Q1 2020 Pulse 

A Year in Review2019 was another great year! Our products and services have been well utilized by our membership. To name just a few of our accomplishments for 2019:
MAEA’s roundtables continue to provide a quality source of networking for our member companies.   Roundtable discussions included: The current and future state of Schuylkill County Economic Development, Access to Resources for Existing Businesses, Act of Violence Awareness, Apprenticeship Programs, Injury Prevention, DOT Regulatory Updates, Navigating the Weeds of Medical Marijuana in the Workplace and the Top 10 Most Frequent Cited Standards for General Industry in Pennsylvania.
MAEA’s tours included: Cardinal Systems Inc., Hudson’s Bay Company, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., Schott North America, Inc., Wal-Mart Logistics Distribution Center and InterMetro Industries Corp.
MAEA had a very successful year in training in 2019. Some of our most popular trainings included: OSHA 10 Hour and 30 Hour for the General Industry, Supervisory Development Certificate Series, Lead Worker Certificate Series, Forklift Train the Trainer, Arc Flash Electrical Safety, Project Management, Excel Classes, and Sexual Harassment. There were 20 customized In House trainings developed to meet company’s specific needs.

MAEA has been at the forefront in identifying the process involved in communicating the Legislative Pro-Growth, Pro-Manufacturing Public-Policy Agenda from Northeast PA to Harrisburg and then on to Washington, D.C. A few of our grassroots legislative efforts we worked closely with the National Association of Manufacturers were: USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Export / Import Bank, OSHA Regulatory Comments, Counterfeiting for Federal Register and Climate Change.

MAEA continues to respond to member companies’ needs by providing valuable benchmarking data.  The surveys conducted were the Regional Wage & Salary, National Wage & Salary, Pay Trends, and Regional Holiday Survey.  Companies participating in the regional surveys receive a complimentary copy of the results as well as discounted pricing on the National surveys.

The Council had a year of steady growth. 8,525 students participated in the YES program since 2006. 500 businesses offer preferred interviews to YES graduates with 50 of them offering tours.

We are looking forward to another great year in 2020, and we look forward to seeing you at our roundtables, trainings and events.
Darlene J. Robbins
President