Manufacturing Development Committee
Co-chairs AJ McKinney and Paul Klinge
The purpose of the Manufacturing Development Committee is to help CVMA members improve their business operations by:
1. Providing education and training opportunities
2. Providing opportunities for members to share €śbest practices€ť
3. Improve the availability and quality of the workforce
4. Monitor the economy and identify potential problems and solutions
We will do this by:
1. Offering opportunities for networking, sharing and training at our monthly meetings
2. Sharing training opportunities with other factories
3. Post articles of interest on the CVMA web site
4. Allow members to post items for sale or items needed on the CVMA web site
5. Create a forum for manufacturers to discuss things via a special CVMA members' forum on
6. Educate teachers, parents and students about career opportunities in manufacturing by participating in area career fairs and education functions
7. Cooperate with area schools, colleges and universities, Chambers of Commerce, and other economic development organizations to make a positive impact on those areas of education that directly affect manufacturing - particularly in the curriculum for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This could include speaking in classes, providing internship opportunities, offering factory tours and providing videos about manufacturing that teachers can show students in the classroom.

Legislative Committee:
Co Chairs: Marv Schumacher and Cynthia Goro
The purpose of the Legislative Committee is to Build a foundation to bring legislative information to our members and convey information to our legislators.
Marketing Committee:
Co-Chairs: Sharon Hagedorn and Ellen Heuer
The purpose of the Marketing Committee is to get our name out there.

Manufacturing committee

The Price of Poor Safety
A recovering economy will bring new challenges. Manufacturers can mitigate the risks.

By Jill Jusko

Just what price does a manufacturer pay for poor safety in the workplace? The manufacturer pays in lost productivity, for certain. Poor employee morale and increased training costs are two more costs. And higher insurance premiums are a given. Indeed, according to a recent IndustryWeek-produced webinar, workers’ compensation can account for up to 50% of total insurance claims costs for some businesses.

Reducing those costs and mitigating the risks were the focus of the webinar, titled "Managing Safety and Workers' Compensation Risk in a Recovering Economy: The Challenges Manufacturers Face and What You Can Do." Experts from insurance-based financial services provider Zurich (which sponsored the event) and Lockton Cos. shared their advice.

While safety is always important to manufacturers, its importance and relation to workers’ compensation can demand even greater attention in a recovering economy as hiring begins. The reason is straightforward: Workers with less than a year on the job have a disproportionately high number of lost time injuries and the costs related to such injuries. The presentation speakers outlined several steps manufacturers can take now to address those risks. They include:

Review your hiring practices. Lockton’s Steve Kubicki, senior vice president, spoke of the need to conduct a thorough job analysis for each position before new hiring begins. Keep the job analyses current, make sure they address the physical demands and be sure to refer to them during the hiring process. Be sure they are thorough, yet not too cumbersome. For example, Patrick Clarke, manager of absence, health and productivity services, Zurich Services Corp., suggested that the essential functions of a job be limited to the top 10 or 12 functions. A list of thirty-two essential job functions may be too many. Along those same lines, a 32-page job description is likely longer than it needs to be. That said, a well-developed job description can improve the recruiting and interviewing process, leading to the hire of more qualified employees.

Don’t delay. Late claims reporting results in higher average settlement values, Clarke said.

Assess your return to work program. Clarke suggested formalizing a return to work process and developing metrics to measure its effectiveness.

Consider a stretch and flex program. An emphasis was placed on developing a customized program. Zurich’s Clarke addressed an audience member’s question asking whether concrete evidence existed to show that stretching exercises work. Clarke’s reply: There is research that supports its effectiveness and research that debunks its effectiveness. However, he believes it is effective and said that Zurich has helped implement more than 290 customized programs “and they are having an impact.” Such programs also are morale boosters, Zurich notes.

Among other tips noted by Zurich was the following, presented by Cal Beyer, vice president and head of manufacturing for Zurich North America Commercial. He said that if possible it’s beneficial to have physicians visit the facilities. It helps them understand the types of equipment in use and the physical demands placed on the workers.

Go online to view the complete webinar, "Managing Safety and Workers' Compensation Risk in a Recovering Economy: The Challenges Manufacturers Face and What You Can Do."