Anytime I travel around the country and let people know what we do at Wineman Technology (WTI), the assumption is made that we must be strongly focused on the automotive market. While it is true that Michigan has an automotive-focused manufacturing sector, we also have thriving manufacturing in other sectors, including aerospace. WTI’s emphasis on “providing insight through electromechanical test” resonates in many industries, and we strive to balance our business volume between automotive, aerospace and other sectors by focusing on a range of applications that benefit from the same underlying technology.
Michigan and other states in the Midwest are very good at “making things”, and I believe that this skill is critical to our future as a country. Our ability to manufacture durable goods is the backbone of our national security, wealth creation and generation of valuable intellectual property. We cannot afford to lose this critical capability and the technology that is developed as a result of a thriving manufacturing sector. The fact that Michigan was recently ranked #2 in a recent aerospace manufacturing attractiveness ranking performed by PWC is very encouraging to me. All of this is why I am so excited to be a part of the newly formed Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan (AIAM).
The goals of the organization are:
- Collaboration with educators to develop and retain talent within the state
- Providing a voice for members into the legislative process on behalf of the industry
- Leveraging the AIAM business network to recruit new talent, customers, and suppliers to the state
- Growing the industry by participation in trade shows, conferences, trade missions, and other industry events
We officially launched the association in Lansing on October 24, 2017 and enjoyed a brief meeting with Lt. Governor Brian Calley. At WTI we are excited about what the AIAM can do for our state as well as the region, and we are honored to be a founding member of the organization. It feels like a big challenge but one that is important and overdue.
AIAM's board of directors with Lt. Governor Brian Calley
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