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Precision Metalforming Association Mourns the Loss of Jon Jenson

Thursday, December 20, 2012

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CLEVELAND, OH – December 20, 2012 – The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) is grieving the loss of former PMA President Jon Jenson, who passed a yesterday after a long illness.  He was 78.

Jon was President of PMA for 25 years, from 1975 – 2000.  Given the honorary title of President Emeritus upon his retirement, Jon continued for many years as a consultant to PMA.

“The Jenson family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” said current PMA president Bill Gaskin. “At PMA, we will remember Jon’s leadership in directing a major rebirth of our association.  Jon focused PMA’s efforts on forming PMA’s educational foundation, enhancing our government affairs efforts, publishing MetalForming magazine, prioritizing the collection of industry statistics and supporting the industry’s premier annual trade show – initiatives that remain critical to PMA’s continued success today.”

Jon was a leading voice on trade issues affecting the manufacturing industry in the 1990s and 2000s.  He served as Chairman of the Consuming Industries Trade Action Coalition, a Washington, DC-based organization dedicated to ensuring that consuming industries such metalforming manufacturers have a voice in trade policy.  He was also a member of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Automotive Equipment and Capital Goods.  In 2003, Jon was awarded the International Council of Sheet Metal Presswork Associations’ highest honor – the Silver Medal.

“Jon devoted 41 years of his life to leadership in the manufacturing sector,” said PMA chairman P.J. Thompson. “His tireless efforts helped give small and medium-sized manufacturers a strong voice on issues that affect the future of our companies.  We can honor his memory by continuing to champion the advancement of manufacturing through educational programs like the PMA Educational Foundation.  Jon will be sorely missed.”

In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Jon will be remembered as a dedicated family man and a doting grandfather.  He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jeannette, two sons, James and Peter, and four stepchildren, Walter, Theodore, Jill, and Thomas, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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 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, METALFORM tradeshows and MetalForming magazine.