meet a few members in your area! These sessions are held at member company facilities throughout the Dayton Region. Seating is limited, so preference is given to new members and members located in the vicinity of where the session is held. Contact Shay for more information or to sign up to attend!



The WorkAdvance program is designed to create a pipeline of talent for your entry-level manufacturing positions from our region’s untapped workforce.  WorkAdvance is a proven initiative to recruit individuals with no manufacturing experience; it intentionally seeks out those who aren’t currently applying.


We are working with community-based organizations that are recruiting, screening, training, and coaching people to fill your entry-level manufacturing positions.  

Attend a free 30-minute virtual info session CLICK HERE to learn how you can position your company to interview and hire these candidates.

Learn more about the grant that funds this program HERE.

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Certified Manufacturing Associate Training Program


The Certified Manufacturing Associate short-term, online training program, offered in collaboration with Tooling U-SME, is for your new hires or other employees who have little or no experience in manufacturing so that they are more quickly productive for you. This unregistered apprenticeship program provides associates across most manufacturing occupations with a defined training and development plan that includes technical instruction on a broad range of basic manufacturing concepts, on-the-job training, and mentorship, and aligns with the hallmarks of a high-quality program as outlined by the United States Department of Labor.  DRMA has a grant that will pay the training cost and the credential assessment fee.  Attend an INFO SESSION or contact Kaitlin to learn more.

"The CMfgA courses are relevant to a wide range of manufacturing fields, and many of the courses are directly applicable to our environment.  The courses are basic enough to not be overwhelming but in-depth enough to give meaningful insight into the subject.  Competition being human nature, a few of the students have turned this into a competition to get the highest scores. This tells me that they are enjoying it and learning from it.  I see no better way to improve employee knowledge over a range of subjects for the price."

- Joe LaPointe, Quality Systems Coordinator, Valmac Industries

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Supervisory Excellence Workshop Series


This program is designed to help current and aspiring supervisors unlock their leadership potential and set them on a transformative journey.  This six-part series, presented by DRMA member Brixey & Meyer, is for supervisors who want to enhance their leadership skills and empower their teams like never before!  The program will equip participants with practical insights and delve into crucial topics that are vital for excelling in a supervisory role.


All sessions run from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and will be held at Brixey & Meyer’s Miamisburg office.  The cost is $1,200 per person.


  • 6 in-person workshops with a light continental breakfast at each session

  • Accountability sessions with participants to help them apply the concepts covered in the workshops

  • Coaching support for company sponsor


Facilitator: Steve Black, a certified human resource professional and accomplished leadership coach. With over 15 years of experience in human capital management, Steve leads Brixey & Meyer's HR Practice Line. He partners with clients to cultivate compelling cultures, build strong teams, and unleash the true potential of people. His work continues to equip leaders with tools and mindsets to guide teams toward realizing actual results.


Workshop Sessions:

Session #1 – Having the Courage to Lead 

  • Discover the art of effective leadership versus management.

  • Unleash the power of your behavioral styles with a DISC Assessment.

  • Master emotional intelligence and learn how to regulate yourself and others with an Emotional Intelligence Assessment.


Session #2 – Leadership Pitfalls to Avoid 

  • Navigate the challenging transition from "Bud" to "Boss."

  • Stay clear of legal pitfalls with expert guidance.

  • Empower others through effective delegation.

  • Master the art of clear and impactful communication.

  • Develop exceptional listening skills that foster understanding.


Session #3 – Leading Self:  Creating an Ownership Mindset (Part 1) 

  • Build trust and earn credibility.

  • Master proactive living and focus on the right priorities.

  • Unlock the secret to personal productivity through effective time management.


Session #4 – Leading Self:  Creating an Ownership Mindset (Part 2) 

  • Become a strategic thinker and problem solver.

  • Navigate difficult conversations with calm and grace.


Session #5 – Leading Teams:  Creating an Ownership Culture (Part 1) 

  • Learn the art of providing constructive feedback through 1:1 coaching.

  • Address disciplinary issues with confidence and fairness.


Session #6 – Leading Teams:  Creating an Ownership Culture (Part 2) 

  • Host productive and engaging team meetings.

  • Master the art of hiring exceptional talent through effective interviewing practices.

  • Celebrate successes and boost team morale through recognition.


Contact Shay for more information. 

Lean Workshops

Lean Manufacturing Workshops

Learn how to implement lean concepts to make improvements to your manufacturing operation.

Developed in partnership with the Workforce Division of Sinclair College, the Lean Series teaches 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.

Contact Shay for more information. 

GD&T Workshop
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GD&T Workshop

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.
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. Participants will receive a copy of the GD&T
Hierarchy Pocket Guide and a certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the second session.
Contact Shay to register.


OSHA Training

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

Members receive a 20% discount on OSHA training for their employees offered by the Mid-America OSHA Education Center.  Headquartered in Springboro, it 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

Emerging Leaders Circle

This program is designed to nurture visionary leaders of tomorrow, specifically targeting newer leaders within your
organization poised to shape its future. This workshop series, presented by DRMA member Brixey & Meyers, will
provide a unique learning experience to develop your emerging leaders.

The cost is $2,750 per person for 10 workshop sessions and two talent summits, starting in April and running
through March 2025 (dates will be scheduled to accommodate participants). All sessions run from 8 to 11:00 a.m.
and will be held at Brixey & Meyer’s Miamisburg office. With a small group of 8 to 15 participants, each session
ensures an enriching experience.

Facilitator: Steve Black, a certified human resource professional and accomplished leadership coach. With over 15
years of experience in human capital management, Steve leads Brixey & Meyer's HR Practice Line. He partners
with clients to cultivate compelling cultures, build strong teams, and unleash the true potential of people. His work
continues to equip leaders with tools and mindsets to guide teams toward realizing actual results.


Workshop Sessions:
1. Leading from Your Vantage Point – Navigating from Your Unique Perspective
2. Defeating Your Inner Critics – Confronting Your Saboteurs
3. Developing a Purpose-Driven Leadership Style
4. Cultivating a Growth Mindset – Embracing Continuous Improvement
5. Creating a Culture of Trust – Driving Clarity, Alignment, and Accountability
6. Creating a Coaching Culture – Fostering Growth for You and Your Team
7. Unleashing Creativity in the Workplace – Inspiring Innovation
8. Managing Stress and Building Resilience - Minimizing Burnout and Turnover
9. Handling Challenging Conversations – Communicating for Success
10. Sharpening Your Executive Presence – Interacting with Senior Leaders

In addition to these workshops, participants will be invited to Brixey & Meyer’s two Talent Summits which bring
area thought leaders and growth-minded individuals together.
Contact Shay to register.

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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 
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