Let Your Voice Be Heard on COVID-19 Workforce Safety Rules

The advisory committee chaired by MMA’s Dave Worthams that is tasked with making recommendations to state safety regulators on permanent COVID-19 workplace safety rules is actively seeking direct input from employers. Please consider taking a few moments over the next two weeks to let policymakers know your perspective as a Michigan manufacturer.

The Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration (MIOSHA) Part 505 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Advisory Committee will meet twice weekly over the next two weeks and time is dedicated at the end of each meeting to hear from stakeholders directly impacted by workplace safety rules. Each meeting takes place from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with public comment at approximately 11:45 a.m.

Are Your COVID-19 Innovations at Risk?

Manufacturing innovations skyrocketed during 2020 as our nation’s greatest problem solvers worked to tackle the challenges of a global pandemic. While some acted quickly to protect their new intellectual property, too many remain vulnerable to sales disruption from competitors.

Register online to join MMA, noted manufacturing innovators and attorneys from the well-respected intellectual property law firm of Fishman Stewart for a free virtual discussion on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. that will help you increase the value of your company and protect your intellectual property’s revenue stream. Learn from the experience of your manufacturing peers in this interactive panel discussion.

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Speaker Lineup

Kelly Victor-BurkeKelly Victor-Burke, CEO
Burke Architectural Millwork

Kelly Victor-Burke is an entrepreneur and woodwork manufacturing advocate who founded Burke Architectural Millwork (BAM) in 2016 to disrupt the status quo in the woodwork industry and bring positive recognition to the field of architectural millwork manufacturing. BAM is Michigan’s first and only WBENC-certified WBE in custom architectural millwork. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BAM shifted to fabricating custom PPE plexiglass barriers for food services, medical, business, educational and retail environments.


Matt CarrMatt Carr, President
Storch Products Co Inc.

Matt Carr is an award-winning artist and designer, master fabricator, inventor and President of Storch Products Co Inc., a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of magnetic products and magnetic materials. Early in the global pandemic, he founded AiroTrust, a new division of Storch Products Company Inc., which provides an innovative way to improve the air quality in facilities to provide employees and customers the peace of mind that comes with clean, safe air.

Doug LaLoneDoug LaLone, Partner
Fishman Stewart

Doug LaLone is an engineer, patent attorney and partner at the firm of Fishman Stewart and he serves as chair of the firm’s Strategic Intellectual Property Practice Group which counsels portfolio companies, PE, VC and IB firms on intellectual property strategies, due diligence and portfolio management. Doug has successfully prosecuted and defended over 100 different Intellectual Property suits in numerous federal and state courts, and appeals before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Delaney McKinleyDelaney McKinley,
Vice President of Membership, Marketing & Events

As the head of MMA’s Membership, Marketing & Events Department, Delaney McKinley leverages a diverse set of skills to deliver outstanding value to the organization’s broad membership. She leads the organization’s communications strategy with various stakeholders, and directs member recruitment, retention and engagement programs.

New & Notable

ICYMI: Return-to-Office Q&A

Michigan COVID-19 Workplace Safety Director Sean Egan hosted a question and answer session about the new Return-to-Office workgroup comprised of business, labor and public health experts, including representatives from MMA member companies Lear Corporation, Steelcase and Dow Chemical Company. The workgroup will inform state workplace safety requirements and best practices when in-person work in office settings is eventually permitted.

View the full video and presentation for additional information.

ICYMI: Money on the Table — Use ERC & PPP Programs to Your Advantage

The Payroll Protection Program ends on 3/31/21. Take advantage of the PPP and the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) but make sure that you have a full understanding of the impact so you can use them to your advantage in 2021 and beyond with this webinar from MMA and Clayton & McKervey.

Watch on-demand and check out the MMA Online Learning Center for more webinars.

Resources for Manufacturers

Stay updated and compliant with the many changes imposed over the last few weeks. Find state, federal and member resources on MMA’s COVID-19 Resources.

Please continue to reach out to the MMA team with questions.