June, 2013

New members

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

Caterpillar Inc. - Joliet
Northwest Industrial Specialists
Purity Plus Water Systems

Meeting Calendar
Environmental Division
To be announced
Government Affairs Division
To be announced
Maintenance Division
June 27 Scaffold Competent Person Training; 7:15 am to 4:00 pm; $235
Safety Division
July 9 First Aid/CPR/AED Training;
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $99
July 9 Fall Protection Competent Person Training; 7:15 am to 4:00 pm; $235
July 11 Safety Sharing Workshop; manufactures only; 7:15 am to 1:00 pm; $15
July 18 Electrical Safety in the Workplace - NFPA 70E; 7:15 to 11:30 am; $235
July 30 Signal Person Safety Training & Rigging Hazard Awareness Training; 7:15 am to 4:00 pm; $269
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)
July 16 & August 13, 2013

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Robots…tomorrow's workforce?

TREP today is a different organization than it was at its inception nearly 30 years ago, while its goal of preparing today’s students for tomorrows workforce is the same. Today, TREP is guided by research that demonstrates that students who complete a STEM course of study typically reference a local, personal and relevant STEM experience as motivationnot excelling in the subject. Persistence is tied to the student identifying with a STEM professional. Hence, our goal is to connect manufacturing (STEM) professions with the next generation of scientists, engineers and operators by creating experiences that are local, personal and relevant.
This fall, we are introducing a new program, Mindstorms. Envisioned as an after-school enrichment program for middle school students, students are exposed to engineering and technology concepts using Lego Robotics kits. With an engaging operator or engineer as the lead, middle school students learn to solve a problem using a robot. For the 6-week session, the students work in teams to design a solution and the mentor guides students to try new approaches and find optimal solutionsessentially mirroring our modern, manufacturing workforceworking in teams, continuously improving, thinking both critically and creatively.
TREP’s goal is to seed as many middle school robotics programs as possible, and we need VOLUNTEERS to be the classroom mentors.

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Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program

Representatives from the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program presented to the Three Rivers Manufacturers' Association and Joliet Chamber of Commerce on March 21, 2013 to provide information on the program’s offerings for homeowners and businesses. Nicor Gas offers rebates and incentives to home and business owners to help them reduce their energy costs. By taking advantage of the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program, you can do just that. The program offers a variety of customized incentives and rebates for your home and business, all designed to help you liberate your finances and achieve your goals. Businesses can take advantage of technical assistance, energy assessments and cash rebates for reducing natural gas usage. Businesses are eligible to receive rebates ranging from $50 for a programmable thermostat all the way up to $500,000 for custom natural gas-saving projects. Call 877.886.4239 or visit NicorGasRebates.com/commercial to learn how your business can take advantage of the program.