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CEO DATELINE – Manufacturing groups score with inaugural workplace awards

June 8, 2018
By Lori Sharn

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Ten trade groups are winners in the first “Best Manufacturing Associations to Work For” awards. Employees of these organizations, in anonymous surveys, reported high marks for engagement and satisfaction.

The Council of Manufacturing Associations, a membership group of the National Association of Manufacturers, announced the winners June 8.  In alphabetical order:

American Bakers Association
American Coatings Association
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
International Sign Association
Irrigation Association
Plastics Industry Association
PMMI—The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies
The Aluminum Association
The Fertilizer Institute

The winners will be honored at CMA’s Summer Leadership Conference in Chicago in August. 

“The NAM is proud to recognize and congratulate these outstanding associations for building exemplary work environments,” said CEO Jay Timmons in a news statement. “Manufacturing is about people, and that is just as true on the shop floor as it is in our associations and advocacy work. We’re dedicated to helping all of our CMA members identify best practices and learn from each other. Celebrating the best of the best helps all of us succeed.”

The Council of Manufacturing Associations includes more than 260 associations as members.  CMA worked with independent research firm Best Companies Group to evaluate association workplaces. The 10 honorees needed a score of 80 percent or better in eight core areas in order to earn the “best places to work” designation. 

Seventeen associations participated in the inaugural awards.  Each organization will receive a feedback report to help identify areas where the workplace could be improved.