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Premium Associate Member Spotlight: Sigred Solutions
Premium Associate Member Spotlight: Sigred Solutions
Interview with Premium Associate Member Spotlight: Sigred Solutions founders Mike Dergis and Kristi Stepp
Building a Dynamic Workplace Culture
Building a Dynamic Workplace Culture
Perception is changing thanks to industry-leading companies right here in Michigan that have created inclusive, supportive and dynamic work environments through engagement and community-based programs.
Utilizing Innovative Processes to Extend the Life of Cutting Tools
Utilizing Innovative Processes to Extend the Life of Cutting Tools
Grand Rapids-based AdvantEdge Cutting Tools (ACT) was founded with a singular goal in mind — to provide better cutting tools and machining processes at lower costs for Michigan manufacturers.
Are You Missing Out on the Research Tax Credit?
Are You Missing Out on the Research Tax Credit?
As technology becomes fully integrated at all levels of industry, so does the opportunity to maximize your company’s research and development tax credit. The Research Tax Credit is available to companies developing or improving products, processes, techniques, formulas, inventions, or software.
Keeping your business in alignment to maximize value and growth
Keeping your business in alignment to maximize value and growth
Taking the time to develop a deeper level of strategic planning and organization can produce positive results throughout all areas of the company from employee retention to sales and revenue.
2021 MMA Legislators of the Year
2021 MMA Legislators of the Year
In appreciation for outstanding leadership on behalf of Michigan manufacturers, MMA recognizes...
Keeping Your MFG Talent
Keeping Your MFG Talent
The story of the talent shortage in Michigan manufacturing is two-fold -- first, the challenge of talent acquisition and, second, retention. Find out what companies are doing to improve their employee retention.
The Big Quit: Is Your Business Losing Employees Due to  Caregiving Responsibilities?
The Big Quit: Is Your Business Losing Employees Due to Caregiving Responsibilities?
Homethrive is a “high-tech, high-touch, family caregiving solution” and has partnered with MMA to provide their services as an employee benefit with preferred pricing for those services.
Bosch’s Unique Software Engineering Apprenticeship is Leading the Industry
Bosch’s Unique Software Engineering Apprenticeship is Leading the Industry
Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services and the largest automotive supplier in the world, is changing the game when it comes to cultivating the talent needed to sustain the company’s mobility program in the years to come.
MMA Statement on Conference Committee Adoption of $120 Million in Workforce Development Programs
MMA Statement on Conference Committee Adoption of $120 Million in Workforce Development Programs
MMA today released the following statement from in response to conference committee adoption of a conference report for the General Omnibus Budget for Fiscal Year 2021-2022, which includes significant funding to train and upskill workers for in-demand jobs.
Evolving and Growing to Serve You
Evolving and Growing to Serve You
MMA recently conducted a survey of MMA Industry Members to ensure that we are evolving and growing to maintain our core mission. The findings of the survey validate current strategies and set a path for future growth aligned with member needs.
Premium Associate Member Spotlight: SME Education Foundation
Premium Associate Member Spotlight: SME Education Foundation
Interview with SME Education Foundation Vice President Robert Luce
Industry Member Spotlight: Omega Castings Inc.
Industry Member Spotlight: Omega Castings Inc.
Interview with Omega Castings Inc. President Brett Cutshall
OSHA Rule Would Require Job Providers to Mandate Vaccination for Employees
OSHA Rule Would Require Job Providers to Mandate Vaccination for Employees
President Biden is calling on OSHA to impose workplace safety rules mandating employers to require their employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or be tested weekly.
Eliminating the Pink Elephant in the Room
Eliminating the Pink Elephant in the Room
Everyone knows about the pink elephant in the room; the change your company needs to address but no one is ready to talk about it.
Unemployment Eligibility Changes Could Mean Opportunity for Manufacturers
Unemployment Eligibility Changes Could Mean Opportunity for Manufacturers
Several federal unemployment programs end which signals an end to what has become a major impediment to the return of the full workforce in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and a potential opportunity for Michigan manufacturers looking to hire.
Industry Member Spotlight: ROSS Controls
Industry Member Spotlight: ROSS Controls
ROSS Controls has weathered many storms in its first century, including a substantial investment and the unknown bottom resulting from the pandemic created significant concern. They immediately reacted to keep their company moving forward.
Innovation at the Speed of Industry 4.0
Innovation at the Speed of Industry 4.0
Eagle Technologies is helping manufacturers embrace Industry 4.0 with advanced technologies such as RPA, big data, systems integration and more. The company specializes in developing and delivering all-in-one solutions for automated manufacturing production and testing.
Where Has All the Talent Gone?
Where Has All the Talent Gone?
A number of challenges exacerbated by the pandemic have made this issue worse. Now manufacturers are faced with two critical questions: What are young people looking for in a manufacturing career and how do we recruit them?
High Impact Training on Shoestring Budget
High Impact Training on Shoestring Budget
For many manufacturers, however, the desire and willingness to train is not the issue. It’s the budget. You don’t have to wait to ramp your budget back up to launch great training. Here are a few approaches you can implement immediately.
Getting Unemployed Michiganders Back to Work
Getting Unemployed Michiganders Back to Work
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed into law an important component of MMA’s efforts to get Michiganders back to work.
$6 Million Appropriation Will Provide Long-Term Solutions to Talent Crisis
$6 Million Appropriation Will Provide Long-Term Solutions to Talent Crisis
MMA has helped deliver a solution to the acute need for manufacturing talent. Learn how a $6 million appropriation will create opportunities to boost your company’s talent pipeline and improve the image of manufacturing careers.
Reducing Overhead by Protecting Your Roof
Reducing Overhead by Protecting Your Roof
Growth, surplus and savings are always a good thing. But the prospect of “maintaining” in this difficult economic climate may lead to a pleasant discovery: maintaining your roof — your building’s largest asset — can lead to cost savings, which is a valued interest to all manufacturing businesses.
A Strong Board is a Strong Membership
A Strong Board is a Strong Membership
After six years of leading the MMA Board through various challenges and opportunities, Bill Henderson, President of Aircraft Precision Products Inc., completed his service and turned the gavel over to Jeff Daniel, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of PVS Chemicals Inc.
Putting Industry 4.0 to Work in Michigan
Putting Industry 4.0 to Work in Michigan
Major technology breakthroughs are no longer just the stuff of startups in Silicon Valley, Boston or The Research Triangle. Today, technological innovation is happening in every front office and shop floor, and the Industry 4.0 revolution is underway.
Premium Associate Member Spotlight: Fishman Stewart PLLC
Premium Associate Member Spotlight: Fishman Stewart PLLC
Interview with Fishman Stewart's Patent Attorney, Litigator, Intellectual Property Specialist and Founding Member Michael B. Stewart.
How Mobile Carbon Capture Might Save the World
How Mobile Carbon Capture Might Save the World
Remora is a Detroit-based startup pioneering a technology that could quite literally save the world by capturing nearly all CO2 emissions from vehicle tailpipes to be sold to companies concrete makers and greenhouses.
Cyber Threats Are More Prominent than Ever: Are You Protected?
Cyber Threats Are More Prominent than Ever: Are You Protected?
Cyber security has become a major concern not just for large corporations that handle macro amounts of consumer data, like banks and health care providers, but for manufacturers as well.
MMA Calls for Action on Talent Crisis
MMA Calls for Action on Talent Crisis
MMA is calling for action to address Michigan’s talent crisis, a primary barrier to future growth and competitiveness. If our economy is to fire on all cylinders, we must have policies that get people back to work.
MIOSHA Rescinds COVID-19 Emergency Workplace Rules
MIOSHA Rescinds COVID-19 Emergency Workplace Rules
MIOSHA officially rescinded the existing COVID-19 Emergency Workplace Rules and replaced them with a new standard for health care employers that is in alignment with the federal OSHA Emergency standard for health care settings.
Grand Rapids-based Cascade Engineering Leads the Way on Community Impact
Grand Rapids-based Cascade Engineering Leads the Way on Community Impact
Based in Grand Rapids, Cascade specializes in large-part plastic injection molding and has grown to include 15 facilities, 97 presses and more than 1 million-square-feet of manufacturing space since it was founded by Fred Keller in 1973.
Enstar Helps Companies Understand their Energy Usage and Costs
Enstar Helps Companies Understand their Energy Usage and Costs
Energy usage is a significant piece of the operational budget but most companies don't know where to start when it comes to cost savings. Enstar has been helping manufacturing clients save money on energy costs since 1996.
A Brief History of Michigan’s Economic Development Programs
A Brief History of Michigan’s Economic Development Programs
Michigan is large manufacturing state, ranking 3rd in manufacturing output as percentage of GDP, fourth in manufacturing employment, and number one in auto manufacturing strength, and according to Business Facilities, 16th annual State Rankings Report. Michigan has more work to do
Economic Incentives are Needed to Compete for Michigan Jobs
Economic Incentives are Needed to Compete for Michigan Jobs
Michigan’s manufacturing legacy is an advantage but the state is locked in a high-stakes competition on a global scale, not only competing with other states to attract and keep vibrant manufacturers with high-paying jobs but also with countries all over the world.
Statement of MMA President & CEO John J. Walsh in Support of Governor’s Proposal to Expand Funding for Early Education
Statement of MMA President & CEO John J. Walsh in Support of Governor’s Proposal to Expand Funding for Early Education
MMA released the following statement from MMA President & CEO John J. Walsh in support of Governor Whitmer’s proposal to expand funding for early education.
Premium Associate Member Spotlight: Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Premium Associate Member Spotlight: Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Interview with Mercantile Bank of Michigan Chief Lending Officer Mark Augustyn
Industry Member Spotlight: Quality Assured Plastics
Industry Member Spotlight: Quality Assured Plastics
Interview with Quality Assured Plastics President Annette Crandall.
Helping Michigan Businesses Reach International Markets
Helping Michigan Businesses Reach International Markets
Starting and owning a manufacturing business is no small feat. MEDC’s International Trade program helps businesses tap into a wealth of resources and support to expand into foreign markets and export products around the world, all while continuing to grow and prosper in Michigan.
Is Your Manufacturing Business Ready To Embrace Technology?
Is Your Manufacturing Business Ready To Embrace Technology?
While manufacturers recognize Industry 4.0 will have a significant impact in the coming years, many are struggling to identify appropriate opportunities for implementation or access the required technologies.
Retaining Your Hard-Won Talent
Retaining Your Hard-Won Talent
For employees that have become comfortable working from home on a full-time or part-time basis, the return to the office may cause anxiety and disruption. Reboarding will be crucial to keep from losing your “hard-won” talent as they transition back to in-person work.
Industry Member Spotlight: Nordic Hot Tubs Inc.
Industry Member Spotlight: Nordic Hot Tubs Inc.
Interview with Nordic Hot Tubs Inc. President Pete Westfall.
Premium Associate Member Spotlight: Miller Canfiled
Premium Associate Member Spotlight: Miller Canfiled
Interview with Miller Canfield CEO Megan Norris.
MTMIC has Long History with Michigan Manufacturers
MTMIC has Long History with Michigan Manufacturers
In the unfortunate event of a worker getting injured on the job, that is where insurance providers like the MTMIC will step in to provide critical support to the worker and the employer.
Firstronic is Bringing Disruption to Electronics Manufacturing
Firstronic is Bringing Disruption to Electronics Manufacturing
Grand Rapids-based Firstronic thinks big — really big. So big, in fact, that the company ultimately hopes to change the entire ecosystem for electronics manufacturing services (EMS).
Five Key Steps to a Successful Transition
Five Key Steps to a Successful Transition
A successful transition increases revenue, cuts costs and boosts customer satisfaction. It also frees up critical resources. Get five tips which are key to pulling off a successful transition.
Planning for Family-Owned Business Succession
Planning for Family-Owned Business Succession
Family-owned manufacturing leaders share their advice for what to do — and what not to do — to ensure a transition free from internal strife.
Supply Chain in the Age of COVID — and Beyond
Supply Chain in the Age of COVID — and Beyond
The interdependencies of worldwide supply chains in every sector and industry have come under sharp scrutiny lately with logistics and supply chains being re-evaluated through the lens of real-time data and analytics and more.
Manufacturing Continues to Lead the Way in COVID-19 Safety
Manufacturing Continues to Lead the Way in COVID-19 Safety
COVID-19 case rates are increasing rapidly in Michigan, presenting ongoing personal and professional challenges for us all. As an industry that has led the way as one of the safest workplaces, manufacturing must continue to lead the way.
The Increasing Value of Disability Coverage
The Increasing Value of Disability Coverage
The COVID-19 crisis not only increased employees’ concerns about their health and finances — it also highlighted some distinct vulnerabilities such as employees feeling they didn’t have enough disability coverage to protect themselves or their families.
Emergency COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules Extended, Permanent Rule Draft Released
Emergency COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules Extended, Permanent Rule Draft Released
Governor Whitmer extended the Emergency COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules until October 2020 and MIOSHA released the first draft of permanent COVID-19 workplace safety rules.
Understanding Transactions, Even if Your Business Isn’t for Sale
Understanding Transactions, Even if Your Business Isn’t for Sale
Selling your small business may not have been your focus in 2020 and may not be your focus in 2021. With an economy in flux and public health at the forefront of every decision, you may be simply focused on keeping your businesses — and yourself — healthy.
Premium Associate Member Spotlight: The Luminous Group
Premium Associate Member Spotlight: The Luminous Group
Interview with The Luminous Group President Murray Sittsamer
Industry Member Spotlight: Lomar Machine & Tool Company
Industry Member Spotlight: Lomar Machine & Tool Company
Interview with Lomar Machine & Tool Company Founder and CEO James Geisman
Solving Industrial Waste Headaches for Manufacturers
Solving Industrial Waste Headaches for Manufacturers
MMA has helped ease environmental clean-up and industrial waste headaches for members thanks to their long-time partnership with Heritage-Crystal Clean (HCC), the second largest parts cleaning and industrial waste services provider in the U.S
MFG Game Changers: eMatrix Energy
MFG Game Changers: eMatrix Energy
eMatrix was born as an idea between four partners to solve what they saw as a major deficiency in the battery production industry – no custom battery packaging.
Let Your Voice Be Heard on COVID-19 Workforce Safety Rules
Let Your Voice Be Heard on COVID-19 Workforce Safety Rules
The MIOSHA Part 505 Coronavirus Disease Advisory Committee will meet twice weekly over the next two weeks and time is dedicated at the end of each meeting to hear from stakeholders directly impacted by workplace safety rules.
Innovation Protection Up in U.S. During COVID-19
Innovation Protection Up in U.S. During COVID-19
Intellectual Property is the intersection of engineering and law where patent attorneys identify, secure and advance the creative works of innovators. Typical tools include patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and know how.
Wanted: Cutting-edge Content and Dynamic Speakers
Wanted: Cutting-edge Content and Dynamic Speakers
Planning is underway for the 2021 MFG Operations Conference, which will bring together manufacturers with operational issue specialists to tackle operational roadblocks and leap forward on industry trends.
2021 MFG Operations Conference Survey
2021 MFG Operations Conference Survey
MMA is seeking your feedback to prepare for the upcoming MFG Operations Conference.
Spread Facts, Not COVID
Spread Facts, Not COVID
The importance of vaccination for Michigan’s manufacturing recovery.
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