The NTMA Chapter Board of Directors invites you and a guest to join them at the Annual Holiday Party

Sunday, December 13

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Kemoll’s Italian Restaurant
211 N. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
to RSPV by Friday, December 4 (click here to email the Chapter office)
or call 314-378-1293
We are blessed with opportunities an abundance – we pause at this time of year to acknowledge and appreciate that. The Chapter will be collecting donations to St. Patrick Center. Bring a check written to St. Patrick Center or a cash donation – and if you can’t make it to the party, you can mail a check to the Chapter office.

Kemoll's Italian Restaurant

November’s Chapter Meeting

  • annual Chapter update and Board installation
  • message from National NTMA Chairman (Herb Homeyer)
  • introduction to NRL by Bill Padnos, NTMA Director of Youth Engagement

NRL is about to make its entrance into St. Louis. Bill Padnos presented a compelling argument for NRL, including:

  • What is NRL?
  • Is NRL just “demolition” robotics? (quick preview answer: “No! It’s workforce development.”)
  • How are companies just like yours capitalizing on NRL’s energy and opportunities – and training AND recruiting employees right now?
  • What are participating companies and students saying about NRL?
  • When can I/my company be part of St. Louis NRL?

Our education system is failing to keep pace with our economy. Manufacturing companies are struggling to find skilled workers who can contribute to their growth. The most effective strategy to ensure you company’s workforce is to control your own labor supply for the future because you control the greatest currency in the marketplace – jobs.

The NRL is a manufacturing workforce development program of the NTMA where students design remote controlled robots to face-off in a gladiator-style competition. The NRL attracts smart, capable students who love to build things, solve problems and win. In other words, the new generation of manufacturing leaders – and the kind of students you want in your company.

If you want to hear more about NRL or have questions on how companies will partner with schools, email Nick Berilla for details.

The September Chapter meeting was a hybrid plant tour/chapter meeting – this time at Versatech, located in Effingham, IL. Many thanks to Versatech for their hospitality.

Versatech is a full service, value added solutions provider that serves manufacturing in several different industry segments. They deliver a broad range of engineering, manufacturing and consulting services to best meet each customer’s individual needs. Versatech has employed Lean Manufacturing and Energy Management techniques to evolve, expand and excel to meet customer requirements. They guide their customers to experience increased profitability by assisting them on their continuous improvement journey as well.

Check out the many ways Versatech is an industry innovator and leader!

NTMA 2015 Fall Conference
October 21-23
St. Louis, MO at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel

National NTMA Chairman Herb Homeyer will welcome the NTMA community to his hometown (home region) of St. Louis.

Fall Conference is 3 days jam-packed with professional development, networking, meeting with executives and key representatives from your suppliers and sponsors, exploring new ideas, soaking up inspiration and having some fun!

St. Louis members – here’s your chance to attend this national-level event with limited travel time and costs. You might consider the benefits of being on-site the whole Fall Conference – and then get your room booked at the hotel before they are sold out! If you can’t get away for the whole conference, won’t you consider signing up for the Opening event – an evening Octoberfest in Marthasville hosted by Homeyer Precision Manufacturing or an evening at Ballpark Village. Or look at the Technology Days. Or the keynote speakers.

Still not sure? Take a look at the entire schedule! Look at who will be there (speakers)…and while you’re there look at the sponsors – these are your national and international partners who help you run your business every day. Maybe one of them has an answer to a challenge you are struggling with every day! Maybe one of the sponsors or a speaker has a concept or inspiration waiting for your ears that can take your business to the next level! If you don’t come for at least part of the program, who knows what you’ll miss!

Everything you need to know is right here! If you have questions about ala carte pricing, contact someone from the Events team at NTMA – you’ll find their contact info on the brochure, too – or email the St. Louis Chapter office.

The St. Louis Chapter’s Board of Directors will welcome attendees to St. Louis at the “Regiception” on Tuesday afternoon. Won’t you and/or someone from your company be there to show them St. Louis?!

Plant Managers: NTMA is bringing a national Plant Managers Roundtable to St. Louis on Tuesday, October 20 – mark your calendars now! This event will bring together plant managers and other industry professionals to discuss some hot topics – learning and networking focused specifically around the everyday challenges of your job! This is your chance to attend a national-caliber meeting right here in St. Louis (limited travel time/costs – plus one full day out of the shop with optional welcome reception and dinner the night before) all at the Chase Park Plaza on St. Louis’ Central West End.

Sponsored by St. Louis and NTMA associate member Paulo. Click here for schedule (now). Updates and program details will be posted here soon.

It was once again time to relax and network at the beautiful Chateau on the Lake resort in Branson – joined by Kansas City members and NTMA staff.

What were the highlights?

Friday afternoon free conference sessions headed up by expert speakers from CBIZ:

“ 401(k) Benchmarking – Peeling the Onion on fees & expenses”
Ed Hinders, Vice President, Retirement Planning Services – CBIZ
Tax and Accounting Questions Made Clear
Dave Gresham , Managing Director & Shareholder – CBIZ
Are you ready for the new ACA reporting procedures?
Sara Miller , Director of Client Services – CBIZ
Social Engineering – How safe is your company?  Trust no-one!
Kyle Konopasek, Manager Business and Technology Risk Services, CBIZ
Industry Roundtable Discussion
The rest of the weekend was social/fun/networking:
Dinner & Show on the Showboat Branson Belle
Group Catamaran sailing on the Lake
Saturday evening Social – Speaker, Dinner & Drinks, guest speaker National Chairman Herb Homeyer

Although we don’t print a formal membership roster, since they are pretty much obsolete the minute they are printed, we DO have membership lists available for NTMA members, associate members and educational members. Contact Sally to get yours!

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St. Louis Area’s Customer Service at NTMA headquarters office is Kelly Kasner.

St. Louis members or potential members are encourage to contact Kelly regarding anything at the national NTMA level (including  assistance with web site login and how to join NTMA).

Kelly Kasner, Midwest Membership & Chapter Services Executive
1-800-248-6862 (
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Sally Safranski is the contact for anything related to the Greater St. Louis Chapter NTMA.