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NAM grant supports PTDA Industrial Career Pathway program

Chicago, IL -- The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) Foundation has been awarded a US$55,000 grant...


January 18, 2006
By MRO Magazine


Chicago, IL — The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) Foundation has been awarded a US$55,000 grant by The Manufacturing Institute, the research and education arm of the National Association of Manufacturers, based in Washington, DC. The grant will support a Foundation-led alliance to expand the organization’s Industry Career’s Pathway (ICP) initiative in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Foundation’s core initiative, the Industrial Careers Pathway, is being implemented in Canada and the United States. It is designed to recruit entry-level employees to the industrial distribution channel; develop programs to teach business, technical and distribution basics; and create affordable resources for current employee development.

Wire-Net — a not-for- profit economic development organization serving Cleveland’s manufacturing business leaders — is partnering with the PTDA Foundation in this community initiative, which is designed to increase the profitability of industrial distribution and manufacturing employers by connecting them with workforce development resources.

Through this grant, the PTDA Foundation-led alliance will:


– Improve industrial distribution training opportunities at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Cleveland, Ohio.
– Actively promote careers in the industrial distribution channel.
– Promote both workforce development and entry-level job placement for qualified workers in industrial distribution positions.
– Work with area employers to help identify their employment opportunities and encourage their use of retention and advancement tools.

“A broad representation of employers in the Cleveland area already have worked with Tri-C to create certificate and degree programs to prepare individuals for careers in industrial distribution,” said Ken Miko, PTDA Foundation trustee and vice-president of Cleveland-based distributor BDI. “We look forward to engaging even more distributors and manufacturers in the ICP initiative with the resources provided by The Manufacturing Institute and the involvement of the community’s public workforce system, community-based organizations, Wire-Net and other stakeholders.

Wire-Net, as a management partner to manufacturing business leaders, provides manufacturing improvement, workforce development, and industrial real estate development and planning services to Northeast Ohio Manufacturing companies. A not-for-profit, tax-exempt economic development organization, Wire-Net has a membership base of over 200 member companies throughout the region. For more information visit

The PTDA Foundation, whose work is funded solely by donations, was founded in 1982 to enhance knowledge, education, professionalism and productivity within the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry.

For more information or for a complete list of Pathway Alliance Partners, visit