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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

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 – 

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 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

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.

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