The South Texas Manufacturers Association (STMA) is a 501 (c) 6 Trade Association and membership driven organization committed to advancing manufacturing in the Rio Grande Valley and the South Texas Region.
In 25 years, STMA has grown to our current membership of over 150 companies by focusing on providing high quality information and support to our manufacturing sector. We work with area economic development corporations, other trade associations, regional workforce development boards, colleges and public school districts, our region’s manufacturers, and other businesses that provide services and support to the manufacturing sector in the region.
Our vision is to foster the advancement of local manufacturers by promoting and supporting their best interests.
Our Mission and Priorities
Establish STMA as the premier resource for advancing world class manufacturing.
• Develop a skilled workforce and a talent pipeline for our industry
• Communicate market trends, technology, and Best Practices
• Provide regulatory and legislative awareness and support
• Provide members with opportunities for networking and idea sharing
• Advocate for and promote careers in the manufacturing community
Our Recent Accomplishments
We are an association that believes in leading by example and doing what we say we are going to do. Here are some our recent accomplishments in supporting our members in alignment with our mission:
- Developed STC Maintenance/Mechatronics training program
- Helped secure several Skills Development grants for area community colleges to train industry in the RGV
- Completed and distributed the 2016 biannual STMA Manufacturing Wage & Benefit survey, in partnership with six EDCs from Brownsville to Mission (no cost to our companies who participated).
- Collaborated with INDEX Reynosa and McAllen EDC to resume quarterly supplier expos for STMA member companies to present to Maquila managers after INDEX meetings.
- Held first of a series of Membership Mixers for our association members.
- Presented meeting programs on the FIRST Robotics Programs in public schools
- Awarded five $1000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors to enroll in associate degree STC program for Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Related membership meeting programs in 2016:
- Pharr Bridge update: Traffic trends, infrastructure improvement plans
- Port of Brownsville update: Port improvements, industry growth, traffic report
- “What We Do”: All Star Metals- Deconstructing Ships
- DEA: Update on Mexico/Tamaulipas cartel activity
- Presentation by Dykema Cox Smith: Employment Law update- New Exempt Overtime Rules, OSHA Regulation Changes, Classification of Independent Contractors
- Presentation on Texas Legislative Priorities for Industry: by TX. Association of Manufacturers