Gardner Business Media Organizes Manufacturing Cleaning Association

Group to address growing industry demand for stricter parts cleaning standards.


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Gardner Business Media (GBM) - the publisher of Additive Manufacturing - announces the formation of Manufacturing Cleaning Association (MCA) to assist manufacturers in addressing the increasingly strict industrial standards for parts and component cleanliness. Matt Gilmore, a marketing and operations manager at GBM, will lead the organization as the MCA executive director.

“With the rising importance of parts and component cleaning across industries, Gardner began planning the goals, strategies and structure for the new association several years ago,” Gilmore says. “We wanted to make sure it truly served the needs of the industries our publications and our trade event serve in a meaningful way.”

Initial planning for what has become the MCA began at the 2019 Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) where a prospective MCA member working group gathered. That meeting was followed by the structuring of the organization. Then, in September 2019, the MCA was officially established in the state of Ohio. In December, the MCA began signing founding members.

“Over the past five years, it has become clear that creating a community of cleaning industry professionals that can learn from each other, as well as establish and hold strict industrial standards that answer the question ‘how clean is clean?’ is in demand,” Gilmore added.

Gilmore has led the association’s board of directors and executive board in regular planning meetings since August 2020. Joining Gilmore in the initial board of directors are representatives of founding member companies.

Executive committee members include: president - Sherry Stepp, global marketing manager, Kyzen Corp.; 1st vice president - Jeff Beard, business development manager, BHC Inc.; 2nd vice president - Peter Feamster, product management director, Jomesa North America; treasurer - Michael Valenti, product manager – cleaners and nonferrous surface preparation, Hubbard Hall Inc.; and secretary - Lori Beckman, senior editor, Gardner Business Media

Other founding board members include: Jay Nawani, president,Jayco Cleaning Technologies; Markus Roessler, vice president, Glaeser Inc.; and Darren Williams, professor of physical chemistry, Sam Houston State University.

For information about membership, email Matt Gilmore at mgilmore@gardnerweb.com.