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I'VE BEEN THINKING . . . 3/14/19

Posted By Angelia Erbaugh, DRMA, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Business and economic development . . . this is part of what members expect from their industry association.  And DRMA members are no different.  As a result, DRMA strives to provide programming, industry-pertinent information, and connections with organizations to help members strengthen their company.  We do that in a lot of different ways, including sending business lead emails, producing these monthly newsletters, conducting the annual employee wage and benefit survey, and conducting a highly successful trade show, the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show every October.  To learn more about these services, click here.


A great source for “insider” business information is Brian Beaulieu, one of the country’s most informed economists.  Brian is returning to speak to DRMA members on Thursday, April 11.  As the CEO of ITR economics, Brian will give manufacturers and other businesses insight on how to forecast, plan, and increase their profits based on business cycle trend analyses.  ITR Economics predicts future economic trends with a 94.7% accuracy rate and 60 years of correct calls.  The economic trends are shifting.  Seeing those shifts, understanding them, and setting realistic expectations for the remainder of 2019 and for 2020 will require managers to be keenly aware of the changes taking place.  Thinking and planning for the changes before they are on your door step is key to being successful as we go through the business cycle.  Even if you have heard Brian or his brother Alan at a national conference this year, you don’t want to miss Brian’s speech to DRMA.  He applies their trend analysis to Ohio and the Dayton Region. Brian is a dynamic, interesting and entertaining speaker.  You will not be disappointed!  Register here.


DRMA wants to help you retain your emerging talent.  That is why our Young Professionals Committee has collaborated with the University of Dayton’s Center for Leadership to offer a series of workshops to give your staff the opportunity to connect as well as earn a DRMA professional development certificate!  Course descriptions and registration form can be found here.  To register your employees, please return the registration form and payment information to KaylaAct now! The first course is on Tuesday, April 2!


Wow!  DRMA members love golf!  Our May outing sold out in 12 hours!  We have a couple of sponsorships left . . . get your name in front of over 80 golf outing attendees.  Contact Kristen for more information.  If you didn’t make it in time to register for golf, you don’t have to miss out on all the fun!  Come to the Troy Country Club the evening of May 20 for a DRMA Happy Hour!  Register here.


You don’t want to miss the next Workforce/HR Meet Up on March 26, as we’re discussing the advantages of hiring people with industry- recognized credentials.  Huh, you say?  That’s why you should attend!  Scott Ellsworth will be on hand to talk about why he, as a former manufacturer, believes in the value of credentials and how they are a big piece of the manufacturing workforce puzzle.  Register here.  (Remember that Meet Ups are free and for members only.)


DRMA is always looking for new avenues to help our members.  We work with local media to run stories about manufacturing and the good that our members are doing for the industry.  If you have positive news to share, whether it is a planned expansion, new job creation, or you’re adding new equipment, let us know and we’ll get you in touch with the right media.  This can help your company experience increased credibility and exposure to your potential employees!  Contact Kristen and she’ll make the right connections for you.


Make it easier on yourself to find skilled workers in a couple of years.  If your facility shows well, host an open house on MFG Day 2019 on October 4 to show students, educators, and parents the great occupations and careers your company offers.  Interested?  Let me know.

We have a couple of opportunities for you to connect with the DRMA community at DRMA Happy Hours, casual and fun events where you’ll get to know other members.  We’ll introduce you around, so don’t be shy!


· March 21 - Join March Madness at Waibel Energy Systems in Vandalia!  Register here.

· April 30 – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Huntington National Bank in downtown Dayton!  Register here.


Thanks for choosing to be a member!  I REALLY appreciate it!  And, thanks so much to you members who adjusted up the amount of dues you paid this year based on your current number of employees.  The honor system works!

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