MFG NXT – New Millennial Manufacturers' Initiative


The Precision Metalforming Association is launching a new program to attract leaders to the manufacturing industry.

It's no question that the manufacturing industry is in major need of workers, and many organizations and companies are doing what they can to attract new people. Especially as one generation of workers heads into retirement, the industry understands the importance of attracting younger recruits. The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) is doing its part with its MFG NXT program. On Wednesday, June 29, the next generation of manufacturing leaders will gather in Independence, Ohio, for the launch of MFG NXT, an exciting recruitment and retention initiative sponsored by the PMA. MFG NXT is an ideas hub and support network for Millennials and Gen Xers who are quickly rising through the ranks of the manufacturing industry.

“We need to nurture a new generation of leaders to ensure that the manufacturing industry continues to keep growing, embracing new technologies, and adapting to a changing world,” says PMA President Bill Gaskin.  “MFG NXT is all about bringing together talented young manufacturing leaders who are committed to success in their companies and to the future of the U.S. manufacturing sector.”

The first MFG NXT event is scheduled for 11:30 am – 6:00 pm at the PMA headquarters in Independence.  Attendees will hear from leadership and generational workforce expert Linda L. Bluso, J.D., CEO & Founder of the Adaptive Knowledge Institute.  Bluso will provide critical insights and advice for creating a cohesive multi-generational workforce for your business.

In addition to Bluso’s keynote remarks, the MFG NXT Roundtable will feature a roundtable discussion of key issues affecting the next generation of manufacturers; a planning session for the next steps for MFG NXT; and, a craft beer-tasting reception sponsored by Fat Head’s Brewery.

MFG NXT is open to top young talent, high potential employees, and next-generation leaders who are looking for opportunities to network with peers and gain the knowledge and tools needed to grow and succeed in manufacturing.

Online registration is available on the PMA website.

PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $137-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming, and roll forming technologies, as well as other value-added processes. Its nearly 900 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials, and services to the industry. PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM Mexico tradeshows, and MetalForming, Fabricating Product News, and 3D Metal Printing magazines.

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