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February 25, 2014 - To help Industrial Career Pathway initiative founded by PTDA Foundation, 47 organizations and individuals have accepted the invitation to fund the Vanguard Campaign. These companies are taking a leading role in the movement to drive talented workers to key positions of sales and customer service in industrial distribution. Funding from Vanguard contributors helps ICP get in front of future workforce through participation at career fairs, job fairs, technical tradeshows, and social media channels.

PTDA Foundation Vanguard Campaign Raises $156,000 in Support of Finding Next Generation Employees

Power Transmission Distributors Association
230 W. Monroe St
Chicago, IL, 60606-4703

Press release date: February 14, 2014

Chicago, Ill.—The power transmission/motion control industry is a “hidden” industry. While the power transmission/motion control products manufactured and distributed are essential to keeping industry moving, those who will be the next generation of employee are unaware of the industry and the incredibly rewarding careers it provides. The Industrial Career Pathway® (ICP) initiative—founded and significantly funded by the PTDA Foundation—is taking major steps to change that. 

And to help, 47 organizations and individuals have accepted the invitation to fund the PTDA Foundation’s Vanguard Campaign, making contributions of nearly $156,000 to kick-off the 2014 Fund Drive. These organizations are “in the vanguard”—leading the fundraising charge. By contributing to the PTDA Foundation as part of the Vanguard Campaign, these companies are taking a leading role in the movement to drive talented workers to the key positions of sales and customer service in industrial distribution. Funding from Vanguard contributors helps ICP get in front of the industry’s future workforce through participation at career fairs, job fairs and technical tradeshows as well as through social media channels and the website at

“The extraordinary support we’ve received from the 2014 Vanguard contributions shows just how challenging it is for companies to recruit those employees who will replace our retirees.  With ICP, we are making face-to-face connections with the 16-34 year olds who will be our industries’ outstanding employees and future leaders,” said Barbara J. Ross, director of rotary seals at Garlock Sealing Technologies and president of the PTDA Foundation. “I give my sincere thanks to all 47 organizations and individuals for supporting the PTDA Foundation and its key initiative, Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP).”

Partner ($15,000+)
Harold C. Schott Foundation

Investor ($10,000 - $14,999)
BDI Americas

Stakeholder ($5,000 - $9,999)
Gates Corporation
The Timken Company

Benefactor ($2,500  - $4,999)
Altra Industrial Motion
Baldor Electric Company
Bearing Service Inc.
Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation
C&U Americas
Emerson Industrial Automation
Alan Haveson
Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation
Koyo Bearings North America LLC
Lafert North America
NTN Bearing Corp. of America
Oiles America Corp.
Timken Drives LLC
U.S. Motors/Nidec Motor Corporation
WEG Electric Corp.

Leadership ($1,000 - $2,499)
Air Hydro Power (NAHAD member)
AMI Bearings, Inc.
Daido Corporation
General Bearing Service Inc.
Hitachi Maxco Ltd.
IBT Industrial Solutions
Isostatic Industries
Master Power Transmission, Inc.
Midpoint Bearing
Regina USA Inc.
Rexnord Industries LLC
Standard Locknut LLC
The Rowland Company
Thomson Industries
W.C. DuComb Co., Inc.
Webster Industries, Inc.

Sponsor ($500 - $999)
Bando USA, Inc.
Bison Gear & Engineering Corp.
Brewer Machine & Gear Co.
Bunting Bearings, LLC
Daemar Inc.
Interstate Bearing Systems
Transply, Inc.

Colleague ($250 - $499)
The Ralphs-Pugh Company, Inc.
Ringball Corporation
Barbara J. Ross (in memory of Gordon Ross)
Tribby Warfield

Associate (up to $249)
Atlantic Fasteners

The PTDA Foundation Fund Drive is underway with a goal of raising $320,000 in 2014.  To join these Vanguard contributors, download a pledge form at

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. 

For more information or a complete list of donors, visit

Rick Navarro, ICP Marketing Manager
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