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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Video: Success in the New Economy

Attention all parents, students and educators!

Here at PMA, we think education is a key component to succeeding in today’s work environment, and that’s why we love this new videoby Kevin Fleming called “Success in the New Economy."

This interactive video makes a compelling case for students to make informed decisions about their college education goals. Fleming says that students should not just classical education but also the value of technical skill acquisition and the real-world applications for those skills.

We've watched the video a few times (hey, it’s got some great animation!) and our favorite part is at 7:40, when Kevin talks about the importance of identifying an area that appeals to your interests, skills, and the labor market when deciding on your future.


Kevin drives home the point that success in the new economy is all about acquiring the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for in-demand occupations in our day and age. Check out the video and share it with your friends—you won’t regret it!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

PMA and Other FABTECH Show Partners Launch Fundraising Campaign to Help Illinois Storm Victims

PMA is proud to be a FABTECH 2013 show partner and to be part of the show's efforts to raise money for the victims of the recent storms in Illinois.

From the FABTECH site -

FABTECH 2013 show partners offer their condolences to the victims of the severe storms and tornados that devastated Washington, Illinois and other areas of the state on November 17th.  Citizens of our host state for FABTECH 2013 are struggling to recover from the physical and economic damage caused by these storms that hit on a set-up day for the show.  Some of our exhibitors and attendees were directly impacted by this tragedy.

Several show exhibitors have started to raise funds for the victims of the storms, with California-based Sutherland Presses pledging to match contributions up to a total of $5,000.  FABTECH is joining this fundraising effort.  The five FABTECH show partners* are donating $10,000 to this relief campaign, and encourage all show exhibitors and attendees to contribute.  Funds collected will go to the American Red Cross to help victims of the storms.

There are two ways to donate:

  • FABTECH has set up an online donation page at www.crowdrise.com/fabtechexpocares that accepts credit cards.
  • FABTECH exhibitors and attendees can also make a donation by cash or check at Booth # N1400 in the Grand Concourse.

If you have any questions, please contact Caitlin Andrews at Caitlin.Andrews@policyres.com.  Thank you for your donation!

* The five FABTECH show partners include: SME, the American Welding Society (AWS), the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI).  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

November 2013 Business Conditions Report

The latest PMA business conditions report is out and it looks like good new for metalformers.  The monthly survey of metalforming companies reveals that more than 25% of companies expect economic activity to improve over the next three months.

Read more below -

Business Conditions Report: November 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
 
CLEVELAND, OH—November 13, 2013—According to the November 2013 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect an improvement in business conditions during the next three months.  Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 124 metalforming companies in the United States and Canada.

The November report shows that 27% of participants forecast that economic activity will improve during the next three months (up from 22% in October), 58% predict that activity will remain unchanged (compared to 56% last month) and only 15% believe that economic activity will decline (down from 22% in October).

Metalforming companies also expect a slight improvement in incoming orders during the next three months, with only 22% expecting a decrease in orders (down from 28% in October), 45% anticipating no change (compared to 38% in October) and 33% predicting an increase in orders (compared to 34% in October).

Average daily shipping levels increased in November.  Thirty-seven percent of participants report that shipping levels are above levels of three months ago (up from 31% in October), 41% report that shipping levels are the same as three months ago (compared to 42% last month), and 22% report a decrease in shipping levels (down from 27% in October).

The percentage of metalforming companies with a portion of their workforce on short time or layoff increased to 13% in November, up from 11% in October.  The November figure is lower than it was at this time last year, when 17% of metalformers reported workers on short time or layoff.

“Metalforming companies are generally anticipating that orders and shipments for year-end 2013 and early 2014 will continue to reflect flat to modestly higher levels of activity, compared to today’s levels,” said William E. Gaskin, PMA president.  “PMA’s Monthly Orders and Shipments Survey, which measures actual results vs. expected activity also reflects this trend, with orders and shipments for all of 2013 trending slightly above the 12-month rolling average for the past year, with the exception of February and July, when current data dipped below the trend line for a single month before returning to positive territory.  The automotive market continues to be the most consistent performer in 2013.”

The monthly Business Conditions Report has been conducted by PMA since 1979.  Full report results are available at http://www.pma.org/public/business_reports/pdf/BCREP.pdf.  PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes.  Its nearly 900 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry.  PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM Mexico tradeshows, and MetalForming and Fabricating Product News magazines.

Monday, November 11, 2013

PMA Member and Minnesota Senator Write Joint Op-ed on Closing the Skills Gap

Erick Ajax and an employee at his facility.
Star Tribune photo.
 PMA member Erick Ajax, co-owner of E.J. Ajax in Fridley, Minnesota, and Minnesota Senator Al Franken appear together on the byline of an op-ed that ran in the Minnesota Star Tribune over the weekend.  The piece, "Closing the skills gap is a matter of partnership," focuses on ways to build stronger relationships between businesses and two-year schools.

It begins -

Senator Al Franken (D-MN)
     "One of us owns an innovative advanced metal forming company based in Fridley; the other is a U.S. senator. Both of us share a strong belief that the United States must address the “skills gap” that has left more than 3 million good-paying jobs unfilled. We also know from our experiences that we can close this gap in a way that will connect skilled workers with jobs, help make college more affordable and boost our competitiveness in a global economy.

     By forging new and stronger partnerships between businesses and two-year community and technical colleges, we can train not only high school graduates looking for careers but also current workers who need to upgrade their skills as technology advances and industries evolve."

Read the full op-ed here.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Third Annual Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT a Resounding Success

PMA is happy to announce the success of its Women in Manufacturing group's third annual SUMMIT event.  Here's the post-event press release.  You can also read it here.  And you can check out photo highlights of the event the Women in Manufacturing Facebook page.


CLEVELAND, OH — More than 200 leading women manufacturing executives, managers and students from across the country gathered in Dearborn, MI, on October 22-23, 2013 for the Women in Manufacturing (WiM) SUMMIT 2013, hosted by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA).  Designed exclusively for women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry, this third annual conference provided a unique opportunity for participants to share perspectives and network with their female peers in the manufacturing sector.

“We were elated by the enthusiasm surrounding our third annual SUMMIT,” said WiM Director Allison Grealis. “The turnout at this year’s event shows that our group is continuing to develop from a small group of PMA members to a strong, powerful network of women from across the manufacturing sector and we were pleased to spend several days with the many women who came out to invest in their professional development and expand their network of industry peers. The atmosphere was electric throughout the event and women left newly energized and inspired.”

SUMMIT attendees were thrilled to see U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, co-chair of the Senate Manufacturing Caucus, who spoke to the group about the importance of the manufacturing sector and engaging more women in the profession.

Other highlights of the SUMMIT were general session keynote presentations from Catalyst, Caterpillar, General Motors, Rasmussen Consulting, Toyota and Wyoming Machine.

Latondra Newton, Toyota’s Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, captured the theme of the SUMMIT when she said, “Women leaders in manufacturing today have the ability to appeal to young women and attract them to manufacturing careers by showing them someone with whom they can identify.”

That theme was supported by Rebecca Madsen, the first president of a collegiate chapter of Women in Manufacturing, who was on hand to share her story and thank SUMMIT attendees for being role models for hard work and success in the manufacturing sector.

The 2013 SUMMIT program was enhanced from years past to offer even more educational sessions and plant tour options.  Nine learning sessions were offered this year on a range of topics from personal career development to company marketing for a manufacturing environment.  And four local manufacturing facilities - Daimler—Detroit Diesel, GM Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant, Kars Nuts and Jiffy Mix - opened their doors to SUMMIT attendees for tours.

Finally, this year’s networking dinner included a presentation from Carhartt Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Linda Hubbard, and a silent auction that raised more than $6,000 for women in manufacturing education opportunities.

“We are especially grateful to our SUMMIT sponsors,” continued Grealis.  “Their generous support made the tremendous success of this year’s event possible.  Our sponsors show extraordinary commitment to the advancement of women in the manufacturing sector.”

This year’s sponsors included the Alliance for American Manufacturing, Amazon Fulfillment, APPI Energy, the Association of Women in the Metal Industries, Century Metal Spinning, Epicor, EROWA, Hialeah Metal Spinning, Inc., The Manufacturing Institute, Mid West Fabricating Company, MSSC, Plante Moran, Plex Systems, Sandvik Coromant, Schuler, TRUMPF, UPS, Waukesha® Metal Products and Zierick Manufacturing Corporation.

Find out more about our sponsors here.

For more information about Women in Manufacturing, visit www.womeninmanufacturing.org, or contact Kristin Davis at 216-901-8800 or kdavis@pma.org.

About the Precision Metalforming Association:  PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes.  Its nearly 900 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry.  PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM Mexico tradeshows, and MetalForming and Fabricating Product News magazines. 

About Women in Manufacturing: Women in Manufacturing, a sister organization of PMA, is comprised of nearly 400 individual members and focuses on attracting, retaining and advancing women in the manufacturing sector.  

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Precision Metalforming Association Sponsors Second Annual Manufacturing Day

We just posted our press release about Manufacturing Day.  We are excited that so many of our members are participating tomorrow in a day that celebrates our industry!


Independence, OH – Precision Metalforming Association member companies across the country will open their doors to their local communities on Friday, October 4, 2013 as part of the second annual Manufacturing Day.  PMA along with Women in Manufacturing are among the industry leaders sponsoring this national day to promote U.S. manufacturing.

Manufacturing Day – or MFG DAY – addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to show what manufacturing is – and what it is not.  The goal is for manufacturers to connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

“MFG Day is important for PMA member companies because it allows them to raise awareness in their communities about 21st century manufacturing,” said PMA President Bill Gaskin.  “Our members can show off their modern facilities that utilize computers, robots and automation.  We know that counteracting outdated misperceptions with the reality of today’s high tech manufacturing is the best way to address challenges like the skills gap that threaten the American manufacturing sector’s growth.”

Many PMA member companies have signed up to participate by hosting special events at their facilities, including:


To learn more about the second annual MFG Day, please visit: http://www.mfgday.com/  
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PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes. Its nearly 900 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry. PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM tradeshows, and MetalForming and Fabricating Product News magazines.  For additional information on PMA visit www.pma.org.

Friday, September 27, 2013

PMA Members Attend Event for Congressman Tiberi

On September 24, PMA members participated at an event for Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) that was hosted by the political action committees of PMA, the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA).

Congressman Tiberi has long been a supporter of manufacturing, pushing for pro-growth and pro-jobs legislation, and we were pleased to have the opportunity to return some of that support for him.

The Congressman spoke to a full room at Lockkeepers in Valleyview, OH.  He offered his assessment of activities in Washington today and painted a picture of the way forward.  He suggested that times are trying and expressed concern about the impact of Obamacare and some tax reform proposals on American small businesses.  Still, he predicted the long-term success of American manufacturing which he said is strong and thriving.

We were also honored that Congressman David Joyce (R-OH), in whose district we were gathered, stopped by.  We enjoyed talking with him and hearing his thoughts as well.

It was a great event!

*Note that Congressman Tiberi injured his arm in the line of duty.  He shared with us that he broke a bone and tore some tendons while attending a 4H event and jumping from some bleachers - that's dedication!  We're wishing him a speedy recovery.

Here are some pictures from the event -

Congressman Tiberi with PMA President Bill Gaskin.
Congressman Tiberi talks with members of PMA and NTMA leadership.
Congressman Tiberi poses for a photo with
NTMA President Dave Tilstone and PMA President Bill Gaskin.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September Business Conditions Report: Manufacturers Expecting Slight Dip

CLEVELAND, OH—September 16, 2013—According to the September 2013 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect a dip in business conditions during the next three months.  Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 130 metalforming companies in the United States and Canada.

The September report shows that 14% of participants forecast that economic activity will decline during the next three months (up from only 7% in August), 51% predict that activity will remain unchanged (down from 59% in August) and 35% believe that economic activity will improve (compared to 34% in August).

Metalforming companies also expect a decline in incoming orders during the next three months, with 18% expecting a decrease in orders (up from 10% in August), 37% anticipating an increase in orders (compared to 38% in August) and 45% predicting no change (down from 52% last month).

Average daily shipping levels rose slightly in September.  Thirty-four percent of participants report that shipping levels are above levels of three months ago (up from 30% in August), 44% report that shipping levels are the same as three months ago (compared to 41% last month), and only 22% report a decrease in shipping levels (down from 29% in August).

The percentage of metalforming companies with a portion of their workforce on short time or layoff increased to 13% in September, up from 10% in August.  The September figure is better than it was at this time last year, when 15% of metalformers reported workers on short time or layoff.

“PMA’s member companies are optimistic about the trend for fourth quarter shipments, in spite of a modest decline in incoming orders being anticipated over the next three months,” said PMA President Bill Gaskin.  “Last year at this time, expectations for both fourth quarter shipments and orders were soft.  This year, momentum in shipments seems to be building toward a modest fall rally, which is generally consistent with the most recent ISM report.”

The monthly Business Conditions Report has been conducted by PMA since 1979.  Full report results are available at http://www.pma.org/public/business_reports/pdf/BCREP.pdf.  PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes.  Its nearly 900 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry.  PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM Mexico tradeshows, and MetalForming and Fabricating Product News magazines.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

MFG Day is Only One Month Away!


MFG Day - Manufacturing Day - 2013 is just around the corner.  Scheduled for October 4, 2013, the annual event dedicated to dispelling common misconceptions about the manufacturing sector, is just one month away.

MFG Day is an important part of efforts to support the future of manufacturing here in the US.

As manufacturers today, we know that negative, untrue stereotypes plague our sector and drive young people away.  We know that we have to overcome the perception that manufacturing jobs are dirty, dangerous dead ends.  We know that we must spread the word that manufacturing has gone high tech, with modern, clean facilities, computers, robot, and automation.  We know that counteracting outdated, negative images with current, positive ones is the best way to fight problems like the skills gap that threaten the American manufacturing sector's recent boom.

And MFG Day is just the way to do what we know we must.

MFG Day gives manufacturers around the country the opportunity to open their doors to local school kids, parents, community college students,  job seekers and members of the media so that they can see firsthand the safe, high-tech and innovative work environments that await the best and brightest who pursue careers in manufacturing.

To learn more about how you can get involved, visit the Manufacturing Day website.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Huffington Post Blogger Writes "Maybe You Should Have Gone to Trade School"

A blog posted on the Huffington Post Business page this week addresses a topic we often discuss here at PMA - the value and relative benefits of trade school.

HuffPo Blogger Rachel Ryan notes that college enrollment numbers are decreasing, but registers little surprise.  Why not, she questions, when today's economy has rendered a full 40 percent of college diploma holders unemployed.

Ryan points to a society so inundated with bachelor's degrees that the same entry level jobs for which that degree once sufficed now require a master's.  And to what end?, she wonders.  For an unpaid internship?  For a chance to work for free or virtually free in "white collar office buildings"?

Ryan then suggests another way.  She challenges the singular significance Americans have ascribed to four year colleges.  Offering an alternative, she references the skills gap in our very own manufacturing sector, suggesting that students seek the education required to attain these high-skill, highly compensated jobs.

Thanks to this stellar Huffington Post blogger for highlighting a road that is unfortunately all too often not taken and showing it as one that really could make all the difference.

Read Ryan's full post here.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Filmmakers Bringing "Made in America" to the Silver Screen

As has often been heralded in the news, the US has added 500,000 jobs to its manufacturing sector since hitting bottom during the recession in 2010.

These numbers have prompted some to ask if we're in the midst of a comeback in manufacturing.

The answer, at least according to filmmakers Vincent Vittorio and Nathan McGill is...hopefully!

They are currently traveling the country - 32 cities in 32 days - and promoting their new film, American Made Movie.  The film attempts to grow demand for products made here at home.

Watch this interview with the filmmakers - 



Friday, July 26, 2013

PMA Member Pens Op-Ed, Stands Up for Small Businesses and Manufacturers

As a trade association representing nearly 900 companies in the metalforming industry of North America, we are always proud to highlight the many achievements and accomplishments of our member companies.

Joe Szydlo, a machine operator,
works the single hit punch press at Automation Tool & Die Inc.
in Brunswick in October 2011. (Photo: Plain Dealer)
And when one of our individual member companies stands up and advocates for the industry as a whole, we are even more proud. That’s why we chose to focus our blog today on an op-ed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer written by Randy Bennett, co-owner of PMA-member Automation Tool & Die. Randy was joined in authoring the article by Dave Sattler, president of Sattler Companies Inc.

Randy’s article, published today in the major Ohio news outlet, called for legislators in Washington to respect manufacturers as the backbone of our communities while they debate the future of comprehensive tax reform.

Automation Tool & Die, a Brunswick-based company, employs 71 workers and provides tool and die and metal stamping services to customers in the automotive, industrial hardware, and other industries. And, because the company is structured as a C Corporation, Automation Tool & Die pays both corporate taxes and individual taxes. These double taxes make it extremely hard for many small businesses to stay competitive, and increasing focus on corporate tax rates could make this issue even worse.

While Randy acknowledges the absolute need for tax reform, the purpose of the article is to make sure that reform does not leave “America’s small businesses in the rearview mirror.” By ensuring that tax provisions that help small businesses operate in a competitive industry are included in the new tax system, Congress can help the 12 million manufacturers employed in the United States drive our economy forward into the future.

We applaud Randy for his contribution and hope Congress listens to the wisdom of his words. Additionally, we will be monitoring the tax reform issue and will provide periodic updates on this blog as new issues emerge.

You can read the full op-ed here.

What do you think about comprehensive tax reform? What provisions are most vital to your company’s success? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

PMA and MetalForming Magazine Conference on ERP Software

ERP software is changing the way companies do business.  ERP, enterprise-resource-planning, programs compile all of a company's data and processes into one system, an effort that saves time and money.

Interested in learning more about how your business could benefit from ERP software?  Check out the PMA and MetalForming Magazine event on the technology in a few months in Cincinnati.  Read more in the press release below.

PMA and MetalForming Magazine to Hold Conference
on the Latest Developments in ERP Software
   
CLEVELAND, OH—July 23, 2013—The Precision Metalforming Association’s (PMA) flagship publication, MetalForming magazine, announces The Manufacturing ERP Experience, a conference that will provide information on the industry’s leading enterprise-resource-planning (ERP) software systems for small to midsized manufacturing companies.  The event is scheduled for October 8-9, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Modern ERP systems have changed how companies do business.  By integrating all of a company’s data and processes into a unified system, ERP software allows companies to be more cost- and time-efficient.

Participants will learn the latest developments in ERP software at this timely and focused 1.5-day event.  The program includes:

  • Software demonstrations from leading suppliers, including Epicor, IQMS, Plex Systems, ECi Software Solutions, NetSuite, and Global Shop Solutions.
  • Case-study presentations describing successful software-implementation projects.
  • Keynote presentations from respected, knowledgeable experts on ERP-software implementation strategies, vendor selection, training and other critical topics.  Speakers include Cindy Jutras, founder of Mint Jutras, an independent research-based consulting firm that specializes in analyzing the business impact of enterprise applications; Eric Kimberling, managing partner of Panorama Consulting Solutions, a consulting firm with expertise in ERP software selection and implementation; and Peter Pearce, a partner with Baker Tilly, leading the firm’s Enterprise Business Systems practice.

Registration fee is only $199 for PMA members and $249 for nonmembers.  Visit www.metalformingmagazine.com/erp for complete program details and online registration.  Please contact Marlene O’Brien at 216-901-8800 or mobrien@pma.org with questions.

PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes.  Its nearly 900 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry.  PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM Mexico tradeshows, and MetalForming magazine, which reaches more than 53,000 readers every month. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

PMA Releases July Business Conditions Report

We released our monthly business report today showing that metalforming companies expect a slight dip in business conditions over the next three months.   PMA has issued the monthly Business Conditions Report since 1979 and for the past 34 years it has been used to take the pulse of manufacturing in the US by both policymakers and the news media.

The full PMA Business Conditions Report results are available here.  

Our press release providing a summary of the report is below:

Business Conditions Report: July 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

For more information, please contact Christie Carmigiano

According to the July 2013 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect a slight dip in business conditions during the next three months.  Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 124 metalforming companies in the United States and Canada.

The July report shows that only 22% of participants believe that economic activity will improve during the next three months (down from 28% in June), 63% predict that activity will remain unchanged (compared to 59% in June), and 15% forecast that activity will decline (compared to 13% in June).
Metalforming companies also expect a slight decline in incoming orders during the next three months, with 28% anticipating an increase in orders (down from 31% in June), 53% predicting no change (compared to 52% last month) and 19% expecting a decrease in orders (up from 17% in June).

Average daily shipping levels decreased in July.  Twenty-six percent of participants report that shipping levels are above levels of three months ago (down from 32% in June), 44% report that shipping levels are the same as three months ago (the same percentage reported in June), and 30% report a decrease in shipping levels (up from 24% in June).

The percentage of metalforming companies with a portion of their workforce on short time or layoff dropped to 9% in July, down from 12% in June.  The July figure is the lowest it has been since April 2012, the last time only 9% of metalformers reported workers on short time or layoff. 

“Softness in orders and shipments reflected in this month’s survey are confirmed by PMA’s control group of companies who report their orders and shipments on a monthly basis,” said William E. Gaskin, PMA president.  “Year-to-date shipments for the first half of 2013 are down 4% compared to 2012.  When comparing this year to last, there was strong momentum built up for Q-1 shipments in 2012, which then leveled out during Q-2, and generally declined through the second half of the year.  In 2013, we saw a sharp uptick in January, then very modest upward trending in shipments during the subsequent months.  The automotive market, which comprises just under half of the shipments of PMA member companies, has provided the most strength year-to-date.”

PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes.  Its nearly 900 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry.  PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM Mexico tradeshows, and MetalForming and Fabricating Product News magazines.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Welcome to the Metalforming Matters Blog

Bill Gaskin,
PMA President
Hello!  Welcome to the Metalforming Matters Blog, powered by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)!

PMA is the full-service trade association representing the metalforming industry of North America.  If you're wondering why metalforming matters, let me tell you this: Metalforming is the industry that creates precision metal products using techniques like stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming.  Our industry amounts to $113billion in North America and our members' products are present in a wide array of industries.  Just check out the chart at the bottom of this post.

PMA was launched in 1942 in Cleveland and we celebrated our 70th anniversary last year.  Though times have changed, we have maintained an unwavering commitment to supporting innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability.

Manufacturing is growing in this country and our industry is proud to be a part of that resurgence.

We will use this blog to discuss the latest industry news, share stories of success and remind readers that Metalforming Matters!



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