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The Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ (SME) board of directors recently met for their first quarter meeting at the Mori Seiki University facility in Rolling Meadows, Ill., to discuss the state of the economy and how SME can best support its members and the manufacturing industry. “Our consensus is that manufacturers are facing an extended period of time before things get better, and our members are being affected by cost cutting and retrenchments,” said Richard W. Shoemaker, FSME, 2009 president of SME and the president/chief executive officer of Concrete Technologies Worldwide. “SME has its own economic reality, but the board is standing behind its mission and will find ways to support the manufacturing community.”
SME's board subsequently approved a specially discounted membership rate for those displaced workers in particular need of SME’s products, services and networking. Unemployed manufacturing professionals can apply for membership with full benefits by contacting SME for a special $30 rate for a six-month membership. If still unemployed after that time, a subsequent request may be made. “Providing access to our products, services and knowledge is one of the ways SME can help get manufacturing practitioners back into the workplace,” said Shoemaker.
SME board members want to encourage manufacturing professionals to take advantage of all that the society has to offer. “Whether you’re looking for an opportunity to meet with your peers, to discover manufacturing techniques that can save you money, upgrade your skills or even to find a new job, SME has tools to help you through this difficult time,” said Shoemaker.
For additional details, call (800) 733-4763 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The discounted rate is available to new and renewing memberships only.