CAMA is committed to working with Colorado K-12 students to rebuild the workforce pipeline. One way we do this is the Cardboard Challenge. On October 8th hundreds of students from Kindergarten up through 12th grade gathered for the challenge in Cherry creek. Using cardboard, tape, string, and any other recycled materials they could find, the kids let their imagination run wild.
More than 400 entries were judged throughout the age categories Kindergarten – 2nd, 3rd – 5th, Middle School and High School. Whether in groups or individually, students used their creativity to build the most innovative projects from solar fans to bicycles, functional games to intricate dinosaur replicas. CAMA then rewards these students with cash prizes ranging from $200 -500 dollars.
A well-stocked workforce pipeline is meaningless without a growing manufacturing sector. CAMA is focused on revitalizing our manufacturing base by providing our members with the necessary tools for manufacturing success.
One of CAMA’s signature events, the B2B Lounge, is a reception with light hors d’oeuvres and beverages, providing an opportunity for Colorado manufacturers to network and develop new business. CAMA’s ability to connect the dots between businesses through our B2B has resulted in millions of dollars in new sales to Colorado companies that could have gone to manufacturers outside the state. Continue reading
CAMA’s Program of Work
CAMA aims to make manufacturing vogue all over the state. CAMA is working to foster a strong and expanding manufacturing base here in Colorado for today and tomorrow. Our Program of Work focuses on specific activities that will Rebrand, Restructure, Rebuild and Revitalize Colorado’s manufacturing sector. This Four “R” Program of Work has been designed to provide the tools necessary for manufacturing businesses to be successful while connecting the dots between the reasons for growing manufacturing business in Colorado, and the workforce necessary to support it.
Rebrand – CAMA activities that will raise the awareness and positive understanding of the impact that manufacturing has on Colorado’s economy. From surgical devices, robotics, flat panels, to space vehicles, Coolorado’s manufacturers are quiet, hidden resources. CAMA is committed to getting the word out that Colorado’s manufacturing sector is “open for business.”
Restructure – On average, every manufacturing job supports 2.5 jobs in other sectors. Manufacturing jobs, with an average wage of $62,000, pay approximately 25% more in wages and benefits than the combined average for all other industries in the state. CAMA is working to align public policies with objectives that advance manufacturing in the state of Colorado and making it better and easier to do business here.
Rebuild – CAMA’s rebuild campaign is dedicated to rebuilding a manufacturing workforce pipeline. These programs have been designed to provide multiple activities at different grade levels and allows manufacturers to engage with the educational system as partners.
Revitalize – CAMA is here to provide our members with the tools they need to advance their business. This includes our signature B2B Lounge and monthly Advanced U educational seminars. Continue reading
CAMA West Kick-Off B2B – A Huge Success
On January 15, CAMA West hosted its inaugural B2B event with more than 65 people in attendance.
The B2B in Grand Junction attracted manufacturing businesses from across the state. In addition to local manufacturers, representatives from dpiX, Oliver Manufacturing, Shop Tools,Inc., and Epocs were there to welcome CAMA West to the CAMA organization and network with local companies. Also in attendance were representatives of EKS&H and HUB International Insurance Services.
The event was a great opportunity for manufacturers from across Colorado to make connections for potential partnership opportunities. Companies represented at the B2B included precision machining, advanced ceramics, plating, and machining and fabrication, among others. Frank Caris, CEO of dpiX and CAMA Chair, and Eric Goertz, Vice President of Operations for Capco, expressed their excitement about launching CAMA West, CAMA’s first chapter. Membership to CAMA West was officially opened during the B2B, and several of the companies in attendance have joined CAMA since.
CAMA staff is thrilled with the success of CAMA West’s first B2B, and looks forward to more successful events for this Chapter. Please mark your calendars for the CAMA West Summit coming up on April 15, as well as two more B2Bs during the year. Continue reading
As the only trade association in Colorado focused on manufacturing, CAMA aims to make manufacturing vogue all over the state. CAMA is working to foster a strong and expanding manufacturing base here in Colorado for today and tomorrow. CAMA is connecting our young people to the promising career paths offered by manufacturing and ensuring a workforce pipeline to meet the needs of growing manufacturers.
CAMA strives to educate manufacturers through our “Advanced-U” programs with information and strategies that will help them better succeed. CAMA’s signature B2B Lounge connects people and businesses throughout the manufacturing industry to drive business development opportunities.
Our Program of Work focuses on specific activities that will Rebrand, Restructure, Rebuild, and Revitalize Colorado’s manufacturing sector. This Four “R” Program of Work has been designed to provide the tools necessary for manufacturing businesses to be successful while connecting the dots between the reasons for growing manufacturing business in Colorado, and the workforce necessary to support industry growth.
CAMA is an innovative business organization created by manufacturers for manufacturers. CAMA’s members understand that manufacturing doesn’t advance by chance, but by change.
Strength in numbers…
CAMA utilizes the combined purchasing clout of its membership to develop strategic partnerships with the vendors necessary for success. Taking advantage of these programs will provide a savings that will more than off-set the cost of your annual CAMA dues. Click here to visit the Member Discount Page.