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PTDA Foundation raises $156,000 to help find next-generation employees

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Chicago, IL – Research by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) Foundation has shown that while the power transmission/motion control products are essential to keeping industry moving, those who will be the next generation of employees are unaware of the industry and the careers it provides. The Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) initiative - founded and significantly funded by the PTDA Foundation - is taking major steps to change that.

To help, 47 organizations and individuals have accepted the invitation to fund the PTDA Foundation’s Vanguard Campaign, making contributions of nearly $156,000 to kick off the 2014 Fund Drive.

The contributions will help drive talented workers to key positions of sales and customer service in industrial distribution. Funding from Vanguard contributors helps ICP get in front of the industry’s future workforce through participation at career fairs, job fairs and technical tradeshows as well as through social media channels and the website at http://www.idcareers.org.

“The extraordinary support we’ve received from the 2014 Vanguard contributions shows just how challenging it is for companies to recruit those employees who will replace our retirees,” said Barbara J. Ross, director of rotary seals at Garlock Sealing Technologies and president of the PTDA Foundation. “With ICP, we are making face-to-face connections with the 16- to 34-year-olds who will be our industries’ outstanding employees and future leaders.”

The list of contributors so far includes:

Partner ($15,000+)

Harold C. Schott Foundation

Investor ($10,000-$14,999)

BDI Americas

Stakeholder ($5,000-$9,999)

Gates Corporation

The Timken Company

Benefactor ($2,500-$4,999)

Altra Industrial Motion

Baldor Electric Company

Bearing Service Inc.

Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation

C&U Americas

Emerson Industrial Automation

Alan Haveson

Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation

Koyo Bearings North America LLC

Lafert North America

NTN Bearing Corp. of America

Oiles America Corp.

Timken Drives LLC

U.S. Motors/Nidec Motor Corporation

WEG Electric Corp.

Leadership ($1,000-$2,499)

Air Hydro Power (NAHAD member)

AMI Bearings, Inc.

Daido Corporation

General Bearing Service Inc.

Hitachi Maxco Ltd.

IBT Industrial Solutions

Isostatic Industries

Master Power Transmission, Inc.

Midpoint Bearing

Regina USA Inc.

Rexnord Industries LLC

Standard Locknut LLC

The Rowland Company

Thomson Industries

W.C. DuComb Co., Inc.

Webster Industries, Inc.

Sponsor ($500-$999)

Bando USA, Inc.

Bison Gear & Engineering Corp.

Brewer Machine & Gear Co.

Bunting Bearings, LLC

Daemar Inc.

Interstate Bearing Systems

Transply, Inc.

Colleague ($250-$499)

The Ralphs-Pugh Company Inc.

Ringball Corporation

Barbara J. Ross (in memory of Gordon Ross)

Tribby Warfield

Associate (up to $249)

Atlantic Fasteners

The PTDA Foundation Fund Drive is underway with a goal of raising $320,000 in 2014. To join these Vanguard contributors, download a pledge form at http://www.industrialcareerspathway.org/support.

The PTDA Foundation, whose work is funded by solely by donations, was founded in 1982 to enhance knowledge, education, professionalism and productivity within the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry. The Foundation’s core initiative, Industrial Careers Pathway, is a collaboration of several industrial distribution associations working together to bring tomorrow’s North American employees to the industrial distribution channel, develop programs to teach business and distribution basics and create affordable resources for current employee development.

For more information or a complete list of donors, visit http://www.industrialcareerspathway.org.

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