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2018 Accomplishments

In 2018, DRMA made significant progress in upholding our mission to strengthen member companies and to serve as the advocate for manufacturing in the Dayton region.  DRMA is recognized as the trusted voice of the industry to represent members’ needs and concerns so that they may stay focused on their business.  The programs that DRMA provides members have experienced great success over the past year.  These successes include: 

  • Growing the Workforce Pipeline – DRMA drives and supports numerous initiatives to increase the awareness of careers in manufacturing and in order to attract more workers to the pipeline . . . so that members have less difficulty in finding enough qualified candidates.
  • Organized national MFG Day locally, resulting in over 4,300 students from 64 schools and 5 home school groups attending 51 member open houses to see manufacturing occupations and processes; THE most well-attended in the entire nation; received a commendation from the Springfield City Commissioners

  • Conducted 9 Power Lunches, conducted 8 career presentations, and coordinated 5 member company tours/speakers to foster students’ interest in manufacturing careers

  • Recruited and trained members for a speakers bureau on careers in manufacturing

  • Erected a display at the Dayton Metro Library main branch along with a presentation to get parents educated on manufacturing careers for their children

  • Started a push on industry credentials:  talking to schools about incorporating them into their curriculum (Centerville High School, Northridge High School, and Upper Valley Career Center have done so) and educating members on the value of credentials

  • Extended our outreach to younger children by delivering a manufacturing summer camp with the City of Dayton for the fourth year and with the Dayton Metro Library for the first year

  • Established DRMA as the lead organization for the Dayton Region’s manufacturing sector partnership, a network of organizations across the state spearheaded by OMA, to enhance efforts to attract people to careers in manufacturing; participated in a state-wide proposal to win an apprenticeship grant from DOL based on industry credentials

  • Advised and supported the following schools on the development of manufacturing training programs:  Kettering Fairmont High School, Centerville High School, Jefferson Township High School, and the Greene County Career Center

  • Promoted Montgomery County’s YouthWorks program to members to expose young people to careers in manufacturing

  • Hosted tours for manufacturing career tech students at AMTS

  • Worked with the Montgomery County Educational Services Center/Learn to Earn and SOCHE to incorporate manufacturing careers into K-12 curriculum and set up internships for high schoolers at manufacturing member companies

  • Won the Dayton Mayor’s award for workforce development

  • Served on the following schools’ advisory committees to convey the needs of manufacturer members:

    • Montgomery County Educational Service Center Business Advisory Committee
    • Miami Valley Career Technology Center Precision Machining Advisory Committee
    • Upper Valley Career Center Manufacturing Advisory Committee
    • Greene County Career Center Manufacturing Advisory Committee and Superintendent’s Advisory Board
    • Sinclair Community College’s CAM Department Advisory Committee
    • Clark State Community Colleges’ Manufacturing Advisory Committee
    • Wright State University School of Engineering Advisory Board and the         Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department’s Advisory Committee
    • Dayton Public School’s Superintendent’s Advisory Committee
  • Communicated to members various government workforce funding, training, and hiring opportunities

  • Fostered collaborative relationships to advocate for members’ workforce concerns with multiple organizations and schools

    • Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board
    • FASTLANE
    • Goodwill/Easter Seals Miami Valley and Miami Valley Works
    • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    • CareWorks
    • Eastway/Eastco
    • The Manufacturing Institute
    • Ohio Robotics/Xtreme Bots
    • Associated Builders and Contractors
    • Middletown Chamber of Commerce
    • Darke County Economic Development
    • The Glen Training Center
    • Miami Valley Leadership Foundation
    • Sinclair Community College
    • Clark State Community College
    • Wright State University
    • Miami Valley CTC
    • Springfield Clark CTC
    • Greene County Career Center
    • Upper Valley Career Center
    • Northridge High School
    • Stebbins High School
    • and many others, both locally and nationally
  • Peer-to-Peer Connectivity – DRMA provides many ways for members to get connected and stay engaged with the thriving DRMA community in order to build a network of peers who face the same challenges, opportunities, and solutions to foster a sense of mutual support among members.
  • Held 3 MFG Mixes, 1 Happy Hour at AMTS, 3 evening member events, 2 breakfast events, 2 special events (one featuring economist Brian Beaulieu and one with Congressman Warren Davidson), and 3 events in partnership with other organizations

  • Held 45 Meet Ups for discussion around specific topics (Workforce/HR, Manufacturing Operations, Additive Manufacturing, Young Professionals, Safety, Government Relations, MFG Day, and a new one on Project Management in partnership with the Project Management Institute Dayton Chapter)

  • Held 14 DRMA 101 sessions to build relationships with and among members

  • Held a Young Professionals’ leadership professional development workshop in partnership with UD’s Center for Leadership

  • Expanded social media outreach to facilitate member-to-member communication

    • Twitter +8%
    • Facebook +30%
    • Instagram +15%
    • Linked In +55%
  • Business and Economic Development – DRMA provides programming, industry-pertinent information, and connections to help members strengthen and grow their business. 
  • Conducted a successful AMTS which featured 125 exhibitors and 2,600 attendees, informative technical seminars and workshops, and an incredible Happy Hour event

  • Published 12 e-newsletters and 36 News Bits emails

  • Sent 20 business leads

  • Conducted the Wage and Benefit Survey in partnership with Manpower

  • Offered a Legal Services Plan, a Workers Comp Group Rating Program, and an OSHA training discount program

  • Held the annual economic update event featuring renowned economist, Brian Beaulieu

  • Advocacy – DRMA advocates with public officials, legislators, educators, parents, the business community, the media, and many other regional stakeholders to advance the interests of our members and the industry. 
  • Conducted a survey and produced a list of members’ top issues

  • Wrote multiple letters of support for initiatives that positively impact the region’s manufacturing industry

  • Worked with the media resulting in DRMA being mentioned or quoted in 38 articles/interviews, including a Huffington Post article on steel/aluminum tariffs

  • Built connections with other organizations

    • Associated Builders and Contractors
    • Dayton Development Coalition
    • Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
    • European American Chamber of Commerce
    • Dayton Region Military Collaborative
    • Dayton Region Israel Trade Alliance
    • Technology First
    • City of Dayton Mayor’s Manufacturing Task Force
    • City of Springfield
    • U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
    • Small Business Development Center
    • Miami Valley Human Resources Association
    • Project Management Institute, Dayton Chapter
    • National Association of Manufacturers
    • Ohio Manufacturers’ Association
    • The Entrepreneurs Center
    • Aileron
  • Strengthened government relations

    • Held Meet Ups with State Representative Rick Perales, Congressman Jim Jordan, Ohio Representative Rick Perales, the gubernatorial-elect team of Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, and SBA Regional Administrator Rob Scott
    • Hosted a Meet and Greet with Congressman Warren Davidson in collaboration with the Associated Builders and Contractors and attended a meeting on NAFTA with Senator Sherrod Brown
    • Hosted 6 public officials at MFG Day open houses
    • Recruited members to attend hearings on air permit fees
    • Enhanced our collaborative relationships with organizations focused on government advocacy such as the Dayton Chamber, the Coalition for Prosperous America, and the Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Fundraising – In addition to member dues, DRMA diligently pursues sources of revenue to help fund DRMA activities.
  • Conducted two great golf outings to raise funds for the DRMA Foundation (which pays for all our workforce pipeline initiatives)

  • Working with a consultant, designed and soft-launched a fundraising campaign to solicit charitable donations for the DRMA Foundation from businesses, individuals, and philanthropic organizations with ties to manufacturing

  • Membership29 Manufacturer, 4 Affiliate, and 16 Associate members were added in 2018; combined with a 94% Manufacturer retention rate and an overall 91% retention rate, total membership for 2018 is 423 member companies.  More members = a stronger voice = stronger connections and more programs.
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