Qualtek Manufacturing CEO Troy Roberts Elected Precision Metalforming Association Board Chairman

CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) elected Troy Roberts, CEO of Colorado Springs, CO-based Qualtek Manufacturing, as the 2019 chairman of the PMA Board of Directors during PMA’s recent annual meeting. Joining Roberts with a leadership role on the board is Troy Turnbull, president of Industrial Innovations, Inc. in Grandville, MI, who will serve as first vice chairman and treasurer.

Roberts, who will serve a one-year term, succeeds outgoing PMA Board Chair Dave Arndt, president and CEO of Springfield, OH-based Pentaflex, Inc.

“I’m honored to be elected board chairman and thank Dave Arndt for his outstanding leadership and accomplishments during his term as chair,” said Roberts.

Roberts said that as Chair he will focus on workforce development, and specifically better defining PMA’s role in this challenging landscape so that the association's array of services and advocacy efforts can better address this growing challenge.

“PMA’s new online learning management system, METALFORM EDU, allows the association to play a practical role in helping our members train their workers,” said Roberts. “I’m excited about this new online platform and I am speaking from experience: We are training our employees at Qualtek Manufacturing using METALFORM EDU’s online courses and we’ve had great success.”

“A related challenge for our member companies is changes in the automotive industry,” continued Roberts. “For many of our member companies, automotive is king. Yet, consumer tastes (SUV vs. cars) and generational shifts (car-sharing, autonomous driving and electrification, for example) will impact OEM sales, production volumes and the manufacture of component parts. This paradigm shift will present significant challenges and opportunities for our association members and to the entire metal forming industry. PMA must lead in providing the industry with information to help it understand and navigate these issues.”

“Moving forward, PMA membership, as represented by PMA’s board of directors, and PMA staff under new President David Klotz’s leadership, must define and create the roles it seeks to play in these important issues, effectively communicate these options to our membership, and then develop and implement a strategic plan that reflects the direction selected by membership.”

Learn more about Roberts’ goals during his term as chairman in the March 2019 issue of magazine.

PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $137-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes. Its nearly 800 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry. PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM Mexico tradeshows, and MetalForming and 3D Metal Printing magazines.

» Publication Date: 21/03/2019

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