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Meadville Tribune: Tooling, machining companies shine spotlight on workers

NTMA featured in Meadville Tribune article.

Sunday, January 29, 2017
The Blue Collar Bash was a night of celebration for the area’s tooling and machining companies and their number one asset — the people working in the industry.
Saturday’s 11th annual event was sponsored by the northwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association, an industry trade group. The event is billed as a way to thank all the hardworking individuals in the trade, according to Tami Adams, executive director of the chapter.
Manufacturing is important to Crawford County since there is a heavier reliance on it here than in other parts of Pennsylvania and the country. About 22 percent of the jobs in the county are related to manufacturing, compared to 10 percent for the state and 11 percent nationally. Many of the area’s tooling and machining shops are suppliers of tools, equipment and parts to major manufacturers.
About 450 people were on hand at the Italian Civic Club for a night of music by the Fabulous Booze Brothers Show Band and Revue of Pittsburgh and the opportunity to win prizes by both individuals and NTMA member firms of the local chapter.
Prizes were awarded to individuals based on years of service.
The local NTMA member firms in attendance were eligible for education dollars for their employees.
(Read more here.)