2017-2018 Message from the Chairman


Harry Eighmy is the chairman of the Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA) Board of Governors and chief operating officer at American Turned Products (ATP). ATP, with facilities in Erie and Fairview, Pennsylvania, specializes in producing high-volume precision machining components used in a vast array of industries, including automotive and off-highway equipment, fluid-power systems, major appliances, oil and gas construction equipment, and medical applications.

Dear MBA Members:

On behalf of the MBA Board of Governors, staff and fellow member companies, I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your 2017-2018 chairman. This has been an exciting time for the business community as we embrace a new Commander in Chief, a pro-business agenda and the still-hopeful repeal and replacement of ObamaCare. It also has been a transformative time in the Manufacturer & Business Association’s (MBA) 112-year history, with new leadership and new opportunities for growth.

First and foremost, I would like to personally thank Ralph Pontillo, who retired this year after a distinguished 30-year career at the Association. Thanks to his unwavering dedication and support, the Association, as we know it, is well-positioned for the future. It’s because of his leadership and vision that the MBA’s largest and most visible outreach program, Roar on the Shore®, Erie’s official bike week, has raised more than $880,000 for charity and injected approximately $220 million into the local community over the past 11 years. That is a tremendous accomplishment and one that the MBA is proud to support in the foreseeable future.

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