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M.C.M.A. Receives State Recognition


The Mason County Manufacturers Association, along with West Shore Community College and the Mason County Growth Alliance, has been selected as the 2008 Michigan Works! for People Annual Conference Excellence in

Innovation Award. The M.C.M.A. was nominated by Michigan Works! West Central and the Michigan Works! System for their commitment to workforce development in Michigan. This award was the result of the Lean Users

Group Training. The fact that local manufacturing companies in Mason County pulled together in joint learning and collaboration accomplishments has resulted in this excellent state recognition. An awards ceremony has

already taken place at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center on Monday, September 8, 2008. Attendees from all partnering organizations (M.C.M.A., W.S.C.C., M.C.G.A.) were all present to accept this award.


Lean Training in a User Group Format


Thirty employees from nine M.C.M.A. Member Companies completed ten months of training on a range of Lean Manufacturing topics during 2007/2008, all of which enable manufacturing to be accomplished and managed

in more efficient and effective ways. Participants engaged in interactive classroom training in a user group format with each session hosted by each participating company in turn. One valuable aspect of this format is

the waste walk at each company, where the user group tours the host facility to view and offer constructive input on any aspect of that company's operation. This objective and helpful outside view has proved invaluable

for each hosting company, in addition to the learning gained in each session. The training was largely funded by the State of Michigan and is the first collaboration of this kind between manufacturers in a regional area.

A second phase of training focused on the next steps in lean manufacturing has been approved for 2008 / 2009. Participants are exited about the opportunity for more learning and increased beneft of their membership.

Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings. ~C.D. Jackson

Did You Know...


In 2013, manufacturers contributed $2.08 trillion to the economy, up from $2.03 trillion in 2012. This was 12.5 percent of GDP. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.32 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector.1

Manufacturing supports an estimated 17.4 million jobs in the United States—about one in six private-sector jobs. More than 12 million Americans (or 9 percent of the workforce) are employed directly in manufacturing.2

In 2012, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,505 annually, including pay and benefits. The average worker in all industries earned $62,063.3

Manufacturers in the United States are the most productive in the world, far surpassing the worker productivity of any other major manufacturing economy, leading to higher wages and living standards.4

Manufacturers in the United States perform two-thirds of all private-sector R&D in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector.5

Taken alone, manufacturing in the United States would be the 8th largest economy in the world.6


The Manufacturing Institute - http://www.themanufacturinginstitute.org

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