What’s New

  • AWPA Government Affairs Conference Held October 1-3 in Washington DC

    This year’s conference was attended by more than 100 representatives of 48 companies, and offered participants even more time for business meetings. Harry Moser, from the Reshoring Initiative, discussed why companies are considering moving their manufacturing back to the US, and how companies can successfully evaluate what is most cost-effective for their business. Linda Dempsey, from the National Association of Manufacturers, discussed developments in US International Trade Policy, and what actions might be taken by the Administration in the upcoming year. Fred Waite, AWPA General Counsel, gave attendees an update on the status of recent trade cases, and Janet Kopenhaver, AWPA Director of Government Relations, provided insight into the upcoming elections. All these presentations are available by clicking the Past Meetings link on the AWPA Members Homepage.

  • Manufacturing Day was October 3, 2014: How Much Do You Know about US Manufacturing?

    Thanks to the National Association of Manufacturers a link to IndustryWeek’s Baker’s Dozen of Facts about US Manufacturing. US Manufacturing employs over 12 million people, and accounts for 60% of all US exports. If you missed it, October 3rd was National Manufacturing Day, and companies across the country hosted 1645 facility tours and events. President Obama marked the day by visiting Millenium Steel in Princeton, Indiana. Mark your calendars for 2015, and plan to host a Manufacturing Day event next year! Information on Manufacturing Day is available at the Manufacturing Day website, www.mfgday.com. Click on the headline to read more.

  • Aztech Lubricants Sponsors AWPA Operations Managers Meeting Reception

    The AWPA would like to express our appreciation to Aztech Lubricants, AWPA members since 2006, for their continued support of the Operations Managers Meeting through their sponsorship of the Wednesday evening reception. Their support helps keep registration fees down, and benefits the budgets of all our meeting attendees. You can visit Aztech’s website at http://aztechlube.com.

  • Does Your Company Have a Reshoring Story?

    The Reshoring Initiative is tracking the reshoring movement in the US, and wants to hear about your company’s experience. If you have chosen to move manufacturing back to the US, or chosen not to move it overseas, then send an email to Harry Moser at harry.moser@reshorenow.org. You might even get a free t-shirt! The Reshoring Initiative also has great tools for evaluating your company’s Total Cost of Ownership – go to their website at www.reshorenow.org.

  • AWPA Seeks Max Moore Award Nominations

    Nominations are now open for the 2015 Max Moore Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. Max Moore, owner and President of Oklahoma Steel and Wire and its affiliated companies, Southwestern Steel & Wire and Iowa Steel and Wire, was a dedicated and enthusiastic leader, who was tragically killed in a plane crash in 2000. Max was elected to the AWPA Board of Directors in 1990 and served in many leadership capacities throughout his tenure with the association. His enthusiasm for his business, family, employees and the community were evident in his daily life. In describing Max and his lifestyle, his family has provided the criteria by which an individual is selected to receive this distinguished honor. When soliciting nominations, we ask that you describe the nominee’s qualities in three areas: Entrepreneurial Spirit in their business life, Leadership, and Community Service. Nominees are drawn from among individuals who are with AWPA member companies. A description of the award and the nomination form are available on the AWPA Members Homepage.

Meeting Highlights

The Operations Managers Meeting will be held October 22-23, at the Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel in Houston TX. The Earlybird deadline is October 13 – only a week away, so don’t wait to register. This year’s program will include presentations on new approaches to tracking employee performance, GHS and HazCom compliance, and what to expect from the EPA, OSHA and the National Labor Relations Board in the new year. Along with Roundtable Discussions to discuss possible solutions to challenges you face in your facilities with other Plant Managers, and tours of MMI and Insteel plants in Houston, this year’s program is one you won’t want to miss. Register today by clicking on Upcoming Events to the left, then selecting the Operations Managers Meeting.