BRADENTON, Fla.—ETCO Incorporated, through the success of three of its employees who have excelled in the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) program, was recently recognized by the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), Florida West Coast Chapter, as Employer of the Year 2017. ETCO, a manufacturer of custom precision metal stampings, wire termination parts, and molded products, said in a press release that the Employer of the Year Award is granted to companies with training programs that exemplify the high standards of NTMA, an organization that represents the precision custom manufacturing industry nationwide.

ETCO apprentices attend Pinellas Technical College (PTEC), which offers the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) program under the guidance of NTMA. The NIMS sets skills standards for the industry.

The three ETCO employees—Nathan Galla, Jon Galla, and Brandon Azures— have earned several NIMS certifications in their field of training. Nathan Galla is a moldmaker apprentice, and Jon Galla and Brandon Azures are toolmaker apprentices.

“We’re very proud of Nathan, Jon, and Brandon for their achievements,” said ETCO General Manager Ralph Jacques, in a statement. “ETCO provides employees opportunities to succeed within their fields of expertise. Receiving the Employer of the Year award is reflective of our commitment.”

ETCO’s investments in training, design, and quality have allowed the participants to grow in their respective fields. The company said that it plans to continue investing and developing talent as it strives to play “a leading role in the growth of American manufacturing.”

ETCO (, founded in 1947, is a privately owned company that manufactures precision stampings, as well as rubber and plastic molded products that are used in a range of industrial manufacturing.  Applications are reported to include automotive, appliance, aviation, medical, information technology hardware, networking, and many others. The company has factories and a research complex in Bradenton, Florida, and a factory and engineering center in Warwick, Rhode Island.

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