PHOENIX-Nearly half of the current membership of the American Measuring Tool Manufacturers Association (AMTMA) gathered for a three-day meeting March 14 to 16 in Phoenix. The annual meeting had several firsts-its first end user as a member, its first meeting under the leadership of the members themselves and its first in-depth look at the market in which their measurement tools are used.
For nearly its entire 35-year history, the manufacturers of measurement tools
have been the primary members of the AMTMA. The group decided, nearly two years
ago, to actively seek new members from the end user community and this meeting
saw Bob Snyder of Emerson Climate Control (St. Louis) as the first member from
this community. Snyder lent his insight on how his company approaches
measurement and inspection tools and processes. Outgoing president George
Scheutz of Mahr Federal (Providence, RI) led this change, and incoming
president Norm LeDuc of Vermont Gage (Swanton, VT) is expected to continue it.
Besides the positive increase in attending members, the AMTMA received the
results of its research on measurement tools and buying trends. Overall, the
market continues to look positive and the analytical research was borne out by
the individual members who, as is custom, reported increases in their
individual company sales trends.
Those trends may continue, as speaker Brad Phillips offered plenty of sales
tips in his presentation. Krista Watson of the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission also gave AMTMA members tips for avoiding workplace suits.
The meeting saw members in an upbeat mood, as they resumed management of the
association. They recently took over management of the association from a
professional association management company that had been running AMTMA for
several years. This is a return to the AMTMA’s roots, as for most of its
existence it had been run by the companies who make up the membership. With
this return, the group plans more projects, such as a round-robin measurement
program, increased active involvement with standards committees, increased
publicity and communications, and more.
AMTMA welcomed its new officers as well. After two years, George Scheutz turned
over the president’s gavel to Norm LeDuc. Other new officers included Jim
Gregory of Hi-Tool Corp. (Cincinnati, OH) as vice president, and Nick
Bosworth of PMC/Lonestar (Willoughby, OH) as secretary and treasurer.
New board members include John Mead of Master Gage & Tool Co. (Danville,
VA), Steven Popovic of Cleveland Specialty Inspection Services Inc.
(Mentor, OH) and John Gehret of Vermont Thread Gage LLC.
Industry News: AMTMA Enjoys Positive Meeting
June 1, 2007