2022 HMA GEARS – Recognition Program

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Award your employees through HMA GEARS!

This program has been designed to retain your current employees and to help attract new ones. Employees work hard for you and studies have shown that recognition for a “job well done” can do wonders for morale and increase productivity; this program will help with that. There are four different tiers for the program, starting with HMA GEARS Bronze and working towards HMA GEARS Platinum.

For more information and how to get started visit the HMA GEARS Recognition Program page.


2022 HMA GEARS – General Employee Attraction Retention Program

HMA GEARS Revised Logo

Huron Manufacturing Association with funding from Huron County SLED – Supporting Local Economic Development

The HMA is very pleased to provide manufacturer members with support in the attraction, retention and recognition of employees.  Please visit the About GEARS resource page for more information and how to gain access.


2021 HMA EAR – Employee Attraction Program

Huron Manufacturing Association with funding from RRRF – Regional Relief Recovery Program and Community Futures Huron is

Very pleased to have provided 9 manufacturer members with a review of their HR processes.  The EAR Program Summary Report is available on the HMA YouTube Channel in the 2021 HMA AGM PowerPoint presentation.

2021 HMA Virtual School Bus Tour Video Project

Huron Manufacturing Association with funding from OMAFRA and Community Futures Huron 

Very pleased to present a series of 5 excellent videos of manufacturers and the trades in Huron County.  Videos are available to view and share from the HMA YouTube Channel.

2020 HMA News Update

with Larry Livingston, HMA Board Chair in November 2020.



2020 HMA Scholarship Awards

Huron Manufacturing Association recognizes youth achievements – November 2020

While the Huron Manufacturing Association Annual Awards Event did not take place, the HMA Board of Directors and their long-standing partners wanted to carry on the tradition of awarding scholarships to graduates of our local high schools. The HMA has been awarding Scholarship Awards sponsored by Libro Credit Union since 2007.

Once again, LIBRO Credit Union came forward to support the scholarship program offering four (4) $1000 scholarships to students who had completed a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) or are currently enrolled in an apprenticeship.  Community Futures Huron also joined the fray with a $1000 award and  Luke Janmaat, former HMA Board Member and President of Progressive Turf, Seaforth contributed a $1000 scholarship.  A $500 scholarship awarded by Britespan Building Systems, of Wingham helped to tip the HMA scholarship awards to a grand total of $6500 for 2020.

A record number of applicants made decisions difficult this year.  In total seven (7) awards were accepted by the winners on Friday November 13th at Maelstrom Winery.  Awards were received from HMA Board Chair, Larry Livingston of CAP Products in Vanastra. He acknowledged the achievements of each of the winners.    A congratulatory certificate from Hon Lisa Thompson MPP was also presented to each winner.

Justine Clark  2020 HMA Specialist High Skills Major Scholarship Award Sponsored by Libro Credit Union. Currently a student at FE Madill Secondary School in Wingham

Kyle Dunn  2020 HMA Apprenticeship Scholarship Award Sponsored by Libro Credit Union. Graduate of Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton. Now at Conestoga College in Advanced Diploma in Manufacturing Eng Tech Welding and Robotics

Keegan Gray  2020 HMA Apprenticeship Scholarship Award Sponsored by Libro Credit Union.  Graduate of Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton. Now a 433A Industrial Mechanical Millwright Apprentice with Van Den Berg Millwrighting in Kippen

Ethan Hewitt  2020 HMA Apprenticeship Scholarship Award Sponsored by Libro Credit Union.  Graduate of Goderich District Collegiate Institute in Goderich.  Now an Electrical Apprentice at JMR Electrical Ltd in Exeter

Turner Consitt  2020 HMA Specialist High Skills Major Scholarship Award Sponsored by Community Futures Huron.  Graduate of St Anne’s Catholic Secondary School in Clinton.  Now at Durand Plumbing & Heating in Hensall working towards an apprenticeship in Plumbing

 Ki Westelaken  2020 HMA Specialist High Skills Major Scholarship Award.  Sponsored by Progressive Turf Equipment.  Graduate of St Anne’s Catholic Secondary School in Clinton.  Now employed at Kemmere Dairy in Exeter

 Jonathan Govier  2020 HMA Apprenticeship Scholarship Award Sponsored by Britespan Building Systems.  Graduate of Goderich District Collegiate Institute in Goderich.  Presently Mechanic Apprentice – True Centre Autopro in Goderich

The HMA is thankful for the support of its members for ensuring that the Association can recognize youth achievements and looks forward to the future when celebrating the manufacturing can happen in person.


Contact: Susan Jared, HMA Facilitator   info@huronmanufacturing.ca

Larry Livingston, HMA Board Chair   llivingston@capproducts.com

HMA School Bridge Program

is on HOLD due to COVID since February 2020

Calling all manufacturers and associates

It has come to the attention of the HMA, that due to the Provinces current funding formulas that the high schools in our region do not have the cost of consumables available in their Tech Department budgets. This shortfall makes it extremely difficult for the instructors to provide the programs and the hands-on experience to improve student’s skills and keep them inspired about a future in the trades while fulfilling student / industry needs.

The HMA believes this may provide an opportunity to liquidate /recycle your scrap or surplus materials that would otherwise go to waste. Items such as scrap steel, copper wiring, hard and/or soft wood would be greatly appreciated.

The HMA is asking that you support and consult your local high school Tech Department to establish their particular need or requirement that all may benefit.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Yours in manufacturing

Larry Livingston,  Huron Manufacturing Association Chairman

HMA School Bus Tour Program

on HOLD due to COVID 2020

HMA School Bus Tours are ALWAYS a great success!

Thank You to all involved in all HMA School Bus Tours.

The HMA will be looking for Manufacturers in Huron County who are willing to host HMA School Bus Tours when we are able to, after the COVID Pandemic.

Previously, we offered  two sets of school tours – Spring and Fall to provide students the opportunity to be involved at the ground level of manufacturing.

What is asked of our association members when involved with the school tours:

The HMA is looking for companies willing to offer a tour of their facilities for a group of approximately 20 high school students. Tours are 1 hour- 1.5 hours in length. The HMA encourages manufacturers to offer tours as an effective means of encouraging young people to think about future careers in manufacturing.

Have you provided the HMA and Huron County High School Students a previous HMA School Bus Tour?

Are you interested in providing this opportunity again?

PREVIOUS Manufacturers and NEW Manufacturers are much appreciated.

For more details, or if you are interested in providing a School Bus Tour, contact the HMA through e-mail info@huronmanufacturing.ca

What is the purpose of the tours?

This is a chance for Manufacturers to showcase what they do to our future workforce. Sell yourself to the upcoming workforce in Huron County! If you offer summer employment opportunities, Co-op opportunities, Hire right out of high school, Do apprenticeships or have specific educational requirements, let the students know.

Our intent is to enable all students to experience what is available in Huron County.  We have a wide range of manufactures in the area and it is important for our students to understand that they do not have to leave their hometown area to do the things they dream about!

Please enjoy some photos of past HMA SCHOOL BUS TOURS!


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