Tooling Council


The Tooling Council provides tool maker CEOs the opportunity to discuss best practices and address issues that affect the value chain. Members work together to address many industry issues and use the OESA/HRI Tooling Barometer to better understand the unique operational issues of the tooling community.


Recent Areas of Focus

  • Workforce development
  • Procurement practices
  • Cost estimating
  • Supplier audits
  • Supply chain risk
  • Material availability
  • Capacity constraints

Membership is open to companies that manufacture molds, tools, dies and/or gauges and fixtures in North America, as well as firms exclusively serving the tooling industry. Members should be focused on automotive business. Members should be independent tool shops, or, in the case of a captive shop, have significant outside business (i.e. multiple customers). Members would assign a regular member and an alternate member to the forum. Titles might be CEO, president, CFO, GM, VP – each individual should have a a strategic company role and decision-making authority. Annual membership is $1,000 for OESA, APMA, CTMA or PMA member companies or $1,500 for non-member companies.


2020 Meeting Dates

  • March 26
  • June 25
  • October 1
  • 4th Quarter (HRI Tooling Update Conference)


The Tooling Council is facilitated by David Johnson, Senior Director, Events and Member Programs, OESA.

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