PMPA Member Paul Huber Named President Of NIMS Board Of Directors

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has selected Paul Huber as the president of its board of directors.

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has selected Paul Huber as the president of its board of directors. Mr. Huber was formally installed as president at the organization’s board meeting in Washington, D.C. on May 26, 2005. He succeeded outgoing Board President Bobby Veach.

Mr. Huber is chief executive officer of Industrial Precision Components Corporation (IPCC) of Bridgeport, Connecticut. He also serves on
the board of directors of the PMPA Education Foundation and was an officer for the PMPA Naugatuck Valley district.

"To be appointed president of the NIMS board of directors was not only a great honor, but an even
bigger surprise," Mr. Huber says. "It was also a validation of my efforts on behalf of all PMPA members."

More than 15 years ago, Mr. Huber realized that the industry was
facing a major shortage of skilled metal workers. He also learned
that there was very little funding
available in his state to hire
first-class instructors and to purchase
up-to-date equipment.

"After doing some research on NIMS, I offered my services to the PMPA staff training director who was on the NIMS board at that time," Mr. Huber says.

That was in 1997 when Mr. Huber was elected to the NIMS board. In 2001, he was instrumental in having the Society of Mechanical Engineers (SME) participate in NIMS
programs. That helped expand NIMS’s level of accreditation. As
a result, Mr. Huber was asked to
chair the NIMS Credentialing and Certification Committee.

NIMS is a nonprofit organization committed to the development of a globally competitive, American workforce. The organization consists of metalworking trade associations (including PMPA), national labor organizations, a council of state
governors
, metalworking companies and educators.

In its support of the development of a skilled workforce, NIMS assists the industry by developing and maintaining skill standards; certification of individual skills; accreditation of training programs; and the implementation of the standards and certifications with metalworking companies, as well as training and educational institutions.

For more information on NIMS, visit: www.nims-skills.org. For
more information on the PMPA Education Foundation, visit
www.pmpa-foundation.org.