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Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association Joins MHIA

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) announces the formation of the Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA). ProGMA will join the 18 other Industry Groups operating under the umbrella of MHIA. ProGMA members are the Industry’s leading suppliers of fixed protective guarding products designed to protect personnel, equipment, and inventory in industrial facilities.

Protective Guarding items range from fixed objects installed around articulating equipment, machinery, or material storage areas such as safety fence, netting, guard rail, and bollards to specialized switches designed to stop machine operation as well as safeguarding through visual or auditory aids. They are used in manufacturing, distribution and other industrial facilities to protect personnel, equipment, and inventory from workplace hazards.
ProGMA will work to enhance workplace safety by increasing awareness and developing standards for design and performance of protective guarding products.“ProGMA will provide end users with easy access to leading manufacturers of protective guarding products helping them find effective solutions for their operations,” says Ray Niemeyer, Educational Services Director and ProGMA Managing Executive.

According to ProGMA Chairman, Eddie Murphy of SpaceGuard Products, Inc., "the positioning of the protective guarding industry as an Industry Group within MHIA presents substantial benefit to MHIA and ProGMA members." ProGMA Vice Chairman, Steve Diebold, President of WireCrafters LLC, added that “the extensive reach and educational resources of MHIA is invaluable to building awareness and recognition of protective guarding products and the work and membership of ProGMA."

Inaugural members of ProGMA are:
Carron Net Company, Inc.
Mezzanine Safeti-Gates Inc.
Cherry's Industrial Equipment Corp.
SICK, Inc.
Damotech, Inc.
SpaceGuard Products, Inc.
InCord
Steel King Industries, Inc.
Industrial Netting
WireCrafters, LLC
Wireway Husky Corporation

To learn more about ProGMA, visit www.mhia.org/progma. MHIA is an international trade association that has represented the material handling & logistics industry since 1945. MHIA members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat and MODEX to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.

Contact: Ray Niemeyer, ProGMA Managing Director, Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) (704) 676-1190/800-345-1815 / rniemeyer@mhia.org

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