anchor1ICP Receives $210,000 Commitment from the Harold C. Schott Foundation


Through the efforts of the late Milton B. Schott, Jr., the PTDA Foundation has received the first installment of a three-year pledge of $210,000 from the Harold C. Schott Foundation. This $70,000 gift is designated to support the Industrial Careers Pathway program. This funding will assist ICP in its mission of building awareness of industrial distribution as an incredibly rewarding career choice.


PTDA Foundation President Barbara Ross, director, rotary seals, Garlock Sealing Technologies, notes, "This contribution will help ICP measure the awareness of industrial distribution and develop exciting new strategies to engage our target market of Millennials. This type of broad-based market research is something we've always dreamed of tackling, and now Milt's passion for the industry will make it possible and be part of his lasting legacy."


Kenneth Miko, 2014 PTDA President and director, strategic accounts at BDI, a long-time friend of Milt says, "Milt is smiling down on us with a grin as wide as the Mississippi River, knowing that ICP can now afford to implement the strategies and tactics needed to make sure we are sending the right message, using the right media, to the right audience. This is a major step in letting the younger generation know about the incredibly rewarding careers in industrial distribution, the field Milt so loved."


ICP expects this funding, combined with the ongoing pledges made by members of PTDA and other ICP Alliance Partners, will accelerate the pace at which we can move forward. Be a part of this important work with a contribution; complete and return the 2014 pledge form.


The ICP Steering Committee, composed of a member and staff from each of the four Alliance Partners, ASA, ISA Education Foundation, NAHAD and the PTDA Foundation, put together a funding request in July that was reviewed by the Harold C. Schott Foundation. New ICP initiatives which will now be developed include:

  • Web-based training for the ICP Ambassador Corps, to enable them to spread the word about industrial distribution at the local level.
  • Expanded involvement with national students' groups involved in the trades.
  • New tactics to create awareness of industrial distribution.
  • Resources to assist employers in establishing internships.


If you have any questions or would like to offer ideas on how to spread the word among the Millennial generation about the incredibly rewarding careers in industrial distribution, contact ICP Program Director Mary Jawgiel at +1.312.516.2100 or 




anchor2Thank You to 2014 Vanguard Contributors


ICP is only able to carry out its mission of raising awareness of the incredibly rewarding careers available in industrial distribution because of the generous donations from companies like yours. Vanguard donors are the companies that pledge or donate early to kick off the next year's fund drive. In military terms, the Vanguard is the force that leads the way into battle -- it is a position of distinguished honor. The PTDA Foundation would like to thank the 2014 Vanguard contributors.   


And, remember, it is not too late to pledge your contribution for 2014 so we can move forward with our mission to meet the need for a skilled industrial distribution workforce for today and tomorrow.  


Partner Contributors:  $15,000 +

Harold C. Schott Foundation    

Investor Contributors:  $10,000 - $14,999 

BDI Americas
Stakeholder Contributors: $5,000 - $9,999

Gates Corporation 

The Timken Company
Benefactor Contributors:  $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 Contributors:  $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 Contributors:  $500 - $999

Bando USA, Inc. 

Bison Gear & Engineering Corp.  

Brewer Machine & Gear Co. 

Bunting Bearings, LLC (in memory of Sandy Taylor, wife of Pat Taylor) 

Daemar Inc. 

Interstate Bearing Systems 

Transply, Inc. 

Colleague Contributors:  $250 - $499
The Ralphs-Pugh Company, Inc.
Ringball Corporation
Barbara J. Ross (in memory of Gordon Ross)
Tribby Warfield
Associate Contributors:  Up to $249
Atlantic Fasteners  



anchor3ICP Connects with Educators at the Association for Career and Technical Educators Meeting 


In addition to reaching out to our target market of 18-34 year-olds with  technical aptitudes and problem solving skills, ICP is also reaching out to their instructors, school counselors and administrators. PTDA Foundation Board Trustees Pamela Kan and Tribby Warfield along with ICP Program Director Mary Jawgiel attended the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) CareerTech Vision2013 meeting and exhibit on December 5-7 in Las Vegas, Nev.  This event was attended by over 4,000 individuals involved in technical education.


We made lots of contacts and have over 120 requests for ICP Ambassadors to attend local career fairs.  Some instructors are also looking for classroom presentations to students about industrial distribution.  There is a great amount of interest from educators in getting industrial distributors to tell their students about the field.  As we follow-up on these requests, we will be reaching out to local Ambassadors.  This is a great opportunity for your organization to develop leads on future job candidates by meeting face-to-face with them.



anchor4ICP Ambassadors Meet Future Employees at Local Career Fairs 


career fairOne of the most rewarding ways of telling young people about the incredibly rewarding careers available in industrial distribution is through face-to-face connections.  

ICP Ambassadors have been busy in 2013 hosting tours of manufacturing and distribution facilities, visiting classrooms and attending local career fairs. ICP staff and Ambassadors attended over half a dozen career events, meeting with hundreds of educators, students and transitioning veterans.  


Most recently, Bart Yost, vice president, The Rowland Company (Philadelphia, Penn.) attended  the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades Career Fair in Media, Penn.  Yost said, "I talked with students and faculty and made some connections that might be valuable in the future. And, I took the opportunity to do Rowland's first tweet about attending the career fair.  So, besides making some good contacts, we also used the event to launch our Twitter account."



anchor5You Can Too! Find Your Future Workforce


Simply attend a career fair at your local high school or community/vocational college.  It's a great way to visit one-on-one with potential candidates and build your recruitment pool.  Industrial Careers Pathway  has a How-to-Guide to help you prepare and get the most out of your attendance.  Questions, contact ICP at

ICP offers assistance to PTDA members that are willing to attend a career fair in their area  If you are interested in learning more about career fairs in your area, contact Mary Jawgiel, ICP Program Director at +1.312.516.2100 or mjawgiel@ptda.orgShe'll be happy to sign you up as an ICP Ambassador

as well.



anchor6ICP Job Board Offers Discount to PTDA Members


If you're looking for entry level employees, the place to start is the ICP Job Board.  The ICP Job Board is specific to industrial distribution.  Your posting won't get lost with those for accountants or IT openings. When you post your open position on the ICP Job Board,  ICP will also use social media sites to promote your job opening, giving you more exposure.  


And, you can choose how long you want to have the job posted - 30 or 60 days.  PTDA members save 25 percent on 30 day (regular $200, PTDA members pay $150) and 60 day ($300 - PTDA members pay $225) postings.  Just use coupon code PTDA2014 at checkout.  








Contact Mary Jawgiel, ICP Program Director, or call +1.312.516.2100.



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