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says Jose Anaya, sector navigator,
advanced manufacturing, California
Community Colleges. "California has
almost 1.5 million manufacturing jobs
and the sector enjoys a 2.5 job multiplier. Manufacturing is a part of the
supply chains for healthcare, business services, national defense, energy, construction and environmental
sustainability. Specifically, manufacturing products and technologies are
essential to enable better healthcare
systems; create more energy efficient
buildings; develop alternative energy
sources; ensure U.S. security; and create better transportation systems."

Serving the Trumbull, Mahoning and
Columbiana counties of Ohio, as
well as the Mercer and Lawrence
counties in Pennsylvania, the
Mahoning Valley Manufacturers
Coalition (MVMC) works with more
than 1,200 manufacturers in the
region. These companies account
for 10.9 percent of all jobs in the area
and $2.66 billion in annual earnings
for the region, and MVMC is dedicated to helping those numbers grow.
The region's main challenge, however, is the recruitment of new, qualified employees into the various
skilled trades and occupations.
"The MVMC formed to help
regional manufacturers prosper, to
help stabilize our economy and to
provide opportunities for individuals
and families in the Mahoning Valley
to earn livable wages and advance up
a career pathway," MVMC says. "As
an industry-led coalition, we realize
we need to have a single common
voice to create public awareness of
the needs of the local manufacturing
industry. Our goal is to engage all area
stakeholders and to work together as
a cohesive group to address this
workforce problem that we cannot
solve individually.
"MVMC proposes to convene, edu-

Regional
Manufacturing
Institute of Maryland
Founded
in
1990,
Regional
Manufacturing Institute (RMI) of
Maryland is a nonprofit association
that was created for manufacturers in
the Baltimore metropolitan area.
Today, RMI represents the interests of
manufacturers statewide by providing
programs, services and advocacy.
In January, RMI partnered with the
MDMEP, also known as the NIST
Hollings Manufacturing Extension
Partnership Center for the state of
Maryland. MDMEP is an independent
nonprofit, funded under the NIST
program to provide consulting services to Maryland manufacturers to
strengthen and grow Maryland's
manufacturing economy.
"Manufacturers that engage the
MDMEP will be in a better position to
increase their global competitiveness," MEP Executive Director Brian
Sweeney says. "As Maryland's manufacturing companies become more
efficient to compete as next generation manufacturing companies,
Maryland's economy will benefit, as
well. Our expert staff has worked
across the United States in helping
manufacturing firms become more
competitive by providing insights and
guidance and we are excited to bring
similar results to Maryland."

Regional Manufacturing
Technology Center
Located in the Fort Custer Industrial
Park in Battle Creek, Mich., the
Regional Manufacturing Technology

Center (RMTC) is an innovative,
community-driven training facility.
RMTC is home to three Kellogg
Community College programs:
Lifelong Learning, Workforce
Solutions and Industrial Skilled
Trades. Together, these three departments design training programs using
blended learning techniques.
"Training programs are designed
to meet the employee training needs
of area business and industry, as well
as the life-long learning needs of
individual community members,"
RMTC says. "Our innovative
approach to training enables us to
respond to business' needs quickly
and efficiently. Training is available
to individuals on a walk-in basis or
can be scheduled to meet a company's needs either at its facility, at the
RMTC or at another remote location
within the community."

B UY AMERICAN
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Mahoning Valley
Manufacturers Coalition

cate, charge and mobilize the region's
key stakeholders to initiate actions
that will stabilize our economy and
provide opportunities for individuals
and families in the Mahoning Valley
to learn livable wages. Further, this
coalition will create a demand-driven
mechanism for ongoing dialogue
among industry, education and the
public workforce system."

Southwest Regional
Manufacturers Association
The
Southwest
Regional
Manufacturers Association (SRMA)
is dedicated to bringing together
manufacturers to encourage the economic development of Southwest
Florida through manufacturing. It
strives to act as a forum for the
expression and exchange of ideas
among its members.
"The SRMA is manufacturers
working together for the common
good," SRMA says. "The primary
outcome of this working together is
a synergism that leads to an
improvement in the business climate for all manufacturers. This synergistic effect saves our members
time and money through best practice understanding, advanced quality systems and market development.
"In addition," it adds, "through
our ties with state and national manufacturing associations, the SRMA
provides a broad platform for
increased workforce development,
advocacy and networking." mt
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