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!
Access to best practices between manufacturers.
Access to training and tools for continuous improvement.
Exchange of best practices with non-manufacturing industries.
Our members participate in a regional supply chain.
With strength in numbers, our members combine to create a collective voice in government.
Education of members about available resources (workforce development, etc).
Endorsed insurance program with the General Agency
Access a network of regional manufacturers that participate in an open exchange of ideas.
Influence on legislative issues that impact manufacturing.
Active special interest groups (Education, Human Resources, Safety, Quality, Executive Roundtable)
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).
President of Aircraft Precision Products Inc., Ithaca
President, Burch Tank, Mt. Pleasant
Executive, Avalon & Tahoe Pontoons, Alma
Director of Business Development, Greater Gratiot Economic Development, Ithaca
Secretary, Emeritus Board Member
Former Plant Manager of Alro Steel, Clare, and currently with MDT Agency, Sanford
President, Case Systems, Midland
Account Executive, PADNOS, Alma
Sales & Marketing, Pratt Industries
President, Powell Solutions, St. Louis
President, Mid Michigan College, Harrison
Emeritus Board Member
Formerly with Greater Gratiot Development, Ithaca
Executive VP, Morbark, Winn
CEO, Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works, Midland
Review our by-laws, available online, and in PDF format.
CMMA Antitrust Policy
Review our Antitrust Policy; available in PDF Format