Posted By DRMA Staff, Tuesday, December 17, 2019
The DRMA is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has awarded Honorary Membership to Bill Lukens and Mike Gorman in recognition of their contributions and dedication both to the DRMA and to the Dayton region’s manufacturing community.
Honorary Membership is the DRMA’s highest award. Candidates must have been employed by member companies for at least ten years, and in the manufacturing industry for at least fifteen years, providing outstanding service to both the manufacturing industry and the DRMA. Honorary Memberships are a dues free and life long award. In the DRMA’s 85-year history, only 17 Honorary Memberships have been awarded.
Bill Lukens of Stillwater Technologies has worked in manufacturing since he was a teenager in his family’s company Stillwater Tool and Die. He attended Miami University, getting his degree in industrial management. In 1978, he purchased Stillwater Tool & Die from his father, eventually renaming the company Stillwater Technologies. Stillwater has served as a supplier to the automotive industry, manufacturing equipment for companies like the Honda Motor Company. Bill has been active in the DRMA for as long as he can remember, serving on the Board of Trustees from 2003 throughout 2004. Bill feels that it is vital to attract as many young people to the manufacturing industry as possible and thus was instrumental in guiding the DRMA’s approach to workforce development. As an Honorary Member, Bill looks forward to continuing his involvement in the DRMA.
Mike Gorman of John M Gorman Company has served the Dayton community by distributing tool and die supplies to manufacturers for over fifty years. He attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, earning his degree in mechanical engineering. After a couple of years working for General Motors, Mike joined the family business in 1968, where he has enjoyed working for many years with his brothers. Throughout his career, Mike has been very active in the DRMA, having served on the Board of Trustees from 1993 through 1995. After his Board term, he continued to be active by working diligently in the Membership Services Committee to attract new member companies to the Association. He continues his involvement in the DRMA by serving on the Golf Committee, where he has been a committee member for many years, having also previously served as committee chair.