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History of the NTMA

The National Tooling and Machining Association is a trade organization representing the precision custom manufacturing industry throughout the United States. Organized in 1943, the Association is incorporated under the state laws of Ohio.

The Association functions in the basic manner of most national trade associations. Annually the Association elects four non-salaried officers from among its membership; i.e., a chairman, a vice chairman, a secretary and a treasurer. Principally, these officers are owners or top management personnel within member companies. None of these elected officers is active on a day-to-day basis in the Association; however, it is their function to provide basic direction and establishment of policies and priorities for the full-time salaried staff.

The Association’s President and Vice President/Chief Operations Officer, directs the daily activities of a salaried staff of approximately 15 employees. The bulk of this staff operates from the main office in Independence, Ohio. Three full-time employees are located in different areas of the United States where they maintain permanent residence. These employees are responsible for membership enrollment and liaison work.

The Association’s major sources of revenue are derived through membership dues and the sale of various publications (principally textbooks and training materials).

The Association’s elected Board of Trustees are responsible for all major policy decisions. There are currently 47 trustees, with each trustee representing a specific geographic segment of the membership. Each trustee is elected by the membership from that geographic area to serve as an elected representative. Current officers and the five immediate past Chairmen serve as ex-officio trustees. The Board meets formally two times per year at national meetings to review Association activities and to implement new policy decisions as required.

While the Board passes on major policy decisions, the recommendations resulting in such action are formulated by and emanate from the Association’s various teams. Each team has a specific purpose and goal and is composed of owners and key management people from the various member companies. Each of the teams meets in a formal session at the Association’s regularly scheduled national meetings. In addition, interim meetings are scheduled from time to time at the team leader’s direction.

Among the most important of these Association teams is the Executive Team, empowered to act on behalf of the Board of Trustees between the latter’s meetings or when a full Board meeting is not deemed practical. The Executive Team comprises the immediate past chairman of the Association, the president as well as the four current Association officers.

Today the Association’s members number approximately 1,300 precision customer manufacturers located throughout the United States.

From 1943 to 1964, the Association maintained its principal office in Cleveland, Ohio. During the latter year, the Association’s headquarters office was moved to leased quarters in NW Washington, DC. In 1971, a plot of land was acquired in Fort Washington, Maryland and construction began. The Association took occupancy of its new quarters on June 24, 1972 and a three-story addition to this building was completed in mid-1982. Then in 2008-2009, there was a unanimous vote from the NTMA Board of Trustees to sell the Fort Washington headquarters and relocate back to the Cleveland area. This decision was based on the plan to partner with the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) to form a jointly owned Association Management Company called MSI (Metalworking Services, Inc.) located in Independence, Ohio, to perform the back office duties for the Associations to better serve our members. NTMA’s strategic and member-centric operations will continue to be led by dedicated staff to ensure that your needs are met and that there is a clear and concise focus on supporting the precision manufacturing industry.