April, 2013

New members

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

Acuren Inspection
Barrett Hardware & Industrial
   Supply Co.
CertifiedSafety, Inc.
Durkin Electric Company
Dude Electrical Testing, LLC
Herlehy Mid-Continent Co.
Schneider Logistics
Sheffield Safety & Loss Control
Viox Services

Meeting Calendar
Environmental Division
May 14
LADCO Update
noon to 1:30 pm; $35
May 23
Industrial Energy Efficiency Best Practices Workshop;
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Government Affairs Division
To be announced
Maintenance Division
To be announced
Safety Division
May 14 First Aid/CPR/AED Training;
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $99
Human Resources Division
To be announced
Prices shown apply to TRMA members. For members 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)
April 11, 16, May 2, 7 and 21, 2013

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Be Safe, Be Competitive, Be Proactive: 2013 TRMA Objectives

Safety, competitiveness and increasing public awareness of how much manufacturing means to the community were the three goals laid out by Kyle Montgomery, vice president, Stepan Company, during his tenure as TRMA 2013 chairman, at TRMA’s annual awards dinner held March 20, 2013 at the Holiday Inn in Joliet.

That means, said Montgomery, making sure that all workers get home safely, be they plant employees or those of independent contractors doing work on-site, that manufacturers invest more in people to grow a badly needed talent pool; and that more be done to promote the impact of manufacturing on the local economy.

“Safety will always be the major concern for TRMA,” said Montgomery. “We are always looking for improvement opportunities.”

“The toughest thing you can ever do is to walk into the hospital room of an injured worker. I had to do that a couple of times early in my career. There was the worker in a hospital bed with family gathered around. It was tough,” Montgomery said to underscore his message of safety vigilance.

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New Initiatives to Bridge Education and Business…

Innovation and continuous improvement are critical to success, but they also can also widen the gap between graduatate and career ready. To help bridge the gap between schools and local employers, Three Rivers Education Partnership (TREP) is introducing two new programs: Vocational Instructional Practicum (VIP) and Mindstorms Challenge.

This summer, TREP is piloting a new Vocational Instructional Practicum (VIP) program for science and Career & Technical Education (CTE) educators. VIP teachers will be invited into industry and receive actual employer hands-on-training or an immersion experience in their area of certification. Teachers will observe work processes and technology, interview employers about the nature of their work, and if feasible, perform actual work on site. This program allows teachers to gain relevant, related, real-world experiences associated with the subjects they teach. The underlying goals of the program are that teachers will glean ideas and real-world examples to incorporate into their teaching which enhances student learning, as well as, to use the experience to motive students to pursue science or CTE related careers. Also, by experiencing how their students will receive “teaching and learning” outside of the classroom, teacher can better prepare their students for successful transitions.

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