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About NBT

Through its manufacturing summer camps and scholarships, NBT is inspiring the next generation of manufacturers, inventors and entrepreneurs. This site contains information on the urgent need to engage young people in career preparation for well-paid, fulfilling jobs that require hands-on skills.


The mission of NBT is to engage, nurture and excite individuals of all ages in the pursuit of careers in manufacturing.


  • NBT will be the recognized resource for career development information programs, outreach, training, and services to facilitate a skilled manufacturing work force.
  • NBT will be the recognized voice for the general public awareness of the challenge and solutions for renewing the future manufacturing work force.
  • NBT will be a powerful fundraiser that is successful in developing and implementing its funding campaigns.

Core Values

  • Be involved
  • Youth are the future
  • Inspire people to work with their hands and minds
  • Respect for individual skills
  • Lifelong learning by doing
  • Empowering people of all ages to tinker
  • Pursuit of craftsmanship
  • Honing interest into ability

Annual Report and Quarterly Newsletters (PDFs)

Download the 2012 Annual Report

Download March 2013 Newsletter
Download September 2013 Newsletter
Download December 2013 Newsletter


Bryan Hawkins
NBT Chairman
Hawkeye Industries, Inc.
Tupelo, MS
Rory DeJohn
NBT Vice Chair
Senior Vice President
Turner Construction Co.
Anaheim, CA
Marcia Arndt
NBT Secretary/Treasurer

Dean, Manufacturing Technology
Moraine Park Technical College
West Bend, WI
Traci Tapani
NBT Imm. Past Chair
Wyoming Machine Inc.
Stacy, MN
Teresa Beach – Shelow
Superior Joining Technologies
Machesney Park, IL
David Brown
Affiliations Unlimited, Inc.
Irvine, CA
Wm. “Jeff” Jeffery
Evanston, IL
Warren Long
Defense Commodity Mgr., NPD
Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh, WI
Jack Pennuto Jr.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Formtek, Inc.
Warrensville Hts., OH
Ed Severson
District Manager
SB Specialty Metals
Minneapolis, MN
Edward Youdell
NBT President
Fabricators & Manufacturers
Association, Intl.
Rockford, IL