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The backbone of any association is the membership. PEMA® welcomes membership applications from companies that manufacture process equipment. Members enjoy many beneficial services, including exhibitor discounts. Read what members say about why they value their membership. Surveys are conducted at all meetings to evaluate services provided and to facilitate improvement.

If you are interested in PEMA membership, please contact Sue Denston, Executive Director (; 703-538-1796).

PEMA Membership Criteria:

"Process equipment" as referred to for membership in PEMA shall mean the equipment required when using physical or chemical methods for mechanical and/or thermal treatment or processing of a raw material or product. Included is equipment offered by a manufacturer who engineers and supplies systems and/or products related to and used in conjunction with primary process equipment systems. Excluded are manufacturers' representatives or distributors who package process equipment into process equipment systems.

During the member applicant review process, open-ended consideration is given to the manufacturer roles controlled and filled by the corporate entity applying for membership: Sell, assemble, transfer title/liability, provide after-sales service, stock parts, test, design systems, engineer applications, and specify standards. Of these functions controlled by the entity, not all of the aforementioned roles need to be performed in-house. PEMA meeting attendance by an applicant is required before the Board will be asked to review and vote on an application.

Examples of Process Equipment:

Primary examples of process equipment are agitators, mixers, the many types of crushing, grinding and screen equipment, vacuum and pressure filters, centrifuges, furnaces, kilns, dryers, sedimentation and classification devices. Included are all the principal equipment required for water conditioning, treatment of industrial and municipal wastes, metallurgical processing, pulp and paper production, food processing, production of petrochemicals and many other similar processing operations.

What do members receive from PEMA?

Senior level executive development within a discrete manufacturer sector – PEMA meetings feature top-notch speakers … Business alliance potentials ... Networking at two to three meetings per year … space discounts at the International Powder & Bulk Solids Show, Process Technology Expos … ListServ … Industry forecasting through PEMA quarterly statistics reports … biennial executive compensation survey … biennial key ratio operating survey ... opportunity to exhibit in PEMA member pavilions at international exhibitions … company marketing to potential customers via members’ listings on the PEMA web site … association newsletter … special-interest seminars.

"I am a PEMA member because PEMA membership benefits far exceed our investment of time and dollars. ... a fair portion of our Corporate success is on account of our membership in PEMA."
Tim Shuttleworth, President and CEO, Eriez

"PEMA provides me with an excellent opportunity to network and learn from my peers."
Dan French, Chairman & President, French Oil Mill Machinery Company

"As a growing privately held company, PEMA has offered our management team access to experience and information of a solid group of senior executives of successful capital equipment companies.  The networking, training and statistics are useful in managing our business daily."
Gary Drake, President, PHOENIX Process Equipment Co.

"PEMA membership provides an opportunity to receive current information on market and industry trends and to benchmark our company against others in the industry."
Kevin Bowen, President, K-Tron America

"PEMA is a most important resource, a deep well of market intelligence and high level administrative advice.  PEMA members have the business sense and personal maturity to enable a network of particular importance to members of the process equipment industry."
William S. English, Chairman, Sturtevant, Inc.

"The speakers at PEMA's programs are consistently high quality.  Informal discussions at meetings offer an excellent opportunity to learn from a group of peers who face similar challenges."
Brian Trudel, CEO, Carrier Vibrating Equipment, Inc.

"I have enjoyed and benefited from the insightful economic reports presented at meetings. Equally as valuable are the numberous reports from MAPI. And, of course, I look forward to and learn from networking with my PEMA colleagues during the association's meetings."
Lee Hoffman, Vice President and General Manager, FEECO International

"I initially joined PEMA to network and form alliances with counterparts in my industry. I quickly learned that PEMA provided that and more: A source for personal development, an early opportunity to learn about emerging trends and, access to some of the best minds in the processing industry."
Chuck Weilbrenner, President, PIAB USA

"PEMA membership has provided Salina Vortex an outstanding forum for networking and relationship building with our industry peers. I always look forward to the next meeting!"
Jeff Thompson, President and CEO, Salina Vortex

"PEMA connects industry peers. It is an extremely well-run organization and, as a result, gives us insight to how our industry is doing and major trends and pitfalls to avoid."
Jay Brown, President and CEO, Mac Process

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