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October is MFG DAY Month!

Join the South Bend Regional Chamber and Michiana NTMA as we partner with area businesses and educators to shine a virtual spotlight on local manufacturers and manufacturing career opportunities. The virtual format extends the reach of this annual event beyond one day – and to more students, educators, parents, and community members. MFG Days 2020 will kick off October 2, with the launch of a video series and additional resources – then, industry panel discussions, business chats, virtual tours, and more will take place throughout the month. We are excited to create digital tools and virtual opportunities to connect students to manufacturing.

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One Voice Meeting with Indiana Senator Todd Young October 15

Join NTMA Indiana & Michiana Chapters
for a meeting with U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN)
When: Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Where: Virtual – Zoom Link

The NTMA Indiana & Michiana Chapters, in partnership with the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Indiana District, is hosting a virtual Zoom meeting on October 15 at 11:00 AM featuring US Senator Todd Young (R-Indiana) and our One Voice Washington, D.C. lobbying team, Omar Nashashibi and John Guzik of The Franklin Partnership.

The first 30 minutes of the meeting will consist of an overview of key issues presented by our D.C. team, followed by discussions with Senator Young, a strong supporter of metalworking manufacturing, will make brief remarks and spend the remaining 20 minutes of the program taking questions and listening to your concerns.

With all that is happening, we are bringing you the opportunity to have your voice heard by your elected officials in Washington, D.C. This is your chance to discuss our industry’s priority issues and key challenges facing your business ahead of the 2020 elections.

In advance of the meeting, all registrants will be provided with background information on Senator Young and the association’s top policy priorities heading into the election.

This complimentary event is exclusive to NTMA & PMA Regular members. Contact MCNTMA Chapter Executive at for registration link, additional details or membership information.

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Data Protection Experts For New DoD CMMC Requirement

MCNTMA Valued Associate Member – The AME Group
Data Protection Experts for New DoD CMMC Requirement

What is CMMC?
In a nutshell, it is a way to understand how mature a company is with their security practices and to set standards for companies who work with the Department of Defense (DoD) to protect controlled unclassified information (CUI) and ultimately reduce the likelihood of a breach caused by those businesses. CMMC is currently in a draft version.

The U.S. DoD is working with the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) sector to enhance the protection of sensitive data – particularly Federal Contract Information (FCI) and CUI within the supply chain. The theft of hundreds of billions of dollars of intellectual property (IP) by malicious cyber activity threatens the U.S. economy and national security. These threats are estimated to cost the U.S. between $57 B and $109 Billion in 2016, and threats are only rising. The theft of IP is attributed to poor cybersecurity maturity and ineffective implementation of controls.

These guidelines combine various cybersecurity control standards (NIST, ISO, AIA and others) into one unified standard, but unlike NIST SP 800-171, the CMMC will implement five (5) levels and take into consideration to what extent your company practices the standards.

How will CMMC impact your business?
Starting June 2020, whether you are the contracting business or a subcontractor, you MUST obtain your Certification if you want to do business with the DoD. There are 5 levels of maturity, but not every type of contract requires the highest level. The level required will depend on the amount of CUI your company handles, even if you think it none. The required CMMC level will be contained in the L&M section of the Request for Proposals (RFP) making cybersecurity an “allowable” cost in the DoD contacts.

This will be implemented initially with only DoD contracts, but don’t be surprised to see it applied to other government entities. For additional details and contact info –

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Important Resources While Navigating the COVID-19 Response

For the most up-to-date and relevant information, check the One Voice COVID-19 response website – where NTMA members can obtain the trustworthy, practical information you need right now to operate your businesses. The current website topic areas include: Safe Workplace Guidelines, Workforce Resources, Human Resource Compliance Tools, Loan and Tax Information, Federal, State and Local Government Ordinances and Information. The site is being updated constantly as new information becomes available. information.

About One Voice: One Voice is the combined federal government advocacy effort of The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA). One Voice represents approximately 2,500 metalworking companies, promoting U.S. government policies that will ensure a strong manufacturing sector in the United States.

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MCNTMA Announces 2020 Board of Directors

The MCNTMA held its annual meeting December 6. The purpose of this meeting was to vote on the 2020 Michiana Chapter Board of Directors and Officers, review the chapter’s strategic plan goals and objectives for business and workforce development and membership. Please welcome the following announcement of your 2020 Board of Directors and Officers…

President – Mr. Paul Hartz, Mack Tool & Engineering
Vice President – Mr. Eric Kurzhal, Allied Specialty Precision
Secretary/Treasurer – Ms. Teresa Sherman, Schafer Industries
Trustee – Mr. Eric Kurzhal, Allied Specialty Precision
Alternate Trustee – Mr. Paul Bonin, Bertrand Products

Board Member – Mr. Andy Jordan, Exacto Inc of South Bend
Board Member – Ms. Kelly Kasner, Michiana Global Mold
Board Member – Mr. & Mrs. Bill & Ann Voll, Sibley Machine (Honorary Members)
Board Member – Mr. Mark Bagwell, Horton Group (Associate Member)
Board Member – Mr. Brian Witkowski, AME Group (Associate Member)
Board Member – Ms. Kate Lee, South Bend Regional Chamber (Community Member)
Board Member – Mr. Mike Pace, Purdue University (Education Member)

Get the most out of your membership by getting in! Your participation matters to the future success of the chapter and association. We value your input to improve your value of membership. Please contact MCNTMA Chapter Executive, with your comments and suggestions for a prosperous 2020!

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MFG Day Impact Event! – Nov 19

Manufacturing Day Impact Event!
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
9:00am-10:30am EST
General Stamping & Metalworks
25101 Cleveland Road
South Bend IN 46628

Please join us to recap and showcase the successes of South Bend Region Manufacturing Day 2019! and explore other ways to strengthen your current and future workforce. Event includes testimonials from area manufacturing companies who hosted students,
and a tour of General Stamping and Metalworks.

Impact Event Agenda…

-Review survey feedback the South Bend Regional Chamber received from host sites and participating students. Learn the many opportunities and benefits of participating in 2020!
-Share information on education/training programs area manufacturers are leveraging to attract new talent or skill up existing talent
-Discuss current and projected workforce and training needs
-Share additional opportunities to engage with your future workforce
-Tour General Stamping & Metalworks

As a Michiana area manufacturing employer, even if you haven’t participated in the South Bend Region MFG Day YET, we would love to have you join us as we recap the event and have a conversation about some unique training partnerships emerging in our region, and what more manufacturers can do to attract, build, and retain a quality workforce. Contact to register

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Luncheon Roundtable & Plant Tour – Nov 7

Luncheon Roundtable
& Plant Tour
Thursday, November 7, 2019
11:30am EST

Join our Small Business Roundtable to discuss workforce development initiatives including recruitment, training and retention of future skilled talent. Luncheon includes opportunities for plant tour of Mack Tool and Engineering and success stories of their particpation in the M.A.P. to grow their entire team.

Mack Tool and Engineering 2820 Viridian Dr, South Bend, IN 46628
To Register- email

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MFG Day 2019 is October 4!

NEWS RELEASE: South Bend, Ind. – On Friday, October 4, the sixth annual South Bend Region Manufacturing Day will provide nearly 800 area students with the opportunity to visit local manufacturers, explore education and career opportunities in our community, and see how their classroom learning today is building a foundation for their future success.

The South Bend Region Manufacturing Day presenting partners are Centier Bank, Tenneco, and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) Michiana Chapter. Additional sponsors include: 1 st Source Bank, AEP, FDC, Honeywell, Ivy Tech Community College, Nuway Construction, Conexus, Elkhart Plastics, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue Polytechnic South Bend, and Tuesley Hall Konopa, LLP.

“The Chamber is excited by the growing collaboration between business and education in our region and proud to serve as a connector and leader of initiatives like Manufacturing Day,” says South Bend Regional Chamber President & CEO Jeff Rea. “Engaging students and showing them the wonderful opportunities in our community to continue their education, begin a career, and make an impact helps drive growth of existing business and attraction of new ventures.

…In the South Bend Region, students and educators from nine high schools and SBCSC Adult Education will learn about real career opportunities, training, and resources. The day will also support educators as they work to introduce their students to career possibilities…MFG Day 2019 planning is led locally by the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with NTMA Michiana Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue Polytechnic South Bend, South Bend Community School Corporation, Career Academy, Mishawaka High School, Penn High School, New Prairie High School, Saint Joseph High School and SBCSC Adult Education.

The following manufacturers and educators are also assisting with planning and will host tours or be on site at Ivy Tech to share their story with students:
Allied Specialty Precision
AM General LLC
B&B Molders, LLC
Bertrand Products, Inc.
Bethel University
C & S Machine
Complexus Medical
Corteva Agriscience Pioneer
Curtis Products, Inc.
Daman Products
Elkhart Plastics, Inc.
Graphic Films
General Stamping & Metalworks
Hoosier Racing Tire
Hubbell RACO
Imagineering Finishing Technologies
Ivy Tech
The Lebermuth Company, Inc.
Lippert Components
Mack Tool & Engineering
North American Signs
Nuway Construction
Pretzels, Inc.
Purdue Polytechnic
South Bend Purity Cylinder Gases
Rieth-Riley Construction
St. Joseph Energy Center
Schafer Industries, Inc.
Sew Loved, Inc.
South Bend JATC 153 Electrical Training Alliance
South Bend Modern Molding
Speedgrip Chuck Company
Steel Warehouse
Tire Rack
Trine University
Yamaha Robotics
MFG Day is a national effort, supported by a variety of organizations, to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the U.S. economy. It is a way to encourage local manufacturers to connect with students, parents, and educators to explore how they can be involved in the growing number of manufacturing-related careers across the country. More information is available at – SOUTH BEND REGIONAL CHAMBER

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