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  • The Power of Thought Leadership: Engaging Employees and Shaping Company Culture

    February 26, 2024    208

    In the complex landscape of modern business, the concept of thought leadership has emerged as a vital tool for leaders across industries. MMA member Walker Publicity outlines key ways in which being a thought leader helps leaders connect with their companies.
  • Overview of Select Industrial Real Estate Markets: Q4 2023

    February 23, 2024    132

    By offering MMA members quarterly updates on industrial real estate markets, we hope to educate and inform our Michigan manufacturers about their local real estate market and thereby assist them in improving their real estate decision-making processes.
  • How Can Digital Marketing Propel Michigan’s Manufacturers Ahead in 2024?

    February 1, 2024    437

    MMA member Manufacture Grow demystifies digital marketing and explains why it is crucial for your manufacturing business in Michigan.
  • The Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024

    February 1, 2024    438

    MMA Premium Associate Member Acena Consulting provides a short recap of the provisions agreed to by US Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, and House Ways and Means Committee Chair Jason Smith, R-Missouri regarding the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024.
  • Creative Strategies to Generate Value and Increase Profit in 2024

    January 31, 2024    354

    Following another challenging year, manufacturers can take some specific steps to capitalize on bright spots by prioritizing new KPIs and focusing on key elements such as cash flow, people, culture and technology. Find out more in this on-demand video Q&A with MMA and Mike Devereux, partner with Wipfli, a top 20 advisory and accounting firm.
  • Engage Your Manufacturing Voice

    January 25, 2024    232

    Supporting pro-manufacturing legislators promotes pro-manufacturing solutions.
  • Revenue and Sustainability Support with Member-Exclusive Energy Reduction Program

    January 25, 2024    248

    MMA members can now earn revenue by agreeing to reduce energy usage through a new partnership between CPower, Enstar Energy and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), which operates the Midwest and South Central power grid.
  • Specialized On-Demand Labor Solution Augments and Defines Workforce Needs

    January 25, 2024    303

    Veryable helps manufacturing and warehousing businesses augment their teams and navigate these fluctuations while ensuring that qualified workers are available when needed.
  • Premium Associate Member Spotlight: Acena Consulting

    January 25, 2024    229

    Interview with Acena Consulting Senior Manager-Business Development Dan Osterland
  • Industry Member Spotlight: MFP Automation Engineering

    January 25, 2024    162

    Interview with MFP's Engineering Manager Jake DeRooy
  • Making an Impact for Industry at the Capitol

    January 25, 2024    191

    Despite legislative challenges, there were still many wins for manufacturers in 2023. Learn more and find out why MMA remains optimistic going into 2024.
  • 2024 Outlook Report Reveals Why Manufacturers Are Optimistic About 2024

    January 24, 2024    223

    Supply chain issues, employee retention and data security are big concerns shaping leaders’ decisions according to a survey of more than 330 manufacturing executives across the country. However, according to a survey by MMA member Wipfli, most manufacturers remain optimistic about the future of the industry and are ready to tackle these obstacles head-on.
  • Case Systems and BOSTONtec - 2023 Manufacturing Community Impact

    January 10, 2024    543

    Giving back to the community through local philanthropy and engagement is fundamental to the culture that drives Midland-based Case Systems, Inc and its subsidiary company, BOSTONtec and is why they were recognized with the 2023 Manufacturing Community Impact award.
  • Industry Collaboration & Community Celebrated at 2023 Manufacturing Excellence Awards

    November 30, 2023    504

    The 2023 Manufacturing Excellence Awards was a night of collaboration, community and celebration as a sold-out crowd gathered in East Lansing to recognize the best of the best in Michigan’s most vital industry.
  • Integrity Fab & Machine Inc. - 2023 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year (Small Tier)

    November 30, 2023    400

    Integrity isn't just a name for Integrity Fab & Machine Inc., it’s a way of doing business and a way of life. That's why the company was chosen for the 2023 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award – Small Tier.
  • Jon D. Hall - Glastender Inc. - Manufacturing Lifetime Achievement

    November 30, 2023    576

    Jon Hall is a natural-born innovator focused on continual improvement and has left an indelible mark on the industry and was recognized with the 2023 Manufacturing Lifetime Achievement award.
  • DENSO Manufacturing Michigan Inc. - 2023 Manufacturing Talent Champion

    November 30, 2023    711

    DENSO Manufacturing Michigan Inc.’s dedication to education, diversity and community makes the company a highly deserving recipient of the 2023 Manufacturing Talent Champion award.
  • Ronald E. Hall - Bridgewater Interiors - 2023 Manufacturing Emerging Leader

    November 30, 2023    953

    Ronald Hall's life experiences, energy, creativity, commitment to the community and passion for the manufacturing industry truly made him deserving of the the 2023 Manufacturing Emerging Leader award.
  • Sachiko Johnson - Jordan Manufacturing Company - 2023 Manufacturing Woman of the Year

    November 28, 2023    486

    Due to her genuine compassion for the team, leadership skills and the impact she has had at Jordan Manufacturing and within the community, Sachiko Johnson is a deserving recipient of the 2023 Manufacturing Woman of the Year award.
  • Amplifying Organic Leads for Your Manufacturing Business: A Comprehensive Guide for Marketers

    November 22, 2023    669

    As a dedicated marketer in the manufacturing sector, you understand the challenges of driving organic traffic and leads to your company's website. MMA member StoryTeller Media + Communications delves into proven strategies that can boost your organic leads without straining your budget.
  • Overview of Select Industrial Real Estate Markets: Q3 2023

    November 22, 2023    655

    Over the past several years the industrial real estate market has undergone significant changes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which has impacted e-commerce and supply chain logistics. Dominion Real Estate Advisors has collaborated with the MMA to provide an updates concerning select major industrial real estate markets in Michigan.
  • The Manufacturer’s Guide to ERP Optimization and Selection

    November 22, 2023    784

    Avoid overspending or a needlessly frustrating implementation process when it's time to replace your existing ERP system with insights from MMA member Rehmann to help implement the best ERP for your needs.
  • Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification A Focus on Essentials

    November 8, 2023    938

    Today’s everchanging cybersecurity landscape has a large impact on manufacturers, as it would on any business with systems and data. The U.S. Department of Defense has been focused on ensuring companies in the Defense Industrial Base are protecting DoD information entrusted to them as contractually required since 2017 . A need to create more structure around compliance has resulted in the creation of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).
  • Real Time Monitoring: Empowering Manufacturing Industries with Industry 4.0 Solutions

    November 8, 2023    1432

    As businesses worldwide move toward Industry 4.0, the fusion of advanced technologies with manufacturing processes takes centre stage. MMA member MN Engineering Solutions Inc. dives into what real-time monitoring entails and how it benefits Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other manufacturing industries, enhancing production, Original Equipment Equivalent (OEE) and more.
  • Leverage Industry 4.0 Technologies to Expand Employee Attraction, Preparation and Retention

    November 7, 2023    587

    When it comes to retention, the problems — and the solutions — often occur in the realms of communication, recognition and mutual respect. There are I4.0 technologies that can, for instance, improve lines of communication between managers and production floor workers or between workers on different shifts. But much of the retention challenges related to I4.0 come from the friction between people and technology.
  • The Industry 4.0 Revolution

    November 7, 2023    723

    As Industry 4.0 technologies continue to revolutionize manufacturing and now that artificial intelligence is at the forefront of upcoming change, manufacturers have found themselves in a position where they can innovate while enhancing efficiency in their workplaces. When coupled with human expertise, automation and AI may change manufacturing in countless ways.
  • Industry Member Spotlight: Storch Products Inc.

    November 7, 2023    631

    MMA interview with Industry Member Storch Products Inc.'s President Matt Carr.
  • Premium Associate Member Spotlight: SensCy

    November 7, 2023    538

    MMA interview with Premium Associate Member SensCy's CEO Rick Snyder.
  • Customized Workers’ Comp Insurance Features Safety Recommendations

    November 7, 2023    474

    While workers’ compensation insurance can help protect employers and workers, prevention and remediation are key to reducing workplace injuries in the first place. Through MMA’s partnership with the MTMIC, members receive a 3 percent discount for workers’ compensation, a dividend program, as well as numerous consultancy services and resources.
  • Sustainable Technology Creates New Solution for PFAS Reduction

    November 7, 2023    518

    4never combines the power of Surface Active Foam Fractionation (SAFF®) technology with supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) to provide a local, scalable, closed-loop solution to remove and permanently destroy PFAS. The groundbreaking 4never technology is exclusively provided and operated by MMA’s trusted provider, Heritage-Crystal Clean.
  • Ford and UAW Reach Historic Agreement

    October 26, 2023    827

    Ford Motor Company and the UAW reached a tentative agreement 10/25/23, ending the five-week-old strike. While the agreement requires ratification by the UAW rank and file, workers are returning to work already.
  • UAW Employs New Strike Approach

    October 25, 2023    685

    Four weeks after the first wave of UAW strikes against Detroit’s Big Three automakers, UAW President Shawn Fain today announced a new phase and a new approach to their strategy.
  • UAW Abruptly Extends Strike to Ford Kentucky Truck Plant

    October 25, 2023    646

    UAW President Shawn Fain ordered 8,700 UAW members to walk off the job at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant (heavy duty F-series trucks, Ford and Lincoln large SUVs) last night, expanding the strike against Ford, GM and Stellantis in its fourth week. The decision was abrupt, following a short early-evening meeting between UAW and Ford negotiators, and delivered with fiery rhetoric from Mr. Fain.
  • UAW Strike Wears On: Forced OEM and Supplier Layoffs Compound Impact

    October 17, 2023    765

    As the UAW’s strike against Ford, General Motors and Stellantis wears on for a fourth week, some relief was delivered today in news of progress made on negotiations. No action was taken today by UAW President Shawn Fain to escalate the scope of the strike as he has the last two weeks.
  • UAW Extends Strike Threatening the Strength and Vitality of our Domestic Auto Industry

    September 29, 2023    721

    The continuation and extension of the UAW’s strike negatively impacts the Big Three and the entire supply chain, with MMA members across the state already implementing layoffs as orders diminish.
  • Michigan’s Manufacturers: Fortitude in the Face of Disruption

    September 26, 2023    729

    As the United Auto Workers union extends its strike on Detroit’s Big Three automakers, I take pause to consider the gravity of the situation for our automotive sector and legacy, our state and its communities, and families whose lives and livelihoods are tied to the Michigan's economically vital automotive industry.
  • Fortitude in the Face of Disruption

    September 15, 2023    571

    As news breaks on the overnight developments in the labor negotiations between the UAW and the Big Three, MMA President & CEO John Walsh considers the gravity of the situation as well as confidence I have that Michigan manufacturers will weather this storm.
  • Industry Member Spotlight: Vaughan Industries

    September 18, 2023    537

    Although Vaughan Industries remains a small business with 21 employees, it maintains a strong national presence — especially in support of STEM education. Learn more in this Industry Member Spotlight.
  • Premium Associate Member Spotlight: Real IT Solutions

    September 18, 2023    578

    Keeping your equipment up and running is vitally important for manufacturers and Matt Kahle, Founder and CEO of Real IT Solutions, understands the importance of safeguarding his clients from potential threats in order to protect their productivity.
  • Making an Impact

    August 2, 2023    1332

    Local involvement and stewardship illustrate positive energy of manufacturers in their communities. Meet two MMA members that are active and involved stewards of their communities.
  • Technology Offers Intriguing Possibilities for Shoe & Clothing Manufacturing Industry

    October 2, 2023    1066

    Advancements in technology continue to impact every facet of the manufacturing industry, and the footwear industry is certainly no exception. Read how Rockford-based Chaco is reducing waste and changing the game with repair and online customization solutions for their customers.
  • MMA Hiring Solutions Platform Streamlines Hiring Process

    October 2, 2023    1286

    MMA partner Chatfield Global is a woman-owned consulting firm that provides a wide array of human resources, talent management and organization development solutions, from the highly strategic to daily operational execution.
  • Site Selection in an Uncertain Market: What should you be considering?

    October 6, 2023    456

    The combination of increased consumer demand (particularly through e-commerce), supply chain disruptions, and a volatile world economy have led to a demand for manufacturing and warehouse space in the United States. Major suppliers are following key customers to “megasites” across the country, leading to a significant amount of new development in non-urban areas.
  • Reporting Near Misses in the Workplace

    October 6, 2023    452

    OSHA strongly recommends reporting and investigating these “near miss incidents,” though many companies fail to do so. Whether you didn’t realize the need for reporting or don’t know where to start, looking at how others successfully implement near-miss reporting procedures can provide helpful insights on how to begin your program.
  • Six Ways to Immediately Improve Retention

    October 6, 2023    437

    Retaining top talent should always be a focus of leaders and organizations. Today, it might be your biggest organizational challenge. While we often look to HR for solutions, there is much individual leaders can do to keep the best talent on their teams. Here are just five things you can do — starting today — that will move the retention needle in the right direction.
  • Meet Facility, Your Recruitment and Retention Specialist

    October 6, 2023    751

    In today’s competitive job market, it’s more important than ever for companies to find ways to attract and retain top talent. One way to do this is to create a workplace that is safe, comfortable and efficient. A well-designed building can be a powerful recruitment and retention tool, helping to enhance safety, increase job satisfaction and streamline workflow.
  • Opportunities and Pitfalls of Applying AI to Supporting Departments

    October 6, 2023    459

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not new to the manufacturing industry. For more than a decade, the technology has been used to track and predict failures of parts and other key trends. Now AI and machine learning are available to many departments of manufacturing, not just production lines.
  • Canadian wildfires can't cloud truth about region's air quality success

    July 31, 2023    1043

    We are proud of MMA's efforts with our members who have dramatically improved air quality in Michigan over several decades.
  • Statement of MMA President & CEO John J. Walsh on the Michigan-Ontario Economic Agreement

    July 25, 2023    952

    The Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) today released a statement in response to the Economic Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding signed today between Michigan and Ontario.
  • Interactive Training Systems - 2022 MFG Innovation Excellence

    July 14, 2023    999

    With their industry-leading solutions and continued growth, it’s no wonder ITS was selected as the 2022 MFG Innovation Excellence Award recipient. Displaying his signature style of humble leadership, Maguffee says he’s dumbfounded by the company’s nomination.
  • Common Misconceptions About the Research & Development Tax Credit

    July 7, 2023    1611

    The research and development (R&D) tax credit is a potentially lucrative government incentive designed to promote innovation and technological advancement across multiple U.S. industries, including manufacturing. — but manufacturers often have many questions and misconceptions about how this tax program can impact their operations.
  • Digital Twin in Manufacturing

    June 26, 2023    1393

    The hype around "Digital Twin" has been building over the last few years! Does it work? Are we ready to use such a technology? MN Engineering Solutions has provided a quick guide to digital twins, what they are and why they matter for your organization.
  • Building a Total Rewards Strategy for 2023

    May 31, 2023    2396

    There is a real and volatile cost associated with attracting, engaging and retaining talent within an organization. MMA member Brown & Brown shares strategies to help enhance your employees’ experience and limit turnover.
  • Deepview Advances Visual Inspection Technology through Neural Network Capabilities

    May 22, 2023    1442

    Automated cameras have been used within the manufacturing industry for years, but Deepview has enhanced the technology in ways you may not have expected.
  • Solving Janitorial and Sanitation Challenges through Modern Technology

    May 22, 2023    1581

    Facility cleaning and maintenance are a must for any industry, and MMA’s new partnership with GDI Integrated Facility Services makes it easier for members to access a wide range of these services.
  • Premium Associate Member Spotlight: Midwest Recruiters

    May 22, 2023    1620

    Interview with Midwest Recruiters Founder and President Tony Dekker
  • Industry Member Spotlight: Magline, Inc.

    May 22, 2023    1483

    Interview with Magline, Inc. Director of Marketing Paul Adler.
  • Recognizing Workforce Solutions to Navigate Talent Challenges

    May 22, 2023    2130

    Read how members Avalon & Tahoe Manufacturing and Cobra MOTO/Cobra AERO, LLC have recognized solutions and are navigating the challenges in a technology-driven, post-pandemic era beginning.
  • PlaneWave Instruments - 2022 Coolest Thing Made in Michigan

    May 22, 2023    1121

    PlaneWave’s success today is driven by the same shared passion that brought together a group of hobbyists more than 30 years ago. With market-leading technology, a mission of “Pursuit of the Perfect Telescope” and a future as bright as the stars, PlaneWave is a highly deserving recipient of the 2022 Coolest Thing Made in Michigan.
  • Protecting Your Company’s Investment With a Training Reimbursement Agreement

    May 22, 2023    824

    Investing in employee training adds value to all levels of your operation. But how do you protect your bottom line if the investment walks away? Learn why it’s a risk you can’t afford not to take.

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