Thomas Pfingstler, Atlas Pressed Metals, DuBois, Pennsylvania, has been appointed president of the Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology (CPMT), succeeding Arthur (Bud) Jones, Symmco, Inc. A longtime member of APMI International and the Metal Powder Industries (MPIF) Standards Committee, Pfingstler received the MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award in 2019. He has a well-rounded understanding of the PM technology and unique view of part design, production, and business management, honed over his nearly 40-year career that includes management positions in various production, quality, engineering, and purchasing areas. He holds a bachelor of science degree in management from Clarion University.
The Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology, a recognized not-for-profit organization, was created in the early 1980's as an indirect result of a United States Department of Commerce effort to establish a series of "cooperative technology programs" involving several specific technologies. Each was selected by the government as being representative of "growth" technologies capable of enhancing the productivity of America's manufacturing community.