Wichita Manufacturers Association
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Wichita Manufacturers Association

Together We Succeed

By joining manufacturing and support companies together, we succeed as a growing, regional industry.

Why Join the WMA
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Who We Are

Founded more than 100 years ago, the Wichita Manufacturers Association (WMA) is an organization of manufacturing and support companies in the Wichita and South Central Kansas region. Our mission is to promote and grow the regional manufacturing industry.

About the WMA
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What We Offer

  • Informative Meetings and Tours

    The WMA holds monthly meetings that include programs/speakers, networking and facility tours to see first-hand how other manufacturers operate and produce their products. We also enjoy social events each year!

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  • Manufacturing Scholarships

    As part of our mission to further the manufacturing industry, the WMA and its members provide numerous scholarships. Recipients are exceptional students planning to study manufacturing, accounting and other support careers with interest in pursing a career locally.

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  • Valuable Connections

    The WMA has more than 200 management personnel members from various manufacturing and manufacturing-related companies throughout the area. By connecting with each other, our products and our operations, we all learn and improve!

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Our Impact

In addition to connecting with each other, the WMA helps to educate the public on manufacturing, promotes scientific research related to manufacturing, and advances lawful and fair trade manufacturing practices, customs and usages.

Six GPI employees from our Management, Quality, Reliability and Operations teams are WMA members. We benefit from ideas gleaned during monthly WMA factory tours, which we incorporate into our own manufacturing processes. Also, we appreciate the opportunity to participate in a structured scholarship program, designed to advance manufacturing skills in the Wichita area. On a personal note, I enjoy the camaraderie of meeting and touring with old and new friends that share a common interest in ‘making things. Gary Winegar, CPIM
 Great Plains Industries, Inc.
The Wichita Manufacturers Association gives us an opportunity to visit local and regional companies to see what is happening in manufacturing in our area today. During these tours, we get to hear from company management about their companies and how they are handling issues within their companies as well as in the community. We also get to hear from guest speakers that fill us in on everything from finance, education, insurance and regional concerns to manufacturing. Jim Turner, General Manager Kelly Manufacturing Company
Being a member of the Wichita Manufacturers Association has been invaluable for myself and my company over the last five years, from experiencing the many diverse forms of manufacturing in our region to building friendships and partnerships with people that I would not have met without the WMA. I highly recommend to anyone in the manufacturing community no matter the size or form of your operation to join and to be a part of an association that strives for genuine growth in manufacturing. Ethan Eck Eck Fabrication
As a member of the Wichita Manufacturers Association since 2015, the knowledge I have received in manufacturing from the companies we have toured over the years and the people that I have met is so invaluable. Since joining the Executive Board, I am continually amazed at all that WMA does to keep manufacturing at the forefront in our community. It is also great to be a part of an organization that continues to support our youth through the WMA scholarships that are awarded each year. Stacy Edmundson, Owner Red Door Three, LLC
As an active member of the Wichita Manufacturers Association, RV Products has greatly benefited from the tours and meetings. We use our membership to benchmark other companies as well as network and gain valuable insight into other companies experiencing the same challenges and successes. We use the relationships gained and the benchmark outcomes to improve our business and take our company to the next level. Our membership supports us in our journey to world-class. Sandra Jessop, Senior Vice President RV Products