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PTDA Foundation ‘vanguard’ demonstrates commitment to industrial distribution sector


March 3, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

March 2, 2012 – The Industrial Career Pathway (ICP) initiative—founded and significantly funded by the PTDA Foundation—is taking major steps to ensure the workforce is aware of the satisfying and rewarding careers available in industrial distribution.

With the anticipated retirement of more than 80 million Baby Boomers over the next 20 years and only 43 million younger workers in line to replace them, the time is fast approaching when recruiting talented individuals will once again be a serious challenge for every business. For the power transmission/motion control industry, the problem is even more profound as it endures a lack of recognition among young people as well as a skills gap.

To help, 15 organizations stepped up by making contributions of more than $48,000 to fund the ICP initiative’s activities in 2012. These organizations are “in the vanguard”, says the foundation, by leading the fundraising charge. By contributing to the PTDA Foundation as part of the Vanguard Campaign, they are taking a leading role in the movement to drive talented workers to the key positions of sales and customer service in industrial distribution.

“The 2012 Vanguard contributions show us just how many companies understand the importance of reaching out, connecting with and preparing young people to become our industries’ outstanding employees and future leaders,” said Barbara J. Ross, vice-president sales and marketing, Timken Drives LLC, and president of the PTDA Foundation. “I give my sincere thanks to all 15 organizations for supporting the PTDA Foundation and its key initiative: Industrial Careers Pathway.”

Investor Contributors ($10,000 or more)
BDI Worldwide

Stakeholder Contributors ($5000 to $9999)
NSK Americas
Rexnord Industries LLC
SKF USA Inc.
The Timken Company

Benefactor Contributors ($2500 to $4999)
Altra Industrial Motion
Bearing Service Inc.
U.S. Motors/Nidec Motor Corp.

Leadership Contributors ($1000 to $2499)
AMI Bearings Inc.
Climax Metal Products Company
Hitachi Maxco Ltd.
IBT Inc.
Koyo Corporation of USA
Lafert North America

Colleague Contributors ($250 to $499)
Goodyear Engineered Products dba Veyance Technologies Inc.

The Vanguard Campaign kicks off the PTDA Foundation’s 2012 fund drive.

The PTDA Foundation, whose work is funded by solely by donations, was founded in 1982 to enhance knowledge, education, professionalism and productivity within the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry.

The foundation’s core initiative, Industrial Careers Pathway, is a collaboration of industrial distribution associations working together to bring tomorrow’s North American employees to the industrial distribution channel, develop programs to teach business and distribution basics and create affordable resources for current employee development.