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I'VE BEEN THINKING . . . 5/9/19

Posted By Angelia Erbaugh, DRMA, Friday, May 17, 2019

Members expect advocacy from a trade association and it’s part of DRMA’s brand promise. DRMA advocates for members’ issues on many fronts, with public officials, legislators, educators, parents, the business community, the media, and many other regional stakeholders.

One way we do this is by holding a Meet and Greet with Congressman Warren Davidson so that members have the opportunity to meet the Congressman, share their opinions, and learn more about his agenda. Join fellow DRMA members and members of the Associated Builders and Contractors on August 15 at the Dayton Beer Company. Click here to register.


Well, no one emailed me with the answers to my quiz following Brian Beaulieu’s presentation last month. I’ll keep you hanging . . .


Do you know that the DRMA Foundation funds all our activities to grow the manufacturing workforce which include MFG Day and Power Lunches? Do you know that our golf outings raise money for the Foundation? Your support of these golf outings have a direct impact on the number of career awareness initiatives we can undertake. Please participate in and SPONSOR the outings! They are coming up on May 20 at Troy County Club (play your own ball; we have 1 foursome and 1 single spot open) and on July 15 at Walnut Grove Country Club (best ball; registration forms will be emailed on May 13). Contact Kristen for information.


We have an increasing number of opportunities to get our career message in front of students. If you or your colleagues are interested in volunteering for career fairs, job shadows, speaking opportunities, serving on school advisory committees, or anything else in this area, please let me know. Having industry people who will step up to the plate to interact with schools and students is critically important to get manufacturing front and center when kids are exploring careers.

We’re teaming up with the ABC and Ohio Means Jobs|Montgomery County to host a job fair for just-graduated high school seniors at the Dragon’s stadium on Wednesday, June 5! Booths cost just $100. Contact Kayla to sign up and talk to young folks who are actively looking for jobs!

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. 


You know it’s tough to find qualified employees. And you know that it’s critically important to keep the good ones you find. We have a program that can help you retain your younger employees! DRMA’s Young Professional Committee has worked with the University of Dayton’s Center for Leadership to offer Professional Development Workshops. The next two courses in this series are August 28, and September 10. Info and registration here.


DRMA’s Lean Manufacturing Workshop Series is underway! The first session took place on May 1. The goal of this series is to help you learn how to implement lean concepts and techniques to make lasting improvements to your manufacturing operations. We have 3 seats left in the second of four sessions, Workplace Organization, which will be presented on May 29 at the Sinclair Conference Center. The cost of the workshops is $250 per person. Manufacturer members earn a $100 per person discount (compliments of FASTLANE), making your cost just $150 per person per session which includes a free, on-site lean assessment provided by FASTLANE (for Manufacturer members). Click here to register. 


Consider the DRMA Business Lead Email service as a source for connecting with potential customers who are looking for manufacturing suppliers. And remember to use the service if you are over capacity and need to outsource work. Email Shay and she’ll explain the process.

You probably know that we hold small group dialogue sessions called Meet Ups. They are organized around a topic area and are designed to connect members with other members who are interested in the same topic area, so that you can learn from each other in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. What you may not have thought about is that Meet Ups are a perfect professional development opportunity for your staff . . . they will be able to talk with, and learn from, a group of their peers about issues that impact their work responsibilities. I encourage you to encourage them to attend. Click herefor more info.


Attention women business owners: Our friends at the Girl Scouts are working hard to increase the number of girls who have an interest in pursuing STEM occupations. With the intent of connecting girls with role models, this September they are hosting astronaut Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space. They are looking for companies who may be interested in bringing a group of women to the event, or hosting a table for girls. The purpose of the event is to create a night of inspiration for girls and women in the Miami Valley. There will be a dinner, a meet and greet, and most importantly, an opportunity for girls to interact and learn firsthand from Mae Jemison. If you would like to support this event, please let me know and I’ll connect you with the right person.


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