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2nd Annual CMMA Associate Member Block Party a Great Success!

Bucks Run accommodated a crowd of 175 on February 22 for our 2nd Annual Associate Member “Block Party”.  The event featured display tables from 32 of our Associate Member businesses scattered around the banquet facility.  Comments from those attending were all very positive.

Many of the attendees shared a common observation, “ENERGY”.  They said you could feel the positive energy from the beginning of the event right through to the closing. 

The food this year (excellent, by the way) was moved into the bar area which made for better flow in the display area.  Attendee interaction was so consuming that many people had to be reminded about the food.  

When we held the first Associate Member “Block Party” in 2017, it became very clear that we needed to repeat it.  The success of last night’s event makes it clear that we will be making this a reoccurring event each year.

If you missed last night’s event, make a note to yourself to make sure you attend next year.

Thank you to Isabella Bank for their sponsorship!

Here is a list of the Associate Members that participated:

Alro Steel

AVU Registrations

Clare-Gladwin RESD

Chemical Bank

Central Michigan University

Commercial Bank

Consumers Energy

E&S Graphics

General Agency

Gratiot-Isabella RESD

Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works

Great Lakes Safety Training

Harbor Steel & Supply

Ieuter Insurance Group

Independent Bank
Gladwin County EDC

Isabella Bank

MDT Agency

Members First Credit Union

Michigan Manufacturers Association & SME Foundation

Michigan SBDC

Mid Michigan Community College

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

Padnos of Central Michigan

PNC Bank

Purity Cylinder Gases

Spherion Staffing

STT Security Services

Yeo & Yeo

Greater Gratiot Development

Middle Michigan Development

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.  It’s 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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