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Kloppenberg Finds its Niche
11 11 12 19 FabCast–Cash is King 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CDT FabCast–Roll Forming Basics 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CDT FabCast–Plate Cutting with Lasers 10 - 11:30 a.m. CDT FabCast–Finding and Measuring Waste and its Effects: The Value Stream Map 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CDT FabCast–Die Maintenance 10 a.m - 12:30 p.m. CDT Metal Matters: FMA’s 4th Annual Leadership Summit Carefree (Phoenix), Ariz.
Kloppenberg’s Accents in Water built this water feature for St. Mary’s Hospital in St. John, Ind.
1 FabCast–Protecting Your Company from the Impact of Customer Bankruptcy 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CDT World Class Rollforming Workshop Jefferson (Louisville, Ky.), Ind. FabCast–Practical Lean Enablers: Sustaining 5S 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CDT
Visit American hospitals, health care, and hospitality settings today where something soothing has been combined with something new: calming, cascading water on a mission—not just to beautify a space or provide better feng shui, but to actually help purify the air. While traditional water features present an attractive, aesthetic quality to any indoor space, ordinary water features can also promote breeding grounds for some microbes, including bacteria and fungi. Enter Accents in Water, just one of the company’s four distinct product lines that Kloppenberg, a custom metal fabricator and FMA Advantage member, has to offer. Kloppenberg has a 110,000-sq.-ft. production facility headquartered in Denver. The 67- year-old company is one of the country’s oldest stainless steel fabricators. George Kloppenberg re-opened his sheet metal fabrication plant in Denver shortly after World War II. Now, every product starts in its high-quality stainless steel metal fabrication division. The company prides itself as a completely ‘Made in America’ manufacturer who ensures the quality of its new, one-of-a-kind water features with a 25-year warranty and incomparable health benefits. “No longer is it an ongoing challenge to maintain functional water features sanitary conditions to meet strict health care requirements,” says Guy Bertelli, international sales manager. These hospital-approved water features by Accents in Water are the only patentpending anti-bacterial (Pathoban AG254™) re-circulating indoor water systems exclusively designed for being able to inhibit microbial growth during operations.
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The Accents in Water systems can entrain airborne particles and microbes, as well as inhibit microbial growth making them preferred by hospitals, health care facilities, restaurants, and other public business environments. “Bioaerosol tests and disinfection modeling conducted at the University of Colorado’s Civil Engineering Laboratories validated the ability of our water features to harvest pathogenic airborne bacteria and other particulate matter from indoor air which results in locally cleaner air,” says Company President Joe Kloppenberg. Has your company recently branched out and done something new and exciting like Kloppenberg’s Accents in Water? If so, FMA wants to hear about it. E-mail email@example.com with your company’s story.
St. Mary’s Hospital—Cafeteria View
IT Risks Business Owners Should Know About
By Byron Spencer
From more efficient recordkeeping to Web sites that bring the world to your door, technology has radically changed the way businesses are run. Unfortunately, many business owners have been slow to change the way they approach risk management, discounting potential threats. Today, virus contamination, unauthorized access to information, and other criminal trespasses are costing businesses billions of dollars each year. This new breed of misconduct threatens the privacy of customers, the efficiency of operations, and the financial stability of businesses everywhere. Most business owners assume they’re protected by security software and other internal controls. In reality, many of those safeguards are inadequate because they’re outdated, installed incorrectly, or bypassed easily by determined hackers. What follows are a few of the most common technology risks that every business owner should understand. Privacy. Customers trust your company with personal information that could, if compromised, lead to identity theft. Most client database and spreadsheet programs used by smaller businesses are vulnerable to attack because they operate in an open format— meaning nothing is done to disguise or protect the information. An investment in encryption hardware and software, as well as a properly installed and maintained firewall, can guard this information the way your customers would expect. Malware. There are thousands of varieties of malicious software, or malware, lurking in cyberspace. From viruses that cause computers to behave erratically; to Trojan horses that delete files; to spyware that collects personal information without your knowledge or consent; your computer system is exposed constantly to serious, external threats. Antivirus and anti-spyware software is readily available to fight hackers. The key is to keep the software updated once it’s downloaded, because hundreds of new viruses are unleashed each month. If you’re not taking the time to ensure your protection is current by downloading and installing available updates, your system is defenseless against newer and potentially more dangerous intruders. 2 Wireless networks. The cost, convenience, and flexibility of wireless networks have made them popular among small business owners. However, the airborne nature of these networks leaves them exposed to hackers both inside and outside the walls of your building. Sensitive information may be plucked from the airwaves, and intentionally static-jammed airwaves can shut down entire networks. If you must use a wireless network, don’t rely on the router’s default settings. Use hard-to-guess passwords at each access point. Adjust the signal strength and direction at each access point so that information is not being broadcast far beyond your walls. Sweep for rogue access points regularly, banning any unauthorized users. Employee theft. The greatest threat to confidential information may actually be on your payroll. Employees increasingly are pilfering everything from procedure manuals to customer lists and sensitive competitive data. Thanks to MP3 players and small storage devices, it’s become easier than ever to download information and sneak it off the premises. Tracking software is available to help you determine who is accessing certain files. The time to install such software—and notify employees of its use—is before you discover former employees are marketing competitive products and services to your client base. No matter how good your IT team may be, it may not be possible to eliminate all technology-related risks. In short, while IT risks may be complex, a few simple actions could enhance your protection and reduce your exposure, possibly saving you and your customers both money and heartache. Byron Spencer is president of Norman-Spencer Inc. He can be reached at 800-842-3653 or firstname.lastname@example.org n
The purpose of this article is to provide information, rather than advice or opinion. It is accurate to the best of the author’s knowledge as of the date of the publication. Accordingly, this article should not be viewed as a substitute for the guidance and recommendations of a retained professional.
Arm Yourself with the Facts About Hand Safety
Hand injuries can be especially traumatic, stripping away not only one’s ability to work, but the ability to perform activities of daily living. Dr. Greg Merrell is a surgeon at the Indiana Hand Center, the largest, free-standing hand surgery center in the country. The facility is also the nation’s leading training center for hand surgeons. Merrell shared his views on the primary causes of hand injuries, plus valuable tips to help employers and employees avoid them and their potentially devastating impact. Two Categories The two primary categories of workplace hand injuries are traumatic events and overuse or repetitive-motion injuries. According to Dr. Merrell, amputations and other serious injuries typically occur due to a lack of experience or training. He cited a recent patient, a young man who was assigned to work on a machine that stamps out truck mud flaps. The worker had been placed by a temporary agency; he had little training and little experience with the equipment. Fortunately, Dr. Merrell was able to re-attach the worker’s arm following a horrible accident. He concludes: “The company had no business putting him on that machine.” Current economic conditions may worsen the risk. Dr. Merrell explains that, “If and when things come back around,” employers may hire less experienced people to fill positions once held by more seasoned workers. In other cases, workers who will be retained may be assigned to tasks with which they are less familiar, thus increasing the chance for injury. Dr. Merrell is a self-described skeptic about the direct link between work and conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, whether on the production floor or in the office. He points to a number of studies that cast doubt on the strict workplace cause of these ills. Instead, he believes the conditions usually result when other risks are present, such as severe cold, exaggerated wrist position, or excessive grip/force requirements. Merrell also notes the effect of nonwork activities such as gardening and sports, as well as the overall aging of the population. Younger tendons are better able than older tissue to sustain repetitive work, lifts, etc. Beware! Take Action Whatever the causes, there are a number of steps employers can take to help reduce the risk of hand injuries and to minimize the impact of those that do occur. Merrell’s recommendations include the following: • ecognize the value of experienced workers, especially on R high-risk equipment. • Invest in workplace safety training. • dentify opportunities to increase the comfort and ergonomI ics of tools. Find ways to decrease the amount of force workers must apply to create and assemble parts. Merrell says good industrial engineers will pay for themselves many times over in terms of safety and reduced absenteeism. • ross-train employees and rotate them during the day, or C between shifts, so that they are using different muscle/tendon groups. This will help increase job satisfaction and can decrease the risk of injuries, especially among older workers. • onsider an on-site occupational health nurse. Merrell says C the presence of a caring, competent nurse communicates to workers that their employer cares about their comfort and safety. • stablish a plan, along with your workers’ compensation E carrier, for how you will manage hand injuries. Some businesses acknowledge that, even though the ailments may have been caused by nonwork factors, they can be claimed through workers’ compensation. This shows that an employer values the employees and their overall well-being.
Advantage-level members can log on to fmanet.org as a member to access Safety.BLR.com. Basic members can view a Webinar to find out if the features of Safety.BLR.com can work for their company.
FMA Announces the Purchase of Canadian Industrial Machinery (CIM) Magazine
Founded in 1986, Canadian Industrial Machinery is a full-service magazine supporting Canada’s metalworking manufacturing sector. CIM is Canada’s leading national monthly magazine dedicated to the metalworking and fabricating industry, reaching nearly 17,000 industry professionals every month. CIM also produces the annual Metal Manufacturers’ Purchasing Guide (MMPG). “My goal 23 years ago was to provide our readers with the best information on machine tooling and fabricating technology,” said Tom Dillon, publisher of CIM. “We want our audience to understand machines so that it can help them when making purchasing decisions so they can grow as a company. This acquisition by FMA International will enable Canadian companies to continue to grow and be progressive in today’s market.” “The merger supports FMA’s mission to be the principal knowledge resource to our members and customers throughout North America,” said Edward Youdell, group publisher of FMA Communications Inc. “We believe we can help the Canadian fabricating and metalworking industries be more competitive on a global stage by providing access to new markets and opportunities through our integrated media products. We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to carry on Tom’s great work supporting Canadian manufacturers.” “This is an exciting time for The FABRICATOR and its publishing team. For the longest time, Canadian shops have shown interest in the editorial content in our publications and at thefabricator.com,” said Dan Davis, editor-in-chief of FMA Communications. “Now we can serve Canadian metalworkers with a publication written specifically for them. From a larger perspective, with FABRICATOR en Español in Mexico, we are now serving the entire North American metalworking market and helping them compete more effectively against their global competitors.” FMA Communications, Inc., the publishing affiliate of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association that will manage CIM, serves the metal forming and fabricating industry by publishing businessto-business magazines, e-newsletters, vendor directories, and Web sites.
Canada’s Met alworking & Fabricating Technology Magazine
$ 2009 -Vol. 2
Keeping the Focus
By Joe Mayer, Mayer Business Group
FMA Advantage Member Labconco is now a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices. It is composed of more than 13,500 organizations from across the building industry that are working to advance structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. Members includes building owners and end-users, real estate developers, facility managers, architects, designers, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, product, and building system manufacturers, government agencies, and nonprofits. The goal of the USGBC is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. The primary tool used by the building industry to create sustainable (green) building is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, which was developed by the USGBC. LEED is a third party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. Three of Labconco’s major product lines contribute toward LEED credits: fume hoods, biosafety cabinets, and glassware washers. Labconco’s Environmental Mission Statement Labconco is committed to working to improve the social, economic and environmental well being of our community. We further this commitment by: • nstilling environmental responsibility as a I corporate value • ostering a participatory process in developing F environmental policies • esigning products that use less energy, while D maintaining the highest standards in product performance • triving to buy, sell and use environmentally S friendly products • ontinuously looking for ways to reduce and C recycle our process and office waste • roviding resources and volunteering our time to P local schools and community charities
Much has been written about New Year resolutions. The gyms are bustling; diet books, supplements and programs are flying off the shelves; and Weight Watchers classes are overflowing. As everybody promises to make resolutions stick, past experience tells us that some resolutions will become unplugged and enthusiasm wanes by the middle of February. By March, most of them will be completely forgotten. So, while everybody was compiling their resolutions and focusing on the things to do in 2009, I was putting together what I call my “I will not do” list. Why? This year will be unlike any year we have experienced. The deep recession, the lack of consumer spending, and the lack of accessible credit will challenge all businesses. So, by adapting an “I will not” list, I will constantly be reminded of how to make the best of the challenging situation. So here is my “I will not” list: • et complacent. Now is not the time to hunker down and fade G away. As leaders, we have to come up with new products, ideas for new services, and new value propositions to keep our customers engaged. Keeping their loyalty and staying connected with them is the No. 1 job! • ot celebrate. Yes, it is easy just to see the severe challenges. N Therefore it is even more important that we stop and recognize small victories or extraordinary efforts. Have fun and celebrate and recognize those who over-deliver. • ount on anything before it is reality. Taking customers’ loyalty, C business connections, or incoming orders for granted will be fatal. Get out, be well prepared, and help your customers. They are hurting too. • ose sight of the fact that I can replace my job, but not my L family. Perhaps you have started to compile your own list of things you will not do in 2009. If not, I would like to encourage you to get started. As with all goals and resolutions, you should not have more than five in order to keep them. If you add more, it will be easy to feel overwhelmed, and it is very likely that you will not accomplish any. If you have too many and can’t decide which ones are the most important, try this: Reverse the process and consider what will have the least impact. Eliminating the least likely candidate(s) can be easier than choosing the top one(s). Good luck! Four or five resolutions combined with a heavy dose of resolve will help you get a better start into 2009. Joe Mayer is a FMA Past Chairman of the Board and is the Managing Partner of the Mayer Business Group. He can be reached at JMayer@MayerBusinessGroup.com. 4
If your company is making business decision based on green initiatives, e-mail your story to email@example.com and it will appear in a future edition of Connections.
the Great Manufacturing Get Together Minneapolis, MN
On Jan. 29, FMA was one of the sponsors of The Great Manufacturing Get Together held at Hennepin Technical College in Minneapolis. More than 700 attendees participated. In addition to 100 exhibits, there were presentations on topics of manufacturing interest, and an interview show that mimicked The Tonight Show. FMA’s economic analyst Chris Kuehl and Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs founder and spokesperson, John Ratzenberger, were two of the interviewees.
FMA’s young race car driver and spokesperson, Brennan Palmiter, spent three days visiting eight technical schools and spoke to more than 350 high school and tech school students about his passion for welding and careers in manufacturing.
FMA hosted the networking portion of the day where participants visited with colleagues and made new friends. The next FMA regional networking event will be May 13 in Milwaukee at the new Harley-Davidson Museum. If you live in or near Milwaukee, mark your calendar and plan to join us. More info at fmanet.org/community. 6
Practical Welding Today and Be True to Your School – A Winning Combination!
“Welding and manufacturing are cool.”
That is the message that Brennan Palmiter, a 16-year-old stock car racer and part-time welder, wants high school students to consider. Palmiter teamed up with Practical Welding Today (PWT) and asked subscribers to nominate a high school where Brennan, along with his stock car, visits the students and talks about welding, racing, and manufacturing. Lebanon Technology & Career Center in Lebanon, Mo., was the winning school. It was nominated by subscriber Joe DeWeese. The selected high school had to have a shop or vocational program in order to qualify for Brennan’s visit. The winning nominating PWT subscriber was awarded a $500 American Express gift card.
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World Class Rollforming Workshop
April 21-22. 2009 Sheraton Louisville Riverside Hotel | Jeffersonville (Louisville, Ky.), Ind.
May 12-14, 2009 The Inn at St. John’s Plymouth (Detroit), Mich.
Mark your calendars! For the 17th year in a row, ALAW returns to Michigan! Do you want to go green and make some green? Improve productivity and reduce manufacturing costs with laser processing! This premier industry event encompasses state of the art laser processes for manufacturers and job shops as well as automotive manufacturers and their suppliers. NEW this year...two full program days for fabricators! Returning events include: golf outing, exhibits, networking receptions, and open houses! Lasers for Fabricators Track: Going Green and Making Green! • abricator Case Studies: 1. How to Run a Green Shop F 2. Beyond Flat! • Fibers in the Fabrication World • Interactive Roundtables: Workflow Across Lasers • ost Estimating Exercise C Automotive Track: Laser Applications, the Enabler for Green Car Body Production • Laser Processing of High Performance Materials • Tier 1 Laser Applications Success Stories • New Developments in Fuel Cells and Batteries • Laser System Integrators **Register by April 1 and receive $50 off your registration fee. For more information, go to alawlaser.org or contact Jen Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Build your Roll Forming Skills, Improve Your Production! FMA’s World Class Roll Forming Workshop will deliver the intelligence you need to boost productivity and quality in your facility. The Workshop will offer you 12 sessions, featuring three new topics - high strength steels; continuous improvement; and open/ closed loop, flying and stopping lines. You’ll also enjoy updates to other sessions and new speakers bringing new perspectives! Roll Form Corp. will open the doors of two plants, and networking opportunities will allow you to meet others in the industry. Plus, take advantage of the expanded Ask the Speaker session to get one-on-one answers and solutions to your challenges. Be sure to bring your parts and drawings! Don’t wait, get rolling! Join other roll form professionals at World Class and make the difference in your organization! Call 888-394-4362 or go to fmanet.org to register today. Member fee: $695/General fee: $795. Want to promote your company? There is still space to share your company’s information at the workshop through our literature tables. Contact Audrey Long at 815-227-8206 or email@example.com for more information.
Coil Processing Workshop & Exhibition
May 5-6, 2009 Hyatt Regency | Deerfield (Chicago), Ill.
Job shop safety issues covered from A to Z helping you to prevent machine-related injuries, avoid expensive citations, and save on workers’ compensation costs!
ay 12-13, 2009 • Hotel Capstone | Tuscaloosa, Ala. M
Looking for ways to find cost-saving opportunities in these challenging times?
FMA’s Coil Processing Workshop features recognized industry experts who will illustrate time-tested strategies on getting the most out of your existing equipment. Learn how to cut costs, improve Hear from your peers! Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from systems, and increase productivity in your coil processing operation. other fabricators: Presentations will cover topics such as leveling, slitting, cut-to-length, • elody Barszcz, HR administrator at the Flexible Steel M preventive maintenance, safety, and more. Sessions will be geared Lacing Co., will partner with Angie Blakeney of the toward optimizing existing equipment and capabilities. Workers Comp. Trust of Illinois to discuss how Flexco is • bserve proven techniques for maximizing efficiency in your O self-insured. leveling and cut-to-length processes. • earn from Kastalon Inc.’s president, Bruce DeMent, on how the • iscover ways to optimize productivity on slitting lines with L D company has gone more than 1,000 days without a reportable proper tooling and setup methods. injury. • earn how one company improved workplace safety to boost L • erri Roessler, CEO of United Alloy, will share how its company’s T employee morale and the bottom line. business philosophy and incentive system is a significant driver of A highlight of the event will be a tour of the NUCOR steel mill a successful safety record. located in Tuscaloosa. The plant tour and evening reception provide On Tuesday May 5, tour the Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL) excellent networking opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with corporate home and marvel at how it is specially designed and peers and leaders in the coil processing industry. Make valuable equipped to conduct safety investigations on thousands of electrical, contacts and investigate dozens of solutions to your processing chemical, and mechanical products and systems. Plus, FMA and CNA problems during the exhibit viewing. Come ready to share your will honor Advantage and AdvantagePlus members for excellence in challenges and frustrations, and leave with answers you can safety for 2008. Join in the celebration and meet the recipients at a implement immediately! special reception to follow the award presentation the evening of May 5. Put your company’s name out front! Reach your target audience Contact Megan Paja at 815.227.8203 or firstname.lastname@example.org to with a sponsorship or tabletop exhibit! Several opportunities still learn more about the conference and sponsorship opportunities. available. To learn more, contact Cindy Day at 815-227-8208 or Register at fmanet.org/training or call 888-394-4362. email@example.com 8
Cash in on Wind
In a variety of ways, FMA is exploring the fabricator’s role in supplying wind and other alternative energy components (solar, nuclear, fuel cell) to major OEMs. This involvement is timely considering the huge impact the recently approved stimulus package will have on these industries. FMA activity to date includes: • MA’s Board of Directors is considering a new technology F council called, Alternative Energies Council. Interested? View a listing of current councils at fmanet.org/training or contact Jim Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org. • n FMA Certified Education Center, Kirkwood Community A College, located in Cedar Rapids, Ia., is the home of several major OEM wind turbine manufacturers. Learn more at kirkwood.edu/industrialtech/. • MA is partnering with the Chicago Manufacturing F Renaissance Council (CMRC) to bring a regional wind components supplier conference to either Chicagoland or Rockford this spring. More details on this soon at fmanet.org/training.
Selling is Everyone’s Job!
In tough times, heightened sales skills and targeted sales strategies are crucial to business survival. Companies that focus on business acquisition during an economic downturn will have a better chance of making it through the lean times than companies that cut back on sales and marketing efforts in an attempt to reduce expenses. If you live within a comfortable drive of Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., here’s a not-to-be missed evening program about sales that can help you rejuvenate your company’s sales—despite the economy. Jeffrey Gitomer, one of the best known sales trainers in the world, will be the speaker at an April 21 event organized by MSCI-Central States Chapter, and co-sponsored by FMA, IMA, and AWMI. Jeffrey’s sales books—all of them—have been number one best sellers on Amazon and four are N.Y Times best sellers. His weekly e-zine, “Sales Caffeine”, has more than 350,000 subscribers. Do all these readers know something you don’t know? His promise is that audience members will learn sales information they can take out into the street one minute after the seminar is over and turn into money. Join your colleagues in the metal manufacturing industry for cocktails and dinner followed by Jeffrey’s high energy presentation covering: • Attitude Makes Sales • Effective Networking • Mastering the Phone • The 30-second Commercial • Staying in Front of Your Customers • Earning Referrals.
• everal FMA staff will be attending the WINDPOWER S Conference & Exhibition this May 4-7 in Chicago, and arrangements are under way to have FMA and the FABTECH Int’l & AWS Welding Show Including METALFORM represented on the show floor with a booth. Details available at windpowerexpo.org. • he 2009 FABTECH Int’l & AWS Welding Show Including T METALFORM will include an Energy Day on November 17 where wind, solar, nuclear, and new fossil fuel technologies representatives will be featured during the day at panels and deep-dive hour long sessions. More on this is available at fmafabtech.com. • inally, a great resource for fabricators to investigate is the F already up and running Great Lakes Wind Network (GLWN): wire-net.org/wind.htm. The GLWN is focused on growing the wind supply chain. FMA, via the City of Rockford’s Manufacturing Council, has engaged with the GLWN and plans further cooperation to benefit our membership. Contact FMA’s Education Director Jim Warren at jimw@fmanet. org or 815-227-8213 if you would like to discuss how FMA can assist its members in involvement with alternative energy initiatives.
“Jeffrey combines tremendous research, talent and an ability to immediately relate to any audience to have maximum impact. He has certainly made a difference in our business and we will continue to use him.”
Rod Beeler, vice president, Caterpillar
Register before March 20 for $125; $145 after that date. Go to www.msci.org/eventcalendar or call Kate Johnson at 847-485-3006.
FMA Foundation merges with Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation to reach America’s future “tinkerers”
The FMA Foundation is joining forces with the Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation, a charitable organization founded by TV personality John Ratzenberger. The result will be Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs: The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. NBT’s official mission, “to nurture the tinkering spirit,” responds to a growing need in this country to prepare a future manufacturing work force. NBT will be dedicated to inspiring America’s youth to consider careers in manufacturing. The dynamic initiative allows NBT to broaden operations and increase charitable activities including providing grants to educational institutions offering manufacturing camps and awarding scholarships to students pursuing manufacturing careers. Former FMA Foundation executives Gerald Shankel and Terrence Egan will direct the new organization, serving as president and director, respectively, and John Ratzenberger will continue to serve on the governing board and lead the Foundation’s national public policy and media campaigns. “This partnership combines John Ratzenberger’s voice and passion on an issue so dear to his heart with FMA’s infrastructure and resources to spread the message that manufacturing is a viable career option,” said Shankel. “We will be even more effective working together to spark interest among young people in the industry and help revitalize the future of manufacturing in America.” “As a champion of manufacturing, John Ratzenberger will have a great impact on fostering media coverage on this quest and help us spread the word that it’s honorable to work with your hands,” said Egan. “The focus is on inspiring young people to ultimately explore the manufacturing career path by getting them to tinker, fix and make stuff, and dream about inventing things. The groundwork that we’ve laid and the programs that we’ve implemented in the past will continue to be the core of our work.” Ratzenberger will contribute his extensive experience with American manufacturers and valuable relationships in the entertainment, political, social and corporate arenas. “I can think of no enterprise more worthy than one devoted to inspiring the next generation of engineers, builders and 10 manufacturers,” said Ratzenberger. “I am proud to join forces with FMA and know that with each child who attends one of our camps or receives one of our scholarships, we are rebuilding America’s foundation one tinkerer at a time. “We must encourage kids when they graduate from high school to consider manufacturing as a career,” added Ratzenberger. “Part of the problem is the media and Hollywood often portray manufacturing and anyone who works with their hands in a poor light. But the industrial arts have always taken precedence over the fine arts … remember, someone had to build the ceiling before Michelangelo could go to work. We need to do better at informing the next generation and their parents that working a skilled job with your hands can be rewarding financially and fulfilling personally.” The new organization will feature an 18-member board of directors; six members from the former NBTF will join the 12 former FMA Foundation board members. FMA and TPA Members are encouraged to visit NutsAndBoltsFoundation.org, check out the new foundation’s initiatives, and see how you can help further its mission.
John Ratzenberger (left) visits a 2008 FMA Foundation manufacturing summer camp.
The Cost of Doing Business
Watch for a special email in early April announcing the launch of the new FMA Cost of Doing Business Survey. You’re probably familiar with the Wage & Benefits, Salary & Benefits and Financial Ratios surveys FMA has been conducting for years. But this new survey tool is light years beyond the old format. In the past, participants filled out a lengthy paper survey instrument, completing the shop floor wage survey one year and management salary survey the next. financial ratios was a separate survey tool. The results were contained in a static print document you could view, but not manipulate. With the new survey, data for all three of the previous surveys plus a new business conditions survey will be collected simultaneously, in one survey which you can download to your desktop as an Excel file, allowing you to work on it in sections – as time permits, or forward to several people in your organization for completion. Advantage & AdvantagePlus Member Survey Participants Get Bonus Results Tools Basic members who participate will receive a complimentary Executive Summary and be able to purchase compiled results at a discount. But the real excitement is reserved for Advantage-level member survey participants. When results are issued in the fall you’ll get the full compiled results, but you’ll also have a link to an online tool where your company’s data can be used for two different interactive comparisons with the rest of the collected data. You can compare your company’s financial profile against others using company size, region, and other demographic selects. You can also compare your wage, salary and benefit statistics against the rest of the compiled data by a range of demographic selects. No more need to create your own comparison studies – the program will do it for you saving time and frustration. The survey tool will be available in early April and have a completion deadline of June 1. Compiled survey results will be available Sept. 1.
Aeroglide started off the New Year by introducing video teleconferencing to communicate with its customers. AMS Controls announces the introduction of the 5840 valve booster. The DIN rail-mounted 5840 replaces the model 3840 “Slammer” board, which was produced for more than 20 years. AP&T will exhibit at BLECH Russia in St. Petersburg during March 10-13. This is its first Russian trade fair. Atlas Manufacturing launched a MAXFORM hydraulic press brake from Cincinnati Inc. Eaton Corp. CEO Sandy Cutler appeared on the Jan. 6 edition of “Mad Money” on CNBC. Epicor is the sponsor of Milhouse Public Broadcasting’s five-part series documenting the production of the new off-Broadway musical In the Key of ERP. Visit inthekeyoferp.com to view episodes. Exact CEO Raj Patel was voted “Entrepreneur of the Year 2008”. The award was presented at a special ceremony during the annual Big Improvement Day in Amsterdam. Mellish & Murray was featured in a Chicago Tribune article titled “Local manufacturers thriving”. PRIMA North America announced the sale of a LASERDYNE 795 XS to IPG Photonics Corp. of Oxford, Mass. Schneider Electric hosted a meeting with the investor community during which its strategic ambition and operational priorities under its initiative forglobal leadership in energy management. Superior Tube Co. Inc. and its affiliated companies in the United States and in the United Kingdom, conducted research to identify viable alternatives to TCE in its manufacturing and to reducing TCE emissions. Thermcraft Inc. announced its acquisition of Contemporary Kilns Incorporated. Underwriters Laboratories and the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property announced an agreement to promote the use of UL Standards for Safety in the ongoing development of national safety standards in Peru via formalized communication and information exchange protocols. Ursviken Technology AB announced it received an order for an Optima Press Brake with a press power of 3,000 tons from a company in China. Voss Industries won the Weatherhead 100 award from the The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. 11
Take Advantage of Historically Low Energy Prices
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Milwaukee area residents – mark your calendar for the upcoming FMA networking event on May 13, 5 – 8 p.m. at the new Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. More information coming soon in Member Updates, on the FMA website, and in your special invitation, mailing in April.
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Did You Know?
Wind turbine fabricators are on Fast Company’s top 10 green jobs. Wind is the leading and fastest-growing source of alternative energy with more than 300,000 jobs worldwide. Turbines are 90 percent metal by weight, creating an opportunity for autoworkers and other manufacturers to repurpose their skills. According to the American Wind Energy Association, the industry currently employs some 50,000 Americans and added 10,000 new jobs in 2007. Source: Greendollarsandsense.wordpress.com
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