Power of Membership

Public Action

Government Relations—As the voice of the metalforming industry, PMA is actively and aggressively lobbying Congress and the Administration for reforms that will help the metalforming industry compete globally.

In an effort to strengthen the industry's presence in Washington, D.C., PMA has joined forces with the National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) to create "One Voice" for the metalworking industry. Under One Voice, PMA and NTMA retain the same Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm which works on behalf of PMA and NTMA members every day to ensure that the industry's voice is heard on Capitol Hill.

Grassroots—PMA arranges Washington, D.C., fly-ins and congressional plant tours for members, allowing them to educate lawmakers about the needs of the metalforming industry. PMA members also spread the industry's message by testifying before key congressional committees and other government agencies.

E-Advocacy—PMA keeps members in the loop on the latest happenings in Washington, D.C., through its biweekly Washington Wire e-newsletter and its website, www.metalworkingadvocate.org. Members also are informed when action is needed on a key issue through Action Alert e-mails.

Political Action Committee—PMA's Voice of the Industry Committee (PMAVIC) helps elect pro-manufacturing candidates to Congress.

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Industry Knowledge

Action Alerts—Be alerted when action is needed to contact your members of Congress and express your support or displeasure on proposed legislation. Action Alerts are part of the NTMA/PMA One Voice Legislative Action Center, a resource for you to learn about the legislative process and current issues affecting the metal working industry, and to connect with elected officials and the media.

Advocacy Clips—Learn from this e-newsletter, compiled weekly, of relevant news articles from around the country on subjects that impact the metalworking industry.

Business Reports—Measure your company's performance and benchmark its success using any of the highly acclaimed reports covering wages and benefits, profitability, benchmarking, economic trends and more.

Legal Hotline—Receive three hours of FREE professional legal assistance annually from PMA special counsel Douglas B.M. Ehlke, who has nearly 30 years of expertise in representing the industry in OSHA, EPA, employment and product liability issues.

MetalForming Magazine—Stay current on technical developments and key management issues when you qualify to receive a complimentary subscription of MetalForming magazine.

PMA Update—Get all of the information on the latest happenings at PMA with the PMA Update e-newsletter. Articles cover PMA's advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., educational foundation grants and training opportunities, new member benefits, upcoming industry events and more!

Publications & Training Resources —Improve your company's productivity with effective employee training products and consulting services. PMA has the training tools to build a highly skilled, top-performing workforce in every industry segment-and some are available in Spanish.

Regulatory Hotline—Use PMA's toll-free regulatory hotline to get answers to questions related to OSHA and EPA matters.

Seminars, Roundtables, Webinars and Conferences—Enhance your knowledge through PMA's leading-edge programs. Topics range from mechanical-press fundamentals and quick-die-change techniques to fabricating processes and cost estimating.

Washington Wire—Keep informed on the latest happenings in Washington that are important to the metalworking industry with this bi-weekly e-newsletter.

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Networking Opportunities

Meet and do business with people you can trust through dozens of PMA networking channels— at national, regional and local events!

Committees—Share advice and expertise with peers in their specific professional field, such as marketing and sales, safety, quality and training.

Districts—Develop relationships with other metalforming manufacturers and suppliers through participation at the regional level. Events include plant tours, technical presentations and top management roundtables, supplier exhibitions and social events.

Divisions—Take advantage of customized programs and activities that focus on specific technologies or areas of interest that best fit your stamping, fabricating or forming operations.

E-mail Discussion Groups—Seek advice from colleagues, locate hard-to-find materials and suppliers, and share experiences. Receive the benefits of networking beyond the meetings—all via e-mail and absolutely free.

Executive Networking Groups—Expand the growth of your company's senior managers and the growth of your company. Groups established for CEOs, COOs, women in metalforming and next generation leaders promote professional development, peer networking and the benchmarking of operations.

Leadership—Enhance your leadership skills by volunteering on a committee, district or division board. This is a great opportunity for industry professionals to network with others from across the country and to work on exciting projects—making a difference for their companies, PMA and the metalforming industry.

METALFORM—Attend or plan to exhibit in the Metalform technology area at FABTECH—North America's largest metalforming, fabrication and welding event.

PMA’s Annual Meeting—Attend this premier event for metalforming industry leaders and benefit from informative roundtable sessions, dynamic speakers and unforgettable networking events.

Roundtables—Network with your industry peers and develop professional relationships. This is a great opportunity to exchange views, share experiences, trade information with peers and establish invaluable relationships. 

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Technical Training

Employee Assessment—Evaluate the skills of workers from entry level to master level. These skill-based training assessments systems, for Tool & Die and Metalworking Skills, are designed to evaluate strengths and weaknesses and develop and individualized training plan.

Seminars/Webinars/Roundtables—Enhance your company’s skills and knowledge on all levels through PMA”s leading-edge training programs. Topics include Deep Draw, IT, Human Resources, Die Maintenance, Costing and Pricing, Sheetmetal, Troubleshooting and many more.

Training Systems—Widely used and noted for their effectiveness, operator training systems for coil-fed and manually fed presses, press brakes and metal spinning machines offer a self-paced, hands-on experience to successfully apply the concepts learned.

In-plant Training—Use PMA’s Educational Foundation (PMAEF) WorkingSolutions, custom consulting services, to train multiple employees consistently and cost effectively right at your facility. Meet your company’s specific training requirements by customizing content from one or more programs. 

Publications & Training Resources—Improve your company’s productivity with effective employee training products. PMA has the training tools to build a highly skilled, top-performing workforce in every industry segment-and some are available in Spanish.

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Business Services

Advertising—Get your company exposure through the many channels of advertising. Reach 55,000 readers with MetalForming magazine. Be visible through web opportunities and sponsorships.

Industrial Supplies­­Receive a 10 to 45 percent PMA member discount through the Grainer Discount Program on supplies and safety items when you order online or with the Grainger catalog.

Job Center—Take advantage of MetalForming Jobs, the premier online, in print and e-newsletter job advertising connection point for employers seeking talent in the metalforming industry. PMA members save 20 percent on job postings. Contact Sue Cubranich at 216-901-8800 ext. 2131 or scubranich@pma.org for your member discount code. Visit PMA's Job Center for pricing. 

Legal Services Receive three hours of FREE professional legal assistance annually from PMA special counsel Douglas B.M. Ehlke, who has nearly 30 years of expertise in representing the industry in OSHA, EPA, employment and product liability issues.

Marketing and Sales—Promote your companies capabilities through PMA’s Buyers’ Guides for manufacturers and suppliers.

OSHA-Compliant Safety Training—PMA has teamed up with Webnettraining to offer general OSHA-compliant safety training over the internet. Webnettraining gives PMA members a free password to test-drive the system and a 10 percent discount upon purchase. 

Office Needs—Receive dedicated customer service and exclusive member pricing and savings up to 50 percent on your most frequently purchased products through the OfficeMax Partner AdvantageSM program.

Regulatory Assistance—Get prompt and knowledgeable answers to your OSHA and EPA questions with unlimited access through the toll-free regulatory hotline.

Risk Management Center —myRisk Manager offers a free comprehensive library in English and Spanish of nearly 1,500 safety policies and procedures, posters and brief training documents; hundreds of downloadable HR forms; and an “incident track” application, allowing companies to track and trend incidents with automatic generation of OSHA logs

Shipping—Receive member discounts on every freight shipment through YRC or YRC Regional Transportation, simply contact 800-647-3061. Take advantage of specialized pricing on small packages or LTL shipments through the UPS member benefit program, contact UPS at 866-443-9303

Utility Consulting—An exclusive member benefit that assists members in managing and reducing their energy expenses with the Affiliated Power Purchasers International, LCC (APPI) Saving Solution Program.

To join PMA, contact membership@pma.org or go to our online registration form.

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