PMAEF to Issue Awards, Profile Pioneering Metalforming Companies

Hitachi Foundation grant will draw attention to companies that are meeting and exceeding business bottom-line goals while incorporating innovative approaches to skills development and career advancement for their workforce Hitachi Foundation grant will draw attention to companies that are meeting and exceeding business bottom-line goals while incorporating innovative approaches to skills development and career advancement for their workforce

The PMA Educational Foundation (PMAEF) has received a grant from The Hitachi Foundation to launch a new project searching for and profiling companies in the metalforming industry whose effective business and human capital practices lead to skill and advancement opportunities for low-wage workers, which in turn allows the company to improve its bottom line and grow.  PMAEF will honor these “pioneer” companies as “Metalforming Pioneer Award” winners.

What are “pioneer” companies?
This grant will help PMAEF identify these “pioneer” companies.  They are successful metalforming businesses with workforce practices that improve business performance and bottom-line results while expanding opportunities for low-wage workers.  Low-wage workers at these companies are more likely to receive skills training and opportunities for career advancement as well as increased earnings, and their improved skill levels allow the company to excel, making them leaders in the marketplace.  In some cases, these pioneer companies also combine with other employers in their own or similar industries to identify shared skills and workforce needs and work together to address industry- and community-wide workforce challenges through partnerships with other companies, foundations, government agencies, educational institutions and community organizations.  "Our priority is to demonstrate the business case for investing in the training and development of the manufacturing workforce," said Barbara Dyer, president and CEO of The Hitachi Foundation.

How will these employers be recognized by PMAEF?
PMAEF is partnering with MetalForming magazine and NAM’s Manufacturing Institute to tell the stories of these companies.  They will be featured in special sections of MetalForming magazine and on the MetalForming, PMA and PMAEF websites.  They also will be honored at an industry-wide event, spotlighted in follow-up live events, roundtables and webinars and promoted through NAM’s Manufacturing Institute.  The goal is to identify exemplary business practices that advance the company and its employees and to promote the dissemination and replication of these practices.

How does an employer get involved?
Companies interested in learning more about the award process for participating in this case studies project should contact Dave Sansone, PMAEF executive director, at 216-901-8800 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Established in 1996, the PMA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to the promotion and development of a skilled workforce for the metalforming industry.  PMAEF operates as a supporting organization to PMA.

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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