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

Captrust ReportStaying the Course for Retirement - What in the World is Happening?
2016 has started out with a downward trend that investment markets around the world have not experienced in several years. This volatility may have you asking: "What's happened?" or "How concerned should I be?"  Full article  

TMTA Hourly and Salary Wage Surveys - Surveys were mailed to all members for the 2016 TMTA Hourly and Salary Wage Surveys and they are due back in our office by February 12, 2016. As always, only members who participate in the wage surveys will receive the survey results.

If you have any questions or did not receive your copy of the MSD or Wage Surveys, contact Ron at 248-488-0300 ext. 1308 or send an email to him at Our fax number for returning forms is 248-488-0500.
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).

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.

From U.S.-China Economic and 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 IndustryWeek:
Software Eats Manufacturing (and Manufacturing Gains)
From hardware startups to the skills gap, five takeaways from the Brookings Institution's advanced industries regional workshop.  Full article    

From the New York Times:
Supreme Court Deals Blow to Obama's Efforts to Regulate Coal Emissions
In a major setback for President Obama's climate change agenda, the Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the administration's effort to combat global warming by regulating emissions from coal-fired power plants.  Full article  

From Manufacturing & Technologies News:
A Trend That Never Left The Station 
The "reshoring" trend of American companies bringing production back to the Untied States because of low domestic energy prices and surging labor rates in China is a myth, and always has been a myth, according to A.T. Kearney.  Full article  

From the New York Times:
Factbox: What Is in Obama's Final Budget Proposal?
President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled his budget proposal for fiscal year 2017, his final year in office.  Full article  

From IndustryWeek:
It's Not That Hard to Be Great
If you've been struggling for years to make your company a great one with little to show for it, you may find my belief that it's not that hard to be great offensive. That doesn't mean it's not true.  Full article  

From USA Today News:
Supreme Court blocks Obama's climate change plan
The Supreme Court dealt a blow to President Obama's signature climate change initiative Tuesday by halting the administration's effort to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants while a legal battle rages on.  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.

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.