Why TMA?

TMA isn't your typical trade association ... It's a great deal more!

Like other organizations, TMA represents our members in state legislatures and town halls, in high school classrooms and on colleges campuses, in media and industry forums, and to opinion and thought leaders.

Unlike other organizations, TMA also helps our members work on their businesses and in their businesses. We endeavor to understand our members' pain points, to solve their problems, and to complete and grow their companies through an array of benefits that meet the needs of today's manufacturers.

 
TMA ASSETS

PEOPLE: TMA provides members a rich talent pool of knowledgable staff, senior instructors, and experienced members

PRICE: TMA has affordable membership dues with a high return on investment - TMA doesn't cost, it pays!

PRODUCT: TMA has quality programs, services, and information designed to grow and develop members and their employees

PLACE: TMA has event space, state-of-the-art training facilities, and equipment unequaled by other associations


MEMBER BENEFITS
 
ADVOCACY
TMA provides small- to mid-sized manufacturers the political influence and government relations capabilities that only large corporations can afford.
  RETIREMENT PLANNING
TMA provides members a 401K retirement savings plan with performance and benefits generally reserved for only the largest companies.
     
INSURANCE
TMA offers property and casualty and health care benefits plans from a professional staff with an exclusive focus on - and unparalleled understanding of - small to mid-sized manufacturers.
  TRAINING & EDUCATION
TMA provides training programs designed around member needs and employee schedules intended to help members operate, maintain and troubleshoot their businesses.
     
EMPLOYEE RECRUITMENT
TMA is the intersection of manufacturing technology and workforce development in Illinois. Our Talent Network connects people who have a passion for manufacturing with employers in need of top talent.
HUMAN RESOURCES
TMA provides members professional human resource management assistance through a free HR Hotline, on-site HR department development, employment law compliance audits, handbook and policy development and employee training.
     
MARKETING
TMA assists members to increase sales and build brand awareness with website and logo development, prospect research, trade show involvement, customer call processes, and market surveys.
  PAYROLL & TAXES
TMA offers discounted payroll services, at cost-effective prices designed to put money back into member's pockets. Services include tax services, custom reporting, time and labor management.
     
UNEMPLOYMENT
TMA helps members stop overpaying, and start saving by reducing costs, maximizing resources and achieving financially sound unemployment claims solutions through Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.
  ENERGY
TMA members can access the National Manufacturing Energy Cooperative (NMEC) - an energy risk management program whereby members can have their electric and natural gas professionally managed at the wholesale level.
     
SHIPPING | TRANSPORTATION
TMA helps members lower costs and increase margins through access to an affordable, flexible, and reliable North American network for LTL and specialized shipments.
  SUPPLIES
TMA offers members discounts on business and industrial products and supplies with free shipping and 10%-45% discounts that save time and money.
     
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
TMA provides members access to an exclusive, online network of 650+ manufacturers that share ideas, develop solutions, solve problems, and shop jobs.
  PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
TMA affords members the opportunity for professional development through participation in specialized peer groups, committees, and boards designed to grow leadership skills and experience.
     
EDUCATION FOUNDATION
TMA provides members a tax-deductable way to address the skills gap by investing in the next generation of employees and the future of their business and industry.
  EVENTS
TMA produces a variety of events that provides members opportunities to network and interact with peers, gain knowledge and information to improve their business.
     
PRODUCTIVITY
TMA assists members in increasing productivity with rapid access to tools, capabilities and services through its alliance with the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC).
  INTELLIGENCE & ANALYSIS
TMA equips members with industry-specific information and intelligence that can help them understand the present and plan for the future.
     
PUBLIC RELATIONS
TMA enhances member's public image by promoting their brand to other members and the public through profiles, press releases, TMA's News Bulletin magazine, email, social media and other communications channels.
  INDUSTRY NETWORK
TMA connects members with their peers at the local, regional and national levels—facilitating conversations that can lead to new opportunities and helping members discover better ways to operate.
     
GRANTS
TMA monitors and communicates the availability of grant funds through the State of Illinois, and often acts as administrator for qualified TMA members.
  INITIATIVES
TMA is constantly moving forward, seeking new ways to help members grow profitably, including an evolving set of benchmarks and best practices.
     
MEETING SPACE
TMA offers significantly discounted meeting space for member use, with a variety of room sizes and IT setups.