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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.  

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