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Garr Tool Tour

The membership of the CMMA met at Garr Tool in Alma on November 8th for best practice tours, networking, and outstanding food.  Thank you to Garr Tool for an outstanding evening!


CMMA Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting was held on September 21st, with about 120 people in attendance.  Bucks Run, once again, did a great job with the room accommodations, the food, and the service.  A lot of great information was shared by our guest speakers, Ed Oberski of the Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works, Chuck Hadden of the Michigan Manufacturers Association, and Congressman John Moolenaar. 
There was a lot of business covered, as well.  Board President, Jim Shoemaker, provided an overview of the status of the CMMA.  Harry Leaver shared information about membership growth, premier sponsors, activities conducted since our last annual meeting, and shared information about plans for activities over the next year. 
By-law changes were introduced, voted on, and passed.  The most significant one addressed growing the board of directors from 9 to 13 members. 
Four new board members were elected as well.  They include John Foote of Morbark, Kelly Wehner of Case Systems, Amanda Glazier of Padnos, and Brian Sheets of Avalon & Tahoe.  Each was elected to a three-year term. 

Membership in the CMMA brings with it factory tours, scholarship opportunities, networking opportunities, the exchange of ideas with manufacturers facing the same issues and challenges, along with insight into how other manufacturers successfully do business in our region.  Itís not unusual for our members to bump into new improvement ideas during tours and presentations. We know that these opportunities have saved many dollars for our members.

In the past year, our Safety, Education, and Human Resources Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have supported our membership by working on issues important to manufacturers, sharing best practices among them and educating members about available resources.  

Additionally, a collaborative effort in securing specialized training has saved participating companies many hundreds of dollars in training cost.  We estimate that a CMMA-sponsored hoist inspection training saved each participating company $900 per participant.  Similar savings were realized with our Arch Flash, and Lean Champion training courses.  CMMA members are also eligible for discounts with MMTC for employee training and a similar arrangement is in the works with MMCC.

Our goal is to continue to move forward, bringing value to our membership in the form of unique training opportunities, access to best practices between manufacturers, facilitating a collective voice in regional government to influence issues impacting manufacturers, and more. 

Several projects have been implemented which further these objectives, including an electronic newsletter, an active partnership with General Agency Insurance in Mt. Pleasant, and assumption of a more active role in brokering manufacturing-related education and training.  We also envision supplementing our tour-oriented meetings with round-table discussions and informational presentations, ranging from technical to political.

A CMMA membership is an investment in your business.  We invite you to join us.  If you're already a member, the more you participate, the bigger your return on investment, so by all means dive in!

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