PTDA Contributors Show Commitment To Hiring Needs

With the anticipated retirement of more than 80 million Baby Boomers over the next 20 years and only 43 million younger workers in line to replace them

PTDA Foundation Vanguard Contributors Demonstrate Their Commitment to Building Awareness of Hiring Needs within Industrial Distribution Sector

Chicago, IL—With the anticipated retirement of more than 80 million Baby Boomers over the next 20 years and only 43 million younger workers in line to replace them, the time is fast approaching when recruiting talented individuals will once again be a serious challenge for every business. For the power transmission/motion control industry, the problem is even more profound as it endures a lack of recognition among young people as well as a well-publicized skills gap. The Industrial Career Pathway (ICP) initiative—founded and significantly funded by the PTDA Foundation—is taking major steps to ensure the workforce is aware of the satisfying and rewarding careers available in industrial distribution. 

And to help, 15 organizations stepped up by making contributions of more than $48,000 to fund the initiative’s activities in 2012.  These organizations are “in the vanguard” or leading the fundraising charge. By contributing to the PTDA Foundation as part of the Vanguard Campaign, they are taking a leading role in the movement to drive talented workers to the key positions of sales and customer service in industrial distribution. 

“The 2012 Vanguard contributions show us just how many companies understand the importance of reaching out, connecting with and preparing young people to become our industries’ outstanding employees and future leaders,” said Barbara J. Ross, vice president sales and marketing, Timken Drives LLC, and president of the PTDA Foundation. “I give my sincere thanks to all 15 organizations for supporting the PTDA Foundation and its key initiative – Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP).”

Investor Contributors ($10,000 or more)

Leadership Contributors ($1,000 - $2,499)

BDI Worldwide

AMI Bearings, Inc.


Climax Metal Products Company

Stakeholder Contributors ($5,000 - $9,999)

Hitachi Maxco Ltd.

NSK Americas

IBT, Inc.

Rexnord Industries, LLC

Koyo Corporation of USA


Lafert North America

The Timken Company



Colleague Contributors ($250 - $499)

Benefactor Contributors ($2,500 - $4,999)

Goodyear Engineered Products dba Veyance

Altra Industrial Motion

 Technologies, Inc.

Bearing Service Inc.


U.S. Motors/Nidec Motor Corporation


The Vanguard campaign kicks off the PTDA Foundation’s 2012 fund drive.

The PTDA Foundation, whose work is funded by solely by donations, was founded in 1982 to enhance knowledge, education, professionalism and productivity within the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry.  The Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation; contributions are tax deductible to the full amount allowed by law.

The Foundation’s core initiative, Industrial Careers Pathway, is a collaboration of industrial distribution associations working together to bring tomorrow’s North American employees to the industrial distribution channel, develop programs to teach business and distribution basics and create affordable resources for current employee development. 

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