Benefits of Joining JAMA

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JAMA Member Benefits

Being a member of the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association (JAMA) gets you access to a number of valuable benefits. JAMA member benefits include:

Tangible Benefits

FREE Benefits:

  • Job postings on the JAMA website
  • Resume postings on the JAMA website
  • 24/7 Member-to-Member networking via JAMA's member-only e-mail discussion list
  • A no-cost Courtesy Membership in Automation Alley, Michigan’s lead organization helping companies better understand and take advantage of Industry 4.0 (aka, the fourth industrial revolution). Automation Alley’s normal annual membership fees range from $750 for small companies up to $20,000 for “Foundation” companies that are Industry 4.0 leaders and innovators. This Automation Alley Courtesy Membership gives JAMA member companies access to weekly content from industry leading companies, data-rich research from universities and colleges, and specific action items and first steps for companies interested in exploring how new technology implementation leads to a competitive advantage. Best of all, JAMA member companies are automatically enrolled as Automation Alley courtesy members! 
  • Transformation Planner Performance Benchmarking from The Center (aka the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center). Upon completion and evaluation of a brief questionnaire, your company will receive a customized, completely confidential report comparing your performance to others in your industry segment across over 50 metrics, including: sales growth, productivity, schedule integrity, delivery, inventory turns, scrap and rejects.
  • Engage Your Team's SAVE™ Manufacturing free assessment provides a snapshot of your company’s performance in 14 vital areas, including competitive advantage, customer service and retention, sales & marketing, leadership development and more. Visit Engage Your Team's JAMA member website for details.
  • Employee Benefits Benchmarking provided by the Walton Insurance Group. Compare your benefits offerings—premiums, employee contributions amounts, deductible levels and copays, HSA/HRA, wellness program benefits, and more—to similarly-sized companies in your industry cluster across the state, regionally and nationally. This service taps into the largest nationwide annual survey of its kind, with over 18,000 health plans from 12,000 employers included.
  • Willis & Machnik Financial Services will perform a detailed Retirement Plan Audit and initial consultation at your place of business for JAMA member companies AND their employees! For companies, this audit will help you maximize your company retirement plan benefits. For your employees, it will help guide them through the process of saving enough for their retirement (while also showing your employees that you care about their long-term well-being). Contact Willis & Machnik today at 517-784-5556 to schedule an appointment.
  • Increase bottom line earnings (potentially up to 300% ROI) by aligning your Human and Operational Resources with performance benchmarking. It is proven and compliments ISO, Six Sigma and other typical manufacturing practices. Now available to JAMA members with guaranteed results from Result Global. There is no administration cost and you select your participating employees. Call now: 888-737-8581.
  • Complimentary Cyber Security Assessment—including a detailed report with recommendations—from Data Protection International (DPI). Armed with the information from this assessment, a business can make informed decisions about their risks. DPI, based in Jackson, Michigan, specializes in IT security consulting and secure technology solutions, including forensic cyber security audits, disaster recovery planning and security assurance monitoring. Want to engage a trusted entity to uncover your vulnerabilities and recommend how to cost effectively implement defensive measures? Contact DPI by phone at 888-208-8733.
  • A two-to-four-hour trial of SymaTree Massage, LLC's on-site Therapeutic Massage service designed to help companies reduce their worker's comp injury claims and mitigate risks of both acute and chronic pain. SymaTree offers a proven, safe and effective way to improve employee wellness and decrease work-related discomfort. This is also a great perk for increasing employee satisfaction and loyalty! All therapy offered is provided by a Michigan state certified massage therapist with extensive experience in the manufacturing sector.  Contact SymaTree Massage's Philip Van Dyke by phone at 517-416-1148 or by e-mail at to take advantage of this free JAMA member trial.
  • Assistance with implementation of manufacturing best practices
  • Assistance connecting with other manufacturers to compete and win additional business
  • Legislative and media advocacy
  • Partnerships with state and national manufacturing associations

Discounted Services:

  • Preferential rates on JAMA-hosted training and seminars
  • Discount of 10% on first purchase of Amigo Mobility motorized material handling products, including the MAX™ powered tugger cart, MAX Pro™ powered platform truck, DEX™ powered personnel carrier and DEX Pro™ riding platform cart. These carts are designed with safety and ease of use in mind, and they require no formal training or certification to operate. Plus they’re built here in Michigan! For more info about the products, visit Amigo's Industrial Products. For more info, including pricing, contact Jennifer Kehres, Amigo Industrial Sales Manager, by phone at 989-921-5015 or via e-mail at
  • For JAMA member family-owned businesses (FOBs) and close partnerships, Invite Family Business Consulting offers discounts on succession planning, leadership development, conflict resolution, organizational restructuring, employee engagement and other strategic business consulting services. Invite's owner, Dr. Becky Veydt, is a veteran of the family-owned business world, having personally owned/co-owed three FOBs, grew up in one (now in its 4th generation), and with 11 FOBs in her extended family. Coupling her 20+ years as a senior business consultant and leadership coach with her in-depth, frontline experience with FOB culture, “Dr. Becky” is uniquely qualified to help family-owned businesses navigate even the toughest of problems. To arrange for a FREE confidential consultation, contact Invite by phone at 517-937-3519 or visit or e-mail Becky at
  • Discount on ALL hearing devices carried by Fluke Hearing Instruments, plus free hearing test screenings at one of Fluke’s 15 Michigan locations (with on-site employee testing available on request). The discount, which can amount to hundreds of dollars in savings, is over and above any insurance benefit that may apply and includes a three-year parts and labor warranty (excluding Flow 2), three-year loss/damage coverage (excluding Flow 2), one year of batteries and lifetime cleaning and adjustment service all at no additional cost. To take advantage of this offer, JAMA member employees or their family members should make an appointment by calling 866-334-7712 or going online to Mention JAMA while making or attending the appointment and provide proof of employment at a JAMA member company to obtain the discount. For additional information or to discuss on-site testing for your employees, contact Steve Sluka by phone at 517-214-0158 or by e-mail at
  • A 20% discount on all Data Protection International (DPI) and Securencrypt cybersecurity products and services. From DPI, this includes but isn’t limited to cyber security audits, monitoring services, server imaging and data backup, and DPI’s Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) service for organizations that have need for a comprehensive information security program but don’t have a full-time IT Manager, CTI, CISO and security team on staff. The discount offer also applies to all Securencrypt offerings, including their SE-OPS ransomware and keylogger protection and SE-RAE remote authentication encryption software. Contact DPI/Securencrypt by phone at 888-208-8733.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) participation discounts through the Employee Resource Network (ERN)
  • A 20% discount on Leadership Benchmarking PLUS Free Leadership Roundtable. Increase your top-line earnings(value of $3,500) by aligning your leadership vision and benchmarking performance to your business strategic growth based on 30 years of experience and hundreds of satisfied clients. Call Engage Your Team at 616-871-0270 for complete details.
  • Discount rates on staffing services provided by HRU Technical Resources, a Lansing-based contingent staffing firm specializing in manufacturing, engineering, IT and other technical placements. For details, contact Todd Briggs at 517-272-5888 x208 or
  • Nearly 25% discount on the patented BaxMAX Lumbar Support System through T.D. Emmons Sales & Distribution, LLC. BaxMAX has been called "undeniably the best back support ever made". Contact Todd Emmons by phone at 517-745-2205 or via e-mail at for a demo or more info.


  • Annually-produced hardcopy Member Directory (published and distributed as an insert in the July issue of Jackson Magazine for maximum county-wide distribution)
  • Online searchable Membership Directory
  • Demographic, community and area wage/salary information available on request

Professional Development and Training:

  • Supervisor Training
  • Academy for Manufacturing Careers (AMC) Apprenticeship, Certificate and Customized skilled trades training
  • MIOSHA safety and health seminars
  • Internal Auditor training: ISO 9001, AS 9100 (Aerospace), ISO/TS 16949 (Automotive), ISO 13485 (Medical), ISO 14001 (Environmental), etc.
  • In-depth sessions that provide the tools and knowledge for implementing Lean, Six Sigma, Activity-Based Costing, Strategic Planning, Market Diversification, and more

Networking, Marketing and Community Opportunities

  • Annual Dinner
  • Annual Golf Outing
  • Michigan Manufacturing Week and National MFG Day events
  • School-to-Work input and participation through the JAC3 Early/Middle College
  • Plant Tour marketing and development assistance
  • Manufacturing camps and programs for youth


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