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MetalForming LIVE 2024: Recruit, Retain, Train Recap

January 22, 2024

With an estimated 616,000 manufacturing job openings unfilled, effective workforce development is more critical than ever.

Finding and attracting new talent, providing role-specific training, and keeping newly hired employees has emerged as critical to achieving production goals.

In this MetalForming Live session, senior editor Kate Bachman explores winning workforce-development strategies with company CEOs Donna Kuhr, Steve Peplin and Lance Thrailkill. These executives from, respectively, PTM Corp., Talan Products and All Metals Fabricating, will share what has worked for them and their companies. In addition, PMA’s workforce development director Connie King and workforce development manager Mary Pramik will explain how PMA’s programs can boost manufacturers’ efforts and turn struggles into success.


  • Connie King, Workforce Development Director, Precision Metalforming Association
  • Donna Kuhr, CEO and Co-Owner, PTM Corporation
  • Steve Peplin, CEO, Talan Products Inc.
  • Mary Pramik, Workforce Development Manager, Precision Metalforming Associations
  • Lance Thrailkill, CEO, All Metals Fabricating


  • Intertek Alchemy
  • PTM Corporation

Technologies: Management


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