Congratulations to the Northwest PA NTMA Chapter on their recent anniversary!

The Northwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend as a member of the tooling trade organization. Leaders from the region’s tooling businesses first joined together in the 1960s to set a standard in training for toolmakers that would be recognized both statewide and nationally. Founding members of the Tooling Association of Erie included Joe Prischak, Ray Golubieski, Henry Snow and Anthony Sedziak. In 1965, the Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the NTMA was established and the chapter gained traction in the surrounding area. Within five years, C&J Industries and Actco Tool, both of Meadville, became active members. Both members are celebrating 46 and 45 years of service with the chapter, respectively. Additional active members celebrating more than 40 years of service with the local chapter include Talbar Inc., Pennsylvania Tool & Gages Inc., Bra-Vor Tool & Die Co, Starn Tool & Manufacturing Co., Micro Tool & Manufacturing Inc., Canto Tool Corp., Layke Tool & Manufacturing Inc., all of Meadville; Custom Tool & Design Inc. of Erie; and Aetna Machine Co. of Cochranton. In the 1960s, chapter members played an integral part in the formation of the machining program at the Crawford County Area Vocational Technical School, now known as the Crawford County Career and Technical Center. In the 1980s, chapter members helped form the National Institute for Flexible Manufacturing, now known as the Precision Manufacturing Institute. Over the years, the chapter has hosted three National Apprenticeship Contests for the NTMA and nine regional RoboBOTS school-age robot building competitions. Other notable projects by the chapter include The Source, an effort which advertised the collective talent and capacity of chapter members through trade shows and an on-line request-for-quotes and bid program; Top in the Shop, which promoted careers in the trade by featuring employees in local newspaper articles; and the development of an apprenticeship program template. Signature events of the chapter include the Blue Collar Bash saluting employees in the tooling trades; the annual RoboBOTS robot competition; and TECHFEST, which is a trade show that features the latest in technology.

According to Tami Adams, the Northwest PA NTMA Executive Director, the chapter’s 120-member companies recently celebrated their 50th anniversary at a Golden Gala celebration.