PMA Accepting Entries for 2011 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming

The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) invites industry-leading companies to submit an entry for its 2011 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming.  Presented annually, these awards recognize the high standards of achievement set by the metalforming industry in the areas of design, quality, training and education, safety, productivity, process control and product development.

Companies honored with Awards of Excellence receive prominent coverage in MetalForming magazine; recognition at the 2011 FABTECH tradeshow, November 13-16, in Chicago, IL; a $1,500 cash prize and commemorative plaque; and key presence on PMA’s website, visited by nearly 100,000 industry professionals annually.

The 2011 awards will recognize excellence within the following areas:

• The Higgins-Caditz Design Award, the industry's highest recognition for designing and engineering excellence, is presented to an innovative metalforming company for creative and effective product design.

• The A.R. Hedberg Training and Education Award recognizes a company for notable efforts to technically train and educate its employees by instituting a total training program throughout the company.

• The Waukesha Metal Products Excellence in Quality Award recognizes a metalforming company for outstanding achievement in the development and implementation of a company-wide quality system that effectively uses continuous improvement.

• The Pitcher Insurance Agency Safety Award recognizes a metalforming company for either an effective comprehensive safety program or a specific innovative idea in the context of an effective safety program.

• The Link Systems Process Control Award promotes the application of electronic analog closed-loop process controls in metalforming by recognizing innovative electronic solutions (implemented by a North American manufacturing company) that have resulted in significant quality, cost reduction and/or productivity improvements.

• The Ulbrich Award for Competitive Excellence in Product Development recognizes a metalforming company that develops and manufactures a product that best utilizes metal in place of a competitive material, or that develops a product using flat-rolled material at a significant cost reduction to customers on a product that was previously manufactured using more costly manufacturing processes.

• The Zierick Manufacturing Corporation Productivity Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a metalforming company in the development and implementation of programs, processes and utilization of assets that lead to significant improvements in productivity.

• The Clips & Clamps Industries Educational Institution Award recognizes a public or private educational institution that provides exemplary training and education services to companies in the metalforming industry.

For more than 40 years, PMA has applauded the achievements of Awards of Excellence recipients, who have dedicated themselves to continuous improvement of their products and services.  The association looks forward to recognizing future leading-edge companies in the industry, which will be chosen through careful review and judging by the respective industry-based committees assigned to each award.  Applications for the 2011 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming must reach PMA no later than May 31, 2011.  Complete details and an online entry form are available at

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 1,000 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, METALFORM tradeshows and MetalForming magazine.

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