Mission & History

Mission

The Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association (PMA) is the leading voice for manufacturing in the commonwealth. With over a century of service to the manufacturing community, PMA continues to fight for our members in the effort to build a more competitive and prosperous Pennsylvania. PMA is committed to assisting companies meet the growing challenges of a global economy, seek a more highly skilled workforce, and address onerous regulatory and tax burdens. To this end we will fight for policies and programs that will grow manufacturing here in the commonwealth. The future of Pennsylvania is our business. 

 

History

For nearly a century, the hallmarks of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association have been consistency, integrity, and leadership in the representation of manufacturing and business interests in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Since its founding in 1909 by Bucks County industrialist Joseph R. Grundy to the 21st century under the leadership of Frederick W. Anton III, PMA has been a strong and consistent voice for business on matters ranging from economic freedom to the attraction of high-tech industries. Through wars, depressions, economic booms, and busts, PMA has been a steady and unyielding force in defending free enterprise against its adversaries.

The philosophy first expressed by Joseph R. Grundy at one of the Association’s early annual meetings still rings true today:

“We the members of the Association shall support any measure we think will promote industry and improve the conditions of the individual workers without endangering that first essential to their comfort and happiness—wages. We shall continue to emphasize the indubitable truth that if the source of wages be impoverished, the flow of wages will be diminished!”

Tradition of Leadership

William Howard Taft was President of the United States and Edwin Sydney Stuart was Governor of Pennsylvania when PMA was founded in October 1909.

Now in its tenth decade of service, PMA remains a political and legislative force in Harrisburg. Whether leading on an issue, creating or joining a coalition of like-minded organizations or standing alone on principle, PMA's voice is bound to be heard, and heard clearly, by legislative and political leaders in Harrisburg and around the state.

Those who have aligned themselves with PMA, or availed themselves of the organization's services over the years, have never been disappointed with the effort, professionalism and commitment of PMA's staff.