GHMA August Networking Mixer

Join us tonight for our end of summer networking event at Republic Smokehouse and Saloon in Midtown. Paradigm Partners, who has sponsored events in the past, will sponsor appetizers. We will have trivia and prizes like we did back in June. The event will run from 4:00 – 6:00. We look forward to seeing you there! To register, click here


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 (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.

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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.

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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GHMA President Elect Speaks at Gulf Coast Economic Development District Meeting

GHMA was requested to present at the GCEDD annual board meeting to discuss highlights of the City of Houston’s success in developing manufacturing businesses.  The GCEDD board was looking for ways to attract and develop more manufacturing in their regions by discussing successful economic development opportunities manufacturers look for when considering starting manufacturing businesses in their regions.   Continue reading GHMA President Elect Speaks at Gulf Coast Economic Development District Meeting

SeeBridge Media Hosts Greater Houston Manufacturers Association

GHMA was delighted to visit SeeBridge Media for our quarterly plant tour. SeeBridge was very kind to welcome GHMA and our colleagues for an afternoon of manufacturing education and networking. View our gallery for a peak inside the event and visit SeeBridge Media for more information on their products and services.