Moving Manufacturing



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.

I can tell you how impressed my son and I are with DRMA events. They are efficient, warm, vibrant, very well run, and very well attended. DRMA communications and newsletters are top notch.  
John Reger
Winston Heat Treating, Inc.

News Bits

The weekly 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.

Interested in presenting a webinar to the DRMA audience? Contact Melisa.


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.


Additive Manufacturing Meet Up

For anyone curious about this new technology.  Topics include 3D printing with plastic and metal, additive vs. subtractive, applications for additive, equipment, 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.


Shoptalk Series

The DRMA Shoptalk Series, brought to you by DRMA’s Young Professionals Committee,

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!  These events are FREE and are for members only.

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


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 only $100 per session per attendee and for members only.

Learn More about Our Lean Workshops

The six-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, January 22
  • 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, March 11
  • 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, July 29
  • Session 4: 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 19
  • Session 5: 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 21
  • Session 6: 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, December 2

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 workshops is only $100 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.


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