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                                                           Branching Out
Improved communications with member companies came into focus for PMI in 1957 with the issuance of the first Stamper’s Digest, a collection of articles of interest to stam- pers. Also that year, PMI joined the International Deep Drawing Group.
PMI membership during this time averaged slightly less than 200 companies, until January of 1961 when Jefferson D. Keith was appointed PMI’s managing director and increas- ing membership became job one. By 1972, membership grew under Keith’s direction to nearly 500 companies.
1961 also saw another major change for PMI, when the association formally became the American Metal Stamping Association (AMSA), so that its name would more accurate- ly describe the industry it served. PMI’s logo at the time was an octagonal shield representing its eight major servic- es—management, technical and research programs, educa- tion and training, safety, meetings, public relations, statistics and government liaison. In 1961 a new logo took hold, this one a circle representing a more flexible overall program.
AMSA undertook an expanded public-relations program, which continued to bring results. Included was the intro- duction of the Stamping Guide. AMSA also that year took over the Small Lot Institute, which became a division of AMSA. C.W. Cederberg of Larson Tool & Stamping Company, Attle- boro, MA, became AMSA president at the Annual Meeting.
That meeting also spawned the association’s first networking group, the “20 Year Breakfast Club,” comprised of companies that had belonged to AMSA/ PMI for 20 years or more.
Growing an International Presence
International affairs took flight in 1964, as the first Inter- national Study Team of 47 AMSA representatives toured plants in Germany, France and England, and then attended the First International Stamping Conference in England. In 1965, AMSA established a precedent by cosponsoring a two- day conference of Educators and Industrialists, at Kent State University. It established other precedents that same year when it participated in the National Safety Congress, and also marketed itself to potential members by reserving a booth for the first time at the ASTME (American Society of Tool and Manufacturing Engineers, now known as SME) Tool Show. Also in 1965, AMSA took first place in the 1965 National Idea Fair of the American Society of Association Executives.
In 1966, the AMSA publication Metal Stamper evolved into a semi-monthly newspaper, Metal Stamping Highlights, and work was started on a new monthly magazine for publication early in 1967 to be called Metal Stamping (which later became known as MetalForming). Metal Stamping published its first issue in March 1967, with advertising support from a few companies who endure to this day, including Wintriss Con-
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