CTMA was one of the founding chapters of the NTMA, which was formed as the National Tool & Die Manufacturer’s Association in 1943. Richard F. Moore from the Moore Special Tool Co. in Bridgeport, CT was instrumental in forming both the local and national associations.  The NTDMA was founded with five main goals. First among them was to “represent its members and industry in relationships with government.” The main focus during World War II was to convince the federal government not to draft tool and die makers as a lack of skilled labor would have had a devastating effect on the war effort. Workforce development and government relations continue to be key objectives of the association today.