This month, we are celebrating the birthday and remembering the life of our founder, Charlie Russell. Charlie passed away in June 2016, but his legacy has continued to grow at PTM Corporation. We are honored to be a part of its continuation and to create a new beginning for the company!
Life and Legacy
Charles “Charlie” T. Russell was born on January 14, 1941, in humble origins in Bentley, Mississippi. He grew up on a farm with seven siblings and worked the fields every day. Even though he didn’t fancy himself an efficient cotton picker, Charlie believed he had the best childhood a kid could have. At 20 years old, he left Mississippi and traveled to Chicago to pursue a better career and help his parents financially. However, city life was definitely an adjustment for him; he had never seen a six-way intersection before. Charlie soon found a job as a tool-and-diemaker. Then, he moved to Detroit in the late 60’s and started his own company. He established PTM Corporation in 1972 with several other people. Today PTM has nearly 300 associates and 300,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
Charlie Russell loved life and had a very charitable spirit. He was always eager to find ways to help his community and people in general. He created quite a legacy in Fair Haven, and his four daughters are now working hard to preserve it. The four Russell daughters are all co-owners of PTM Corporation with Donna Russell-Kuhr as President & CEO.
PTM Corporation continues to bring about new and exciting opportunities and innovations that Charlie would be proud of. PTM purchased a 1000-ton production press line. The press will nearly double their tonnage capabilities and will be fully operational by early 2019. We are also very excited to offer larger capabilities to new and current customers. Although Charlie’s presence has been missed, Charlie’s daughters proudly continue growing the business with its third generation who proudly represent PTM’s future and the legacy Charlie started.
We are PTM and we’re excited about our future!
We honor Charlie Russell who was a great visionary and loving person.
January 14, 1941 – June 21, 2016
To learn more about Charlie Russell and the rich legacy he has left at PTM, please visit our video library.