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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.
Bill Gaskin, shares his memories and experiences as PMA celebrates our 75th
anniversary. Q: How long have you been at PMA?
A: I am closing
in on 40 years. Jon Jenson, who was president of American Metal Stamping
Association (AMSA) from December 1975 through August 2000, hired me in February
1977 with an official “start date” of March 1, 1977. (See below for more on this) Q: What is your current role? Have you
held any other positions at PMA previously?
A: My current
role includes being President of three separate, but related entities:
Metalforming Association, which is a 501 (c) (6) not-for-profit trade
Educational Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charitable organization
supporting training and education· (3) PMA
Services, Inc., a for-profit company (owned equally by PMA and PMAEF) engaged
primarily in publishing and management of other associations, such as Women in
My first job
title was Staff Repres…
Guest Blog: Laurie Harbour President and CEO, Harbour Results, Inc.
In 2016 the U.S. manufacturing industry was relatively stable with overall production slightly up from previous years. Specifically, the automotive tool and die industry was predicted to be busy with forecasted tooling spend on the rise. However, taking a closer look, the year proved to be a bit more challenging. Data collected through the Harbour Results’ Harbour IQ pulse survey (a business intelligence tool for performance, financial, operational, trend and market data), which was completed by more than 100 tool shops globally in the second quarter of 2016, has shown that capacity reached a low of 81 percent among die shops in late 2015 and early 2016, but was expected to rebound to 78 and 86 percent respectively by year end.
So what caused the slow down? Program delays—on average, just over 20 percent of vehicle launches were delayed in 2015 and 2016. Work on hold—in early 2016, 18 percent of all work that had been …
A Metal Processor's Best Friend Guest Blogger: Mike Tieri Director of Sales & Marketing, Chemcoaters Scrap…What a problem! Are you having trouble with higher
scrap loss than you can understand or more importantly tolerate? It could be
the metal but perhaps it’s a problem in the processing itself. Have you looked
at dry-film lubricants (DFLs)? If it’s been a while, you should look again.
Largely used by the automotive and appliance industries, you surely know that
if it didn’t provide a tremendous benefit, they would never add that cost into
the process. When I asked why, I was shown all of the benefits it provided. CASE: One company
monitored costs of using oil against DFL. One item evaluated was worker gloves.
They said that bringing material in with oil showed that workers wore 5.6 pairs
of gloves per week. By going to DFL, the workers’ gloves didn’t get saturated
and usage was dropped to 2.4 pairs of gloves per week. It might not seem to
matter much but on 1800 workers the cos…