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Jon Jenson, Rest in Peace

Thursday, December 20, 2012
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jon E. Jenson, former president of the Precision Metalforming Association (1975-2000). Jenson was born in Madison, WI, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. He completed post-graduate studies at the Universities of Frankfurt and Cologne, in Germany, and spent 2 years at the Naval Officer Candidate School.

During his tenure at PMA, Jenson directed the growth of the association to a membership of more than 1600 companies. He also initiated the PMA Educational Foundation, established and managed the association’s subsidiary, PMA Services, Inc., and served as publisher of MetalForming magazine.

Under Jenson’s leadership, PMA became the first and only U.S. trade association to be registered to ISO 9002 (in 2000). He also helped lead PMA to prominence in the International Council of Sheet Metal Presswork Associations (ICOSPA), which in 2003 bestowed upon Jon its highest honor, the ICOSPA Silver Medal.

Until 2005, Jenson served as chairman of the Consuming Industries Trade Action Coalition, a national organization seeking trade-law reform. And, he sat on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Automotive Equipment and Capital Goods until its discontinuation in 2010.

Prior to joining PMA, Jenson served for 16 years as director of marketing and technical services of the Cleveland, OH-based Forging Industry Association, and as executive director of the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation.  He was editor and publisher of Forging Topics magazine, and authored the Forging Industry Handbook.

In retirement, when he wasn’t bowling, hunting or fishing, Jenson enjoyed spending time with his wife Jeannette and their children and grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made in Jenson’s honor to the PMA Educational Foundation, 6363 Oak Tree Blvd., Independence, OH 44131.


Plex Receives $30 Million in Venture Capital

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Plex Systems, Auburn Hills, MI, provider of Plex Online cloud-based ERP services, has received a $30-million strategic investment from venture-capital and growth-equity firm Accel Partners. Says Accel partner Sameer Gandhi: “Plex Systems represents an opportunity to help move a highly complex and diverse industry—manufacturing—to the next computing platform, based in the cloud. We believe the manufacturing ERP market represents at least a $5-billion opportunity, and that less than 10 percent of the market has transitioned to SaaS so far.” More at

Electrolux Installs New Lube-Mixing and Reclamation System in Memphis

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Industrial Innovations, Wyoming, MI, has installed its Double Pro-Mix 5 lubricating system in the pressroom of the new Electrolux North American Cooking Products plant in Memphis, TN, slated to start production in early 2013. The lubricant-mixing system, which can mix two different lubricants simultaneously, will feed seven Spra-Rite pedestal lubricant-application units. Included is a lubricant-recycling system for filtering dirt particles and eliminating tramp oils. Here’s information on the Pro-Mix line of machines.


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