21 PMPA member shops across the country took part in MFG Day 2013.

Here are some photos and some lessons learned:


Lesson 1: Pride of Job. The hosts at the various shops were obviously proud of the work that they do and the equipment that they use.

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Lesson 2: People doing the work connected with the attendees. In nearly every case hosts-  guides, speakers and demonstrators- were the actual workers on the machines.


Lesson 3: Connection and interest existed in attendees.


Lesson 4: Manufacturing is an area worthy of career consideration. ask the hundreds of attendees to PMPA member  shops hosting MFG. Day Events.

Manufacturing Day participation by PMPA member companies helped to change the perception of Manufacturing in the minds of  attendees- some of whom we will employ as our future workforce.
And in their communities.

Next year, we hope that you can open your shop to the local community and potential workforce as part of MFG Day 2014. Our 2013 experience tells us that you’ll be glad that you did.

Think that Manufacturing is Dull, Dirty, Boring?
Guess again.
I recently visited PMPA member shop Central Screw Products / Detroit Gun Works open house earlier this month.
High Energy. Positive Energy. Great housekeeping.

Nothing dull, dirty or boring going on here.
Nothing dull, dirty or boring going on here.

Matt and Arnot Heller, III recounted their trips to China several years ago:
“Everyone was telling us, “You should set up in our manufacturing cluster here in (name of Chinese province). Not only will ther be manufacturing companies, but also suppliers and outside services you will require.””
“It occurred to us that we already had that back in Metro Detroit- arguably the greatest manufacturing cluster on the planet. The talent was available in the local shops, So we decided to “continuously improve” our operations in Michigan.”
The Heller’s moved their operations from  Detroit city center to Troy to be closer to their families, and invested in state of the art equipment and set up the shop using lean systems and integrating robots into machining operations.
As Central Screw Products, the company continues to provide customers with high quality, just in time precision machined products for critical applications.
However their Detroit Gun Works operation has become their engine of growth and helped them to upgrade their equipment, people, and reinvigorate their supply chain.
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For many of us, Detroit is the Motor City.
For the Heller’s, Detroit is the greatest manufacturing cluster on the planet.