Happy 80th Anniversary, SMI
From Steve Moreland, President of SMI
On August 19, Sandy and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary; I distinctly remember the night I sat next to the telephone, sweaty palms and all, trying to muster up the courage to ask Sandy out on our first date…that was 37 years ago! Since that time we have been blessed with a life together that most couples could only dream about; yes, we’ve been through some very difficult, heart-wrenching times, but we have also been through some amazingly wonderful times together. Through it all, our relationship and love for each other has only grown stronger and deeper.
Back on August 11, the SMI celebrated its 80th anniversary! Although I cannot remember back to the night the SMI started (I wasn’t born yet) I do know we owe a tremendous amount of thanks and gratitude to Fuller F. Barnes of Associated Spring. He had the amazing foresight, courage and vision to start the Spring Manufacturers Association (as it was called back then) along with 40 charter members, 16 of whom remain SMI members today. Like our marriage, the North American spring industry has grown stronger over the past 80 years, thanks in large part to the SMI and the important role it plays in our industry.
The SMI provides such a wide range of products and services that I cannot imagine trying to compete in a global marketplace without their assistance. Benchmarking reports help SMI members understand how they “stack up” against their competitors in various categories of financial performance, quality performance and safety performance. The benchmark reports help participating members understand where they need to focus to improve the competitiveness of their businesses. The SMI convention and business meetings provide additional competitive advantage to SMI members who attend. They provide educational offerings that strengthen those companies and plenty of networking opportunities to allow sharing of best practices, helping them to become more globally competitive.
For those of you who are not currently members of the SMI, I strongly encourage you to contact Lynne Carr at the SMI headquarters, or visit the website at www.smihq.com and complete your application for membership. You will find that joining the SMI and participating in all the products and services that it offers can enhance the success of your company. I know first-hand, as we have been members for 46 years!
The mark of any great organization is its ability to maintain its relevance in a rapidly changing world. The SMI has done that for 80 years. As we begin our 81st year, the SMI is deeply engaged in a robust strategic planning process to assure that the SMI maintains its leadership position in the industry and relevance to spring manufacturers across the continent for the next 80 years. We plan to introduce the new strategic plan during our annual convention in Hawaii in February; hope to see you there!
On behalf of the North American spring industry and the SMI membership, I want to express a special thanks to the previous 32 SMI presidents, who served over the past 80 years, for their leadership, commitment and vision. Those past presidents, along with the myriad volunteer board and committee members, have built a great organization we can all be proud of. Thanks!
Happy 80th Anniversary Spring Manufacturer’s Institute … Here’s to the next 80!
President, Automatic Spring Products