MRO Magazine

PEM celebrates 30 years of change

During the past 30 years, PEM Plant Engineering and Maintenance magazine has evolved and kept pace with industry growth. The publication’s initial spirit, however, is the same today. We’re dedicated to making PEM the magazine you turn to first for trusted information.


July 10, 2007
By PEM Magazine
PEM’s roots can be traced to 1977 with the launch of Industrial
Management magazine. We then introduced a publication called
Maintenance Management the following year. Industrial Management was
published for senior management in Canadian manufacturing and
Maintenance Management for facility managers.

Over time, a change in publication names and market direction led to
the creation of PEM. The magazine’s editorial mandate was to raise the
bar for maintenance and other plant professionals. Longtime editorial
contributors Wilfred List and David Berger were just some of the
familiar names back in PEM’s earliest days.
“In 1977, PEM was launched to satisfy the information needs of plant
engineering and maintenance professionals,” says George Clifford,
former president, Clifford/Elliot Ltd., and past PEM publisher.  “From
that point on, they made it their most important read. PEM was
fortunate to attract editors who responded to the challenge. It’s with
pleasure and pride that we see this work continued.”

Do we look different? You bet. With this issue, you’ll notice that PEM
has a new design. We hope you enjoy reading PEM’s 30th anniversary
issue. As Canada’s total reliability magazine, our goal is to review
three decades of industry change and important future trends that will
impact readers. Embracing the past enables us to build a better

“To mark PEM’s 30th anniversary in publishing, we’re proud to bring you
this special issue. PEM has had a very rich history, offering readers
with information vital to their day-to-day operations. And our editor
Robert Robertson continues in that tradition, as we take a look back
and ahead to the future of maintenance in Canada,” says PEM publisher
Frank Shoniker. “I hope you enjoy this-our 30th anniversary issue-and
we look forward to providing readers with more information in both
print and electronic formats.”
Here’s to our next 30 years!


Robert Robertson, Editor
PEMAC Allied Member