Manufacturing Industry News
SCHAUMBURG, IL – The Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) gathered today for its Annual Meeting at the Mazak Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg where they named a new Chairman for 2023, creating historical precedent within the association and industry.
Nicole Wolter, President and CEO of HM Manufacturing in Wauconda, was appointed TMA Chairman, becoming the first Latina to hold this role in the association’s 98 years and one of the only female association leaders within the industry nationwide.
SPRINGFIELD – State lawmakers are accepting the Technology & Manufacturing Association’s invitation to participate in TMA’s new effort in the Illinois General Assembly called the SaMM Caucus (Small and Midsized Manufacturers’ Caucus).
The purpose of the SaMM Caucus will be to gather interested state lawmakers and provide information to them that will positively influence state policy from small and midsized manufacturers’ unique perspectives.
“Manufacturing is a crucial part of Illinois’ economic strength,” Capitol lobbyist David Curtin said. “As I talk to legislators more and more, their eyes light up when they realize TMA members are affected differently by public policy than are bigger, publicly-traded manufacturing corporations. Illinois’ small and midsized manufacturers need a healthy, robust voice at the table when lawmakers are determining tax and work-related policies.”
TMA’s SaMM Caucus will meet periodically during the legislative session to review how policy will affect Illinois manufacturers with less than 500 employees.
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As TMA dedicates more and more of its Schaumburg headquarters to meet TMA members’ demands for training, the TMA team is moving its networking events away from Schaumburg and to where TMA members are.
A growing number of TMA members is meeting up with colleagues in Chicago’s south suburbs, where TMA’s Sandra Sempowicz organizes breakfasts one month and after-work brew hours the next.
More at TMANews.com
Manufacturers Congratulate Gov Pritzker for choosing to pay off state’s Unemployment Deficit
SCHAUMBURG, IL – After Governor Pritzker announced the payoff of the $1.345 billion unemployment trust fund deficit, the Technology & Manufacturing Association’s (TMA) President Patrick Osborne released the following statement:
TMA Urges Governor Pritzker to Pay Off Unemployment Trust Fund Deficit First with 2023 Budget Surplus
TMA has been a strong proponent of paying off the unemployment trust fund deficit. In March of this year, TMA released internal survey results that found 89% of TMA members wanted Pritzker to pay down the deficit so manufacturers and taxpayers wouldn’t be hit with significant tax increases.
READ MORE HERE: https://tmanews.com/2022/11/tma-urges-governor-pritzker-to-pay-off-unemployment-trust-fund-deficit-first-with-2023-budget-surplus/
Technology & Manufacturing Association; Rock River Valley Tooling & Machining Association Announce Partnership
SCHAUMBURG, IL – The Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) and the Rockford-based Rock River Valley Tooling & Machining Association (RRVTMA) announce a new partnership to collaboratively provide resources for small and midsize manufacturers in the North Central Illinois and Southern Wisconsin region.
Manufacturing is the foundation of the U.S. economy, the engine that drives American prosperity, and the basis for the country’s middle class. Three-quarters of all U.S. manufacturing companies are small to midsize firms. The new partnership will strengthen this sector throughout the region by providing technology, community, information, training, resources, and advocacy for the industry.
More at TMANews.com
ELK GROVE VILLAGE – A group of nearly 60 graduates completed a three-year apprenticeship course and stepped into high-demand careers with no debt – emphasizing a growing interest and renewed respect for solid careers in the essential manufacturing industry.
The Technology & Manufacturing Association, headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois, currently offers what industry insiders refer to as the “gold standard” in training for three high-demand manufacturing careers in Tool & Die Making, Mold Making, and CNC Programming.
In addition to the excellent quality training TMA offers, nearly 100% of the time, small to mid-sized manufacturers provide TMA’s training as a benefit to their employees especially interested in advancing their careers.
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TMA’s 2022 Scorecard Shows Disappointing Support in Legislature for Illinois Small- to Mid-Sized Manufacturers
Less Than 25% of Illinois Legislators Vote for Bills to Improve Illinois’ Leading Industry
SCHAUMBURG, IL – The Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) released their 2022 Legislative Scorecard which showed more than three quarters of Illinois lawmakers do not support pro-manufacturing legislation.
As one of the leading industries in Illinois, manufacturers look to their elected officials to advocate for legislation that supports their efforts to drive the Illinois economy, but TMA’s Legislative Scorecard shows a decline in support from state leaders over the last three years.
TMA’s Legislative Scorecard holds members of the Illinois General Assembly accountable and informs TMA members and the public about the pro- or anti-manufacturing votes cast by their elected officials ahead of the June 28th primary elections.
Read more about it and see the 2022 Legislative Scorecard HERE.
TMA’s 2022 Candidate Survey Identifies Illinois Pro-Manufacturing Office Seekers
SCHAUMBURG, IL – Dozens of candidates for state and federal offices completed the Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) 2022 candidate questionnaire, which surveyed candidates on their positions related to pro-growth and pro-manufacturing issues.
As Illinois manufacturers endure cumbersome government regulations and a burdensome tax climate, TMA informs their members and Illinois voters of candidate positions ahead of the June 28th elections. Of those who completed TMA’s survey, 11 candidates for federal office and 12 candidates for state office were aligned with manufacturers on at least 80% of the issues discussed.
More at TMANews.com HERE.
SCHAUMBURG – The Technology & Manufacturing Association is announcing an exciting new partnership with Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, geared towards preparing future leaders in manufacturing.
The course consists of ten monthly sessions plus project work for which a dual-accredited certificate will be awarded along with an option of credits towards a college degree.
“We are pleased that Judson University shares our vision as we set into motion our first Manufacturing Leadership Program,” said TMA President Patrick Osborne. “This opportunity is one for which we’ve seen the need and have worked toward for a while. We look forward to seeing how this new program will open doors for more talented young people to consider and pursue crucial manufacturing careers.”
Read more about it at TMANews.com
Manufacturing industry news is provided by the Technology & Manufacturing Association in Schaumburg, IL