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Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2016 and Emerging Technologies Academy being held September 7-9, 2016

IMI’s Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2016 and Emerging Technologies Academy is being held September 7-9, 2016 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois. Complete details can be downloaded at

Ink jet is a disruptive technology that is rapidly expanding into new manufacturing applications and providing transformative benefits. With many ink jet industry leaders convening in the Chicago area, this is a unique opportunity for manufacturing companies in the region to evaluate how ink jet technology can improve manufacturing operations and increase profitability. In addition to the showcase program, the following short courses are being offered on Friday, September 9th.

  • 3D Printing Opportunities & Challenges
  • High Speed Ink Jet System Design & Process Development
  • Industrial Inkjet: Practical Considerations

Hotel reservations can be made using the following information:

Focus on Training to Solve the Skills Gap in Manufacturing

Jeff Weber, SVP of People and Places at Bridge by Instructure Wed, 2016­07­06 22:47

Often the U.S. manufacturing sector is often praised for having built a thriving American middle class and solidifying the nation as an industrial force. But, in recent years the industry has been seriously challenged to maintain its competitive standing, which was put into sharp effect when Detroit — a manufacturing focused region endured the debilitating effects of its residents abandoned the city by the millions, and ultimately file for bankruptcy.  (See the rest of the American Machinist story)

3M Exit provides opportunity for local skilled labor

3M, located in Milford, Ohio, is relocating to Mexico at the end of 2016. The situation is certainly not ideal to boost American manufacturing; however, it may be advantageous to local companies that are seeking to fill highly-skilled jobs. Nearly 130 well-trained and experienced 3M employees are looking to transition to new positions over the next several months. To inquire about filling a need in your workforce, please contact 3M Human Resources Manager, Don Barnes at 513-272-5056 or

Upcoming DRMA Events

Take note of some upcoming events being hosted by DRMA:

  • MFG Mixes in June!
    • June 23 with the Mason-Deerfield Chamber of Commerce – This is a great opportunity for DRMA members to meet manufacturers who are members of the Mason-Deerfield Chamber; hosted by Performance Lexus in Deerfield Township.  $10 per person. Register here.
  • The next round of Meet Ups is here!   They are FREE and for members only. Build your peer network at…
    • MFG Day Meet Up, Tuesday, June 7, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., Select Industries. Register here
    • Additive Manufacturing Meet Up, Tuesday, June 7, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Bastech.  Register here
    • Young Professionals Meet Up, Tuesday, June 14, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., 5th Street Brew Pub.  Register here
    • Operations Meet Up, Tuesday, June 21, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., Middletown Tube Works. Register here
    • NEW! Government Relations Meet Up, Tuesday, June 21, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Corner Kitchen. Register here
    • NEW! Safety Meet Up, Wednesday, June 22, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., Dayton Convention Center, Room 207.  Register here
    • Workforce Meet up, Tuesday, June 28, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., Location Register here

Southwest Ohio manufacturers invited to apply for technical assistance from NASA

February, 17, 2016
CINCINNATI, OHIO — TechSolve, The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati, and NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland are partnering to host the 2016 NASA Tech Connect event on Wednesday, June 15. U.S. owned manufacturing companies in Southwest Ohio can apply for one day of technical consulting with NASA Glenn experts.
To apply visit Applications are due Monday, March 11.

Manufacturers who receive an invitation and attend the event will receive assistance from NASA Glenn experts to solve technical challenges with a new or existing product. Companies will also have the opportunity to apply for an additional 32 hours of technical assistance. “This is a unique opportunity for manufacturers to access the intelligence, research capabilities and resources of NASA Glenn Research Center,” said TechSolve President Gary Conley. “TechSolve is excited to partner with NASA on this project – NASA Glenn has already completed similar programs in Northern Ohio and has helped over 30 small and mid-sized manufacturers solve their most complex problems and technical challenges.”

“Greater Cincinnati has a long history of making things,” said Kimm Coyner, managing director, projects team and JobsOhio for REDI Cincinnati. “From soap and candles in the 1800s to airplane engines and automotive parts today, our region is uniquely qualified to excel in manufacturing. This is a great opportunity for our local companies to find needed solutions and grow.”
Glenn’s expertise covers basic engineering disciplines as well as the specialty fields that support the center’s core competencies:
  • Air-Breathing Propulsion
  • Communications Technology and Development
  • In-Space Propulsion and Cryogenic Fluids Management
  • Power, Energy Storage and Conversion
  • Materials and Structures for Extreme Environments
  • Physical Sciences and Biomedical Technologies in Space
In April, TechSolve will send invitations to selected manufacturers.
To learn more about NASA Glenn, visit:
To learn more about The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati, visit:
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