Michael Smeltzer has resigned as executive director of the York-based Manufacturers' Association.
“The separation was mutually agreed upon by the board of directors and I," Smeltzer said this morning. "I would say we just had different ideas about the future and what had to happen. I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished at the association."
Smeltzer spent 13 years at the organization, which works on manufacturing issues for more than 350 member companies within Southcentral Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland.
"I would say we were able to put the association on the radar screen," Smeltzer said.
Among recent projects, Smeltzer and the association led an effort to develop potential employees for the warehouse/distribution sector through a pilot program that kicked off in March. The program put 80 potential workers, mostly younger, through 80 hours of classroom training.
Smeltzer, 58, of York, said he will keep busy as a partner in a venture capital firm known as York Innovators Group. He also serves on 25 boards of directors.
The association recently celebrated its 108th anniversary. Smeltzer said stronger ties and greater activism in the political process are important for manufacturers in the area.
"Many organizations today are peeling away from doing that work because it is frustrating," he said. "I know how critical it is because I’ve dabbled in that world. I tell people, ‘They only know what they know, and if they don’t know your side of the story, then they don’t know.’"