Millennials: We Can’t Live Without Them

Nate's story is one that is being repeated in shops across the country, as efforts by our industry and trade associations, such as PMPA, begin to bear fruit by educating people like Nate about the career opportunities in manufacturing.

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Nate Ruhenkamp is a millennial making a difference in manufacturing.

A couple of months ago at a PMPA local chapter meeting, I met a young man named Nate Ruhenkamp. Nate is director of sales and marketing for a metalworking operation, Ashley Ward, in Mason, Ohio. He’s a millennial, and we had a great discussion about why and how he got into this business.

Actually, he reminded me of a much younger me. His story is one that is being repeated in shops across the country, as efforts by our industry and trade associations such as PMPA, begin to bear fruit by educating people like Nate about the career opportunities in manufacturing.

I asked Nate to contribute a guest column for PM in our July issue, and I think he did a great job. In the article, he says, “Unlike many other industries that only provide jobs, manufacturing provides careers.” Pretty good insight for a youngster.

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