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As an industry, we often speak about success and how we define it. When I recently traveled home from our 2017 annual meeting held at Amelia Island, Florida, I reflected on what I learned.
All spring manufacturers are united when it comes to manufacturing and what it means to make things. We see the value in what we do and how it relates to building good citizens and a vibrant economy. We believe in teamwork, collaboration and the importance of maintaining a positive and proactive culture within our businesses. We believe by working together as an industry and acting as one, we make our industry even stronger.
Our 2017 annual meeting was a great example of success. The participation level, enthusiasm, camaraderie and passionate ideas that were shared provided enough evidence that our spring industry is alive and well. I believe the commitment by our members, associates and industry to participate in SMI activities helps bolster our cause.
While in Florida, many springmakers and associate members actively participated in committee meetings to share ideas and make plans. This helps fortify SMI and its value proposition to our members and the spring industry.
Several members participated in a subcommittee breakout session to launch our Dream It. Do it. (DIDI) program within SMI. Our new DIDI program has been defined as a game changer in the way we all go about connecting with the next generation pipeline of talent needed to support our businesses into the future. Attracting talented students to careers in manufacturing is the key to the success of the program.
We were fortunate to have over 16 DIDI ambassadors from our member companies to help us launch what I believe will be a highly successful program for SMI and our members. As we put the finishing touches on the DIDI program, we will be sharing more details in a presentation at the SMI Metal Engineering eXpo, Oct. 3-5, 2017 in Hartford, Connecticut. Our partners from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Manufacturing Institute will be with us in Harford to help roll out this important new program to the spring industry.
On behalf of the SMI board of directors I want to thank you for your continued support of our spring industry.