From Molded Dimensions’ CEO Linda Katz:
On Monday, May 8th, I became president of the Polyurethane Manufacturers Association. It is an honor to follow Maureen Stone as the second female PMA president and to follow Jay Meili and Mike Katz as the third PMA president from Molded Dimensions!
Starting in the early 1970’s, the PMA has grown to roughly 130 to 150 companies from the US, Canada, and around the world, all in the cast polyurethane industry, which is a tiny sliver – roughly 5% – of the total polyurethane industry. About two thirds of PMA member companies are urethane processors like Molded Dimensions, while the other third are suppliers of urethane materials, equipment, and other services.
The members of the PMA work together to strengthen, grow, and protect our industry by promoting innovation, sharing best practices, and ensuring that we are stewards of the chemicals we use. Our main event is a spring Annual Meeting that features, a keynote speaker, reports from PMA committees, technical papers, a failed parts competition, a supplier showcase, and lots of opportunities for networking.
I look forward to building on our strong organization by getting more people involved in the leadership of the PMA. Many hands make light work, and it is good for the organization to have lots of people take a turn in the leadership.
I will support our 2018 PMA Annual Meeting chairs in their just-emerging efforts to improve the meeting, possibly through gap analysis, adding educational value for processors (which ultimately helps suppliers), or adding more interactive activities.
Similarly we have a brand new advocacy committee to interface with government officials in Washington, as well as budding industry marketing activities in the member services committee, and I look forward to supporting both these new initiatives.
Surely the best outcome of being PMA president for two years will be the lasting and deep relationships that I build with industry peers. In addition to being a great pleasure, those tight binds will strengthen Molded Dimensions, and hopefully the entire cast urethane industry as well.