PRMA Timeline

 

PRMA Timeline:

1928 PRMA was established before Operation Bootstrap and PRIDCO existed.
1930 PRMA celebrated its first Permanent Puerto Rico Products Exhibition in San Juan.
1931 PRMA officially incorporates with the Executive Council on June 26. The first members to incorporate were: N. Pasarell, Lupercio Colberg, J.A.E. Rodríguez, Angel M. Méndez, M. Rodríguez-Ema, and F. Krug.
1939 To promote economic development, the PRMA suggested creating the Industrial Development Corp. House Bill 598 was submitted by Miguel A. García Méndez, but it was never signed by Gov. Winship. Three years later, the Industrial Development Co. was created.
1952 The Mayagüez region is established. Two months later, the PRMA organizes all industries on the Island into autonomous local chapters.
1970’s Environmental and Health & Security committees formed.
1973 For the first time, the PRMA adopts a format that allows manufacturers to talk directly with different government representatives through a caucus.
1975 Position known as executive director changes to executive vice president
1976 Economic Assistance Program for Talented Students is created.
1978 Member Visiting Program is established. EcoNews is published for the first time.
1979 First Industrial Fair
1984 PRExpo is established. This open exhibition was held to familiarize the public with the variety, quality, and complexity of Puerto Rican products and manufacturing processes.
1987 The Faces of Progress Program was established to promote discussion and analysis of positive societal role models for students.
1987 The Adopt A School Program was established to foster a good working relationship between industries and schools to create a new school model.
1989 Manuel Luis del Valle was co-president of Give a Hand to Puerto Rico (“Dale la Mano a Puerto Rico”) to help victims of Hurricane Hugo.
1993 Industry Opens Its Doors (“Industria Abre sus Puertas”) is established. Students have the opportunity for a firsthand look at the manufacturing process.
1993 On March 7, the PRMA organized a rally called Section 936 Puerto Ricans Defend Their Jobs (“936 Puertorriqueños Defienden su Empleo”).
1993 Under the slogan “Búscame que estoy pegao” (Look At Me, I’m What’s Hot), the PRMA launched a campaign to promote sales of products made in Puerto Rico.
1994 During its annual meeting, the PRMA brought together four ex-governors, Luis A. Ferré, Roberto Sánchez Vilella, Carlos Romero Barceló, and Rafael Hernández Colón.
1996 On June 1, the PRMA advocated for Section 936 with a huge gathering at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.
1997 Colin Powell visited the Island for the first time through an invitation from the PRMA and PR 2000. PRMA establishes the World Class Speakers Program.
1999 The PRMA presented a 15-point economic proposal to all gubernatorial candidates, many of which were included in political party platforms.
1999 Henry Kissinger speaks to PRMA members as part of the World Class Speakers Program.
2000 Lucy Crespo becomes first woman president of the PRMA
2001 Steve Forbes, editor in Chief of Forbes Business magazine speaks to PRMA members as part of the World Class Speakers Program.
2003 Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett Packard speaks to PRMA members as part of the World Class Speakers Program.
2003 PRMA begins Speaker of the Month Program

PRMA launches INDUSTRIALES Magazine.

2004 PRMA holds the first Manufacturing Summit
2005 Kevin Sharer, CEO of Amgen speaks to PRMA members as part of the World Class Speakers Program.

PRMA moves to its new location at Centro Internacional de Mercadeo, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

2007 President Leonel Fernández speaks to PRMA members as part of the World Class Speakers Program.
2008 William J. Clinton and José María Aznar speak to PRMA members as part of the World Class Speakers Program.

PRMA works in alliance with government and the private sector to draft Act 73 of May 28, 2008, better known as “Ley de Incentivos Económicos para el Desarrollo de Puerto Rico”.

2009 Douglas McMillon, president & CEO of Wal-Mart International speaks to PRMA members as part of the World Class Speakers Program
2010 William Hawkins, president & CEO of Medtronic, Inc. and Al Gore speak to PRMA members as part of the World Class Speakers Program

PRMA changes its logo.

2011 Ian Carter, president Global Operations Hilton worldwide speaks to PRMA members as part of the World Class Speakers Program

PRMA in alliance with the Puerto Rico Statistics Institute and the sponsorship of Scotiabank launched the Puerto Rico Manufacturing – Purchasing Managers Index (PRM-PMI).

2012 PRMA presents 10 Tactics for Re-Energizing the Socio Economic Development of Puerto Rico