Houston: Gateway to the Americas

Join the GHMA President Luis Luarca as the Keynote Speaker in the Industry and Manufacturing breakout session of the “Gateway to the Americas” Conference at the J.W. Marriott hotel on December 2-4, 2015. The Colombia Texas Chamber of Commerce, the U.S.-Panama Business Council, the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Houston Partnership, the University of Houston, and Visit Houston have joined forces to organize the first hemispheric Conference & Expo in Houston titled “Houston: Gateway to the Americas”.

Houston’s leadership position will be strengthened with the expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled to the finalized in the first half of 2016. The expansion will position Houston as the principal port of Central USA, with large implications for the trade and investment. The Houston port is the presently deepening its container port to accommodate post-Panama ships while at the same time installing new container cranes.

The conference will serve to strengthen the “connection” between Houston and the Americas, enhancing its position as the true gateway. It will undoubtedly expand on existing trade and lead to additional transfer of technology, education, tourism and other areas.


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Follow this link for more infromation on the conference,  http://houston.chambernation.com


Medivators and Southern Star Brewery Plant Tour

Come learn about two exciting manufacturers in the Conroe area on December 4th.

Medivators, a Cantel medical company, is a leader in the design, development, manufacture and sale of medical devices critical to endoscopy and infection prevention and control.  Its endoscopy segment provides a full circle of infection prevention solutions through a comprehensive offering of MEDIVATORS® branded products and services in two critical areas – endoscope reprocessing and endoscopy procedure products.  Its endoscope reprocessing products include a full range of endoscope reprocessing systems, high-level disinfectants and sterilants, detergents, leak testing and manual cleaning products, storage cabinets, endoscope process tracking and related consumables, accessories and supplies.

Its endoscopy procedure products include CO2 and water-irrigation pumps and disposable procedure kits, sterile irrigation tubing and single-use valves designed to eliminate the challenges associated with proper cleaning and high-level disinfection of numerous reusable components used in GI endoscopy procedures.  Medivators designs, develops and manufactures most of its endoscopy products.


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University of Houston College of Architecture and Design ID+Green Exhibition

The University of Houston College of Architecture and Design ID+Green will be showcasing their projects on Tuesday 12/01/2015.  ID+ is a Think Tank and Incubator founded by the Industrial Design program at the University of Houston’s School of Architecture and Design. Through innovative entrepreneurship and commercial collaboration, ID+ aims to explore new ideas in design and to make innovative contributions to the development of professional design practice and related industries.

Join us and explore a greener future by harnessing new technology and utilizing local resources.

Opening: Tuesday, December 1st 2015

Reception: 5 pm to 8 pm

Venue: J. Mashburn Gallery at the College of Architecture and Design

Contact: Megan J. Streete

Director of Communications

College of Architecture and Design




GHMA Lunch n Learn: Learned Training Competency

Please join us on November 10th, 2015 from 11:30 – 1:00 at the Baker Hughes Auditorium for another Lunch n Learn. The topic of this session will be Learned Training Competency where Baker Hughes will be presenting important, value added information pertaining to training competency as required by ISO 9001-2015. This particular Lunch & Learn event is important for both ISO certified manufacturers as well as non ISO certified manufactures as ISO 9001-2008 will require an additional training competency module in ISO 9001-2015.  This is mostly important to manufacturers because this module tests, verifies, and ensures trained employees are competent in the learned skills required by your organization to operate optimally, effectively, and efficiently. As manufacturers we want to ensure our employees are competent in the learning the training we as managers provide for them.  This new ISO 9001-2015 module helps with that.  The GHMA asks that only true manufacturers or their representatives attend this Lunch & Learn. We are expecting many attendees for this event so register as soon as possible because seating is limited. Registration for members is discounted to $39.00 non-member = $49.00. At the time of registration, please use your name as it appears on your drivers license to comply with Baker Hughes’ security policy. Lunch will be included. For more details including the link to register, go here.ISO-9001-2015-FAQs-640x360 36880-image2 Baker_Hughes_Logo

October Mixer 10/28/2015 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Hey everyone, meet other GHMA members at the October Mixer at The Grove at Discovery Green!  Fun for everyone cause it’s almost Halloween!  You don’t need to be in costume but you can dress up if you like. If there are few costumes, we can have a prize for best costume.  For those of you not in costume, you may just win too – just kidding!!  Meet other maufacturers and have a drink while you are at it.  Leave work early and join us at The Grove at Discovery Green!

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Space Commerce Conference and Exposition

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Houston Projected to Take 3rd Largest City Spot

An interesting article came out this week about Houston and projections that will be beat out Chicago as the third largest city in the U.S. by 2025. To read the article in its entirety go here

Houston’s Future: 2015 Mayoral Forum

Monday, September 21st Houston will host the 2015 Mayoral Forum at the George R. Brown Convention Center at 6:00 pm. Panelists include Lee P. Brown, former Mayor from 1998-2004 as well as five additional former or current City Council Members. The invited mayoral candidates include former Congressman Chris Bell, Council Member Stephen Costello, former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, former City Attorney Ben Hall, former Mayor of Kemah Bill King, Marty McVey, and State Representative Sylvester Turner. For more information please contact Astrid@thecliffordgroup.com


GHMA to Launch New Website and Association Management Software

While GHMA is still a fairly young professional association, we have experienced some major growth (and with that, some major growing pains) over the last few years. All the while trying to provide value to our membership. It has become increasingly clear to our leadership that our members need a place to go for information and resources pertaining to the manufacturing communtiy in Houston. Additionally, they want access to that information quickly and with ease. It is with this in mind, that we set out to do three things 1.) face lift the GHMA website, 2.) provide a member’s only section to our website and 3.) find a software that allows us to manage our member data more effectively. We are pleased to announce that over the next 90 days we will be diligently working to bring all of these things to our members. We have partnered with Yourmembership.com (YM) to accomplish these goals. By the first of the year, we should be up and running on our new platform and the front end of the website will be cleaner and more user-friendly than ever before. In the interim, we ask for your patience as we make this transition. We are very excited to launch our new website and to help our members utilize all of the features of the YM platform!

XtraLight hosts GHMA for Plant Tour

XtraLight hosted the GHMA on Thursday, August 20th from 4-6pm for a tour of their Southeast Houston facility. For 29 years XtraLight has invented, patented and manufactured many of the industry’s most innovative products while continually delivering exceptional customer service and quality. XtraLight’s portfolio includes a broad range of both indoor and outdoor LED fixtures exceeding the requirements for the most demanding lighting applications. Attendees toured the Xtralight facilities first and then gathered for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to network. We appreciate the Xtralight team for putting together this great event.

For more information, visit us at www.xtralight.com.