PMAEF—Proudly Honoring Pioneering Metalforming Companies

May 1, 2012

In this second in a series of articles highlighting Metalforming Pioneer Award winners, the PMA Educational Foundation (PMAEF) Board of Trustees proudly recognizes these three companies:

• Roll Forming Corp.,Shelbyville, KY

• Oberg Industries, Freeport, PA

• GR Spring & Stamping, Grand Rapids, MI

Pioneer Events

Webinar 1
Thursday, May 10, 11:00 a.m. EDT—McGregor Metalworking Companies, Oberg Industries and Roll Forming Corporation
Webinar 2
Tuesday, June 12, 11:00 a.m. EDT—E.J. Ajax & Sons, GR Spring & Stamping and Pridgeon and Clay
Tuesday, June 5, 12:30 p.m., Cleveland, OH—McGregor Metalworking Companies, Oberg Industries, and Roll Forming Corporation

For more information, please contact PMAEF executive director Dave Sansone:
Through a grant from The Hitachi Foundation, PMAEF has established this award to identify and develop case studies of employers in the metalforming industry that excel as successful businesses, through enhanced values, culture, policies, practices and investments. These are companies whose success fosters and is driven by skill enhancement and advancement opportunities for their production employees. As a result of these practices, these companies are creating paths to reach higher levels of business success, and to also increase the earnings and skills of their lower-wage employees. In collaboration with MetalForming magazine and in partnership with The Manufacturing Institute, we are telling the stories of these successful pioneer businesses.

Once again, the submissions received were evaluated by a Steering Committee made up of PMAEF officers and staff from The Manufacturing Institute. These three companies join the first-round selections featured in the December 2011 issue of MetalForming: E.J. Ajax and Sons, Minneapolis, MN; The McGregor Companies, Springfield, OH; and Pridgeon and Clay, Grand Rapids, MI.

The end result of this program will be to further the Hitachi Foundation’s mission.

“The Hitachi Foundation is uniquely focused on the roles of business in society,” says Barbara Dyer, CEO/ president, The Hitachi Foundation. “Our strategy is to promote employer practices that enhance business value while also boosting economic opportunities for lower-wealth Americans. PMAEF is an excellent partner for us and we are pleased to be a part of the Metalforming Pioneer Awards. The three companies in this second round of awards demonstrate how your sector’s leaders are providing great benefits to their employees and communities.”

I hope you enjoy reading about these companies in the following pages; they truly exemplify the principles of the Metalforming Pioneer Award. Their stories also will be told through other media outlets, including those of the Manufacturing Institute and Hitachi Foundation. The ultimate goal of this project is to foster direct engagement with other employers in the industry with similar values, culture, policies, practices and investments that strive to meet similar goals of good businesses and good places to work. To fully carry out this goal, you’re invited to a series of events featuring presentations from these companies. (See the box for details).

The next round of pioneer company identification is under.  Please contact me directly at to learn how you can be recognized.

Dave Sansone, PMAEF executive director

Industry-Related Terms: Roll Forming, Forming, Case
View Glossary of Metalforming Terms


See also: Lear Corporation, Oberg Industries, LLC, voestalpine Roll Forming Corporation

Technologies: Management


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