In October of 2014, the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) kicked off the Vanguard Campaign, a 2015 fund drive through its educational division, The Industrial Careers Pathway. As of March 1, the drive has already raised nearly $188,000 through contributions from various industrial distributors, including several companies on Industrial Distributon's 2014 Big 50 List.
The 2014 campaign raised $310,000, and 2015's is on pace to far surpass that mark. To date, 63 organizations and individual have made pledges to the fund drive, including industrial distributors large and small, and the manufacturers they support.
The funds go toward driving talented workers to the key positions of sales and customer service in industrial distribution.
As of March 1, ID Big 50 companies BDI, Motion Industries, and Kaman Industrial Technologies have each made contributions of at least $2,500. Listed below are the contribution levels of those organizations and individuals who have pledged at least $2,500.
Partner Contributor ($15,000+)
- Harold C. Schott Foundation
Investor Contributor ($10,000 - $14,999)
- BDI Americas
- Motion Industries & Motion Canada
- Veyance Technologies, Inc.
Stakeholder Contributors ($5,000 - $9,999)
- Allied Bearing & Supply, Inc.
- NSK Americas
- SKF USA, Inc.
- The Timken Company
- WEG Electric Corp.
Benefactor Contributors ($2,500 - $4,999)
- AMI Bearings, Inc.
- Baldor Electric Company
- Bearing Service, Inc.
- Bishop-Wisecarver Group
- C&U Americas
- Diamond Chain Company
- Alan M. Haveson
- ITW Polymers Adhesives, N.A. (Devcon)
- Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation
- Lafert North America
- Power Transmission Solutions
If your company would like to contribute to the campaign, information can be found here.