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NAM Education Arm Receives a Shot in the Arm

Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Thanks to a grant of $538,000 from the Lumina Foundation for Education, The Manufacturing Institute/Center for Workforce Success of the National Association for Manufacturers (NAM) has launched its Business Champions initiative. The NAM research and education arm will use the initiative to bring together U.S. business leaders to support policies that expand educational opportunities aimed at building a stronger U.S. workforce. Business leaders will work with elected policymakers, higher-education officials and employers in their regions and states to improve workforce-development capacity of community colleges, and to reduce the costs of higher education. PMA has two members on the list of Business Champions—Elizabeth Abraham, CEO of Top Tool Co., Minneapolis, MN, and Erick Ajax, vice president of E.J. Ajax and Sons, Fridley, MN. Learn more about The Manufacturing Institute at

Educational Foundation Awards $40,000 in Grants

Tuesday, January 9, 2007
The Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation (PMAEF) has awarded a total of $40,000 in grants to three programs created to enhance the U.S. metalforming workforce. The PMAEF trustees awarded: • $15,000 to the WIRE-Net School-to-Career Initiative: Where Futures Matter. Through this Cleveland, OH-based program, local high-school students receive hands-on training in precision-machining technology. • $10,000 to McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL. The PMAEF grant will help underwrite the start-up costs of equipment for a 40-hr. basic welding-skills boot camp that will consist of 10 sessions serving at least 60 students. . • $15,000 to Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Cleveland, OH. The PMAEF grant will help fund Tri-C’s Build a Cannon program, allowing 100 high-school students to earn free college credit while simultaneously satisfying high-school graduation requirements. PMAEF, established to support and develop training and education for metalforming skills and to improve the awareness of careers in metalforming, congratulates the grant recipients from this cycle. The deadline to submit applications for the next grant cycle is March 1, 2007. PMAEF accepts requests for funding from organizations whose initiatives, programs and services promote, enhance or support the development of a U.S. metalforming workforce. Download a grant application at, or call 216/901-8800.

Specialty-Metals Supplier and Processor
Earns Quality Awards

Monday, January 8, 2007
Almetals, Inc., Wixom, MI, has earned Zero-Defect Quality Awards from two of its customers, Federal Mogul and Borg-Warner. The awards recognize suppliers that demonstrate the ability to meet and exceed customer expectations in delivery, quality and innovation. An ISO/TS 16949:2002-certified company, Almetals supplies stampers, rollforming companies and tube producers all around the world. Learn more at


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