Connecticut Tooling and Machining Association Celebrates it’s 80th Year

CTMA celebrates 80 years representing the Tooling and Machining Industry in Connecticut.

Connecticut Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA) celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2023. As one of the first of the 28 chapters of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), the organization represents the custom precision manufacturing industry, locally and nationally. Members of CTMA/NTMA design and manufacture special tools, dies, jibs, fixtures, gages, special machines, and precision machined parts.

Richard Moore from Moore Special Tool Co., in Bridgeport was instrumental in forming both the local and national associations in 1943. From its inception, the organization’s goals have been to represent its members and the industry in government relations. The organization’s focus during World War II was to convince the Federal Government not to draft tool and die makers as a lack of skilled labor could have had devastating effects on the war effort.  

“It’s been an honor to carry on the legacy and serve as the fourth President of CTMA (following Alfred E. Motzer, Frank W. Dworak Jr & Donald F. Zak) representing Hobson & Motzer, a founding member of our association. I started on the Board early in my career and found it invaluable to build relationships with great leaders in the industry. The camaraderie and sharing of ideas within our association on both the local and national level is unique”, said CTMA President, Bruce Dworak.

In addition to government advocacy, the objectives of the association are workforce development, information resources along with industry networking events thus expanding relationships with peers and colleagues, promoting growth, and most importantly securing the industry for future generations.

“Being an active member of CTMA and NTMA has been valuable to Sirois Tool and myself personally. Networking, locally and nationally, has provided connections to many companies that we’ve worked with over the years. We’ve also used many other resources provided by CTMA, NTMA and the Associate Member companies”, said Alan Ortner, President, Sirois Tool and 2023 Chairman, National Tooling & Machining Association.

CTMA will celebrate the milestone throughout the year with events focused on programs and events including their 30th annual golf outing July 14th at Tunxis Country Club in Farmington with additional events being added to the calendar for the fall and early winter.

For more information on CTMA to become a member or participate in upcoming events and programs, contact Executive Director, Cathy Savino or call 860-314-2101. You can also visit CTMA’s website at: