National Tooling and
NTMA is the national trade association representing the precision custom manufacturing industry, which employs more than 440,000 skilled workers in the United States. Its mission is to help members of the U.S. precision custom manufacturing industry achieve business success in a global economy through advocacy, advice, networking, information, programs and services.
NTMA’s 1400 member companies are privately owned, small manufacturing businesses that collectively generate sales in excess of $40 billion a year. These businesses design and manufacture special tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, gages, special machines and precision-machined parts. Some firms specialize in experimental research and development work.
NTMA recognizes the training and talent of members of the U.S. military and works to connect returning American service men and women with good jobs in the manufacturing sector. NTMA President Dave Tilstone is a member of the American Jobs for America’s Heroes (AJAH) Campaign Advisory Council and has been an unwavering advocate for the campaign, encouraging NTMA member companies to post jobs with the campaign and hire National Guard members, Reservists and veterans. NTMA member companies have shown a strong commitment to veterans and their families by hiring veterans whenever possible.
As a leader in its industry, NTMA has actively promoted the AJAH campaign on the NTMA website, in its newsletters, and on social media. It has also offered employers opportunities to gain special insight into effective techniques to recruit and hire service members by promoting a webinar to its members that was produced by AJAH on military hiring.
Going forward, employment of veterans in the manufacturing sector is likely to increase as a result of NTMA’s participation in a national dialogue about the skills gap in manufacturing and the unique opportunities it may create for veterans. To that end, NTMA recently participated in a Newsmaker event at the National Press Club in Washington DC, alongside AJAH and other panelists to explore various aspects of the skills shortage and potential solutions from increasing educational opportunities to recruiting military veterans and members of the U.S. National Guard.
As part of the effort to address the lack of skilled workers in the manufacturing sector, NTMA is collaborating with employers, job training centers, educators, the armed forces and others to promote the hiring of veterans. AJAH is a key partner and a staunch supporter of this effort.