Your membership to the MRMA comes with many benefits such as . . .
Best Practice Tours
MRMA schedules tours of various manufacturing plants. Members have the opportunity to observe firsthand the manufacturers’ operations from information management systems, to manufacturing processes, to material handling, to management styles. Participants have the opportunity to ask questions one-on-one of the host company’s management. These tours provide great opportunities to see new ideas and processes that may benefit other companies.
Meetings, tours, seminars and luncheons provide opportunities for finding new customers, sources, services and suppliers. Through interaction at MRMA functions, managers develop relationships which allow an exchange of ideas, problems and solutions to common challenges.
Voice in the Community
Members have input into local issues which may affect their businesses. MRMA has collaborated effectively with government and community organizations to resolve problems and give direction concerning local development to meet the needs of our members. MRMA members hold seats on the boards or committees of organizations such as the Ocala Marion County Economic Development Council, Free Trade Zone Initiative, Airport Board, ARC, Workforce Development and Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
Voice in Tallahassee & Washington DC
MRMA is a member of the state organization, Manufacturers Association of Florida and has two positions on their Board of Directors. Through this partnership MRMA joins forces with manufacturing associations throughout the state to advocate for manufacturing in Florida.There is a paid lobbyist in Tallahassee to work with our legislators to improve the business climate for manufacturers in Florida.
MRMA schedules business luncheons which features speakers who address various subjects of interest to manufacturers. Members are encouraged to bring representatives from their organizations who have particular interest in the subject matter. MRMA, in conjunction with Central Florida Community College, has started Marion Regional Manufacturing Institute . Various courses covering an array of areas pertinent to manufacturers and business in general are offered. Students completing the series are awarded a certificate of completion which is recognized by area businesses.
MRMA has completely funded endowed scholarships to CF – College of Central Florida for students pursuing a career in manufacturing. Employees and family members are given preference in receiving these scholarships. Recipients are invited to participate in all MRMA functions.
MRMA has partnered with local educational institutions/trainers and public/private agencies to promote excellence in manufacturing through training and workforce development. MRMA staff works closely with the manufacturers to understand their training requirements, helps identify training providers, and helps to identify grants to assist the member company in funding the training.
MRMA acts as a conduit for referring customers to manufacturers and manufactures to suppliers. We encourage companies to buy locally and to support local businesses. Many times local businesses are not aware of local capabilities. We attempt to visit each member’s facilities to understand the capabilities and needs of each member.