Q1 2018 Pulse 

2017 was an exceptional year! Our products and services have been well utilized by our membership. To name just a few of our accomplishments for 2017:
MAEA’s roundtables continue to provide a quality source of networking for our member companies.   Roundtable discussions included Access to Resources for Existing Businesses, PA’s new Medical Marijuana Act, Methods to Recruit Hispanic Workforce, OSHA’s updated Walking Surfaces & Process Management Standards, A Practical View of Ergonomics, Federal & PA Tax Update for Businesses, Opioid Awareness in the Workplace and Regulatory Changes to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. MAEA’s tours included Brentwood Industries Inc., D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc., International Paper / Hazleton and QTG Gatorade / Mountaintop.
MAEA had its most successful year in training in 2017. Some of our most popular trainings included: The Supervisory Development Certificate Series, NFPA 70E, Forklift Train the Trainer, Excel and Arerial and Scissor Lifts Train the Trainer. In addition, customized in-house trainings were in high demand creating 21 customized offerings based on companies and individuals’ 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: Intellectual Property, Senate Confirmations, OSHA’s Volk Rule, Small Business Regulatory Flexibility, Perkins Reauthorization, Federal Tax Reform, Internet open without regulations, Repeal of Health Insurance Tax, Severance Tax and No to New Energy Taxes.
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. 6,077 students participated in the YES program since 2006. 500 businesses offer preferred interviews to YES graduates with 50 of them offering tours.
We are looking forward to another great year in 2018, and we look forward to seeing you at our roundtables, trainings and events.
Darlene J. Robbins
President