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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New PMA Membership Video

We've just released a new membership video!  

Check it out on YouTube to learn more about PMA and hear testimonials from current members about our value.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Press Release: Manufacturers Urge Congress to Pass Important Tax Extenders Legislation


Manufacturers Urge Congress to Pass Important Tax Extenders Legislation
R&D Tax Credit, Section 179 Expensing and Bonus Depreciation
Keys to Keeping U.S. Manufacturing Strong

Washington, DC, December 2, 2014 – The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) today urged Congress to pass a tax extenders bill this month that makes key tax provisions used by U.S. manufacturers permanent, including the R&D Tax Credit, Section 179 Expensing and extending Bonus Depreciation for all of 2014 and 2015.  These tax provisions, which Congress allowed to expire last year, help NTMA and PMA members and thousands of other manufacturers across the country make investments in technology and hire more workers.

“It’s time for Congress to end the uncertainty and pass a tax extenders bill that makes permanent tax provisions that are boosting manufacturing and creating jobs,” said NTMA President Dave Tilstone.  “Manufacturers need to plan ahead and unfortunately Congress is not helping. Uncertainty from Washington about the future of key tax provisions used to grow our businesses causes manufacturers to slow or stop investing.”

In a November briefing at the House of Representatives, PMA Member Wes Smith, President and CEO of E&E Manufacturing in Plymouth, MI, testified that companies like his rely on key tax provisions to have the resources available to make investments and hire more employees.

“If we knew at the beginning of this year that Congress would not extend Bonus Depreciation and Section 179 Expensing, we would not have invested the $13 million we have in 2014 on new equipment,” said Smith, whose automotive supply company employs over 300 workers.

Smith said that manufacturers large and small plan their investments years in advance. “We just spent $10 million on a new set of machines, but that equipment takes over two years to place into service,” Smith said.  “How can I plan and finance a two-year, $10 million project when I don’t even know what Congress will do two months from now?  We can’t just purchase a machine on December 31st by midnight based on a vote Congress took that day. ”

“Last month, in Atlanta, at the FABTECH Exhibition – North America’s largest trade show for the metal forming, fabricating, welding and metal finishing industries – tens of thousands of owners and executives of manufacturing companies were in the position of having to make decisions on investing hundreds of millions of dollars in new machines, technologies, software and services, without knowing the status of Section 179 Expensing and Bonus Depreciation for either 2014 or for 2015.  It was an absolute travesty that these manufacturers were forced to make these decisions without knowing how these expenditures would be treated for tax purposes,” said PMA President Bill Gaskin.  “If Congress cannot make these provisions permanent, at the very least, they must extend them for all of 2014 and 2015.  Congress needs to pass a tax extenders bill during the Lame Duck session.”

About One Voice: The National Tooling and Machining Association’s (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association’s (PMA) combined “One Voice” federal government advocacy program represents nearly 3,000 metalworking companies and is designed to promote U.S. government policies that will ensure a strong manufacturing sector in the United States.  For additional information, please visit www.metalworkingadvocate.org.


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Monday, December 1, 2014

Guest Post from AAPI Energy: Energy Outlook 2015: Extreme Weather

Last winter’s extremely cold temperatures caused high energy costs for unprepared customers, some of whom are still feeling repercussions today. As the 2014-2015 winter season approaches, customers are asking if energy prices will continue to rise, and how they should prepare and budget. It appears that electricity and natural gas prices reached historic lows in April 2012. Prices are likely to steadily increase through 2017.

During the first half of November 2014, a series of winter storms delivered heavy snowfall to the Midwest, New England, and regions as far as West Texas. Accumulation amounts were the highest that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Snow Analysis has archived for the early November timeframe since 2003.

Weather forecasters are predicting another cold winter in the U.S. Below-normal temperatures are expected to encompass two-thirds of the U.S., particularly the East Coast and Gulf Coast. Above-average precipitation and heavy snowfall are expected in these regions. The jet stream over the northern region of the U.S. is expected to be erratic, which could force cold air from the polar and Arctic regions into the U.S., particularly into the East Coast and Deep South.

The West Coast, on the other hand, will experience above-normal temperatures, which means severe drought conditions could worsen. In California, where 60% of the state is suffering the worst category of drought, mountainous snowfall is crucial for recovery. Snowfall amounts, which depend on the strength of winter storms, are difficult to forecast more than seven days in advance.

If extreme cold weather forecasts are accurate, electricity consumers should prepare for the risk of more electricity price volatility. Natural gas demand for heating and power generation is projected to increase steadily. Consumer demand for gas and electricity are typically synchronized. Electricity price trends are closely linked to the natural gas market. Winter weather across the U.S. in 2013-2014 produced the most volatile natural gas daily price swings in several years, and electricity prices climbed, as well.















Stabilize energy costs

Customers who used variable or index prices for gas or electricity supply in January 2014 experienced problematic cost increases. Some electricity suppliers quadrupled the variable price billed to customers from December 2013 through March 2014.

Weather-related events in January and February 2014 are examples of how unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances can greatly affect gas and electricity prices. Energy consumers are encouraged to mitigate risk exposure to volatile energy prices by using a fixed-price supply contract as soon as possible, to cover supply through at least March 2015. Customers unwilling to commit to a one-to-three year supply contract should at least consider locking in a short-term, four-to-five month supply solution.

Some industry experts now consider extreme weather, and resulting gas and electricity price volatility, as the new norm. Achieving budget certainty now for this winter’s gas and electricity costs is a prudent business decision. For more information, contact consulting firm APPI Energy at 800-520-6685 or info@appienergy.com.

Guest blog post written by Jennifer Samuels, Communications Manager, APPI Energy.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PMA Member Wes Smith Speaks at Hill Staff Briefing on Tax Issues for Manufacturers

Wes Smith on the Hill
Last week, PMA member Wes Smith visited Washington, DC and spoke at a Hill staff briefing about several important tax issues for manufacturers including bonus depreciation and investment provisions.

Wes said, "Not only do we need to maintain investment tax provisions such as Bonus Depreciation and Section 179 Expensing, manufacturers need some stability. We need to plan ahead."

He continued, "Unfortunately, Congress is not helping. Uncertainty from Washington causes employers like us to slow or stop investing. If we can’t make these provision permanent, at the very least, Congress must extend them
for all of 2014 and 2015."

Wes is president and CEO of E&E Manufacturing based in Plymouth, Michigan.

Read Wes's full remarks below:





Thursday, October 30, 2014

PMA Receives "Delivering on the Promise" Award from American Jobs for America's Heroes

Last week, PMA was recognized for our work on helping our country's military veterans find employment in the manufacturing sector.

We were a recipient of the first annual "Delivering on the Promise Awards" from the non-profit military hiring campaign, American Jobs for America's Heroes.

Here are a few pictures of PMA President Bill Gaskin at award reception in Washington, DC.

For more on the event, read the press release in the post below this one.

PMA President Bill Gaskin and Keith Kelly,
Assistant Secretary, Veterans’ Employment and Training Service,
U.S. Department of Labor 

Bill speaking at the podium before accepting PMA's award

Bill being given the award by Brig General Ivan E Denton,
Director of Manpower and Personnel, National Guard Bureau 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Press Release: One Voice Honored with Award from American Jobs for America’s Heroes

Last week, we were honored to be among the recipients of a "Delivering on the Promise Honor Roll" award from American Jobs for America's Heroes, a non-profit military hiring campaign.

PMA is an avid supporter of our brave men and women in uniform and works with the campaign to attract returning members of the military to open jobs in the manufacturing sector. 

We're grateful to have been recognized.  Here's a press release about the event.




One Voice Honored with Award from American Jobs for America’s Heroes
First Annual Award Recognizes Manufacturing Associations’ Workto Hire Members of the Military 

Washington, DC, October 29, 2014 – The National Tooling and Machining Association and the Precision Metalforming Association were recognized last week as part of the first annual “Delivering on the Promise Honor Roll Awards”.  The awards were given by American Jobs for America’s Heroes (AJAH), a non-profit military hiring campaign coordinated between the National Guard, private sector employers, trade associations, and the non-profit community.  NTMA and PMA received awards for their outstanding commitment and leadership in helping National Guard members and veterans gain civilian employment. The ceremony was held at the National Guard Association of the U.S. headquarters in Washington, DC.

“NTMA recognizes the training and talent of members of the U.S. military and works to connect returning American service men and women with good jobs in the manufacturing sector,” said Brigadier General Ivan Denton, Director of Manpower and Personnel (J1), in his presentation.  “As part of the effort to address the lack of skilled workers in the manufacturing sector, NTMA is collaborating with employers, job training centers, educators, the armed forces, and others to promote the hiring of veterans.” 

“We are honored to receive this award,” said NTMA President Dave Tilstone.  “We need to keep getting the word out that these men and women can be a key to closing this skills gap.  NTMA looks forward to continuing to work with AJAH on this important program.”

On PMA, General Denton stated, “PMA has actively promoted the AJAH campaign on the PMA website as well as in frequent newsletter articles, on blog posts, and on social media to educate PMA members on how to best reach veterans.  PMA’s commitment to AJAH shows that PMA knows that manufacturing is good for veterans and veterans are good for manufacturing.”

“PMA members who have hired veterans report that these men and women have qualities that make them exceptional candidates for manufacturing jobs – qualities like a strong work ethic, a commitment to training, a respect for safety and an attention to precision and detail,” said PMA President Bill Gaskin.  “That’s why we’ve been happy to be involved with AJAH and the good work this organization is doing.”

About One Voice: The National Tooling and Machining Association’s (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association’s (PMA) combined “One Voice” federal government advocacy program represents nearly 3,000 metalworking companies and is designed to promote U.S. government policies that will ensure a strong manufacturing sector in the United States.  For additional information, please visit www.metalworkingadvocate.org.

About the American Jobs for America’s Heroes Campaign: The American Jobs for America’s Heroes (AJAH) campaign, comprising more than 160 trade and professional associations, non-profit organizations, and state Chambers of Commerce, is a non-profit coalition with the National Guard to help unemployed National Guard members, veterans and spouses find skilled jobs in the private sector.  More than 1,300 employers are registered to post jobs through AJAH.  Currently, tens of thousands of National Guard members are unemployed.  See the AJAH short video on the campaign – http://www.centerforamerica.org/video.html 

Executive Development: Achieving Leadership Excellence

In today’s highly competitive, global business environment it is essential for executives to stay exceptionally aware of the latest technology and trends impacting their industry. In order for them to continue to lead and sustain their organization, they must achieve outstanding levels of performance. 

Executive development programs provide the resources necessary for leaders to heighten their productivity and better execute key organizational strategies. To support the unique community of leaders in the manufacturing industry, the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) is proud to be hosting the first annual Executive Development Academy (EDA) on January 7 - 9,  2015 in Tampa, FL. 

Key EDA topics include:

  • Generational Issues & How to Solve Them - Strategies and tips to help you avoid generational collisions, implementing strategies for recruiting and retaining millennials.
  • Successful Negotiation of Business Contracts (Terms and Conditions) - Thirty ideas in 75 minutes to help you keep on top of critical issues related to T&Cs.
  • Mexico, China & Beyond - Challenges and strategies to help you explore and execute the globalization of your business.
  • Executive Communications - Media tips, power presenting, small group dynamics and tips for running productive and efficient meetings.
  • Business Succession/Transition Planning - Experts in succession/transition planning will outline key strategies and a case study will help frame primary concerns.
      Other sessions and presentations will address leadership excellence; strategic planning; social media; content marketing; and the latest political, economic and technological trends that will dominate your business. 

      Executive development programs keep organizational leaders focused, motivated and informed. They provide an opportunity for executives to network with industry peers and to gain insight so that they can develop improved strategies to support business growth. 
      
      If you are an executive in the manufacturing industry, consider attending PMA's Executive Development Academy so that you can continue to lead your business towards superior competitiveness and profitability. 

      Please contact Allison Grealis at 216-901-8800 or agrealis@pma.org with questions. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Press Release: One Voice Celebrates Manufacturing Day

PMA members across the country celebrated Manufacturing Day this year, taking part in the more than 1,676 events held to attract new workers to the manufacturing sector.

Here's a One Voice press release about the day:


Washington, DC – On Friday, October 3, 2014, manufacturers across the country will open their doors to students, parents, educators, job seekers and other members of their local communities for tours and information sessions in celebration of national Manufacturing Day (MFG Day).

The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) – together known as One Voice - are Silver Sponsors of this year’s MFG Day, supporting efforts to spread the word about opportunities in modern U.S. manufacturing.

MFG Day 2014 comes as the sector’s pace of growth rose in August  to its highest level in three years.  But, despite the sector’s growth, manufacturing employers continue to have difficulty finding skilled workers to fill open positions.  Some estimates suggest that there are currently hundreds of thousands of open high-tech and high paying jobs.

MFG Day is an important part of efforts to dispel negative stereotypes and attract new manufacturing sector workers by showing modern manufacturing for what it is – a cutting-edge industry that offers strength and stability to workers and to the American economy.

Attend an NTMA or PMA Member MFG Day event near you:

NTMA Member Events (A partial list):

Avon, MA- AccuRounds
Belleville, IL- Chelar Tool & Die
Boulder, CO- Hirsh Precision Products
Ft. Myers, FL- Polygon Solutions, Inc.
Kansas City, KS- A + E custom Manufacturing Technologies
Kennesaw, GA- WinTech, Inc.
Meadville, PA- NuTec Tooling Systems, Inc. Precision Manufacturing Institute
Mentor, OH- Fredon Corporation
O Fallon, MO- Component Bar Products
Pennasauken, NJ- Rosenberger-Toth
Pinellas Park, FL- H & S Swanson Tool and Die
Robbinsville, NJ- Gaum, Inc.
San Marcos, CA- San Diego NTMA Chapter
South Bend, IN- Michiana NTMA Chapter
Tampa, FL- Southern Manufacturing Technologies
Ward Hill, MA- Boston NTMA Chapter
Warminster, PA- MK Precision
Woburn, MA- Boston Centerless

PMA Member Events (A partial list):

Brecksville, OH- Hyson Products
Colorado Springs, CO - Qualtek Manufacturing Company
Dayton, OH- Select Industries, Dayton Progress
East Hanover, NJ- Weiss- Aug Company, Inc.
Grafton/Sussex, WI- Waukesha Metal Products
Grand Rapids, MI- Wolverine Coil and Spring Company
Minneapolis, MN-  EJ Ajax Metal Forming Solutions
Merrifield, MN- Clow Stamping Company
Oak Creek, WI- Superior Die Set Corporation
Rockford, IL- Rockford Toolcraft
San Leandro, CA- Scandic Springs, Inc.
Springfield, OH- Pentaflex, Inc., McGregor Manufacturing Company
Torrence, CA- Ace Clearwater Industries
Wheeling, IL- Keats Manufacturing Company

Learn more about MFG Day and see the full list of registered events on the MFG Day website.

About One Voice: The National Tooling and Machining Association’s (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association’s (PMA) combined “One Voice” federal government advocacy program represents nearly 3,000 metalworking companies and is designed to promote U.S. government policies that will ensure a strong manufacturing sector in the United States.  For additional information, please visit www.metalformingadvocate.org.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Women in Manufacturing Group Releases New Survey

Over the past few days, Women in Manufacturing has held their fourth annual SUMMIT in Schaumburg, IL.  As a reminder, Women in Manufacturing (WiM) is a group powered by PMA and dedicated to attracting, retaining and advancing women in the manufacturing sector.  During this year's SUMMIT, WiM released the results of a new survey which has implications for the future of recruiting women into the manufacturing sector.  Read the following press release about the survey for highlights of the results.



New Survey Shows Keys to Recruitment of Women to Manufacturing  Sector
New Women in Manufacturing Group’s Survey Results Released Ahead of Manufacturing Day

Schaumburg, IL - With national Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) set for this Friday, October 3, 2014, a new survey shows that there is one group of potential employees that should not be overlooked – young women.  Women in Manufacturing, (WiM), a group of nearly 500 women dedicated to attracting, retaining and advancing women in the manufacturing sector released the survey, co-produced with Plante Moran, today.

The survey of over 870 women - including both experienced women currently working in manufacturing and young women who are just  beginning to consider their career options - offers several promising findings for the future of women in the manufacturing sector.  Most importantly, the survey found that there is significant overlap between the top factors young women are seeking in careers and the factors manufacturing careers offer.

In the survey, young women ranked compensation as the most important factor they are seeking in a career, followed closely by work that is interesting and challenging.  At the same time, more than 80% of women in manufacturing today say that their work is interesting and challenging and half of women in manufacturing say that compensation is the most significant benefit of the sector.

The survey also found that 74% of women working in manufacturing believe that the sector offers multiple career paths for women and that more than half of women in manufacturing today think that the sector is a leading industry for job growth for women.  In addition, 64% of women working in manufacturing reported that they would recommend a career in manufacturing to a young woman.

But despite these high numbers, young women remain woefully unaware of the opportunities available to them in the manufacturing sector.  Less than half of young women believe that manufacturing offers the interesting and challenging work they’re seeking and less than 10% of young women placed manufacturing among the top five career fields that they feel offer the most opportunity for young women today.

The survey results were presented today on the first day of the fourth annual WiM SUMMIT held in Schaumburg, IL.  This year’s SUMMIT is the largest gathering in the organization’s history, bringing together a record number of women in the manufacturing sector.

“Our survey is particularly relevant with Manufacturing Day approaching later this week, a day focused on introducing manufacturing to young people and their parents,” said WiM Director Allison Grealis.  “Because the survey focused both on women who are already in the manufacturing sector and young women outside the sector who are considering the wide array of career options available to them, the results are forward-looking and poised to benefit recruitment efforts.”

“On the whole, these survey results should be seen as a call to action in a space where there is great opportunity,” Grealis continued.  “When we know what young women are looking for in careers, we are in a better position to demonstrate how manufacturing can help them meet their aspirations.  We have long known that women are good for manufacturing; and these survey results go a long way to showing that manufacturing is good for women, too.”

Learn more about the WiM survey and its results:

Survey Fact Sheet

Survey Report

Women in Manufacturing™ is a more than 400-member-strong national organization dedicated to the attraction, retention and advancement of women who are pursuing or have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry.  This group encourages the engagement of women who want to share perspectives, gain cutting-edge manufacturing information, improve leadership and communication skills, participate in sponsoring programs and network with industry peers. Members benefit from exclusive access to regional and national programming, networking opportunities, mentoring and sponsoring programs, monthly professional development webinars, a customized employment tool called WiMWorks, online discussion communities, the quarterly Impact e-newsletter and a robust searchable online directory.  www.womeninmanufacturing.org

Friday, September 26, 2014

WiM Featured in USA Today Centerfold Insert on Manufacturing in America

If you live in Chicago, Atlanta, D.C./Baltimore, San Francisco, Detroit, Houston, or New York and you picked up a copy of USA Today this morning, you would have seen a centerfold insert titled, "Manufacturing in America."


Flip open to the insert's second page, and you'd see a page-long piece authored by WiM Director Allison Grealis titled, "Bridging the Gender Gap in Manufacturing."



In the article, Allison describes the growing opportunities for women in today's manufacturing sector and what WiM is doing to support women in manufacturing.

Don't live in one of the print markets?  No problem!  Check out the digital copy here.

Monday, July 28, 2014

PMA Chairman featured in U.S. News Story on Alleviating the Skills Gap

Jody Fledderman, Batesville Tool & Die President and PMA Chairman, was recently featured in a U.S. News & World Report story on how job training programs are helping manufacturers replace an aging workforce.

The article cites the results of a new Accenture study with the Manufacturing Institute on the skills gap in the U.S.  manufacturing sector.  The study referred to the growing skills gap as “storm clouds on the horizon that could indeed dampen growth” and showed that more than 75 percent of manufacturers surveyed reported a “moderate to severe” shortage of skilled workers.  At the same time, the survey pointed out that most companies surveyed plan to increase U.S. based production in the next five years.
Throughout the country, communities are beginning to recognize the opportunity to train individuals for these higher paying jobs.

And that is where PMA Chairman Jody Fledderman comes in.  He participates in a program in Batesville, OH that allows local businesses as well as the area community college and high school to collaborate in order to develop a new field of talent for jobs in manufacturing.
The program brings high school students, beginning their junior year, into a co-op program.  As they alternate between classes at the community college, the high school, and hands-on experience at a local manufacturing facilities, they develop the skills that businesses like Fledderman's need.
By graduation, Fledderman stated in the article, participants will be about one semester short of their associate degree, which, he said, is “more important to us than a four-year marketing degree or something like that. We have some of those needs, but the technical, associate degrees are 10 to 1 over what we need for a four-year degree.”
For Fledderman, the program in Batesville serves two goals: 1) teaching students industry skills they’ll use in their own careers, and 2) developing young workers with some experience for future employment.
"There’s a lot going in with retraining the existing workforce and that kind of stuff, but we wanted to concentrate more on having manufacturing being a first thought for kids when they’re getting out of high school versus an afterthought," he says in the article.
Read the full piece here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

One Voice Cheers President Obama’s Signing of Workforce Training Bill

President Obama signed the new workforce training bill into law today, as anticipated.  PMA and our One Voice partner, NTMA, have long been supporters of efforts to get the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act ("WIOA") passed and signed.  Get more information on the new law in our press release below - 

One Voice Cheers President Obama’s Signing of Workforce Training Bill
Manufacturing Associations Hope that New Legislation Will Help Combat Sector’s Growing Skills Gap
Washington, DC - The National Tooling and Machining Association and the Precision Metalforming Association, together known as “One Voice,” today applaud President Obama’s signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803).
The bipartisan bill, which passed both the House and the Senate by wide margins, updates the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and covers dozens of job training programs.  The legislation, “WIOA,” is part of ongoing efforts to close the skills gap in the U.S. manufacturing sector and enable employers to find and hire workers with the skills needed for competitiveness in modern manufacturing.
The bill’s provisions, among others, eliminate outdated programs; provide accountability and data reporting requirements; require implementation of industry or sector partnerships and career pathway strategies and, increase the ability to use on-the-job training (reimbursement rates up to 75%) and incumbent worker training (may use up to 20% of local funds).
Importantly, the bill also prioritizes the use of industry-recognized standards and credentials.  This inclusion is especially significant for One Voice as NTMA and PMA are among the founders of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and remain active in setting the bar for skills standards in the metalworking industry.
According to a recent One Voice survey, nearly 75% of members in both NTMA and PMA have job openings in manufacturing plants, and 80% report that they are having challenges recruiting qualified employees.
“The skills gap is a pressing challenge that has caused many U.S. manufacturers to have serious shortages of qualified potential employees,” said NTMA President Dave Tilstone.  “Our members have seen this problem first-hand and we are hopeful that this new legislation will help with recruitment and retention for our sector which is vitally important to the American economy.”
NTMA and PMA have been leaders in pressing Congress to reform the outdated federal workforce system and strongly supported WIOA. Both organizations sponsor activities to attract students and new workers to manufacturing including NTMA’s National Robotics League and NTMA-U and PMA’s Women in Manufacturing.
“The good news is that the U.S. manufacturing sector is only expanding,” said PMA President Bill Gaskin.  “We are pleased that our voices have been heard and our government is taking this important step to support our members and the manufacturing industry as a whole.”

About One Voice: The National Tooling and Machining Association’s (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association’s (PMA) combined “One Voice” federal government advocacy program represents nearly 3,000 metalworking companies and is designed to promote U.S. government policies that will ensure a strong manufacturing sector in the United States.  For additional information, please visit www.metalworkingadvocate.org.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Latest PMA Business Conditions Report Shows Predictions of Status Quo

The latest PMA Business Conditions Report is out.  The July 2014 data reveals that a smaller number of surveyed metalforming companies predict that economic activity will improve during the next three months than predicted growth in June 2014.  At the same time, a larger number of companies predict steady or declining conditions.

Read our press release about this month's results below -


Business Conditions Report: July 2014
 
CLEVELAND, OH—July 21, 2014—According to the July 2014 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect a slight decline in business conditions during the next three months.  Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 122 metalforming companies in the United States and Canada.

The July report shows that 28% of participants predict that economic activity will improve during the next three months (down from 31% in June), 58% expect that activity will remain unchanged (up from 54% last month) and 14% believe that economic activity will decline (compared to 15% in June).

Current average daily shipping levels dipped in July.  Thirty-one percent of participants report that shipping levels are above levels of three months ago (down from 35% in June), 44% report that levels are the same as three months ago (down from 46% last month) and 25% report a decrease in shipping levels (up from 19% in June).

However, metalforming companies forecast a slight improvement in incoming orders during the next three months, with 40% predicting an increase in orders (compared to 37% in June), 40% expecting no change (compared to 45% in June) and 20% predicting a decrease in orders (up from 18% in June).

The percentage of metalforming companies with a portion of their workforce on short time or layoff increased to 9% in July, up from 8% in June.  The July 2014 figure is the same as it was one year ago.

“PMA’s July Business Conditions report reflects continued uncertainty about the general economic outlook,” said William E. Gaskin, PMA president.  “In July, PMA members reported a modest improvement in their expectations for new orders and reported consistently low percentages of employees who are on short-time or layoff.  While they reported that shipping levels were below those of three months ago, this is a typical situation for July, when the comparison month is April, normally a strong month for shipments vs July.  When asked about trends in overall shipment levels in July 2014 vs July 2013, more than half (51%) reported that shipments were up vs 2013, while 26% reported they were the same and 23% reported they were lower.”

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, July 14, 2014

PMA Member Helps to Inspire Revamp of Job Training Programs in the U.S.

This past week, the United States House and Senate nearly unanimously passed a revamp of federal workforce training programs, and the bill is expected to be signed by President Obama soon. The bill authorizes more than $50 billion over six years for programs that aim to help youth and veterans seek the skills they need to be hired in today's STEM workforce. The overhaul eliminates 15 programs found to be duplicative or dormant since Congress last worked on the issues 16 years ago.

Many credit the passing of this bill to the examples of already exiting private and public partnerships that pair workers with employers in need.

An article published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune hightlighted the story of PMA member Erick Ajax, owner of the precision metal company, E.J. Ajax.

According to the article, Ajax has hired a number of employees who might have been overlooked by others, after ensuring that they get the proper training.  Working with nearby Hennepin Technical College in consultation with a workforce center, Ajax's workers (including some with criminal backgrounds) have been trained in specialized programs for metal stamping

It's stories like Ajax's that led Senator Al Franken (D-MN) to help push through the initiative in Congress.  “I have seen these partnerships all over the state," he says in the article. "And I say let’s reward businesses where they have skin in the game, where they can demonstrate that they can create jobs.”

The ongoing high demand for skilled metal workers, has led Ajax and other PMA members to turn to Congress, urging Members to create and fund programs that match those seeking work.

You can read the full story from the Star Tribune here.

And you can go here to see more about how PMA helps members get in touch with their government.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Monster Article On Manufacturing Opportunity Quotes PMA Member

The skills gap in the manufacturing sector continues to be a hot topic in the news.

A recent article posted on the Monster blog describes how the modern resurgence of manufacturing is being held back by this major challenge for U.S. manufacturers.  Monster, best known for their online platform for job seekers, publishes blog posts on employment trends in various sectors including manufacturing.  “Contrary to popular belief,” author Bret Silverberg wrote in the July 2, 2014 article, “the demands of the manufacturing industry today require significant technological expertise.”

PMA member Drew Greenblatt, president of the Baltimore, Maryland-based Marlin Steel Wire Products, shares his experience with the evolving manufacturing sector in the Monster piece.  “People think of the production lines, and what people did in the 1920s,” he is quoted as saying.  “That’s out of date. It’s not measuring what’s really happening in American manufacturing. … Factories today are very sleek technologically.”

It's this difference, he explains - the space between the skills manufacturers need and those available in today's work force - that leave high-tech and high-paying manufacturing jobs open.  Solving the skills gap will help manufacturers reach their full potential in the U.S. economy.

Read the full article here.

Friday, June 27, 2014

PMA Applauds the Senate's Approval of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

PMA was pleased this week to see the Senate pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  One of the largest challenges facing U.S. manufacturers today is the limited number of skilled workers available.  Congressional actions like this one can help us increase the number of people we can hire, boosting job numbers and pushing American manufacturing forward.  Here's a press release we released with the National Tooling and Machining Association on the bill.

ONE VOICE APPLAUDS SENATE-APPROVED WORKFORCE TRAINING BILL

The National Tooling and Machining Association and the Precision Metalforming Association applauded the U.S. Senate for passing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), H.R. 803 this week by a vote of 95-3.

The bipartisan bill updates the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which covers dozens of job training programs. That bill expired in 2003 and had not been updated in over 15 years, part of the reason for today’s skills gap in manufacturing.  The bill’s provision, among others, directs governors to create State Workforce Development Boards, a majority of whom must represent businesses in the state; prioritizes the use of industry-recognized standards and credentials; eliminates outdated programs; provides accountability and data reporting requirements; and, increases the ability to use on-the-job training (reimbursement rates up to 75%) and incumbent worker training (may use up to 20% of local funds).

The skills gap has caused many manufacturers to have serious shortages of qualified potential employees in their labor force.  According to a recent survey, nearly 75% of members in both NTMA and PMA have job openings in manufacturing plants, and 80% report that they are having challenges recruiting qualified employees.

NTMA and PMA have been leaders in pressing Congress to reform the outdated federal workforce system and strongly supported WIOA.

“As the U.S. manufacturing industry continues to expand, the need to hire more skilled workers will continue to grow, especially with millions of older manufacturing workers expected to retire in the coming years.  This bill is a step in the right direction for closing the skills gap,” said NTMA President Dave Tilstone.

“This legislation is important to our members and the manufacturing industry as a whole,” said PMA President Bill Gaskin. “The strong bipartisan support that the bill received reflects the recognition by both parties of the importance of supporting the manufacturing sector as it continues its comeback and growth.”
The legislation, supported by industry, workforce training institutions, and state officials from both political parties, now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Press Release: Precision Metalforming Association Announces New Board Members

CLEVELAND, OH—June 26, 2014—The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) is pleased to announce the election of 10 new members to the association’s Board of Directors. PMA represents the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America and includes 900 member companies located across the United States and Canada.

The new additions to the Board include:

Associate Member Directors

  • Troy Roberts, president and managing director, AIDA-America Corporation, Dayton, OH
  • Troy Turnbull, president, Industrial Innovations, Inc., Grandville, MI
  • Mark Ullstrup, VP of sales and marketing, Superior Die Set Corp., Oak Creek, WI

At-Large Directors

  • Douglas Johnson, vice president of operations, Marion Manufacturing Company, Cheshire, CT

District Directors

  • Jessica Abrahamse, VP of sales, Surface Heat Treat and Coatings, Stoney Creek, Ontario
    (PMA Canada District)
  • William Carper, VP of operations, Columbian Home Products, LLC, Terre Haute, IN (Indiana District)
  • Keith O’Brien, VP of global operations, Pridgeon & Clay, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan District)
  • Tony Pascariello, operations manager, Stewart EFI, LLC, Thomaston, CT
    (Southern New England District)
  • Mark Sutton, director of operations, Clips & Clamps Industries, Plymouth, MI (East Michigan District)

Divisional Directors

  • Ian Quinn, manufacturing engineer, Loren Cook Company, Springfield, MO (Metal Spinning Division)

“I’m pleased to welcome this group of manufacturing leaders to the PMA Board. I look forward to serving with them and to their contributions to shaping the association’s policies and working together on this year’s theme, Investing in the Future to Strengthen the Industry,” said PMA Board Chairman Jody Fledderman.

A complete list of PMA Board members is available at www.pma.org/about/board.asp.

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, June 23, 2014

PMA Sponsors MFG Day

PMA was in the news last week when it was announced that we joined the roster of Manufacturing Day 2014 as a Silver Sponsor.

As a reminder, Manufacturing Day is an annual event that takes place in communities across the nation with the goal of supporting local manufacturing.
This year, on October 3, manufacturing facilities will open their doors to students, parents, job seekers, and other community members to experience modern manufacturing technology and learn about careers.
Our sponsorship is important.  We'll be helping to reach a maximum number of local manufacturers and assisting in coordinating a grassroots effort to improve the public perception of manufacturing in America.
PMA's sponsorship earned praise from FMA, one of Manufacturing Day's co-producers.  “The co-producers could not be more pleased that these organizations, which are so dedicated to serving their respective sectors of the manufacturing industry, are putting their full support behind Manufacturing Day for the second straight year,” said Ed Youdell, president and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association. “Their reputation and their reach to professionals in the industry as well as educators and students will help to generate participation in Manufacturing Day events across the nation.”
To learn more about Manufacturing Day, visit http://www.mfgday.com.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Batesville Steps up For Manufacturing Education

On June 9, PMA Chairman and CEO of Batesville Tool & Die, Jody Fledderman, was featured on Inside INdiana Business to discuss his company’s involvement in a manufacturing education program in southeast Indiana.

Jody Fledderman
PMA Chairman and CEO of Batesville Tool & Die
Batesville Tool & Die, along with the Batesville School Corporation, IvyTech Community College, and three other local area businesses, have teamed up to give high school students a chance to gain hands-on experience in the modern manufacturing world.

Inside Indiana Business reported that, through the program, freshmen and sophomore students can take elective courses featuring design and manufacturing curriculums. After an application process, juniors can then enter a 2-year program which allows them to gain college credit as well as access to internship and shadowing opportunities. Happily, the piece indicated, the program continues to grow each year.  Next Fall, more than 25 students will be a part of the curriculum. 

Due to Indiana’s strength in manufacturing and demand for skilled labor, Fledderman said the educational program will help to fill the void in labor that has existed the past 10 to 15 years.

Importantly, Fledderman shared that one of the key components of the program’s success is getting the students on-site to physically experience the business and stimulate interest in the industry.

Fledderman explained that manufacturing businesses will continue to need capable employees from the next generation who are excited about entering the business and familiar with the latest technology to help the industry progress. He views this program as a step for being able to accomplish these goals both in Indiana as well as the United States as a whole.

To learn more, watch Fledderman’s interview with Inside Indiana below, or visit the article here.

Monday, June 2, 2014

New Research on California's Skills Gap Unveiled at PMA Member Facility

On May 29, 2014, business leaders, education officials, and community members gathered at PMA member Walker Corporation’s manufacturing facility to announce the release of a new research report by ReadyNation/America’s Edge. The report comes in response to employer concerns about California’s growing skills gap and the need to fill high-skilled positions.

Michael Bermudez, Vice President and General Manager of Walker Corporation spoke to the need for finding candidates with “good problem-solving skills and basic understanding of how to provide leadership on the manufacturing room.” Additionally, Bermudez shared that many companies are finding difficulty in filling high-skilled positions due to a work-force with limited education.

The report, entitled “Fortifying the Inland Empire’s Talent Pipeline: Closing our “Skills Gaps” through Linked Learning,” suggests that, by 2020, over 66 percent of jobs created in California will require formal education beyond high school. Recognizing the importance of educating K-12 students, the leaders spoke out in support of regional education reform efforts with the goal of teaching students the skills needed for higher level manufacturing positions.

According to the day's presentations, one of the most successful reforms seen so far is the Linked Learning program, which provides “career academy” pathways for approximately 200 students who stay together as a cohort throughout the duration of high school. Organizers say the cohort model helps inspire teamwork and develop 21st-century skills including effective communication and critical thinking skills.

Throughout California, presenters noted, Linked Learning career pathways are being tailored to regional hiring, but a large amount of growth is already projected in the manufacturing sector. By 2017, San Bernardino School District hopes to have all 49,000 of its students in career pathways, leading the way to a new generation of educated young people who can help to advance the manufacturing industry.

Click here to explore the report released by Ready Nation/America’s Edge about the future of jobs and education in California.

And here are some photos from the event -






Monday, May 5, 2014

Press Release: National Press Club to Host Newsmaker on Manufacturing, Energy “Skills Gap”


The United States manufacturing and energy sectors employ more than 16 million U.S. workers directly and creates millions more jobs in related industries.  But U.S. manufacturers are struggling with the problem of the "skills gap"—employers looking to hire, but unable to find qualified, skilled workers.  Adding to the problem, three million employees are expected to retire in the next decade.
 

What:   A National Press Club (NPC) Newsmaker, a news conference that is open to all credentialed press, members of the National Press Club and their guests, and all National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) members who are in Washington, DC for the One Voice legislative conference
Who:     Panelists will include:
    • Jody Fledderman, Chairman, Precision Metalforming Association
    • Ted Toth, Chairman, National Tooling and Machining Association
    • Steve Nowlan, American Jobs for America's Heroes
    • Mark Volk, President, Lackawanna College
Where: Zenger Room, National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW Washington, DC
When: May 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM
NTMA and PMA report that 74% of recently surveyed members currently have skilled job openings.  In addition, 90% of survey respondents are having severe or moderate challenges recruiting qualified employees.  With many technology programs at secondary and post-secondary schools having closed in recent years, there are not enough young people gaining the skills needed to fill these essential roles. 
Lackawanna College President Mark Volk has developed a Natural Gas Technology Associate’s Degree program in cooperation with the natural gas industry that is designed to prepare students for a career in the operations segment of the industry, a flourishing source of regional job growth.  The program’s placement rate is over 95%.
The Newsmaker panelists will explore various aspects of the skills gap problem as well as potential solutions from increasing educational opportunities to recruiting military veterans and members of the U.S. National Guard.







Friday, May 2, 2014

PMA Chairman Quoted by Associated Press on Springtime Manufacturing Growth

Associated Press writer Paul Wiseman recently wrote that US manufacturing numbers are heating up with the rising springtime temperatures.

A number of reports, Wiseman notes, showed a slow in manufacturing growth during the especially cold and difficult winter.  But those figures are turning around as the weather improves.

Wiseman explains that one factor helping to drive the growth is a recent increase in manufacturing.  He points to Federal Reserve data which shows that factory production climbed 0.5 percent in the month of March.  Wiseman concludes that US manufacturers are expecting more growth to follow.

To illustrate the improvement, Wiseman offers PMA Chairman and Batesville Tool & Die president and CEO Jody Fledderman.

“We feel like the auto industry is all the way back from before the recession,” the article quotes Fledderman as saying, “The numbers we see are fully recovered from then. We expect to see 4 to 8 percent increases in the industry overall for the next three or four years."

Read the full Associated Press story here.


Friday, April 25, 2014

Senator Cory Booker Visits Weiss-Aug

On April 16, PMA member company Weiss-Aug had some high profile visitors.

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and several members of his staff along with East Hanover Mayor Joe Pannullo, East Hanover Police Chief Stan Hansen, and West Caldwell Mayor Joe Tempesta stopped by Weiss-Aug to discuss the Leveraging and Energizing America’s Apprenticeship Program (LEAP) Act, which was recently introduced in Congress.
Senator Cory Booker visits with Weiss-Aug apprentices

The LEAP Act provides a tax credit to employers to help increase the number of registered apprenticeships in the United States, put more people to work and help fill the 4 million job vacancies across the United States.

The U.S. Department of Labor recommended Weiss-Aug for Senator Booker’s visit and his legislative kickoff.

The visit included a tour of Weiss-Aug’s modernized manufacturing plant.  Moving through the facility, the tour showcased metal stamping, insert/injection molding and assembly processes.

A group photo of the tour at Weiss-Aug
During the tour, Senator Booker met with Weiss-Aug’s Apprentice Manager, Paul Rettberg, and his five apprentices: Nicholas Banasiak, Derek Hart, Cesar Camargo and Nicholas DeSantis. Hart demonstrated to Senator Booker some of the technical skills he has acquired and expressed excitement about working at Weiss-Aug and his future career growth in metalforming.

Weiss-Aug’s apprenticeship program has been in place for more than 30 years, with many past apprentices in management positions throughout the organization today.

PMA applauds Weiss-Aug for its outstanding apprenticeship program and for hosting this fantastic  event.  We think that Congressional plant tours are a great way to demonstrate manufacturing’s role in the economy to members of Congress.  Please contact Christie Carmigiano at 216-901-8800 or ccarmigiano@pma.org if you would like assistance in hosting a tour at your facility.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

PMA Member is "Ohio Strong"

"There is a quiet crisis upon us with a shortage of young Americans pursuing careers in manufacturing and the skilled trades, and in order to combat it and prosper as a country, we must work together to encourage young people to enter these fields." - Josh Mandel, Treasurer of Ohio

Josh Mandel, Treasurer of the state of Ohio, has recently unveiled the Ohio Strong Award, which is now being given to men and women throughout Ohio who are excelling in caeers in manufacturing and the skilled trades.  By highlighting the accomplishments of these individuals, Mandel and his office hope to raise public awareness of Ohio's need for more workers in the manufacturing sector and of the promising careers available in the field.

And a PMA member is among the Award's first recipients!

John Incorvaia of Toledo Metal Spinning Co. in Toledo, Ohio was given the Award on Monday.  During the presentation, Mandel said, "My hope is that if young people throughout the Toledo area and the state see what folks like John and others are doing to contribute to Ohio’s economy, they’ll be inspired to go into these jobs,” he said.  You can read more about Incorvaia and Toledo Metal Spinning Co. in this article from the Toledo Blade.

Congratulations to this fantastic PMA member on this important recognition.

Do you know a worker in Ohio who deserves this honor?  It's not too late!  Fill out the nomination form here.

Friday, March 14, 2014

PMA Member Kevin Harberts Takes Washington

Kevin Harberts
PMA Member Kevin Harberts testified yesterday before the House Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access.  The hearing was titled, Made in the U.S.A.: Small Businesses and a New Domestic Manufacturing Renaissance, and it was held in order to determine whether re-shoring is currently occurring, what factors might be influencing this trend, and what a growth in American manufacturing could mean for small businesses.

Check out our press release about the hearing and follow the link to read Mr. Harberts' full testimony.


Precision Metalforming Association Member Kevin Harberts
Urges Congress to Bring Manufacturing Back Home

Kryton Metals President and CEO Testifies Before House Small Business Subcommittee

Washington, DC - Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) member Kevin Harberts called on Congress today to support industry efforts to bring manufacturing back to America—for good.  Harberts, president and CEO of Kryton Engineered Metals, Inc. in Cedar Falls, Iowa, testified today before the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access about reshoring, or bringing outsourced manufacturing work back home to the U.S.

In his testimony, Harberts stated, “This time a year ago we had 63 employees, today we have grown to 71 and hope to hire another 8-12 this year.  We attribute this growth directly to reshoring a product line which left the U.S. a decade ago and came back to America’s heartland.”

Founded in 1981, Kryton Metals is an industry leader in manufacturing spun and fabricated metal products.  Company sales were hurt by the economic downturn in 2008-9 and Harberts was forced to lay off a large number of employees.  His business turned around when a foreign manufacturer decided to reshore work and moved production from Europe to his plant in Iowa.

“Foreign manufacturers choose to reshore and source from U.S. suppliers for several reasons such as price, quality, availability of raw materials such as steel, and location,” said Harberts in his testimony.  “The decision of our customer to supply from Kryton Metals will carry us into 2020.…We are going to save our customer money, grow our business, and – most importantly – create jobs in Iowa and throughout our entire U.S. supply chain.”

Harberts has high hopes for the future of Kryton Metals and the U.S. manufacturing sector but said that uncertainty in Washington has a chilling effect on American manufacturing growth and reshoring opportunities.

“While politicians argue among themselves, employers like me are stuck in a holding pattern,” he said, “We don’t know whether Congress will extend the R&D Tax Credit, we’re unsure what new rules OSHA and the EPA will impose on us, and we can’t find qualified workers in large part because Congress has not updated our job training laws in over a decade.”

Harberts concluded his testimony by appealing to Congress to take action and make the U.S. a coveted manufacturing location for global businesses.

“Domestic manufacturers can only lower their prices so far and we’re not changing our location,” he pointed out.  “To improve manufacturing’s forecast, we must look to overseas opportunities and convince foreign customers that the U.S. is THE place for manufacturing. Manufacturers are doing our part to encourage reshoring – now its Washington’s turn.”

Read Harberts’ full testimony here.

March 2014 Business Conditions Report Shows Things Are Looking Up

Our latest Business Conditions Report is out and it shows that metalforming companies and expected improvement over the next three months.  Read more below -


Business Conditions Report: March 2014

CLEVELAND, OHMarch 14, 2014—According to the March 2014 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect a slight improvement in business conditions during the next three months. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 117 metalforming companies in the United States and Canada.

The March report shows that 38% of participants predict that economic activity will improve during the next three months (up from 32% in February), 54% anticipate that activity will remain unchanged (compared to 60% last month) and 8% believe that economic activity will decline (the same percentage reported in February).

Current average daily shipping levels also improved modestly in March. Forty-eight percent of participants report that shipping levels are above levels of three months ago (up from 46% in February), 37% report that shipping levels are the same as three months ago (compared to 31% last month), and 15% report a decrease in shipping levels (down from 23% in February).

However, metalforming companies anticipate a slight dip in incoming orders during the next three months, with 44% forecasting an increase in orders (down from 50% in February), 45% expecting no change (compared to 41% in February) and 11% predicting a decrease in orders (up from 9% in February).

The percentage of metalforming companies with a portion of their workforce on short time or layoff rose to 11% in March, up from 6% in February. The March 2014 figure is at the same level as it was in March 2013.

“Business conditions continue to be quite positive in the overall metalforming industry,” said William E. Gaskin, PMA president. “Companies continue to be cautious, due to higher costs of health care, continued threats of increased regulatory burdens and the failure of job figures to rise as they should if the economy is on a path to a stronger recovery. However, in a separate PMA monthly orders and shipment report, there were strong numbers posted for January new orders and shipments vs December 2013. It looks like Q-1 is off to a good start, and this month’s Business Conditions Report suggests that this should continue for at least the next few months.”

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, March 10, 2014

New PMA Chairman Elected

We're pleased to announce that we've elected a new chairman for 2014!  Read the press release below to learn more about Chairman Jody Fledderman and the rest of the newly elected PMA leadership.


Batesville Tool & Die President and CEO Jody Fledderman Elected PMA Chairman of the Board

CLEVELAND, OHMarch 10, 2014—The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) announced today that Jody Fledderman, president and CEO of Batesville Tool & Die (BTD) in Batesville, IN, was elected 2014 chairman of the PMA Board of Directors.  PMA also announced that Bill Smith, president of Termax Corporation in Lake Zurich, IL, will serve as PMA Board first vice chair, and Ron Lowry, CEO and owner of Dayton Rogers in Minneapolis, MN, will serve as Board treasurer.

“I’m honored to be elected Board Chairman and thank 2013 PMA Chairman Bill Adler for his great leadership and all that he accomplished over the past year,” said Fledderman.

Fledderman announced that his theme of his one-year term as PMA chairman is Investing in the Future to Strengthen the Industry.

“PMA members are investing in new technologies such as new presses to replace older equipment not only for added capacity but to invest in the future,” Fledderman said. “We also are reaching out to the workforce of the future—our local high-school students—to show them the career opportunities manufacturing offers.  Even if a company doesn’t need new technology or a fresh pool of labor today, they will most likely need both soon, to fortify their companies.  You have to look ahead.”

Fledderman’s efforts to attract and develop the next-generation workforce have led to the creation of a new program for Batesville High School students that also encompasses the newly expanded local arm of Ivy Tech Community College.  Ivy Tech, with the generous financial support of the Batesville Community School Corp., BTD and other local businesses, moved into a new facility early in 2013.

“Ivy Tech has become a place where parents can be proud to send their kids,” says Fledderman.  “I believe kids need options other than a four-year college to further their education and career opportunities outside of high school, and the technical programs offered at Ivy Tech fit that bill.  Along with their high-school curriculum, our new co-op program becomes the proverbial third leg to the stool to provide support to kids as they look to begin careers in manufacturing.”

Fledderman seeks to spread the word about this program during his term as PMA chairman.

“I’ll work with PMA nationally to develop a template, conduct webinars and in other ways to help guide other companies should they wish to launch a similar co-op program in their community.  Such an orientation program from PMA will help companies recruit and develop the talent needed to provide for their future success.”

Learn more about Fledderman’s goals during his term as chairman in the April 2014 issue of MetalForming: www.metalformingmagazine.com.

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.

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