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Dear Members,


ATMA has been very busy the last few months, with activities in Workforce Development, Roundtable discussions, dinner meetings, and the NTMA conference. With this school year winding down we will be creating a pathway for students to be involved with manufacturing throughout the summer. We will be asking companies to open up their shop for these student to have a 6-8 week internship. The internship will be a shadowing program to plant the seeds of knowledge for precision manufacturing. This should be a paid position with hours that will work for all.


Along with the internships, we have been involved with many of our companies forming partnerships with the AzPMAP (Arizona Precision Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program). Currently, students are testing for a place on the candidates list. This list is for your review and so interviews can be set up and the best candidates hired into our companies. This apprenticeship program duration is approximately 3 years with 15 NIMS credentials. After completion, the apprentice earns their Journeyperson card and the merit of completion. This program is creating great leaders for our companies. For more information, contact Richard Hansen @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or me @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Recently, the ATMA’s Roundtable and Dinner meeting was very informative regarding cyber security, health care, human resources, and new technologies. Also, I don’t want to forget the great golf event we had with many sponsors. Thanks go out to the team and committee chair, Mike Holmes.


The NTMA events over the past four months included the MFG Annual Conference in Florida, the Emerging Leaders Conference in Colorado, the Plant Managers Conference in Phoenix, and Financial Overviews for Businesses. All of these events were very successful. This September, on the 15th & 16th, we will be supporting another great Southwest Region Conference in Boulder, CO. I encourage everyone to attend. This will be a great place with great weather and should be an unbelievable time!


I would like to thank the Board of Directors for their constant help in growing the ATMA to be the best Precision Manufacturing Association in the USA. We ask your help in our activity committees, coming to events and dinner meetings, and volunteering your time on our Board this coming year.


In addition, I would like to thank the Associates for their support in making our companies successful, without them, we cannot do our jobs.


Please remember that now is the time to reach out, train, and grow our workforce. It is all of our responsibility to unite and reach out to the youth in our community. The jobs exist, the positions need to be filled and Precision Manufacturing is on the rise.


Enjoy your summer and please feel free to reach out to me at any time for any reason. I’m always happy to help.


Regards,
Mark Lashinske President