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Next Generation Manufacturing Study Time is almost up! Complete the Next Generation Manufacturing Study TMAC, in conjunction with the American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC) would like you to participate in the Next Generation Manufacturing Study. TMAC needs your help to reassess state manufacturers’ readiness, support systems and resources, and performances in six key strategic areas necessary for world-class manufacturing and future success in the global economy. After completing the NGM Study, you will receive either a free, comprehensive Next Generation Performance Report that shows how your organization compares to similar manufacturers in the key strategic areas (sent to manufacturers that provide contact information with their answers) or a free Data Report that includes all Study results (sent to manufacturers that wish to remain anonymous by providing contact information separately from their answers). Benchmarking YOUR best practices and performances can take hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars — OR you can do it in 20 minutes. This Report will be critical to your improvement in 2011 and will answer vital questions: • How does MY COMPANY’s performance stack up vs. our competitors? • What do I need to do differently to catch up — or stay ahead? • What’s the latest innovation in manufacturing management — and am I ready to adopt it? • Do I have the talent and tools to compete in 2011? In 2015? As a reminder, any manufacturing owner, CEO or senior-level executive is eligible to participate. Participation in the Study is confidential or anonymous and takes 20-25 minutes to complete. Deadline for participation is July 25, 2011. Access the NGM Study questionnaire here.

Thank you for participating in this valuable Study.

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South Texas TMAC at The University of Texas-Pan American will host STEP Camps for secondary school students TMAC at The University of Texas-Pan American is offering another opportunity for middle and high school-aged students to learn more about math and science through hands-on activities at its Striving Towards Educational Pathways (STEP) Camps this summer. UTPA/TMAC, in collaboration with the Rapid Response Manufacturing Center and the College of Engineering and Computer Science, are hosting the day camps throughout July and August to foster an interest in careers related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and encourage students to attend college. The STEP Camps will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in three sessions: July 19-22, Aug. 2-5 and 9-12. Each session has an open enrollment and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will learn from faculty members and instructors who are experts in their fields and represent an array of professional backgrounds. They will develop critical thinking and team building skills, as well as build self esteem while participating in activities including gaming, engineering and robotics. For more information, call (956) 665-7011 or email High School students participate in Team Building (left) and Robotic (right) exercises.

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South Texas TMAC partners up with Laredo Community College to provide services to local manufacturers through Skills Development Grant Last month TMAC provided Lean 101 training (en Español) to a group of 40+ employees who are part of the International Trade & Logistics Consortium, which is a group of 14 companies (Laredo area manufacturers and 3PL, logistics, and warehouse firms) participating in the Skills Grant.

“Lean concepts can be applied to any process” mentioned one of the participants who works in a logistics company. Another participant believes that Value Stream Mapping can help the distribution center where he works, become more cost-effective. Miguel Mugica, TMAC Specialist said the training served as an introduction of how TMAC can work with companies to be more competitive. “Applying Lean principles to update inventory practices and logistics techniques can resolve many of the weak links that exist in the supply chain.”

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Metroplex The Manufacturers Association of North Texas (MANT) is hosting a Summer Networking Event and Membership Drive at the Coors Distribution Center in Fort Worth on July 19th for only $10! Join your fellow area manufacturers and logistics professionals for drinks, light appetizers and networking in the Coors Hospitality Room from 5:30 – 7:30. Not a MANT Member? Sign-up before Jul 19th and get your first year of membership for only $100!

North Central Texas’s largest and most important procurement event is back for its 15th year! Registration is open for this year’s Government Procurement Conference, August 10 at the Arlington Convention Center. Don’t miss your chance to meet local, state and federal government buyers and their prime contractors.

Got Audit? TMAC conducts periodic Internal Auditor Courses throughout the year. The next course begins August 18th with a new weekly format. Register Today!

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Metroplex Transplace Lean Six Sigma Program Honored with Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center Award for Excellence Excellence Award Recognizes 3PL’s Leadership, Presented at Annual Shipper Symposium Senator John Cornyn Comments on Transplace’s Growth, Focus on Efficiency

June 28, 2011 (Dallas, TX) – Transplace, a leading provider of transportation management services (TMS) and logistics technology, was honored with the Award for Excellence by the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC). Russ Aikman, program manager for Lean Six Sigma (LSS) at TMAC, presented Transplace President and CEO Tom Sanderson with the award during the third party logistics’ (3PL) ninth annual Shipper Symposium in Dallas. Transplace recently began a new wave of LSS training and currently has eight certified black belts with five in progress. The company also has 29 certified green belts with an additional 27 in progress.

United States Senator John Cornyn provided his support for Transplace and TMAC via a webcast at the Shipper Symposium. “I was pleased to hear that Transplace was chosen as a recipient of this year’s TMAC Award for Excellence,” commented Cornyn. “As a result of the company’s exhaustive efforts to maximize efficiencies and control costs, Transplace has built a strong foundation helped by Texas’s pro-growth, business-friendly environment. I want to thank TMAC for highlighting successful models such as Transplace and for providing Texas businesses with the tools to be competitive and successful.” “It’s an honor to be recognized by Senator Cornyn and TMAC,” said Sanderson. “The award is a testament to Transplace’s long-term commitment to LSS. We’ve worked closely with TMAC and the University of Texas at Arlington to train our employees, and will continue to raise the bar on customer service and business improvement through this training. “ To learn more about Transplace and the people behind “I Am Transplace,” please visit

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