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I'VE BEEN THINKING . . . 6/13/19

Posted By Angelia Erbaugh, DRMA, Thursday, June 13, 2019

DRMA drives and supports numerous initiatives to increase the awareness of careers in manufacturing in order to attract more workers to the pipeline. One of them is organizing national MFG DAY locally. MFG DAY 2019 is on October 4, but NOW is the time to start thinking about hosting an open house. Watch this short video to see the impact that MFG Day made on students’ views about careers in manufacturing. Contact Kayla to learn more about participating.

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 outing on July 15 at Walnut Grove Country Club. Contact Kristen for information.

Paying people fairly is good for business, you know that. But how do you find out the prevailing rate for your positions here in the Dayton Region? You use the DRMA/Manpower Wage and Benefit Survey results. And if you participate, you get those results for FREE. Why? It’s an incentive for you to participate . . . it takes a bit of your time to complete it, and we need a bunch of members to participate to make the results statistically reliable. You’ll get an email in August with the link to the survey.

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 Wednesday, August 28, and Tuesday, September 10. Your registration cost includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and course materials. Space is limited, so register here ASAP to reserve your space.

DRMA, in partnership with the Workforce Division of Sinclair and FASTLANE, has put together a Lean Manufacturing Workshop Series to help you reduce waste and streamline manufacturing processes. The third of four sessions, Visual Workplace, will be presented on Wednesday, August 7, 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. The cost includes a free, on-site lean assessment provided by FASTLANE (for Manufacturer members). Click here to register.

Back by popular demand! We are hosting a Meet and Greet with Congressman Warren Davidson for members of DRMA and the Associated Builders and Contractors. Stop by the Dayton Beer Company on August 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. to meet Warren and hear his positions on issues important to small businesses. Cost for the event is $10 (this includes 1 drink ticket). Sponsorships are available for this popular event, contact Kristen if you’re interested. Click here to register.

Involvement vs. engagement. DRMA and many other business associations across the country are realizing there is a major difference between the two. Involvement (yes, we depend on involved volunteers) is not the ONLY way for you to get value from your membership. In fact, across all associations, only about 25% of members attend their associations’ events. It’s really all about ENGAGEMENT. Engagement comes in many forms, from attending events, to participating in our wage and top issues surveys, to reading and responding to business lead emails, to hosting an open house on MFG Day, etc. etc. We now ask you to get ENGAGED . . . which is truly how you get bang for your DRMA dues buck!

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