The 2012 Frank T. McGinnis Merit Award, the Precision Machined Products Association’s (PMPA) highest award, had two recipients: Bob Coster of Nolte Precision Manufacturing Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, and Paul Huber of COMEX, Bridgeport, Conn. The award, first presented in 1943, was conferred upon recommendation of the executive committee and recognizes the recipients’ contributions and continued service for the benefit of the association and the industry above and beyond the duties of any appointed or elected association office.
Mr. Coster has been a dedicated PMPA member through the years, having served on several of the association’s committees, including the Management Update Committee, Training Committee, Human Resources Committee, Technical Program Committee, Membership Committee, and currently he’s serving on the Finance Committee. Mr. Coster is also a founding member of the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) Committee in 2001, He served two terms on the PMPA’s board of directors and has been through the officer chairs in the Southern Ohio/Southern Indiana Chapter.
Mr. Huber served through the officer chairs for the Naugatuck Valley Chapter from 1998 to 2001. He also served on the Skill Standards Committee in 1998, and has been a member of the PMPA Education Foundation Board since 2001. Mr. Huber is an active member of the advisory committee at local high schools and community colleges with machining technology programs, as well as an executive board member and past president for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills Inc. (NIMS), representing PMPA on the board since 1996. He is also a member of the Machinery Dealers National Association and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.