The Precision Metalforming Association 401(k) Retirement Plan Exchange is a Complete, Cost-effective, Turnkey Retirement Solution

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The Precision Metalforming Association has partnered with TAG & Transamerica to help employers spend more time running their business, not their retirement plan. TAG’s design handles administrative duties, reduces your risk, and is cost-effective.

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What it is

The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) 401(k) Retirement Plan Exchange® is powered by The TAG & Transamerica 401(k) Retirement Plan Exchange® platform. It is based on sound structural elements that have been developed over the last 20 years, reviewed, and successfully tested to accept fiduciary responsibilities specified by ERISA law and Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor regulations while striving to provide compliance assurance with those regulations in order to reduce fines and penalties.

5 Advantages WITH THE PMA 401(k) Retirement Plan Exchange®

5 Pooled Solution Advantages



A major DIFFERENTIATOR of the PMA 401(k) Retirement Plan Exchange® for you as a participating employer is the reduced administrative tasks you have to perform on your 401(K).



  • [3(38) Investment Manager Appointment]
  • 402(g) Limit Reporting
  • 404(a)(5) Notice Distribution
  • 404(c) Notice Distribution
  • 408(b)(2) Notice Distribution
  • Annual Discrimination &
    Coverage Testing
  • Annual Fee Negotiations
    With Vendors
  • Audit Completion Support
  • Audit Firm Hiring & Monitoring
  • Auto Enrollment Notice Distribution
  • Beneficiary Designation Form Maintenance
  • Beneficiary Determinations
  • Blackout Notice Distribution
  • Census Review
  • Corrective Distributions
  • Death Benefit Approval
  • Distribution Reporting
  • DOL and IRS Issue
    Resolution Assistance
  • Eligibility Calculations
  • Eligibility Notifications
  • Employer Contribution Monitoring
  • Plan Document Preparation
  • ERISA Bond Review
  • Error Correction Monitoring
  • Fiduciary Insurance
    Coverage Review
  • Force Out Processing
  • Form 5330 Preparation
  • Form 5500 Preparation,
    Signing, & Filing
  • Form 8955 Preparation,
    Signing, & Filing
  • Fund Change Notice Distribution
  • Hardship Withdrawal Approval
  • Loan Approval & Reporting
  • Loan Default Monitoring
  • Loan Policy Administration
  • Lost Earnings Calculations
  • Participant Enrollment Assistance
  • Payroll Aggregation
  • Payroll File Aggregation
  • Plan Design Review
  • Plan Document Preparation
    & Archiving
  • Plan Irregularity Notification
  • QDIA Notice Distribution
  • QDRO Determinations
    & Reporting
  • Quarterly Investment
    Review Meetings
  • Rate Change Monitoring
    & Reporting
  • Required Minimum Distributions
  • Safe Harbor Notice Distribution
  • SAR Production & Distribution
  • SMM Notice Distribution
  • SPD Production & Distribution
  • Spousal Consent Approvals
  • Termination Date Verification
    & Maintenance
  • Termination Withdrawal Approval
  • Trustee Duties
  • Review & Process Payroll Files
  • Vesting Verification & Tracking
  • Year End Data Collection
    & Review
  1. Monitor Service Providers
  2. Upload Payroll Files
  3. Year-End Data Collection

An employer who sponsors a retirement plan for their employees has overriding fiduciary responsibility for the plan. This solution allows the employer to outsource that responsibility to the highest degree allowed by law.



Department of Labor audits can be costly for your business!

The IRS penalty for late filing of a 5500-series return is $25 per day, up to a maximum of $15,000. The DOL penalty for late filing can run up to $1,100 per day, with no maximum.

The PMA 401(k) Retirement Plan Exchange® & TAG Resources, as named fiduciaries on your plan, will mitigate liability risk for you.


Removes Pressure

Takes pressure off your internal administrative resources and allows you to use those resources elsewhere

ERISA Support

Provides access to service providers with ERISA and investment expertise

Fiduciary Liability

TAG delivers fiduciary liability protection at the highest level.

Work with Investment Professionals

Outsources investment selection responsibility to investment professionals

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Retirement plan providers are currently struggling to deal with pooled structures. Many are enthusiastically working with pooled plans, such as PEP’s, for the first time. TAG Resources and Transamerica have been the innovators in pooled structures for over 20 years. TAG’s experience has helped them understand how to structure the plan to get the best savings and protection available to you. 

TAG & Transamerica have a proven track record of working together to understand employers’ needs and effectively meeting those needs.

Additionally, retirement plans carry significant fiduciary liability and government compliance exposure for employers. The PMA 401(k) Retirement Plan Exchange® outsources the liability and compliance to TAG Resources to the highest extent. While most retirement plans do not offer this level of fiduciary and compliance assistance, TAG works as your retirement department by becoming a Signatory Named Fiduciary on your retirement plan.


Driving Participant Success

The participant experience is designed to help people understand if their savings and investment strategy is in line with their retirement goals. It starts with enrollment and continues with personalized communications and financial education showing participants how they can improve their retirement readiness.

An easy-to-understand forecast generated by the underlying methodology provided by Morningstar. Using simple weather icons, it shows participants if their current investment strategy is likely to produce the income they’re seeking in retirement and offers steps to improve their chances of achieving their goals. Your Retirement Outlook is featured prominently on the participant website, mobile app, and quarterly statements.



Precision Metalforming Association

The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) is the full-service trade association representing the $137-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes. Its more than 850 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry.

Our mission is to shape the environment of the metalforming industry, leading innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability.

PMA is committed to the value of diversity in our own workplace and in our industry. We know that the future of the North American manufacturing sector depends on creating and maintaining an environment in which all people feel welcome, comfortable and safe. As one of the largest metalworking trade associations in the United States, we are committed to continuing to partner with our member companies and others to recruit, train and retain people of all backgrounds for manufacturing careers that help to propel North America forward.

Plan Administrator
Plan Administrator


TAG Resources is the Plan Administrator and a Named Fiduciary, as defined under ERISA sections 402(a), 3(16), and 3(21). It is our job to perform all functions necessary to keep your plan compliant.

As such, TAG Resources is responsible for the day-to-day operations of your plan. The functions we perform on your behalf include: the signing and filing of the Form 5500, QDRO determinations, service of legal process related to the plan, plan operations, participant claims and appeals, distributions, beneficiary determinations, including any related extensions to the plan.



Transamerica is an industry leading recordkeeper with over 20 years of experience with pooled arrangements. Their time-tested recordkeeping technology offers a proven infrastructure allowing for pooled arrangements, ensuring a plan will be administered successfully and accurately for the plan participant’s transition to retirement.



Fiduciary Plus is a named fiduciary to the plan, responsible for the investment selection, monitoring and ongoing due diligence of the funds in the investment menu in accordance with the Investment Policy Statement (IPS) for the Plan. RPA Financial helps business owners and plan committees manage fiduciary liability by accepting responsibility for investment decisions as an ERISA defined 3(38) discretionary investment manager and also offers clients cost analysis with annual fee benchmarking, plan governance educational webinars, and a fiduciary vault to support storage of vital documentation. RPA Financial as the 3(38) Investment Manager has over $12.6 billion in assets under advisement as of December 31, 2018.


The Principal Financial Group

N. Lee Bissmeyer

Principal Financial Group® Principal Securities, Inc
Financial Professional

Offering a retirement plan and selecting the providers to run the plan is a fiduciary decision. The financial professionals who offer access to the Exchange know the complexity and liability of running a retirement plan. Financial professionals use the Exchange as a means to assist you in reducing plan administrative duties and risks at a cost that is competitive.   

In addition, working with a Financial Professional offer services that help increase participation, help with enrollment meetings and education, provide regular plan reviews, and suggest potential plan enhancements. 

Financial Professionals understand that “life happens”. You want to be ready for what comes next in your life.  Whether you’re close to retirement or just starting out, we can help with a financial review that’s tailored to fit your needs right now and going forward.  Our dedicated Financial Professionals are located in your area and will meet with you face to face where your business and employees need them the most. 

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Your Retirement Outlook:  Important: The projections or other information generated by the engine (which produces Your Retirement Outlook®) regarding the likelihood of various investment outcomes are hypothetical, do not reflect actual investment results, and are not guarantees of future results. Results derived from the tool may vary with each use and over time.

The Retirement Plan Exchange® plan solution is not a multiple employer plan (MEP). Unlike a MEP, certain plan qualification and ERISA requirements are applied at the individual plan level. An employer participating in the plan retains certain fiduciary responsibilities, including responsibility for retaining and monitoring the 3(16) plan administrator, for determining the reasonableness of its fees, and for periodically reviewing the plan as a whole. Transamerica does not act as a 3(16) plan fiduciary.

Securities offered through Transamerica Investors Securities Corporation (TISC), member FINRA, 440 Mamaroneck Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528.

The Pyramid logo, Retirement Plan Exchange®, OnTrack®, Your Retirement Outlook® and Brighten Your Outlook® are registered service marks of Transamerica. All companies identified are separate and unaffiliated organizations.

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