June, 2017

New members

We are especially pleased that these companies recognize the value of belonging to TRMA, especially in tough economic times:

Current Electrical & Mechanical
Insulation Concepts Inc.
Midland States Bank
Patten Cat
Rowell Chemical Company

Meeting Calendar
Safety Division
June 21 Signal Person Safety & Rigging Hazard Awareness Training
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $255
June 28 Excavation Competent Person Training
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $255
July 12 Scaffold Competent Person Development
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $255
July 13
First Aid/CPR/AED Training;
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $99
July 19 Fall Protection Competent Person Training
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $255
July 26 Confined Space Entry Training
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $255
Prices shown apply to TRMA members. For member and non-member details and registration click here.
Fire Watch with Hands-on Fire Extinguisher Training and Confined Space Entry Watch Training

(see announcement for details)
June 21
July 12
July 26

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New Golf Ball Drop Event a Great Success

Over 270 golfers participated in this year’s TRMA outing making it the largest in the 57-year history of the event. Temperatures in the 70s and sunny skies combined with a course in excellent condition and great comradery resulted in a great event. A record number of sponsors provided nice gifts for everyone, refreshments on the course and wine for dinner. For the second year, Stevenson Crane sponsored the “ball drop event” providing a new-looking, shiny crane for the drop. Two lucky winners walked away with $1,000 in cash each when their ball landed closest to the hole. Proceeds from the event go to support the Three Rivers Education Partnership. The day was capped with a steak dinner and recognition of the sponsors and event winners. Their names are listed below and we ask you thank them for their support of the event and TRMA. Rudy Mahalik, Jr., chairman of PDM Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, emceed the awards program for the 30+ consecutive year. On behalf of TRMA, we would like to express our most sincere “thank you” to all participants and sponsors of the event. Without your support, we could not do it.

For a complete list of sponsors and winners click here.

TREP's start to summer in a whirlwind of activity...

The 2016-2017 school year closed with lots of activity.  First, the TREP Lego Robotics partnership between Dow Chemical – Wilmington and the Wilmington Middle School completed its 3rd pairing where engineers work with students to design robots and practice logical thinking, persistence and problem solving.  If you are interested in “adopting” a middle school, TREP is looking for corporate sponsors to expand our pairings and increase the impact.

We also wrapped up our 2nd Safety Poster Competition.  TREP hosted its second Safety Poster Competition to familiarize students to science-based industries—such as manufacturing—and their focus on safety. The students created a poster that focused on SAFETY, recognizing and eliminating possible safety hazards in their homes, schools or leisure activities.  To recognize student engagement, TREP awarded scholarships the grand prize, first place and finalist projects.

We had a total of 110 high school entries of which 26 high school submissions were awarded scholarships and total of 60 middle school entries of which  23 middle school submissions were awarded scholarships.  A panel of judges (mostly safety professionals) evaluated the entries based upon the following criterial:  Appeal, Relevance, Originality, Content and Mechanics.

Click to see: 2017 High School winners
Click to see:
2017 Middle School winners

Because of the generous sponsorship of Stevenson Crane, we held 2 Golf Ball Drop competitions at the TRMA Golf Event on June 5th.   The morning drop winner was John Scheidt and the afternoon winner was Elise Briette.  We raised $3,985 to benefit the Three Rivers Education Partnership’s programs.  Thanks to all who participated.

Finally, we have started planning for the fourth MFG DAY event, on October 12, 2017, to attract high school students to consider careers in manufacturing and its related industries by highlighting manufacturers’ strong values, its diversity of opportunities AND by demonstrating itself as a STEM. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based industry.  Attracting the needed skilled manufacturing workforce is a challenge that requires innovative revamped recruiting strategies.  MFG DAY is an organized outreach and public relations best practice technique to build an effective workforce. 

We need businesses who are willing to showcase manufacturing’s diversity, its innovativeness and its range of careers, such as welding, operations, IT, industrial maintenance, instrumentation, engineering and R&D to name a few. We need table top displays staffed by manufacturing companies or manufacturing related industries.  Our goal is to have at 40 displays for the event.  The displays will be organized around technology and the applied sciences used in manufacturing and its related industries.   May we count on YOU to staff a display table at the MFG DAY event?  Please let us know by July 21st

For pictures of last year’s MFG DAY click here or keep tabs on the event’s progress by visiting TRMA’s website and selecting the Manufacturing Spotlight  tab and MFG DAY page.