MRO Magazine

TRAINING & EDUCATION: New PTDA Foundation Vanguard campaign hits targets


January 25, 2010
By PEM Magazine

As 2009 drew to a close, the Chicago, Illinois-based Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) Foundation challenged the association’s members to lead the charge in linking young adults to career paths in industrial distribution by "being in the Vanguard." Eighteen employers rose to the occasion by making their 2010 PTDA Foundation contribution before the year ended, helping the PTDA Foundation to surpass its Vanguard goal and raise $51,350.

"The 2010 Vanguard contributions show us just how many companies understand the importance of reaching out, connecting with and preparing young people to become our outstanding employees and leaders," says Phyllis Russell, executive director of the PTDA Foundation. "I give my sincere thanks to all 18 companies for supporting the PTDA Foundation and its key initiative—Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP)."

Stakeholder Contributors ($5,000 – $9,999)
Emerson Industrial Automation
Motion Industries Inc.
NSK Corporation
Rexnord LLC
SKF Service Division
The Timken Company

Benefactor Contributors ($2,500 – $4,999)
Baldor Electric Company
Hitachi Maxco  Ltd.


Leadership Contributors ($1,000 – $2,499)
AMI Bearings, Inc.
Garlock Closure
HALO Auxiliary of HARDI
Jason Industrial Inc.

Sponsor Contributors ($500 – $99)
Posi Lock Puller Inc.
SEW-Eurodrive Co. of Canada Ltd.

Associate Contributors ($100 – $249)
Daemar  Inc.
Global Bear  Inc.
Power/mation  Inc.

The Vanguard campaign was a new initiative leading into 2010 to build upon the success of the 2009 fund drive.  Most notably in 2009, IDC-USA and its members and the ISA Foundation led the way with contributions of $10,000 or more. 

Along with the support of other Alliance Partners, distributors and manufacturing partners, these gifts funded a number of advances in the ICP program, including the redesigned and “Elements of Industrial Distribution,” a unique online curriculum on the industrial distribution business model.

The support in 2010 will help fund an overview of industry products and industrial applications, a resource kit to supplement “Elements of Industrial Distribution” and a data-based case to help spread the word about job opportunities in the sector to educators, media, foundations, local influencers, potential partners and government.

The Foundation’s core initiative, Industrial Careers Pathway, is a collaboration of industrial distribution associations working together 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. 

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

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