With its recently installed committee system, the New England Spring & Metalstamping Association (NESMA) is using its new structure to make significant improvements to benefit members. The NESMA committees were formed early this year to ensure advancement in key focus areas, such as legislative, technical advisory, board development/membership development, finance, trade show, scholarships and the website. The committees are chaired by board members, but open to any employee of a NESMA member who is interested. For those interested in participating in a committee, please contact NESMA secretary Dee Babkirk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details on how to join.

The events committee, headed up by Lynette Nadeau of Southington Tool, used both formal and informal feedback gathered over the last few years to focus on holding events that provide educational & informative content paired with networking opportunities. On May 24,, 2017 the events committee organized “An Evening of Networking and Member Benefits” at Hawk’s Landing Country Club in Southington, Connecticut. In order to provide educational and informative content, the committee is focused on holding events that fully utilize the benefits of NESMA’s “Exclusive Members” to provide new value to members. These new members help provide value and education in areas that are not necessarily core competencies of the overall NESMA membership. The Exclusive Membership categories include legal, banking, insurance, marketing and accounting. The May meeting spotlighted banking member Thomaston Savings Bank and legal member Kainen, Escalera and McHale.

Thomaston Savings Bank shared business banking opportunities for member businesses and presented exclusive personal banking options for NESMA company employees. Kainen, Escalera and McHale reviewed the free services that are available only to NESMA members through the firm’s “Employment Law Answer” hotline. The firm also covered how member companies can audit their current human resources practices to ensure compliance with state and federal legal obligations. The event was well attended, and the events committee plans to continue creating events that address common business challenges encountered by members.

                  The website committee, led by Bob Swanson of United Wire, is working with exclusive marketing member Silent Partner Marketing to help NESMA develop a new logo and website. NESMA’s goals are focused on promoting business positive legislation, industry news, networking, workforce development, training and education. The new website is being positioned to help deliver that message. The updated logo will help the association remain relevant and continue to appeal to new generations entering the manufacturing workforce. The committee plans to have the new website and logo completed by the end of summer 2017.

For NESMA, 2017 will continue to be an exciting year full of new opportunities in large part due to the dedicated individuals who comprise the new committee system. NESMA members can continue to look forward to new educational events, the annual golf tournament, scholarship opportunities, legislative news, technical training, an exciting partnership with SMI for this fall’s Metal Engineering eXpo and a refreshed website and logo, to name a few events and goals. NESMA urges all members to look for the monthly email newsletter for the latest news and events.