About the CMMA

Central Michigan Manufacturers Association

Membership in the CMMA brings with it factory tours, scholarship opportunities, networking opportunities, the exchange of ideas with manufacturers facing the same issues and challenges, along with insight into how other manufacturers successfully do business in our region. It’s not unusual for our members to bump into new improvement ideas during tours and presentations. We know that these opportunities have saved many dollars for our members.

In the past year, all of our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Safety, Education, Human Resources and the Executive Roundtable have supported our membership by working on issues important to manufacturers, sharing best practices among them and educating members about available resources. Also, the Quality SIG is being revamped to better serve our members.

Collaborative efforts in securing specialized training have saved participating companies significant dollars in training costs. An example, we estimate that a CMMA-sponsored hoist inspection training saved each participating company $900 per participant. Similar savings were realized with our Arch Flash, and Lean Champion training courses. CMMA members are also eligible for discounts with MMTC for employee training and a similar arrangement is in place with MMC.

Our goal is to continue to move forward, bringing value to our membership in the form of unique training opportunities, access to best practices between manufacturers, facilitating a collective voice in regional government to influence issues impacting manufacturers, and more.

Several projects have been implemented which further these objectives, including an electronic newsletter, an active partnership with General Agency Insurance in Mt. Pleasant, and assumption of a more active role in brokering manufacturing-related education and training. We also envision supplementing our tour-oriented meetings with round-table discussions and informational presentations, ranging from technical to political.

A CMMA membership is an investment in your business. We invite you to join us. If you’re already a member, the more you participate, the bigger your return on investment, so by all means dive in!

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Best Practices

Access to best practices between manufacturers.

Training

Access to training and tools for continuous improvement.

outside industries

Exchange of best practices with non-manufacturing industries.

Supply Chain

Our members participate in a regional supply chain.

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Collective Voice

With strength in numbers, our members combine to create a collective voice in government.

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Education

Education of members about available resources (workforce development, etc).

General Agency

Endorsed insurance program with the General Agency

Idea Exchange

Access a network of regional manufacturers that participate in an open exchange of ideas.

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Influence Legislation

Influence on legislative issues that impact manufacturing.

Special Interests

Active special interest groups (Education, Human Resources, Safety, Quality, Executive Roundtable)

Harry Leaver

Executive Director

In his current role as the Executive Director of the Central Michigan Manufacturers Association (CMMA), Harry Leaver leverages his experience gained in over 54 years working in manufacturing, including leadership roles in locations both domestic and international. 

Harry is recognized throughout MidMichigan as a champion of regionalism and a strong advocate of collaboration.  In addition, there are many examples where he has brought businesses together allowing them to shorten supply lines or reduce costs.

“Business Is Better When We Work Together” is the CMMA tag line.  Harry is a staunch advocate of this and promotes it every day.

Throughout his career, Harry has served on numerous non-profit boards around the region.  Current boards include CBM Services (part of the Midland Business Alliance) and Junior Achievement.

Harry is an honors graduate of Northwood University’s business management program.  He is also a graduate of a nationally recognized machine design apprenticeship (10,000 hours). 

Board Members

Bill Henderson

Board President
President of Aircraft Precision Products Inc., Ithaca

Jeff Harrison

Board Member
President, Burch Tank, Mt. Pleasant

Brian Sheets

Board Member
Executive, Avalon & Tahoe Pontoons, Alma

Kasey Zehner

Board Member
Director of Business Development, Greater Gratiot Economic Development, Ithaca

Dawn Thomas

Secretary, Emeritus Board Member
Former Plant Manager of Alro Steel, Clare, and currently with MDT Agency, Sanford

Kelly Wehner

Board Member
President, Case Systems, Midland

Amanda Glazier

Board Member
Account Executive, PADNOS, Alma

James Briggs

Board Treasurer
Sales & Marketing, Pratt Industries

Brent Hardman

Board Member
President, Powell Solutions, St. Louis

Tim Hood

Board Member
President, Mid Michigan College, Harrison

Don Schurr

Emeritus Board Member
Formerly with Greater Gratiot Development, Ithaca

John Foote

Board Member
Executive VP, Morbark, Winn

Chris Rishko

Board Member
CEO, Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works, Midland

CMMA By-Laws

Review our by-laws, available online, and in PDF format.

CMMA Antitrust Policy

Review our Antitrust Policy; available in PDF Format