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“Manufacturing companies today are struggling to survive low-priced international competition, rising healthcare costs and uncertain demand from customers impacted by the current economic storm,” says Boeckman. “The situation is particularly tough for our members, mostly small and medium-sized businesses across the United States who have been hit hard by the problems experienced by the auto sector and other major industries that make up the customer base for our industry.
“One of PMA’s most important missions is to help North American metalforming companies have a voice in Washington,” says Boeckman. “To help strengthen our voice, PMA recently forged a new partnership with the National Tooling and Machining Association that combines our federal advocacy programs to better influence the policy debate on our priority issues including healthcare, climate change, trade and labor issues.
“We also will focus on increasing PMA’s membership and introducing new seminars and other training resources to meet the industry’s evolving needs, and expand our global relationship-building opportunities,” says Boeckman.