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, training competency, and ISO 9000-2015. Registration for members is discounted to $39, but the deadline to register is only 30 days out! You must 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.

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


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