Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 84

Midwest

PTM Corporation

program that requires 8,000 hours of on-the-job experience, ranging from blueprint reading and shop math
to machining, die build, safety and quality. In addition,
students must complete 2,000 hours of online education
training and pass a test. This comes to about five online
hours per week, paid for by PTM.
"During the apprenticeship, they are paid and receive
gradual raises," Russell-Kuhr says. "After they graduate
and go full-time, they can make $22 per hour. The great
thing about our programs is there is zero debt for our associates in getting their education."
The company also reimburses students for tuition
each year as they progress throughout the apprenticeship. The program was created through the joint efforts
of Jim Boelstler and John Tucker. Boelstler is a tooling
sales engineer at Modified Technologies (acquired by
PTM) and Tucker is the director of human resources for
PTM and Modified Technologies.
The program is open to high school graduates, PTM
employees and interested parties outside the company.

Before being accepted, the applicant must take a test that
involves hypothetical scenarios and math and reasoning
questions to determine whether the candidate is a good
match for the job. That's followed by an extensive interview process.

"i think another thing that sets us
apart is our culture. we care for
each other and help each other
when the chips are down and we
celebrate our wins. we're a family."
The program developed out of a need for skilled labor
in the manufacturing industry. "We are facing a lack of
skilled labor," Russell-Kuhr says. "It's not just in my industry. We need plumbers, HVAC crews and builders. We
need to bring people in and set a career path for them. So
I think what we're doing is pretty exciting."

New Beginnings
PTM celebrated its 45th anniversary last year. Founded
in 1972 by Charles "Charlie" T. Russell, who passed away
in 2016, the company is still family-owned and operated.
Russell handed over the reins to his four daughters - Russell-Kuhr, Bonita Russell-Hess, Gina Russell and Dannielle Russell. The daughters share ownership.
Charlie Russell grew up on a farm with seven siblings
in Bentley, Miss., where they worked as farmers. At 20
years old, he left Mississippi and traveled to Chicago to
pursue a career in the automotive industry. City life was
an adjustment for him but he soon found a job as a tooland-die maker.
In the mid-1960s, Charlie moved to Detroit and later established PTM. Today, PTM has more than 300
associates and 300,000 square feet of manufacturing
space. PTM continues to operate with Charlie's vision
in mind: to bring about new and exciting opportunities
and innovations.
"I think another thing that sets us apart is our culture,"
Russell-Kuhr says. "We care for each other and help each
other when the chips are down and we celebrate our
wins. We're a family."
The company prides itself on its expertise and experience from detailed part design, prototypes and tool build
to high-volume production. PTM ships more than 100 million metal stampings for its clients on an annual basis. mt
84

manufacturing-today.com VOLUME 18, ISSUE 2


http://www.unlimitedqsa.com/ http://www.manufacturing-today.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2

Contents
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - Cover1
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - Cover2
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 1
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - Contents
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 3
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 4
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 5
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 6
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 7
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 8
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 9
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 10
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 11
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 12
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 13
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 14
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 15
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 16
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 17
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 18
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 19
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 20
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 21
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 22
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 23
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 24
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 25
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 26
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 27
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 28
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 29
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 30
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 31
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 32
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 33
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 34
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 35
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 36
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 37
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 38
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 39
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 40
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 41
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 42
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 43
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 44
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 45
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 46
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 47
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 48
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 49
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 50
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 51
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 52
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 53
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 54
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 55
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 56
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 57
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 58
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 59
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 60
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 61
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 62
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 63
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 64
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 65
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 66
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 67
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 68
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 69
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 70
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 71
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 72
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 73
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 74
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 75
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 76
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 77
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 78
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 79
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 80
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 81
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 82
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 83
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 84
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 85
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 86
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 87
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 88
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 89
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 90
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 91
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 92
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 93
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 94
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 95
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 96
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 97
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 98
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 99
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 100
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 101
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 102
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 103
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 104
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 105
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 106
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 107
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 108
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 109
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 110
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 111
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - 112
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - Cover3
Manufacturing Today - Volume 18, Issue 2 - Cover4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_6
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_6b
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_6a
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_5
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_5b
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_5a
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_4a
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_3
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_3a
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_2A
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_1
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_1a
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol18_6
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol18_5
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol18_4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol18_3
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol18_2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol18_1
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20171112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_201709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_201709_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_201708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_201707
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20170506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20170304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20170102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20161112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20160910v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20160910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20160708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20160506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20160304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20160102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20151112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20141112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2013fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2013summer_vol2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2013summer_vol1
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2013spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2012winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2012fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2012summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2012spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2011winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2011fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2011summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2011springsummer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2011spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2011winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2010fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2010summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2010spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/schofield/mt_2010winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/schofield/mt_2009fall
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com