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PMPA Applauds Perkins Act Reauthorization Becoming Law

Tuesday July 31, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Miles Free

PMPA Applauds Perkins Act Reauthorization Becoming Law

Washington, D.C. – PMPA formally applauded the signing into law by President Trump on July 31, 2018, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act to reauthorize and strengthen the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides federal support to state and local career and technical education (CTE) programs.

“We applaud Washington for coming together and recognizing the importance Career and Technical Education programs that help to meet the workforce needs of our industry and strengthen the manufacturing base in the U.S.,” said Miles Free, Director, Industry Research and Technology with the PMPA. “The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act not only reauthorizes the Perkins Act, but strengthens the Perkins Act to provide students and employers with the flexibility needed to adapt educational and training programs to their industry by promoting national industry-recognized credentials and allowing communities to focus resources on in-demand jobs in their local geographic area,” continued Mr. Free.

Manufacturing businesses employ more than 12 million Americans and represent 12 percent of our entire economy, while playing a vital role in promoting innovation and long-term competitiveness. However, manufacturers continue to struggle to find qualified employees to fill new job orders. Many job applicants lack fundamental skills and others are not aware of opportunities in manufacturing industries. In May 2018, 441,000 manufacturing jobs remained unfilled with millions of manufacturing employees expected to retire in the next few years.

PMPA has long been one of the leading voices in Washington, D.C. on the skills gap in the manufacturing industry and the need for qualified workers. According to a survey, roughly two-thirds of PMPA members reported job openings with the average PMPA member reporting they currently have roughly four vacancies at their manufacturing plants, and the lack of skilled workers continues to rank among their top concerns.



 The Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) is a national trade association representing over 440 member companies involved in the production of highly engineered, precision machined components used in advanced automotive, aerospace, electrical, construction, and medical technologies PMPA’s members include metal producers, machining and manufacturing companies, machine tool builders, and producers of tooling, software and accessories, and metalworking fluids. The precision machining industry is best described by NAICS code 332721, and accounts for over 78,070 jobs with payrolls of $3.6 billion and shipments of over $13.3 billion. The mission of the PMPA is to provide the information, resources and networking opportunities to advance and sustain its members while advocating for manufacturing throughout the United States.

Contact Information

  • Miles Free, PMPA Director of Industry Research & Technology
  • 440-526-0300