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National Tooling and Machining Association Appoints Dean Bartles President


The National Tooling and Machining Association announced today the
appointment of Dean Bartles, PhD as its new President.

Bartles brings to NTMA almost four decades of experience in the
manufacturing sector, most recently as the Director of the John Olson
Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of New Hampshire.
Previously, he served as a President of the Society of Manufacturing
Engineers, President of the North American Research Institute, Founding
Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation
Institute and Founding Chairman of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership

Bartles also has extensive corporate experience and began his career
working at various major manufacturing companies. For 13 years, he was
Vice President and General Manager of the Ordnance and Tactical Systems
Division at General Dynamics, and earlier in his career held positions
at Primex Technologies, Olin Ordnance, General Defense Corporation and
Fairchild Republic Company.

"Dean Bartles brings to NTMA a deep understanding of our industry and
its importance to the economy," said NTMA Chairman Mark Vaughn. "NTMA
was established in part to help fill the manufacturing industry skills
gap by tapping talented people for careers in our industry, and Dean's
years of experience at both manufacturing associations and companies
gives him a unique perspective on this important issue. He is an
excellent leader to continue to strengthen our workforce development

"NTMA is composed of some of the most knowledgeable, experienced and
competitive companies in the manufacturing sector," said Bartles. "I'm
excited to join the association at this critical time for manufacturing.
There is no more important issue today than addressing the shortage of
skilled labor that our members and all manufacturers are experiencing.
I'm looking forward to growing NTMA-U, our fully online program of
courses developed for precision machining and related occupations, and
our new National Apprentice Program, NTMA's best-practices program that
offers webinars on technology and techniques. These programs can provide
critical tools for companies to attract and educate the next generation
of workers."

Bartles succeeds Dave Tilstone, who is retiring after serving as NTMA
president since 2010.

"The board, members and staff thank Dave Tilstone for his leadership,"
said Vaughn. "We know that Dean will continue to build on the tremendous
work done by Dave."

Bartles graduated from Shepherd College with a bachelor's degree in
business administration and holds an MBA from Shippensburg University
and a master's degree in international business from Tampa College. He
has also earned a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Nova
Southeastern University and a Ph. D. in Technology Management with a
concentration in advanced manufacturing systems from Indiana State

NTMA is the national representative of the custom precision
manufacturing industry in the United States.
NTMA's has 32
chapters throughout the U.S. and nearly 1,300 member companies that
design and manufacture special tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, gages,
special machines, and precision machined parts, representing more than
$30 billion in sales annually.
While many of NTMA members are
privately owned independent businesses, the products and services they
provide are vital to the nation's economy, serving industries from
aerospace to electronics to nuclear power.

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