Showing posts from July, 2013

PMA Member Pens Op-Ed, Stands Up for Small Businesses and Manufacturers

As a trade association representing nearly 900 companies in the metalforming industry of North America, we are always proud to highlight the many achievements and accomplishments of our member companies. Joe Szydlo, a machine operator, works the single hit punch press at Automation Tool & Die Inc. in Brunswick in October 2011. (Photo: Plain Dealer) And when one of our individual member companies stands up and advocates for the industry as a whole, we are even more proud. That’s why we chose to focus our blog today on an op-ed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer written by Randy Bennett, co-owner of PMA-member Automation Tool & Die. Randy was joined in authoring the article by Dave Sattler, president of Sattler Companies Inc. Randy’s article, published today in the major Ohio news outlet, called for legislators in Washington to respect manufacturers as the backbone of our communities while they debate the future of comprehensive tax reform. Automation Tool & Die, a

PMA and MetalForming Magazine Conference on ERP Software

ERP software is changing the way companies do business.  ERP, enterprise-resource-planning, programs compile all of a company's data and processes into one system, an effort that saves time and money. Interested in learning more about how your business could benefit from ERP software?  Check out the PMA and MetalForming Magazine event on the technology in a few months in Cincinnati.  Read more in the press release below. PMA and MetalForming Magazine to Hold Conference on the Latest Developments in ERP Software     CLEVELAND, OH—July 23, 2013—The Precision Metalforming Association’s (PMA) flagship publication, MetalForming magazine, announces The Manufacturing ERP Experience, a conference that will provide information on the industry’s leading enterprise-resource-planning (ERP) software systems for small to midsized manufacturing companies.  The event is scheduled for October 8-9, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Modern ERP systems have changed how companies do business.

PMA Releases July Business Conditions Report

We released our monthly business report today showing that metalforming companies expect a slight dip in business conditions over the next three months.   PMA has issued the monthly Business Conditions Report since 1979 and for the past 34 years it has been used to take the pulse of manufacturing in the US by both policymakers and the news media. The full PMA Business Conditions Report results are available here .   Our press release providing a summary of the report is below: Business Conditions Report: July 2013 Thursday, July 18, 2013 For more information, please contact Christie Carmigiano According to the July 2013 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect a slight dip 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 July report shows that only 22% of parti

Welcome to the Metalforming Matters Blog

Bill Gaskin, PMA President Hello!  Welcome to the Metalforming Matters Blog, powered by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) ! PMA is the full-service trade association representing the metalforming industry of North America.  If you're wondering why metalforming matters, let me tell you this: Metalforming is the industry that creates precision metal products using techniques like stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming.  Our industry amounts to $113billion in North America and our members' products are present in a wide array of industries.  Just check out the chart at the bottom of this post. PMA was launched in 1942 in Cleveland and we celebrated our 70th anniversary last year.  Though times have changed, we have maintained an unwavering commitment to supporting innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability. Manufacturing is growing in this country and our industry is proud to be a part of that res