CLEVELAND, OH—March 22, 2017—The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) announced today that David Arndt, president and CEO of Springfield, Ohio-based Pentaflex, Inc., was elected 2017 chairman of the PMA Board of Directors during PMA’s annual meeting of members held on March 11 in Dana Point, CA. Arndt, who will serve a one-year term, succeeds outgoing PMA Board Chair Ron Lowry, owner and CEO of Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Dayton Rogers.
“I’m honored to be elected board chairman and thank 2016 PMA Chairman Ron Lowry for his outstanding leadership and accomplishments over this past year,” said Arndt.
Arndt announced that his one-year term as PMA chairman encompasses three key areas of focus: Education, Re-engagement and Advocacy.
Arndt said that finding, training and retaining the next generation of the manufacturing workforce is a challenge for most if not all metalformers. During his term as chairman, PMA will make training and education a priority.
“We have launched a project to develop e-learning that will provide a single, branded portal for PMA education materials,” Arndt shared. “E-learning will enable PMA to create and deliver content while allowing HR managers to assign courses, monitor learner participation and assess learner performance.”
PMA also recently introduced the Leadership and Mentoring Academy, which pairs the next generation of metalforming leadership with seasoned industry professionals for structured mentoring, as well as the MFG NXT initiative, which supports millennials and gen-Xers rising through the ranks of the metalforming industry.
“PMA will present a series of four webinars on behalf of the MFG NXT program, and sponsor roundtable discussions throughout the year,” said Arndt.
Arndt has been a longtime advocate for building strong ties between the manufacturing industry and elected officials. He has participated in several PMA fly-ins to Washington, D.C. to meet with Members of Congress and staff, and regularly hosts local politicians at his plants, all to voice the association’s views regarding policies addressing healthcare, taxation, regulations and other critical issues.
“As an association, we must become more active,” said Arndt. “I believe it all starts at the local level. Bring elected officials into your plant, and make the effort to visit D.C. to talk to your representatives. Localization is the key, and I’d like to see PMA encourage, at the District level, our member companies to work with their mayors, state representatives and even their school administrators.”
PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $137-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 900 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, FABTECH and METALFORM Mexico tradeshows, and MetalForming, Fabricating Product News and 3D Metal Printing magazines.