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I'VE BEEN THINKING . . . 8/8/19

Posted By Angelia Erbaugh, DRMA, Thursday, August 8, 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 and conducting the annual employee wage and benefits survey. To learn more about these services, click here.


Speaking of the Wage and Benefits Survey . . . 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 Benefits 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. The survey was deployed to manufacturer members on Monday, August 5. If you have any questions, please contact Shay.


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). Click here to register.

And don’t miss the Breakfast with DRMA: Accessing the Workforce Supply Chain, August 27. Attend this event to learn all the stages of the manufacturing workforce supply chain in the Dayton Region and to learn how to leverage the supply chain for your company. Register here. (This is in place of our normal Workforce/HR Meet Up for August.)


We’re having great success in raising the awareness of the great careers our region’s manufacturing industry offers with our Power Lunches and career day activities! Do you have a passion for growing your workforce pipeline and talking with young people? Please volunteer a couple hours of your time and expertise during a Power Lunch and speak with students one on one about why you love working in manufacturing. No public speaking! Talking points will be provided to you. This is an easy and enjoyable way for you to impact your future workforce! Contact Kayla for more information.


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 Kayla 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 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’s Lean Manufacturing Workshop Series has one more session coming up in September! Register to learn how to implement lean concepts and techniques to make lasting improvements to manufacturing operations! The cost of the workshop is $250 per person. (Sorry, but the $100 discount (compliments of FASTLANE), has been claimed by the first 30 manufacturers who signed up). It’s still a deal at $250! The cost includes a free, on-site lean assessment provided by FASTLANE (for Manufacturer members). Learn more and register here.


Save money with your DRMA membership: Our Legal Services Plan offers members one FREE legal consultation per month with employment law attorney Bob Dunlevey at Taft Law. Simply identify yourself as a DRMA member when you call (937-641-1743).


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.


We had a great time at the summer golf outing on Monday, July 15. Thanks for participating and sponsoring! The event netted about $30,000 which does directly to the DRMA Foundation to fund our activities to grow the manufacturing workforce.


Thanks for choosing to be a member!

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