May, 2014

New members

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

Express Contracting Inc.
Governors State University
Graycor Industrial Constructors
Nalco Crossbow Water
One Way Safety
Patrick Engineering, Inc.
Pekron Consulting Inc.
Petrochem Inspection Services
Rolf Jensen and Associates
Roux Associates, Inc.
Safeway Services
Sterling Engineering

Meeting Calendar
Environmental Division
To be announced
Government Affairs Division
To be announced
Maintenance Division
May 28
Excavation Competent Person Training
Safety Division
May 13, Jun 10 or July 8 First Aid/CPR/AED Training;
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $99
May 7
Confined Space Entry Training; 7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $235
May 14
Electrical Safety in the Workplace - NFPA 70E; 7:15 am to noon; $235
May 22
Concealed Carry; 7:45 to 9:30 am; $25
May 23
Signal Person Safety & Rigging Hazard Awareness Training; 7:15 am to 4:00 pm; $235
Human Resources Division
Jun 12, 19 & 26
Supervisory/Leadership Training; am and pm sessions; $114 per session
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)
May 6, Jun 18, Jul 16 & Aug 13, 2014

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2013 TRMA Highlights: Safety & Workforce Development

The outstanding safety record of independent contractors working at TRMA-member plants was the highlight of Jeff White’s report to members at the annual awards dinner, held April 10, 2014. White, chief operations officer, engineering and operations at Aux Sable Liquid Products, serves as this year’s TRMA chairman.

The training provided to contractor employees by Three Rivers Safety Center is the key to minimizing workplace injuries, if not eliminating them entirely, and White said that the center delivered 25,000 training units to more than 10,000 workers in 2013.

TRMA handed out more than 40 awards at the dinner to contractors for the high safety standards they adhered to in 2013. Moreover, four contractors received the platinum award for sustained safety performance over a period of time, the highest of all the safety awards TRMA bestows.

Brieser Construction Company worked 1.3 million man-hours without injury over the past five years, half of them at TRMA member plants; BMWC Constructors worked four years with no injuries; Meade has worked more than 1.8 million man-hours without injury at TRMA plants; while Turner Industrial Maintenance worked one million hours, achieving an OSHA incidence rate of .21 per 100 workers.

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Manufacturers Advising the Guidance Counselor on Local Jobs

The ratio of jobs in our economy is 1:2:7. For every 1 job that requires a master’s degree or higher there are 2 professional jobs – those requiring a university degree, AND there are 7 “technician” levels jobs—those jobs requiring specific training that can be learned from a certification program or associates degree.

This 1:2:7 ratio was how Three Rivers Education Partnership (TREP) introduced its 4th annual Guidance Counselor Workshop. Accredited by the Will County Regional Board of Education, TREP teamed with 8 local business partners to share information about the skills, training and aptitudes that graduating high students will need to successfully apply and get jobs at the local level. Guidance Counselors from 16 different Will and Grundy area high schools spent April 11th touring and speaking with local business executives to gather job information that will help students better prepare for life after high school.

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Coop Program to Train Manufacturing Techs Takes Off

Industrialists across the country have tried numerous approaches to convince young people to consider careers in manufacturing that pay well, but do not require a four-year college degree, with limited success. However, TRMA and Joliet Junior College may finally be making some headway and with the mass retirement of Baby Boomers already underway, a solution can’t come soon enough.

The greatest need is for mechanical maintenance and instrument technicians, according to a 2012 survey of TRMA members. Respondents estimated they will need 100 instrument techs and 250 maintenance techs between now and 2018.

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