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Released November 16, 2020

Miles Free & Renee Merker, Director of Communications and Events give listeners a behind the scenes peek at the planning of PMPA’s Annual Meeting and the ah-ha moments from the actual event held at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale Missouri.



ITR Economics Report for PMPA – November 2020


Despite the uncertainty in the news cycle regarding the election, recounts, Covid-19, and the markets, many monthly economic indicators are rising in a positive direction.

PMPA’s latest Business Trends Report showed strong out-performance over Fed Industrial Production and Manufacturing output indicators. The latest ITR November 2020 Economic Report for the Precision Machining Industry marshals a host of facts about our markets to explain their positivity. “Empirical evidence made it clear that results were likely to surpass expectations for the industrial and consumer sectors… revising our expectations accordingly.” 

Of course, the caveat of a fall/winter flu season and shutdowns remains possible- but the “Empirical evidence” supports optimism at this point in time from the economic data. What are YOU doing to prepare your processes and performers for this rising trend?



Technical Members Receive Participation Award

Congratulations to the following PMPA Technical Members who were also recognized at the Annual Awards Banquet with the Technical Member Participation Award.

Through their active participation, PMPA’s Technical Members contribute greatly toward keeping the Association thriving and progressive.  Our thanks and congratulations for their service and participation in PMPA activities during the 2019-2020 year.

Participation Award 


PMPA Members Recognized at the Annual Meeting

Awards Banquet

The Annual Meeting is not only about attending informational business sessions and networking with colleagues, it is also the event where we take the opportunity to acknowledge, recognize and celebrate those individuals and companies that have gone above and beyond their service to the association as a PMPA member over the past year.  

Congratulations to the following 2020 award recipients:

Retiring PMPA President (term 2019-20)

Victor and Betty DaCruz, DACRUZ Manufacturing

Director’s Service Award (retiring Director 3-year term on the Board)

Technical Membership Chairman’s Award

25 Years of PMPA Membership

Rich Hoster, Smith & Richardson – 25 Years of PMPA Membership

50 Years of PMPA Membership

75 Years of PMPA Membership

Jim Fetcko, Ohio Screw Products – 75 Years of PMPA Membership

PMPA Welcomes New Executive Officers


At the recent PMPA Board of Directors meeting held on Thursday, October 23, 2020, prior to PMPA’s 87th Annual Meeting at the Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri, the following Officers were elected to serve on the Board:

Tom HalladayH&R Screw Machine Products, Inc., Reed City, MI, was formally elected President of the PMPA for 2020-2021.

PMPA 1st Vice President – Aneesa MuthanaPioneer Service, Inc., Addison, IL

PMPA 2nd Vice President – John Habe, IV, Metal Seal Precision Ltd., Mentor, OH

Treasurer – Steve Sorenson, Sorenson Engineering, Yucaipa, CA, will continue his term for one more year.

And during their meeting at the Big Cedar Lodge on October 23rd, the Technical Members elected Mike MulliganNucor Cold Finish Group, Oak Creek, WI, to serve as Chairman, Courtney OrtnerAbsolute Machine Tools, Lorain, OH, to serve as 1st Vice Chair, and Kevin Coffman, Champion Screw Machine Engineering, Inc. to serve as 2nd Vice Chair, representing the Technical Members on the Board of Directors.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nominations for new Board members were delayed until the October Board Meeting.  The following individuals were officially nominated by the Nominating Committee and will be elected by a vote of the membership (Manufacturing voting members) to serve on the Board this month:

At-Large Director: Darlene Miller, Permac Industries, Burnsville, MN

Director District I:  JoAnn Vlach, Efficient Machine Products, Inc., Strongsville, OH

Director District II:  David Thuro, Thuro Metal Products, Inc., Brentwood, NY

Ballots for the above individuals were emailed this week to Manufacturing member Certified Representatives

Congratulations to all our new officers, and a big thank you to outgoing PMPA President Victor DaCruz.  We hope to see more of both of you next year…when we can hopefully begin face-to-face visits!


Outgoing President Victor DaCruz and Incoming President Tom Halladay

2020 Board Members in attendance at the Annual Meeting