The Tooling, Manufacturing & Technologies Association is an organization
dedicated to serving, enhancing and promoting the success of its member companies for the mutual benefit of all concerned through the increased power of group strength and leadership.

Of Member Interest

Effective Personal Productivity Classes 
When: 8 consecutive Thursdays from 4:00-6:00pm starting September 15 (thru Nov 1)
Where: TMTA office at 28237 Orchard Lake Rd, Suite 101, Farmington Hills MI
Cost: $1,800 per person with total satisfaction and guaranteed results

Paul Hindelang of Results Systems Corp. will be conducting Effective Personal Productivity classes at TMTA offices. 

Personal productivity is the foundation of all effective leadership. It is only when you can optimize your own performance that you are truly able to impact and increase the performance of others.

For more information see here
If you have any questions and to register, contact Paul at 248-244-8550 today!

Advocacy News
TMTA Backs the Following Legislation:

H.R. 820-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. Sponsored by Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI-9).

S. 433 A bill to establish a benefit calculation methodology with respect to currency undervaluation for purposes of countervailing investigations and reviews, and for other purposes. Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

US-China Economic & Security Review Commission:  2015 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

In The News

From Charles Blum, President Int'l Advisory Services Group LTD:
Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt
In the 1950s, Tennessee Ernie Ford sang: "You load 16 tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt." His lament regarding "number 9 coal" and the "company store" lives on in thousands of karaoke machines across the Pacific but seems far from modern American realities. Indeed, The Hill published a story last week proclaiming that "debt and deficits are an afterthought" in the 2016 election. Perhaps not. Lately, I've been pondering the notion that all debt is not created equal.  Full article 

From Manufacturing & Technology News:
Chinese Manufacturers Have Quickly Become The World's Largest Market For Industrial Robots
China is set to become the largest global producer of industrial robots. Annual sales of Chinese-made industrial robots to Chinese manufacturing companies are projected to reach 100,000 units by 2020, up from zero Chinese-made robots in 2012, and 20,400 in 2015, according to Wang Ruixiang, president of the China Machinery Industry Federation.  Full article  

From FoxNews Opinion:
What Hillary gets wrong about America's 'moment of reckoning'
By Peter Morici  Published August 02, 2016
Accepting the Democratic Party's nomination for president, Hillary Clinton declared the country is at a moment of reckoning. Here's the truth: America's economy is a mess and our social fabric is fraying. That's why Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton, offers a better way forward.  Full article  

From the Huffington Post:
Farmer Forced To Dump Insane Amount Of Gorgeous Cherries
A bountiful harvest seems like a good thing. But not for a farmer in Michigan who says a federal regulation forced him to let 40,000 perfectly good tart cherries go to waste. "...we have to dump 14 percent of our tart cherry crop on the ground to rot," Santucci wrote. "Why? So we can allow the import of 200 million pounds of cherries from overseas! It just doesn't seem right."  Full article  

From Manufacturing & Technology News:
U.S. Steel Industry Pleads With Uncle Sam To Stand Up For America Before The Industry Is Destroyed By China
The United States steel industry is experiencing the greatest crisis in its history due to record import surges and cheap steel that is flooding global markets from Chinese state-owned and subsidized companies. The result is a steep loss of U.S. production capacity along with thousands of jobs.  Full article  

Membership Benefits News
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.

                    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 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.

Sign this Trade Balance Petition Sponsored by the Coalition for a Prosperous America!

For 40 years, perennial trade deficits have resulted in debilitating and potentially permanent job losses, stagnant incomes, industry losses and massive foreign debt. Stunningly, U.S. law has never prioritized balanced trade as a national objective.

Perpetual trade deficits and unlimited foreign debt are unsustainable for any nation. While there is still time to avoid a catastrophic economic correction, Congress should direct the President to pursue Balanced Trade now as the principal federal trade policy objective to ensure that trade agreements and other trade initiatives reduce and do not exacerbate our economic difficulties.

TMTA encourages you to patronize the companies on our Made In Americawho 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.