Roundtable on Industry Training

Thursday, October 1, 2009
If you manage or implement training at your company, this is your once-a-year

 PMA on Capitol Hill

NTMA/PMA One Voice Lobbies for Extension of R&D Tax Credit NTMA/PMA One Voice is urging Congress to act quickly in passing a multi-year extension of a strengthened R&D tax credit. The credit is set to expire at year end. As proposed by H.R. 422, introduced by Representatives Kendrick Meek (D-FL-17) and Kevin Brady (R-TX-8), and S.1203, introduced by Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the R&D tax credit encourages businesses of all sizes to undertake cutting-edge research projects in the United States. Failure to extend and strengthen the credit would have significant negative consequences for the U.S. economy and would threaten investments needed in important areas of the economy, such as renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies, manufacturing processes, health care, biotechnology, and information and communications technologies.

opportunity to meet face-to-face with peers who have the same responsibilities and face the same challenges you encounter. PMA’s 15th Annual Trainers Roundtable will be held October 21-22 at PMA headquarters in Cleveland, OH.

The program begins with a networking dinner and agenda-building session on the evening of October 21. Attendees then will be treated to two presentations, one at the evening session and one to kick off the morning on October 22.

Reyna Dickensheets, employee education manager at Pridgeon & Clay, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, will describe its internally developed and implemented training program for all existing and new automatic press operators. Then, Dan Keller, assembly quality specialist at Minster Machine Co., Minster, OH, will describe the company’s Future Workforce Development Initiative. This program targets engineering through trainee engineering programs (part-time high school), intern opportunities (early college summer work terms) and co-op opportunities (advanced college work terms) and OEM assembly through a 30-month apprenticeship program.

Among discussion items at past roundtables: training for skilled trades/ apprenticeships/pay-for-skills, computer-based training/e-learning, training assessment/needs analysis, measuring ROI for training, and funding sources. Contact Amy Thacker at 216/901-8800,, to learn more.

Save on Energy Costs through APPI

Ohio member ART Technologies has signed a 28-month contract with a competitive electricity supplier brought to ART through PMA’s endorsed affinity partner, Affiliated Power Purchasers International (APPI). APPI provides energy-procurement consulting services to PMA members. The agreement will help ART Technologies cut 42 percent off of its electricity expenses, for a savings of more than $94,000 over the 28-month contract.

APPI provides energy procurement and management services to more than 2500 U.S. companies. To see if your state qualifies, check out APPI’s deregulation map: PMA members pay no upfront, hourly or retainer fees for APPI consulting services, as well as other money-saving benefits.

To learn more and to schedule a utility audit, contact APPI Business Development Director Jane Seagraves at


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