About a year ago, Hurricane Sandy forever changed many lives and destroyed  businesses on the East Coast.

What is your contingency plan when it is no longer business as usual?
What is your contingency plan when it is no longer business as usual?

QS9000 requires suppliers to have contingency plans
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Sometimes, natural disasters and acts of God are also in play.
PMPA offers it members operational assurance through our Disaster Recovery Plan
90 PMPA members stepped up to offer Operational Assurance.
90 PMPA members stepped up to offer Operational Assurance.

PMPA member companies stepped up during last years Sandy Hurricane to offer their capabilities and open time to shops affected by the Superstorm and its consequences.
Over 90 member companies contacted PMPA staff as part of PMPA’s Disaster Recovery Plan
Offers from “recovery shops” (shops volunteering to provide assistance) included loan of tools, gages, material, and offers to run jobs while  “requesting shops”  dug out from the storm.
Is your shop QS 9000 registered? Do you have a documented contingency plan?
PMPA member shops do. And a list of 90+ fellow shops who have volunteered aid and assistance in the past  if needed.
We hope that the only time you need to access the PMPA Disaster Recovery Plan is to pass a QS 9000 audit.
But as a PMPA member, our shops know that if they should have a need, we have a plan backed by member shops like theirs waiting to make a difference.
For information regarding PMPA Disaster Recovery Plan, contact Jeff Remaley  gro.apmp@yelamerj here at PMPA .
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The current perfect storm- whether you call it Hurricane Sandy, Frankenstorm, or “OH S**t what am I gonna do now?”-  provides a compelling testimony to the strengths of effective associating. Networking.

At PMPA today, networking  means   “Helping match shops with open capacity and similar capabilities to shops needing an assist to keep shipments on time due to a natural  or other disaster.”

That’s an “invaluable when you need it,” kind of networking.

Yes, networking can take place at a conference but…

The Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) created our Disaster Recovery Plan for PMPA members several years ago.

You can find it on our website at Disaster Recovery Plan

We prepared it to  have a structure for providing assistance when a member shop had a fire, storm damage, or lost a key piece of equipment.

We are fortunate to have not had to employ it more than a handful of times.

Yesterday, I posted a notice about where to find the plan, and requesting shops who were available to provide assistance via open capacity or capability  to notify PMPA so we could put them on our  list of candidate shops.

In less than an hour a  couple dozen shops had sent details of their capability, open capacity, materials worked with, and quality system credentials  so that we could prepare our candidate list of shops ready willing and able to assist disaster stricken fellow members.

Many people hear the word “networking” and think of golf, or conversations at conferences, or at local meetings.

At PMPA networking is not just a round of golf…

But networking can also be a more substantial, value added, support function at the time when you need it mostwhen your shop is in the midst of “disaster” and you are torn between the needs of your shop and the needs of your customers.

PMPA’s Business Disaster Recovery Plan for PMPA members is the highest and best form of networking- sharing our strengths to support our customers and fellow members at the time that they need support the most.

Networking. It’s not just a casual synonym for friendly chat or connecting.

In times like this, networking is about making a profound difference. Helping a fellow shop meet their obligations. Protecting and serving the interests of our mutual customers.

PMPA members are stepping up with their offers to assist.

PMPA is  ‘all about’  networking.

Networking as in “Helping match shops with open capacity and similar capabilities to shops needing an assist to keep shipments on time due to a natural  or other disaster.”

We call that effective associating.

What’s your shop’s safety net? Where can you turn for support when the waters rise or a fire shuts you down? 

How do you answer your customers’ queries about your disaster recovery plan?

I know some folks who have an uncanny ability to predict the future. They are not psychic, indeed, they are the kind of people that discount that sort of thing out of hand.

The secret of these folks is that as critical thinkers, they are able to recognize the assumptions of the present state, AND MAKE INFERENCES from the data that they have.

They make these inferences by not being slavishly tied to the present assumptions.

12 page pdf about your impending future. Scarier than Stephen King.

The folks at the National Association of Manufacturers (PMPA is a member) have issued a new report fiscal shock: America’s Economic Crisis Executive Summary.

8 bullets that tell the future your business is facing:

  • Absent legislative action, large spending cuts and large tax increases will hit the economy at the same time, causing a total fiscal contraction of $500 billion, or about 3.2 percent of GDP.
  • Washington’s failure to address the pending fiscal cliff is already having an impact, cutting 0.6 percentage points from GDP growth for 2012.
  • The worst could be ahead. If the fiscal contraction happens, the economy will almost certainly experience a recession in 2013 and significantly slower growth through 2014.
  • From 2012 to 2015, the economy will lose 12.8 percent of the average annual real GDP it could have attained with moderate growth, sapping critical resources from all economic sectors.
  • Job losses will be dramatic. By 2014, the fiscal contraction will result in almost 6 million jobs lost, and the unemployment rate could reach more than 11 percent. (U-3 unemployment U-6? Too scary to contemplate!)
  • Households will take a big hit. Real personal disposable income will drop almost 10 percent by 2015.Reduced U.S. Standard of Living
  • Manufacturers of consumer goods and defense contractors likely will see large and durable contractions in their industries.
  • It will take most of the decade for economic activity and employment levels to recover from the fiscal shock. Another recession could deal a substantial blow to long-term economic potential, permanently reducing living standards in the United States.

These eight points document why manufacturers are worried about slowing economic growth.

You know what to do…

If you think that Hurricane Sandy is the perfect storm, wait until you see what happens when sequestration cuts, other federal spending cuts, and layoffs  hit at the same time that U.S. taxpayers- investors, businesses, employees get hit by a sudden increase in tax liability.

Get the report.