2016 was an exceptional year! Our products and services have been well utilized by our membership. To name just a few of our accomplishments for 2016:

MAEA’s roundtables continue to provide a quality source of networking for our member companies. Roundtable discussions included State of Energy Update, Top HR Challenges for 2016, Training Funding through Partnerships and Apprenticeships, Marijuana Today, Bank & Tax Fraud, Utility Infrastructure and Economic Development, Transportation Funding, Heroes for Hire, Impact of OSHA’s New Recordkeeping Post Accident Reporting and Drug/Alcohol Testing and Federal and PA Tax Update for Businesses. In addition, members attending tours included American Eagle Outfitters Retail Distribution, Fabri-Kal Corp., Hexcel Corp., Omnova Solutions Inc., PPL-Humboldt and Tyson Foods

MAEA had its most successful year in training in 2016. Some of our most popular trainings included: The Supervisory Development Certificate Series, NFPA 70E, Forklift Train the Trainer, Excel and Arial and Scissor Lifts Train the Trainer. In addition, customized in-house trainings were in high demand creating 28 customized offerings based on companies and individual needs.

MAEA has been at the forefront in identifying the process involved in communicating the Legislative Pro-Growth, Pro-Manufacturing Public-Policy Agenda from Northeast PA to Harrisburg and then on to Washington, D.C. A few of our grassroots legislative efforts we worked closely with the National Association of Manufacturers were: New Reporting Requirements, American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016, Bureau of Land Management proposal, New Tariff Bills, Natiural Gas Gross Receipts Tax, GMO Labeling Law, The Strengthening Career & Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, Withdrawal of Proposed Minority Valuation Discount Rules and Section 385 Regulations released by the Treasury Department.

MAEA continues to respond to member companies’ needs by providing valuable benchmarking data. The surveys conducted were the Regional Wage & Salary, National Wage & Salary, Regional Pay Trends, Regional Personnel Practices, and Regional Holiday Survey. Member companies participating in the regional surveys receive a complimentary copy of the results as well as discounted pricing on the National surveys.

The Council had a year of steady growth. 5,355 students participated in the YES program since 2006. 500 businesses offer preferred interviews to YES graduates with 40 of them offering tours.

We are looking forward to another great year in 2017, and we look forward to seeing you at our roundtables, trainings and events.

Darlene J. Robbins
MAEA MAEC President