CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) today announced that Roy Hardy has joined the organization as president, effective May 15, 2017. As president, Hardy will spearhead the association’s work including leading PMA’s 34-member staff; directing strategic planning, membership development and outreach; managing finances; and leading domestic and international advocacy efforts.
Hardy will take the helm at PMA after eight years as president of the Forging Industry Association (FIA). In this position, he represented some 200 member companies ranging in size from multi-billion-dollar, publicly traded corporations to small, privately held forging shops.
“We are thrilled to welcome Roy to PMA,” said PMA 2017 Chairman of the Board Dave Arndt. “He has a proven track record of leadership and a wealth of industry knowledge that will be a tremendous asset to PMA members, our staff and our board. Roy will build on recent years of solid growth and will lead PMA’s continued growth at this critical time for U.S. manufacturing.”
Hardy brings decades of experience to his new role. Prior to his tenure at FIA, he held several positions in industry groups as well as manufacturing companies. Specifically, he owned Spinworks LLC in Erie, PA, where he also served as vice president of sales. He is a metallurgist with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Cincinnati; Hardy also holds an MBA from Cleveland State University.
“I look forward to beginning a new chapter with PMA,” said Hardy. “PMA has a sterling reputation for thought leadership and advocacy among industry trade associations. I know that PMA members are on the cutting edge of innovation in our industry and I am excited to work with them and the excellent association staff to continue that trajectory of success.”
Hardy succeeds Bill Gaskin, who is retiring at the end of the month after 40 years with the PMA staff, including the last 17 years as president.
“Bill Gaskin leaves an unparalleled legacy of 40 years of service to PMA and the metalforming industry,” said Arndt. “The board, members and staff thank Bill for his leadership, and we know that Roy will continue to build on the tremendous work done by Bill.”
PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $137-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes. Its nearly 900 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry. PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM Mexico tradeshows, and MetalForming, Fabricating Product News and 3D Metal Printing magazines.