Harleysville CustomPak
an Insurance Package Designed Exclusively for TMTA Members

Harleysville CustomPak bundles together all the right coverages for the specific risks your business faces every day as a manufacturer. You can also add an array of a la carte options to meet your company's specific needs.

In the event of a loss, the right insurance coverage can make the difference between re-establishing your business and closing your doors forever! Make sure you have the right insurance coverage.

Find out how Harleysville & TMTA can protect your company and save you money, contact TMTA's endorsed property and liability insurance agent,
Jay Poplawski of the Ralph C. Wilson Agency, at 1-800-638-1174.

TMTA Backs H.R. 1276:
TMTA Fights for You for Currency Reform

H.R. 1276 is the same as H.R. 639 (112th Congress). Its aim is to amend title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930 to clarify that countervailing duties may be imposed to address subsidies relating to a fundamentally undervalued currency of any foreign country.

Previous legislation (H.R. 639 (112th Congress) and H.R. 2378) gained popularity, but did not pass both the House and Senate. H.R. 1276 begins the process again as proof that we will not give up the fight.

You can help by contacting your legislator. Track H.R. 1276 here.

The Coalition for a Prosperous America has created an easy and quick way to send an e-mail to your Representative. Visit their page here.

In The News

From the State of Michigan:
Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF)
While Michigan's economy continues to gain momentum, there is still a challenge for companies to find talent with the skills they need. To address this issue, the Governor recommended and the Legislature supported the creation of the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF).  More Information

From U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission:
2014 Annual Report to Congress
Manufacturing & Technology News says every American should read this report to Congress and they will have a different perspective of the U.S.-China relationship and the federal government's unwillingness to defend the interests of American companies and their workers. Full article  

From Mfgtech.com:
World's First 3D-printed Car Takes Inaugural Drive
Local Motors gets behind the wheel for historic ride in Chicago at IMTS - International Manufacturing Technology Show  Full article  

From Manufacturing & Technology News:
U.S.-China Commission Describes The Multiple Tactics Of A Rogue Nation Whose Policies Have Destroyed The U.S. Economy, And The U.S. Federal Government's Failed Response
For the past decade, U.S. government officials have been pleading with China to shift its economy from investment in manufacturing capacity and exports to domestic consumption. It has asked that China stop manipulating the value of its currency. It has asked that it open its markets to U.S. service providers in health care and finance.   Full article  

From IndustryWeek:
The Hole in the Middle
The "middle-skills" shortage lies at the heart of the skills gap, and it's up to manufacturing execs to take the lead to fix it.  Full article  

From Manufacturing.net News:
U.S. Appeals WTO Ruling Against National Meat Labels
The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that would make it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery store came from.  Full article  

From Consumer Reports:
Everything you need to know about the Takata air bag recall
About 7.8 million vehicles, made by 10 different automakers, have been recalled to replace frontal air bags on the driver's side or passenger's side, or both.  Full article  

From ClickOn Detroit News:
Michigan approves nearly $8.6 million in grants to boost skilled trades workers
The Michigan Workforce Development Agency on Tuesday announced the funding for 23 Michigan Works! workforce development agencies around the state. The money will be awarded to Michigan companies for skilled trades training to better match talent with employer needs.  Full article  

From Consumer Reports:
'Counterfeit' tires pose consumer risk
Tested Chinese tires under perform; manufacturer disavows them. What began as a routine tire test became a journey through a maze of deception, finger-pointing, and a lack of accountability that in itself could prove dangerous if the product should prove to be defective.  Full article  

News You Need

21st Century Trade Agreement Principles

We simply cannot afford to have only multinationals influencing our government's trade policy. Your company signature gives the Coalition for a Prosperous America more clout before trade officials and Congress to influence future trade deals so America can benefit.

If you are an authorized representative of your business/organization (no individuals); please add your business/organization name to this document.

Million Jobs Project Aims to Create One Million
American Jobs by Buying American Made!
Flex your muscles as a consumer to create one million new jobs!
It's as easy as one, two three.
1. Watch the video above.
2. Take the pledge at the Million Jobs Project webpage here.
3. Share this project with at least two friends.

TMTA encourages you to patronize the companies on our Made In America page who manufacture items in the USA. Click on the flag below.

Buying America Back
A Real-Deal Blueprint for Restoring American Prosperity
by: Alan Uke

Buying America Back outlines a plan to turn back the tide with a grass-roots movement to promote American industry by helping American consumers have a better understanding of where their goods (and services) come from.

Accurate disclosure would enable consumers to reward local producers or those with high local-product content. Uke points out that this approach is increasingly popular with food, and prevalent in many other countries.
Determined consumer leadership on this issue, he maintains, could goad Congress into action and prompt corporations to revive domestic production.

"As more products are produced globally, it's not as simple as buying American anymore. Alan clearly walks you through the relationship between where a product is made and how important a fair trade ratio is to the United States. By educating consumers on this, Alan proposes using consumer choice and economic freedom to succeed where the big government programs have failed--moving the economy and producing jobs."--U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA)

Every once in a while, you'll stumble upon a book that significantly changes the way you see the world. This is one of those books...what was most striking about this work is its potential - with no trade restrictions, subsidies, or costly regulations (and almost no cost to businesses or taxpayers!) - to drastically improve the state of the U.S. economy on the scale of tens or hundreds of billion dollars and hundreds of thousands of new jobs annually.

Find this book at Amazon.
 MyBlue-Individual health plans from Blue Cross -- Click here to get in contact with your association
For Information on BCBSM health plans, contact TMTA's endorsed agent, Bill Percha, 
at 586-904-9700.