anchor1Want to Reach Potential Employees and Have Some Fun?


career fairSign up to be an ICP Ambassador! As an ICP Ambassador you'll be involved in your community spreading the word about the incredibly rewarding careers in the industry. You'll meet your new employees at career fairs, military job fairs, during company tours and while making classroom presentations. There may be some nervousness prior to the event, but everyone who has been involved has come back with the comment, "I had so much fun!"


Don't believe me?  We received this response from Jody Root, North Plains District Manager, BDI, who gave a high school class a tour of the BDI St. Paul branch.


"It was fun, but the time passed way too quickly.  People would probably say that I can talk a dog off of a meat truck, and there was so much more I could have covered regarding industrial distribution jobs and all that they entail, but we only had an hour."


Getting involved and talking with younger people is a great way to start building your database of potential job candidates.  It will benefit you and your company.  Join the fun!  Get involved! Volunteer to become an ICP Ambassador!  Email Mary Jawgiel at and she'll be happy to sign you up.   



anchor2Have You Had an Ambassador Experience? 


ICP has just under 60 designated Ambassadors but we know there are really many more out there.  An ICP Ambassador is someone who helps spread the word about the incredibly rewarding careers available in the field of industrial distribution.

Ambassadors reach out to the next generation of industrial distributors, the 18-34 year-olds who will carry the industry forward. They answer questions like "How much do you make?", "What do you do all day?", and "How did you get started in industrial distribution?"

We'd like to know what you've been doing to secure the next generation workforce, even if you are not an official ICP Ambassador. Email Mary Jawgiel at and we'll publicize your involvement in our next issue of Pathway. 



anchor3Know a Trailblazing Woman in the Industry?


The PTDA Foundation has established an award to honor the memory of Wendy B. Mc Donald, a true pioneer of the power transmission/motion control industry.


Wendy B. McDonald, known as "Mrs. Mac," served over 50 years as a leader in her family-owned international industrial distribution company, BC Bearings Engineers Limited. Motion Industries, Inc. purchased the company's North American bearing and power transmission assets in a landmark 2010 acquisition.  A trailblazing woman business owner, Mrs. McDonald left many legacies through her long career in the industry.


Recognize a colleague by nominating her for the inaugural

Wendy B. McDonald Award.  When merited, the award will be presented annually during the PTDA Industry Summit. Nominations are now being accepted through May 31, 2014, and will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Nominees must be female and employed by a PTDA member company in any capacity. There are no criteria with respect to title, position in company or years of experience. 
  • Nominees must exemplify leadership and integrity in all business relationships.
  • Although all nominees are considered, those employed by Canadian companies or distributors receive extra consideration.

Download criteria and nomination form 




anchor4Telling Your Story With Pictures


ICP appreciates Apex Industrial Automation and especially president, Ryan Watts for letting us take photos of their industrial distribution facility.

The next generation of industrial workers are part of the Millennial generation and are very visually oriented. Showing them
Apex order countertrial distribution in pictures, is as they say "worth a thousand words."

Rick Navarro, ICP marketing & communications manager and Mary Jawgiel, ICP program director visited with Ryan and his staff at two Apex branches in early February and came away with some great photos and stories about how some of his younger employees got into industrial distribution. 

Check out more of the photos at on our website. Do you have videos or photos of what industrial distribution looks like?  If so, send them to ICP at   



anchor5Wanted: Military Vets to Tell Their Story


ICP is looking for young military veterans who are involved in industrial distribution to tell the story of how their military career helped them become industrial distributors.  Skills used in service to our country - leadership, teamwork, problem solving, etc. are also necessary in the field of industrial distribution. 

If you are a military veteran (or know a military veteran in industrial distribution) we want to hear your story.  What did you do in the military that prepared you for your current position?  How did you apply your military skills to your civilian job?  Why do you enjoy what you do?

We are interested in gathering videos of military veterans to show other vets that the skills they learned in the service can be directly translated to positions in industrial distribution.  Contact mjawgiel@ptda for further details.



anchor6Have an Entry Level Position to Fill?


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.  



anchor7Know a Millennial Who Wants to Get Involved?


The ICP Steering Committee is looking for someone under the age of 24 to participate in the Millennial Advisory Council.  The main work of the Millennial Advisory Council is to advise the ICP Steering Committee on how to best reach their peers, the Millennial audience.  This includes:

  • Participating in discussions with the ICP Steering Committee
  • Reviewing and recommending messages and strategies designed to appeal to 16-24 year olds

Potential Council members must be 16 to 24 years old with a technical aptitude, problem solving ability and a desire to work with people.  We're especially looking for high school or community/technical/vocational college students or those who are in or have recently completed a technical/vocational training program. 


They can be employed, currently unemployed and/or a veteran.  It is not a requirement that they be employed by an industrial distributor. However, if they are employed, the suggested positions they hold should be entry level and include areas such as warehouse, customer service, delivery, inventory, stocking and inside/counter sales.


If you know someone who fits these qualifications who would like to get involved with ICP, send their information to and we'll be happy to contact them.




anchor8Thank You to 2014 Contributors


ICP can only carry out its mission of raising awareness of the

incredibly rewarding careers  in industrial distribution with your support.  We are able to spread the message of the great career opportunities in industrial distribution because of the generous donations from companies like yours.  Below are those who made a contribution between January 1 and March 18, 2014. Pledge your contribution for 2014.


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

Motion Industries Inc & Motion Canada  

SKF, USA, Inc.  

Leadership Contributors: $1,000 - $2,499

Carlisle Transportation Products, Inc.
General Bearing Corporation
Nexen Group Inc.
RBI Bearing Inc. 

Sponsor Contributors:  $500 - $999 

Distribuidora Mexicana
Overly Hautz Motor Base Co.
Colleague Contributors:  $250 - $499 

Bearing & Transmission Supply (in memory of our founder Julia Zimmerman)
Erie Bearings Co.
Gorman-Rupp of Canada Limited
Rotor Clip Co., Inc. 

Associate Contributors:  Up to $249

Torque Drives, Inc.
Whittet-Higgins Company
Alan M. Haveson (in memory of Janie Savage) 









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



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