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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 -
Cheers President Obama’s Signing of Workforce Training Bill Manufacturing Associations Hope that New Legislation Will Help Combat Sector’s Growing Skills Gap
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others, eliminate outdated programs; provide accountability and data reporting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
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
“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.”
“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
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.
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…