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U.S. Manufacturing Inspiration from the 2010 Precision Metalforming Association Chair

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Published on Feb 18, 2010

Zierick Elected Chair of PMA - Read the complete article written by MetalForming Magazine editor Brad Kuvin:
archive.metalformingmagazine.com/2009/11/Chairman.pdf

Gretchen Zierick, president of Zierick Manufacturing Corp., Mount Kisco, NY, was named PMAs 2010 chair of the board of directors at the associations annual meeting last month. She urges all who work in the metalforming industry to unite in support of her theme for the year: The Morality of Manufacturing.
There is a moral code among manufacturers in this country, Zierick says, based on the honesty and integrity that permeates our industry. In manufacturing we cant get away with the lying, stealing and cheating weve seen in the banking, financial services and other industries. Manufacturers take raw materials and convert them into finished products that customers can test, see and feel, to prove their worth. To develop these products, you need an idea and an understanding of how to make it work. This to me is a moral endeavor, yet our industry often gets treated like the bad guy by the media and by our politicians.
During her term as PMA chair and beyond, Zierick expects PMAs advocacy efforts to help ensure that government actions do not put manufacturers at a further competitive disadvantage. Of immediate concern: burdensome tax hikes, labor-law reform and cap-and-trade legislation. She supports the associations long-term commitment to lobbying politicians, to make them understand the impact that their legislation has on the industry and its ability to compete in the global market. She urges all that work in manufacturing to follow PMAs lead and support those politicians that support policies that encourage the growth of Americas small to medium-sized manufacturing companies, by eliminating barriers to profitability.
In addition to advocacy, Zierick encourages members to become involved with PMAs many networking opportunities. Besides sending employees to district meetings and roundtable events, Zierick herself belongs to two networking groups—the Naples CEO Group and the Women in Metalforming Group, which she was instrumental in forming. She recommends that members contact PMA to learn more about participating in these activities.
Zierick is a strong supporter of the PMA Educational Foundation (PMAEF) as well, which offers the industry a powerful platform from which it meets the continuing and evolving educational needs of the industry. She credits the many supporters of the foundation that allow it to continue to serve the industry at such a high level. All of the services and products developed by PMAEF result from the generosity and support it receives from the industry it serves, she says.
Learn more about Ziericks goals during her term as chair by visiting www.metalformingmagazine.com and referencing the article written by editor Brad Kuvin that appeared in the November issue of MetalForming magazine.
Bob Clay, Pridgeon & Clay, and P.J. Thompson, Trans-Matic Mfg. Co., join Zierick with leadership roles on the board of directors. Clay will serve as first vice chair and Thompson as second vice chair and treasurer.

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