Editorial: Positive Changes at IHEA
If you work in a manufacturing plant with in-house thermal processes, you reap the benefits of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) daily. This association of the leading equipment manufacturers is undergoing changes that will positively affect your company.
Driven by the leadership of current IHEA president, John Cole of Kolene Corp., Goyer Management International assumed executive management responsibilities as of July 2003. Goyer Management is a proven association management organization with 14 years experience. Currently, it manages the 700-member Chemical Coaters Association International and the Powder Coating Show with its 250+ exhibitors and 4,000+ attendees. Anne Goyer, President of Goyer Management and newly appointed Executive Vice President of IHEA, is a proven association management dynamo full of new ideas and resources that will find ample and excellent application within IHEA. Goyer is progressive and aggressive. Only five months into her tenure, IHEA is already a different organization.
IHEA is growing quickly. Seven companies have joined within the last six months. Companies formerly members of the Infrared Equipment Association (IREA) have merged with IHEA and formed their own Infrared Equipment Division (IRED). This new division broadens IHEA's reach and influence. More members also brings additional resources, perspectives, and influence to IHEA.
Mr. Steve Fruth, Fostoria Inc., a member of both IHEA and IREA for years, suggested and encouraged the joining of the two associations. The result will be nothing but beneficial to both organizations.
President Cole has made it clear that IHEA is going to focus on committees and "getting the work done." IHEA has always had a substantial list of benefits to offer to its members. The goal is to continue to enhance those benefits by focusing on the day-to-day work of the committees. An example of beneficial committee work is the detailed analysis of the newly released NFPA 86 guidelines released earlier in 2003. Ted Jablkowski a key player on IHEA's Safety Standards and Codes Committee, invested untold hours to develop an extensive comparison and cross reference of the new standard with several previous editions. This analysis alone is an invaluable asset to IHEA members, who, in fact, submitted 75% of the changes to the new standard.
IHEA is reducing the cost while at the same time increasing the benefits of membership. Annual meeting fees are being cut by one third to one half. Venue and hotel selections are being made with cost and value in mind. Dues structures are being re-examined and other forms of revenue are being investigated. Like all businesses, IHEA is responding the to the tight business climate of the past 2-3 years.
This eye on cost makes it easier for industrial heating equipment manufacturers to justify the cost of membership and increases the overall value of IHEA to each member company.
Behind every strong, vibrant industry is an association working for the good of the members and end users. In the thermal processing industry, that association is IHEA. IHEA helps heating equipment manufacturers serve their customers, the captive thermal processors, do their jobs better. Find out more about IHEA at www.ihea.org.