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Make Your Voice Heard

A strong MMA-PAC helps lead the way for a competitive business environment for MMA members and the manufacturing industry .
MMA spoke with long-time industry supporter Patrick Curry recently about the importance of the MMA-PAC to keep Michigan manufacturing moving forward .
Curry is President of Fullerton Tool and Endurance Carbide , a member of the MMA Board of Directors and serves as Chair of the MMA-PAC .

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You have served as the Chair of the MMA-PAC for many years . Why are you such a champion for the MMA-PAC ? Curry : I don ’ t see myself as a champion for the PAC itself but rather a passionate ally for the manufacturing industry as a whole . Supporting the MMA-PAC is one way to ensure that pro-manufacturing candidates are elected , and our industry remains competitive .
Many are hesitant to donate to a political effort . What would you say to help them overcome their hesitation ? Curry : It ’ s true , partisan politics can be controversial and overwhelming to engage with . The fact is , the MMA-PAC is a tool to help the industry we all care about . Supporting the PAC supersedes partisan politics and ensure pro-industry leaders are elected .

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For Manufacturers , what is the largest benefit you see to engaging in the political process ? Curry : To remain competitive in an ever-changing world , continual engagement with our leaders and supporting the election of pro-manufacturing candidates ensures our business climate remains favorable to success .
Invest in Your Company ’ s Future — Donate Today !
A donation to the MMA-PAC is an investment in Michigan ’ s manufacturing future by supporting and building strong relationships with lawmakers to ensure MMA ’ s pro-manufacturing agenda is heard .
Login at mimfg . org to support the MMA-PAC with a personal contribution or contact MMA ’ s Ashley Wakefield , at 517-487-8523 , for more information .
Exclusive Reception Honoring MMA Legislators of the Year
The MMA-PAC held regional receptions to honor the MMA Legislators of the Year . This award recognizes state policymakers who have provided essential leadership in manufacturing issues throughout their career and is determined by an MMA-appointed committee .
In appreciation for outstanding leadership on behalf of Michigan manufacturers , MMA recognized Representative Luke Meerman , Senator Jon Bumstead and Representative Joe Tate as the 2021 MMA Legislators of the Year at MFG Legislative Day in September .
In addition , Representative Meerman and Senator Bumstead were honored at an MMA- PAC reception in Muskegon in October and Representative Tate was honored at a reception in Grosse Pointe Park in November .
The MMA-PAC will hold more events in 2022 with additional opportunities to support pro-manufacturing candidates .
Senator Jon Bumstead addressed members at a reception in Muskegon to honor his and Representative Luke Meerman ’ s support of Michigan manufacturing .
MMA-PAC can accept personal contributions from sole-proprietorships , partnerships or limited liability companies ( LLCs ). State Law prohibits acceptance of corporate checks .