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                 PMA Education Foundation (PMAEF)
PMAEF was established in 1996 to support and develop training and edu-
cation for met-
alforming skills,
and to improve the public image and awareness of careers in metalform- ing. It raised more than $2 million in an endowment campaign, the majority of which was pledged between 1997 and 2000. Since that time the founda- tion has made more than $1 million in grants to support its mission.
                                                             • To advance the lawful common purposes of its members and to promote and safeguard the interests of the industry as a whole.
• To foster equity in business usages; and to formulate, pro- mote and develop programs and activities designed to assist producers of stampings to operate with the greatest econo- my and efficiency.
• To provide a proper, practical, efficient means of main- taining contacts between government and the industry.
• To promote a helpful, sympathetic relationship between the industry and the public and to improve the industry’s commercial and industrial relationships.
• To cooperate with other industries and organizations.
• To do everything necessary and proper for the accom- plishment of any objects herein set forth or which shall be rec-
ognized as proper and lawful objectives of nonprofit trade associations, all of which shall be consistent with the public interest, as well as in the interest of this industry and trade.
The association also sought to collect and disseminate trade statistics and other factual data and information of interest and value to the industry and the public; to conduct research into markets; and to handle trade inquiries. Unfair trade practices received attention back then, as they do today. And so did efforts to promote apprentice training and make other attempts to educate and train those con- nected with or interested in becoming affiliated with the industry. PMI members worked then, as do PMA members today, to promote and protect the industry’s interests in public and governmental matters and to secure adequate presentation of its problems before governmental, economic and business groups.
Onward and Upward
On March 1, 1949, the officers of PMI entered into a joint operation with the National Screw Machine Products Asso- ciation. Later that year, the association’s board of directors established the following committees: Executive, Finance, Statistics, Industrial Relations, Industry Mobilization, Tech- nical Research and Standards, Public Relations, Sales, and Education. Districts within PMI also were defined and the duties of district officers outlined.
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