Lone Star

Lone Star

Lone Star State of Manufacturing - Workforce Panel and College Tour

Manufacturing is in a fight with other industries for new employees. The PMA Lone Star District is making certain that Texas manufacturing comes out in front.

Join the PMA Lone Star District on December 7 for a State of Texas Manufacturing Workforce Development Panel Discussion and Collin College Technical Campus Tour. We will break down recruitment and training options, discuss what works best for your situation and address overcoming learning barriers.

Designed for metalforming manufacturing executives and human resource managers, attendance to this event is at no charge and limited to 80 people. Register here.


Know the Ins-and-Outs to Attract, Train and Retain Employees

The PMA workforce development team, along with PMA's One Voice advocacy team and local workforce experts from manufacturing, education and government, will break down recruitment and funding options, and outline a resource path to train and place employees for long-term success, connecting you with key local contacts.

Tour Collin College Technical Campus

All of this takes place on the grounds of Collin College, where we will tour the technical campus and learn about its commitment to growing manufacturing talent through new developments and its partnership with PMA.

Meet PMA Executives

Take this opportunity to meet PMA President David Klotz and PMA Chairperson Doug Johnson, along with new PMA Lone Star District officers, PMA's One Voice advocacy partner John Guzik, and PMA membership and workforce development teams.

Like everything in Texas, this is a big deal that you will not want to miss!


  • 9:30-10:00 a.m. CT - Check In
  • 10:00 a.m. – Introductions from Lone Star District Chair – Lisa Matheis, Dayton Rogers, and Dr. Brenden Mesch, Interim Provost, Collin College
  • 10:15 a.m. – Collin College Technical Campus Tours
  • 11:15 a.m. – PMA Partnership with Collin College – David Klotz, PMA President
  • 11:30 a.m. – Panel Introduction – Jan Jungman, Allen Economic Development Corporation
  • 11:35 a.m. – Workforce Panel Discussion, moderated by David Ellis, Allen Economic Development Corporation
    • Connie King, PMA Director of Workforce Development
    • Phedra Redifer, Executive Director, Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas, North Central Texas Council of Governments
    • Dr. Brenden Mesch, Interim Provost at Collin College Technical Campus
    • Lance Thrailkill, Chief Executive Officer, All Metals Fabricating
    • John Kuznar, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Apprenticeship Training Representative, U.S. Department of Labor
  • 12:30 p.m. – Luncheon Presentations
    • PMA Lone Star District Education Chair – Sean Sweeden, Collin College
    • Allen Economic Development Corporation – Jan Jungman, BRE
  • 1:15 p.m. – Funding Options and Washington, D.C. Update – John Guzik, The Franklin Partnership and PMA One Voice Advocacy, introduction by Lone Star District Vice Chair Kenton Kirkpartick, President, Wrico Stamping of Texas
  • 2:00 p.m. – Dessert and networking
  • 3:00 p.m. – Adjourn


Collin College Technical Campus
2550 Bending Branch Way
Allen, TX 75013


Courtyard Dallas Allen at the Event Center
210 East Stacy Rd.
Allen, TX 75002
Reserve a room here.


Registration is complimentary and includes lunch and refreshments. Attendance is limited to 80 people. For more information, contact Kari Davis, District Administrator. To register over the phone, contact Randy Kish at 216-901-8800 x 144.




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