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Manufacturing Means MORE Opportunity - Growth - Prosperity


The Dayton Region Manufacturers Association (DRMA) Foundation is dedicated to building and sustaining a qualified workforce for the region's advanced manufacturing industry - an industry with significant economic impact throughout southwest Ohio. We recognize that opportunities for growth in manufacturing create opportunities for a prospering community. 

We are dedicated to responding to the challenges the industry faces. New and advanced technologies of today's innovative manufacturing demand a workforce of individuals who are trained, skilled and committed. The "nuts and bolts" of our industry's past have been replaced by a level of high-tech sophistication. Fulfilling the workforce requirements of this new age requires an advocate and expert to pave a path for individuals to funnel into this workforce. DRMA serves as that advocate and expert.

Guided by a volunteer board of directors made up of industry representatives who understand these challenges, the DRMA Foundation maintains its own 501c3 status apart from the Association. We are meeting the needs of the manufacturing industry by supporting the DRMA's daily activities and efforts which translate to individual opportunity, manufacturing growth and community prosperity.

Manufacturing Means MORE Opportunity


Manufacturing Means MORE Growth


The four areas of manufacturing concentration expected to add significant numbers of jobs in the next ten years include: aerospace, computer/electronics; chemical, plastic and rubber; and metalworking and machining. To ensure the Dayton area is ready to prosper from advanced manufacturing strategic growth initiatives, the region's academic, public, and private sectors are collaborating to align workforce education and training programs.

Dayton region manufacturing stats:

  • 2,487 companies
  • 123,892 employees
  • $8.8 billion annual payroll
  • $2.1 billion economic development
  • $48.2 billion annual sales

Source: All numbers are based on 2015 statistics. Research conducted by Wright State University's Applied Policy Research Institute.

Facing the CHALLENGE

A top concern facing DRMA members and the manufacturing industry is the lack of a qualified workforce. To solve this challenge, the DRMA drives and supports numerous initiatives to promote careers in manufacturing. Efforts to date have successfully increased awareness and identified qualified candidates for DRMA members. 

Manufacturing Day

DRMA is the local organizer for MFG Day, a nationwide event where students tour manufacturing facilities, teaching them about careers in the industry. The Dayton region has the most successful MFG Day in the nation.

In 2018: 4,300 students from 64 schools and 5 home school groups attended and 64 manufacturing companies hosted events, 51 of which are DRMA members.

Power Lunches

The DRMA holds power lunches for middle and high school students. DRMA volunteers set up eye-catching exhibits showcasing various careers in manufacturing - highlighting wage and salary information and training and education paths. The DRMA partners with FASTLANE, the Montgomery County Education Service Center, and the Aerospace Professional Development Center on this initiative. 

In 2018: DRMA conducted 19 career events.

DRMA is working with educators across the region to incorporate manufacturing industry-recognized credentials into their curriculum to prepare students and adults for entry-level manufacturing jobs. Some of the industry-recognized credentials include CPT certification and NIMS skill set credentials. 


Summer Camps

DRMA partners with the City of Dayton and The Dayton Metro Library to conduct summer activities to teach young children what manufacturing is all about and plant the seed for future careers in manufacturing. 

 Dream It. Do It.

The DRMA holds the Dayton region license for Dream It. Do It., a national network of like-minded organizations focused on attracting talent to the manufacturing workforce.

Training/Educational Program Advisory Committees

DRMA staff and volunteer members serve on advisory committees at high schools and colleges across the region to convey the needs of manufacturers and to ensure their curriculum produces graduates with the skills needed by manufacturers.

Workforce Collaboration

The DRMA collaborates with numerous schools and organizations to advocate for members' workforce needs.

Our robust partnerships allow us to foster collaborative relationships with local non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and other organizations relevant to the growth of the manufacturing industry. These collaborations are specifically addressing the need to fill the funnel of our manufacturing workforce. Examples include:

  • Participated in the Ohio Manufacturing Careers Council to develop state-wide messaging regarding manufacturing careers.
  • Initiated a job shadowing and internship program with DRMA members to expose students to exciting careers in manufacturing.
  • Communicated to members various government workforce funding, training, and hiring opportunities. 

Our Partners Include:


Aerospace Professional Development Center

Associated Builders and Contractors

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Centerville High School

Clark State Community College

Dayton Development Coalition

Dayton Regional STEM Collaborative

Dayton Region STEM School

 Fabricators & Manufacturers Association

Fairmont High School

Goodwill/Easter Seals Miami Valley and Miami Valley Works

Graduation Alliance

Green County Career Center

Learn to Earn

Miami Valley Career Technology Center


Montgomery County Educational Services Center

Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board

Northridge High School

Ohio Board of Regents

Ohio Robotics/Xtreme Bots

Sinclair Community College

Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center

Stebbins High School

The Manufacturing Institute


Upper Valley Career Center

University of Dayton

Warren County Educational Services Center

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Wright State University

and many others, both locally and nationally

Manufacturing Means MORE Prosperity

Our initiatives create awareness of opportunities and enhance the lives of individuals who choose careers in manufacturing. Because these opportunities are projected to grow over the next 10 years, expanding our efforts will positively impact the Dayton region's economy by creating a more robust workforce and a more vibrant and prosperous community.

We invite you to partner with us. Our $300,000 Manufacturing Means More initiative will allow us to:

Create greater opportunity

  • To join our industry by growing our programming impact which will create greater awareness.

  • By enhancing our partnerships with educational institutions so they can develop a curriculum which is directly relevant to immediate and ever-evolving industry needs.

Spawn a growth in a skilled workforce

  • By streamlining the pipeline between our educational partners and our manufacturing membership.

Contribute to the prosperity of our community

  • By fueling our economy with a vibrant workforce filled with individuals who choose a career in manufacturing.

 Ways to give:

  • Make a direct contribution to the Foundation.
  • Make a contribution in someone’s honor, in place of a holiday or birthday gift
  • Gift the organization in memory of an individual involved in the industry
  • Leave a legacy with a “lifetime” or “planned giving” donation

For information about making a gift to the DRMA Foundation, please contact Kayla.