PTDA Foundation Campaign helps find next generation employees.

Press Release Summary:

Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP) initiative promotes awareness of power transmission/motion control industry as well as careers therein. To help, 63 organizations and individuals have funded PTDA Foundation's Vanguard Campaign; contributions totaling nearly $188,000 kicked off 2015 Fund Drive (currently in progress) that seeks to raise $345,000 in 2015. Funding helps ICP address future workforce at career/job fairs and technical tradeshows as well as via social media channels and website.

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PTDA Foundation Vanguard Campaign Raises $188,000; Others Contributing In Support of Finding Next Generation Employees

Others Contributing In Support of Finding Next Generation Employees

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 Careers Pathway® (ICP) initiative—founded and significantly funded by the PTDA Foundation—is taking major steps to change that.

And to help, 63 organizations and individuals have funded the PTDA Foundation’s Vanguard Campaign, making contributions of nearly $188,000 to kick-off the 2015 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 and other 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 PTDA Foundation’s 2015 Fund Drive is now in progress and other companies, trade associations and individuals are also contributing every day to support the effort.

“We’ve received extraordinary support from the 2015 Vanguard contributions—20 percent higher than last year. It is challenging for companies to recruit those employees who will replace the industry’s retirees. With the collective efforts of our member companies through ICP, we are making face-to-face connections with the 16-34 year olds who will be our field’s outstanding employees and future leaders,” said Barbara J. Ross, director of rotary seals at Garlock Sealing Technologies and president of the PTDA Foundation. “I encourage every company to support this initiative and I give my sincere thanks to all 63 organizations and individuals for their vanguard support of 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

Motion Industries & Motion Canada

Veyance Technologies, Inc.

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

Allied Bearing & Supply, Inc.

NSK Americas


The Timken Company

WEG Electric Corp.

Benefactor ($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

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

Can-Ross Environmental Services Ltd.

Climax Metal Products Company

Garlock Sealing Technologies

General Bearing Service, Inc.

Hitachi Maxco Ltd.

Houston Bearing & Supply Co., Inc.

IBT Industrial Solutions

Isostatic Industries Inc.

Midpoint Bearing

QA1 Precision Products (in memory of James Jordan)

Regina USA Inc.

Ringfeder Power Transmission USA

The Rowland Company

Schaeffler Group USA Inc. INA FAG Barden

Thomson Industries

Webster Industries, Inc.

Sponsor ($500 - $999)

A.R. Thomson Group

Bearing Headquarters Co.

Brewer Machine & Gear Co.

Daemar, Inc.

Linn Gear Company

Peer Chain Company

Rotator Products Limited

RotoPrecision, Inc.

Stafford Manufacturing Corp.

Transply, Inc.

Colleague ($250 - $499)

Gorman-Rupp of Canada Limited

ISC Companies, Inc.

Pamela Kan

Terry Knight

Lane Conveyors & Drives, Inc.

MPT Drives, Inc.

P.T. International Corp.

Power/mation Inc.

The Ralphs-Pugh Company, Inc.

Ringball Corporation

Barbara J. Ross (in memory of Gordon R. Ross)

Brian & Karen Short

Tribby Warfield

Associate (up to $249)

Maxi-Lift Inc.

Radicon USA

Torque Drives, Inc.

The PTDA Foundation Fund Drive is underway with a goal of raising $345,000 in 2015. To join these Vanguard contributors, download a pledge form at

The PTDA Foundation, whose work is funded 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® (ICP), 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


Ginger Wheeler, Director, Marketing & Communications


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