GHMA Launches Lunch-n-Learn Series

GHMA will host its first Lunch-n-Learn in what we hope to become a series of programming tailored to manufacturing business owners. The first session will be hosted at the San Felipe Conference Center on August 12th, 2015 from 11:30 -1:00. Participants will be invited to network from 11:30 -12:00 with lunch and the slide series Strategic Leadership in Difficult Economies to follow. Member registration is only $39 and includes lunch, the presentation and parking validation. Seating is limited so we encourage pre-registration as soon as possible. To register, please click here. We look forward to seeing you!

Young Manufacturers Summer Academy

Are you a manufacturer? Would you like to inspire the next generation of manufacturers? Come Join in the Fun from 1pm-3pm! We need you!

On Friday, July 17, the Dream It. Do It. network collaboration between the Economic Alliance and Neighborhood Centers, Inc. plan to hold an interactive Capstone Event for twenty-three 7th to 9th graders that participated in a week long Young Manufacturers Summer Academy to further introduce them to the career process and skills they need to be successful in manufacturing.  We are looking for 5-6 HR representatives or someone from your company to help in the Capstone Event.  We want all industry participants to have lunch with the students and engage in a mini-youth panel and mock interviews. All the participating companies will be recognized by having their logos included in the program we will be creating for the students and parents that attend.

The event will be held at the Cleveland-Ripley Neighborhood Center at 720 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, TX 77505.  If you have any further questions for the event, feel free to contact Mike Lykes.

Complimentary lunch will be provided starting at 1pm!

GHMA and EES Plant Tour of Hunt & Hunt Ltd.

GHMA and Associate Member Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Consulting (EES), hosted a plant tour of Hunt and Hunt Ltd. on June 23rd. We learned all about Hunt and Hunt and their business relationship with EES.  Hunt and Hunt is a precision metal machine shop with 102,000 square feet of manufacturing area in two separate buildings. Included under their roof are 60 plus CNC machines with 9 axis Mill-Turns, Laser Cells and Robotic Welding. When Michael Bowman took over running the family business, they were housed in only one building and they were losing some of their customers to overseas shops. That is when  he started putting in automation to combat the lower cost competitors from overseas. Today many of the high volume CNC lathes are loaded with robots that enable them to run “Lights Out” for the evening shift.
A robot welding cell has replaced four welders to keep costs low. Building One specializes in perforating guns for all the major companies. Twin laser cells maintain production and were built in-house for half of the cost that was commercially available.

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GHMA to Co-Host HTC Tech Champs Conference

tech-champsThe Houston Technology Center South Campus welcomes the Greater Houston Manufacturers Association, NASA-JSC Technology Transfer, and the Clear Creek ISD World Champion Robotics team as we focus on Houston’s resources for Product Innovation, Manufacturing and Robotics. Join us for NASA Technology displays, a robotics demonstration, HTC Client Company presentations and networking with Hand-Crafted Beer Tasting courtesy of Galactic Coast Brewing Company at the HTC Tech Champs Conference July 9th, 2015.

For more details and to register for this event, please go here

Greater Houston Manufacturers Association Appoints New President

The Greater Houston Manufacturers Association announces the appointment of Luis Luarca as President of the GHMA effective 6/18/2015.  Mr. Luarca brings exciting ideas for the GHMA and impressive leadership experience at various levels of organizational management.  Mr. Luarca has served as President-Elect of the GHMA since January 2015 and is excited about his appointment to President and looks forward to a fun and exciting 2015 for GHMA members.  Join Mr. Luarca and the rest of the Board of Director members this coming Wednesday June 24, 2015 at our networking event at Monalissa Restaurant – Houston.

Transwestern’s Q1 Houston Outlook Report

While not specific to Manufacturing, Transwestern’s First Quarter Houston Outlook Report speaks to many employment, real estate, and economic statistics that are important to business and industry here in Houston.


Our Marketing Director Speaking on SEO at the Houston Technology Center

Greg Bright – GHMA marketing director, will be co-presenting a Lunch and Learn at the at the Houston Technology Center on May 20th on Search Engine Optimization.  HTC has been a long time supporter and partner of our Greater Houston Manufacturing Association.

Houston manufacturing SEOThe lunch and learn is produced by Energy Digital Summit.
Register Here – (registration required).

Greg Bright is a manufacturer, patent holder, author, and instructor on internet marketing. He is driving phenomenal growth to his businesses by applying the techniques he teaches.

He believes the internet is absolutely our best marketing tool — increasing in importance every day as new generations of buyers and sellers enter the economy.  Young buyers don’t remember life before the internet and seasoned buyers are changing their habits.

Greg was an early internet adopter, in the 80’s and 90’s, when he invented and patented a laptop stand.  He learned how to bring products to market quickly and efficiently utilizing the free search listings on Google and other search engines.

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GHMA Tours Venturetech

On April 16th, Larry Keast Founder and CEO of Venturetech Corporation International, hosted GHMA for a tour of his manufacturing facility where they build top drives and power swivels. If you’ve never been to Venturetech’s facility, it’s quite the set up.

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Houston manufacturing TourVenturetech took over what once was a Frito-Lay Distribution facility back in 2002. In 2010, Keast and his team added another 19,000 square feet to the original building and they plan to expand another 30,000 square feet this year, on the property that has grown to more than 11 acres in total. To finish the article and view the photo gallery from this event click below

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First Annual GHMA Membership Meeting and Townhall

Calling all GHMA members!

In accordance with our By-Laws we will host our first annual membership meeting Tuesday, April 7th from 8:00 – 10:00 in the morning at the Greater Houston Partnership downtown. Breakfast will be served and your GHMA Board of Directors will ask for your feedback in terms of your current wants and needs from the organization. Additionally, we will be voting on the slate of officers to fill the open positions on the Board as well as Committee Chair positions. If you are interested in serving the organization, please request a nomination form from Eva Sirman, GHMA Association Manager by email at  You must complete the nomination form and submit it to Eva no later than April 3rd, 2015. All nominations will be considered by the Board of Directors and the qualifications of the position will determine the person who is slated. Please see the calendar for more information regarding the meeting.

Open Positions:

Membership Director
Philanthropy Director
Sponsorship Director

Greeters Chair
Membership Chair
Programs Chair
Special Events Chair

Crude Oil Prices Effect Local Manufacturing

Greg Bright Owner Ocean Fab GHMA member, Greg Bright, owner of Ocean Fab a Houston-based equipment manufacturer is quoted by the Houston Chronicle on how falling crude prices are effecting business. Full Story