NMC Members & Community Partner News

Union Organizing is Rising Significantly: Are Your Supervisors Ready (Robinson + Cole)

With pro-union sentiments at heights not seen in decades and a union-friendly political climate, union representation petitions are up 57%. Employers should understand the significance of unionization and ensure their businesses, operations, and supervisors are ready. During this program, we will cover what it means to have a union, the union organizing process, the signs of a union organizing drive, and the important steps an employer can take now to be ready in the event of a union organizing drive.

June 14, 2022 from 12 pm - 1 pm via Zoom.


Vineyard Wind To Work With Groton Based Maritime Company ThayerMahan On Latest Subsea Survey

(NEW BEDFORD, MA) – Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), today announced a partnership with ThayerMahan, a world leader in autonomous maritime solutions, for seabed and infrastructure survey and inspection work in the waters off southern Massachusetts. 

Read the full press release on Vineyard Wind's website, here.


Target Arm Awarded Air Force C-17 Arsenal Aircraft Contract

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 2 from Air Force Research Laboratory

by Target Arm Inc.; May 7, 2022

Target Arm Inc., the leader in autonomous launch and recovery systems while on-the-move, announces an Air Force contract to begin research and design for a C-17 Arsenal Aircraft using Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV).  This Air Force Research Laboratory's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 2 contract will focus on computational fluid dynamics and initial airflow studies around the C-17. The primary goal of this SBIR is to create computer airflow models and mock-ups of the C-17 as a viable Arsenal Aircraft platform with Tular, our autonomous launch and recovery system, and then to build a sub-scale mock-up.


Target Arm Achieves Vehicle-to-Vehicle Drone Launch & Recovery While Moving

Autonomous vehicle-to-vehicle adds new vision for last mile delivery

by Target Arm; April 27, 2022

Target Arm Inc. announces an industry-first vehicle-to-vehicle drone launch and recovery capability while moving. In mid-April, Target Arm successfully demonstrated multiple vehicle-to-vehicle drone flights with fully autonomous recovery while moving. This autonomous capability opens entirely new use cases for drones with moving vehicles, such as last mile delivery with packages. Potential vehicles include, but are not limited to, trains, buses, trucks, airplanes, SUVs, and even cars.

Target Arm's CEO & Founder, Jeffrey McChesney stated, "I'm so proud of our team demonstrating this new vision of autonomous vehicle-to-vehicle drone launch and recovery with Tular, while on-the-move. Both commercial and military use cases will increase dramatically once users understand they can launch and recover drones from any moving vehicle, and now between them. Imagine a mobile sorting vehicle, such as a package delivery semi-trailer, that launches drones with packages directly to local delivery trucks – and bypassing the static sorting facility and loss of time. The ROI and increased consumer satisfaction are substantial."

See this video for the truck-to-truck transfer with Tular: https://youtu.be/pcUsSfYelEQ.


Hitachi Cable America Hosts NMC Integrated Manufacturing Working Group

March 7, 2022

Members of the NMC's Integrated Manufacturing Working Group meet every month for an agenda-driven meeting to focus on the following goals:

  • Establish a core NMC network of manufacturing members to better align supplier capabilities with the needs of the OEM.
  • Catalog manufacturing and manufacturing support capabilities into member database.
  • Promote development, compliance, and readiness to alleviate OEM backlog and absorb manufacturing offload.
  • Promote collaboration and industry exposure to OEMs and sub-tier opportunities.
  • Improve communication between suppliers and with the OEM.
  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities for supply chain development initiatives.

Each quarter, the group tours one of the members' shops before the meeting. In February, Hi Tech Machine & Fabrication hosted the group.


Prepare Your Business Facility for Spring

Pat Munger Construction Newsletter; February 25, 2022

Munger Construction

As the Connecticut ice and snow begin to thaw, business owners can begin to prepare for spring. Ice, rain runoffs, snowplows, and snow shoveling, often create a laundry list of items to repair or clear as the seasons change.

Are you curious how best to prepare your business for warmer weather?




Cirtronics Receives IPC EMS Industry Service Award 

Cirtronics received the EMS Industry Service Award at the IPC APEX EXPO 2022 in January. The IPC recognizes Cirtronics with “significant contributions to the industry in bringing together peers in [the] region and inspiring others to embrace advancements to remain competitive,” says IPC CEO John Mitchell.

Cirtronics has hosted a well-attended annual EMS dinner for over ten years, inviting colleagues and competitors from across the country. By gathering a collective group of experts in the industry to share successes and challenges facing the market, Cirtronics continues to be an example of how a company can support the greater good ethically and productively.

“We’re deeply committed to our suppliers, partners, and the industry as a whole,” says David Patterson, Cirtronics President and CEO. “We began over 40 years ago building boards. Now we build systems from the board level up to final complex assemblies. However, boards remain the heart of all electronic and electromechanical systems. And the health of the EMS industry—and manufacturing lines across the country– rely on collaborations, especially in challenging times like these.”

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