The National Tooling and Machining
(NTMA) and Precision Metalforming Association
(PMA) appointed new leaders
this month and announced a convention in March 2011 that will mark one of the
largest gatherings of small- and medium-sized manufacturing executives in
NTMA announced the election of
business owner Grady Cope as chairman of its board of directors. Cope is
President of Reata Engineering & Machine Works (Englewood, CO),
a contract manufacturer specializing in precision machining and assembly. PMA
announced the election of Bob Clay as chairman of its board of directors. Clay
is CEO of Pridgeon & Clay, Inc. (Grand
Rapids, MI), an
independent manufacturer and supplier of stamped and fine blanked components.
NTMA also appointed David
Tilstone as its new President. Tilstone comes to NTMA with more than 35 years
of metalworking experience. He previously held leadership positions with
Kennametal and Extrude Hone, where he focused on developing and implementing
growth strategies and improving operating results.
Cope and Clay jointly
announced that NTMA and PMA will join the Association for Manufacturing
Technology (AMT) and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association
(AMTDA) to co-host the Manufacturing for Growth (MFG) Meeting
March 3-6, 2011 in Chandler, AZ.
The convention brings together business owners and executives from around the
country to combine resources and explore opportunities to reestablish
manufacturing as a primary engine forward to welcoming hundreds of
manufacturing leaders next March to discuss how to drive manufacturing forward
in this country."