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09 ATMA Member Updates 11 Upcoming NTMA Events 12 Legislative Update 13 Websites You Should Know 14 Education Update 16 Shop Talk 20 Tech Know 30 Member Listings 32 Upcoming ATMA Events

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Building Diverse Partnerships

26 Tax Reform Is in Sight How Will Changes Affect Your Business? Whether you’re for it, or against it, change is coming.

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YOUR BUSINESS 7 Strategies to Help Keep Your Company Non-Union

CHANGING WINDOWS 7: GEARS READY TO INSTALL Will STRATEGIC REFORMS Make Arizona Manufacturers More Competitive?

What You Can Expect from an Upgrade

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PRESIDENT’S letter

CAUSE FOR HOPE

by MARK WEATHERS, ATMA PRESIDENT

March, 2010 As we bid “good riddance” to 2009 and turn to face 2010 with a curious cocktail of hope and trepidation in hand, we all are wondering if that glass is half empty or half full. It would be easy to slide into pessimism, what with 10 percent unemployment, our state budget in turmoil and underwear bombers on the loose. ere is, arguably, cause for hope. e visionary 787 has left the ground, and will eventually tie up open spindles across the country and ease the price pressure on all of us. General manufacturing indices are turning up as even the smallest uptick in demand sparks production at factories not insulated by inventories. While it may hurt our pride, our weak dollar is a great asset for domestic manufacturers. Why else would China tie the Yuan so tightly to our currency? And, shockingly, our state seems to have realized that we can’t survive on real estate and tourism and is finally making a strong bid for alternative energy with in-state manufacturing. But what I am really getting at is that these times offer the opportunity to rethink our businesses. Too much “there’s a silver lining in every cloud” for you? Well, not for me. I am continually amazed at the resilience of our local manufacturers in the face of the worst financial crisis in 75 years. I believe we have the guts to take advantage of the tough times to emerge stronger and better. I personally am taking advantage of having the lowest headcount since 2001 to rebuild my team and to make the cultural changes that are so hard to do when times are good and tenure is long. I personally took advantage of the great deals on equipment to make the biggest capital expenditure I have ever made—a gamble that has paid off. And I am working harder than ever to get new customers, which will give me the strength of diversity down the road. What I am getting at is that attitude plays a big role in surviving these times. As always, the fullness of the glass lies in the perception of the holder. I urge you to take advantage of the times by investing in your business, using the resources of the ATMA to help. Our organization exists to provide resources and opportunities that our shops could not access individually. In my mind there are four such areas: • Political Influence • Workforce Development • The Latest Technical and Business Knowledge • Marketing Our Capabilities to Our Government, Our Community and to Customers Across the Nation and World. We have a very strong Board and Executive Director who are energized for 2010. Using the four areas above and pressures from the economic environment, the Board has set the following six initiatives and goals for 2010: • Initiative #1: Increase ATMA political influence through AMC involvement Goal: Identify three top AMC political agenda items and follow them to completion by 12/2010 • Initiative #2: Strengthen current work force development efforts Goal: A 20 percent increase in new hires that have come through an ATMA program (NIMS. Bots, etc.) for 2010 • Initiative #3: Strengthen the process of introducing tools to the members Goal: 45 Member success stories of actions taken as a result of ATMA learnings in 2010 • Initiative #4: Diversify and increase sources of revenue Goal: $20k in net income from new sources for 2010

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Are you looking for? • Initiative #5: Increase member participation Goal: 50 percent average regular member company attendance by 4Q10 • Initiative #6: Improve external perception of ATMA Goal: Identify five new venues for raising awareness of ATMA, resulting in a 25 percent improvement in ATMA recognition on surveys for 2010 As you can see, these are ambitious goals. We will not be successful unless we get more participation from our members. You only get out of this organization what you put into it. Along those lines and in the spirit of Goal #3, I have listed the benefits I’ve received from the ATMA over the last eight years: • Chose my MRP system based on a presentation at a dinner meeting, and got a smokin’ deal for being an early adopter • Sent my newly minted supervisors to Supervisory Academy at little or no charge (twice) • Received grants from the state that paid a large portion of my AS9100 certification costs, based on dinner meeting learnings • Received grants from the state that paid for a large portion of Lean Training, provided on site by our community college partners • Landed a $500k project by farming out specialized work to ATMA partners • Received work from ATMA members that plugged gaps in my revenue • Attended technical sessions that led to data-oriented purchasing decisions for Cap Ex and big productivity gains • Met contacts in the financial world though associates that have joined my advisory board • Changed the lives of some students through the Bots program • Bought and sold used equipment with trusted partners • Used $2,000 of ATMA Training Center scholarships for my employees at local community colleges • Survived two recessions with support from other members • Found and formed lasting relationships with trusted service suppliers

ELECTROLESS NICKEL BRIGHT NICKEL PASSIVATION CHEM FILM - CLEAR OR YELLOW COPPER or CHROME PLATING POWDERCOATING POLISHING GLASSBEADING VIBRATORY DEBURRING or FINISHING ULTRASONIC CLEANING PRE & POST BAKE STRESS RELIEVE PAINT/NICKEL/CHROME STRIPPING Pick up and delivery upon request.

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NEWS roundup

OUR MISSION: “WE JOIN TOGETHER AS MEMBERS OF THE ARIZONA PRECISION CUSTOM MANUFACTURING COMMUNITY TO ACHIEVE BUSINESS SUCCESS IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY THROUGH ADVOCACY, ADVICE, NETWORKING, INFORMATION, PROGRAMS AND SERVICES.”

ATMA NEWS ATMA DINNER MEETING RECAP The first ATMA meeting of the year, held Jan. 27, brought us two powerful speakers: Carolyn Warner, who serves on the Arizona Skills Standards Commission, and Ron Overton, our NTMA Chairman.

2 Regular Members of the Year Awards: Bruce Triechler of Zircon and Mark Weathers of Excaliber Precision Advocate of the Year: Gary Watkins of Marzee The Phoenix Award: Greg Chambers, Jet Products Sponsor of the Year: SCF Arizona, Mike Felix

Carolyn Warner shared with us that, “The greatest use of life is to spend it on something that outlasts it." She implored us to contact our legislatures to oppose the proposed budget in which Governor Brewer outlined a 99 percent cut in Career and Technical Education dollars. She inspired us to collaborate with industry and education partners in “filling the pipeline” with students who will become our future machinists and engineers. And lastly, Ms. Warner encouraged us to support our industry and Career and Technical Education Programs (CTE) by becoming involved and making a difference. Our annual visit by the outgoing NTMA chairman, Ron Overton of Overton Industries, brought us new examples of how the NTMA, its members and benefits, provide every business member the opportunity for success. He defined the NTMA as an ever-changing structure that continually strives to meet the demands and needs of its members— not unlike our own businesses. His theme, "Leadership in Uncertain Times," gave us the confidence to inspire change by describing leadership as "the ability to inspire others to action—simple words, difficult action." He encouraged us to be “better leaders tomorrow than today," and asked us to mentor the next generation of leaders by using the benefits the NTMA has to offer. Mr. Overton assured us that all 1,500 NTMA members have the support and help of each and every member, each and every day. Also at the meeting, Dave Zamora from Gateway Community College announced the school’s new “2 + 2 + 2” program, in partnership with ATMA—a project constructed to fill the manufacturing pipeline. ATMA members will mentor with students beginning at high school level through certification and/or a college degree.

President’s Award: John Bloom, R&D Specialty Manco Visionary Award: Dante Fierros, Nichols Precision Above & Beyond: Bob Bonura, Mesa Community College Outgoing Board Members were also thanked for their contribution and dedicated service: John Bloom, R&D Specialty Manco - Outgoing Trustee Bruce Treichler, Zircon Precision - Outgoing Director Linda Daly, A2Z Metalworker - Outgoing Associate Liaison John Lewis, Lewis Aerospace - Outgoing President, Incoming Trustee And the new 2010 Board of Directors was sworn in by Ron Overton, NTMA Chairman: President: Mark Weathers, Excaliber Precision Vice President: Joe Sirochman, JPS Manufacturing Treasurer: Maxine Jones, PPG Aimco Division Secretary: David Lair, Dynamic Solutions Trustee: John Lewis, Lewis Aerospace Director: Dante Fierros, Nichols Precision Director: Bob Marusiak, Micro-Tronics Director: John Raycraft, Arizona Precision Industrial Director: Greg Chambers, PPG-Jet Division Director: Jeremy Lutringer, Unique Machine & Tool

Awards were presented to ATMA Members and Partners who excelled during the 2009 year: School Partner of the Year: Milt Ericksen, Dept of Education Associate Member of the Year: Mickey Gartman, Gartman Technical Services

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Associate Liaison: Mickey Gartman, Gartman Technical Services Our new 2010 President, Mark Weathers, spoke to us regarding this year’s strategic goals and how the 2010 Board of Directors plans to provide the “Right Tools, for the Right Time with the Right Team!”


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ATMA OUR VISION: ARIZONA’S PREFERRED PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION, DEDICATED TO THE GROWTH, HEALTH AND PROSPERITY OF OUR TOOLING & MACHINING MEMBERS.

PRECISION 2010 ATMA Board of Directors President Mark Weathers Excaliber Precision Machining Vice President Joe Sirochman JPS Manufacturing

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Treasurer Maxine Jones PPG-Aimco Division

MAKING THE CUT

Secretary David Lair Dynamic Machine

CONSOLIDATED RESOURCES, INC. NAMES COO Consolidated Resources, Inc. an Arizona corporation has named Vanessa Czop as Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Czop was Vice President of Office Management prior to her appointment. She has been with the company since 1996, and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2007. Ms. Czop’s new duties will include management of office systems, warehouse and transportation operations. Consolidated Resources is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, having been founded in 1990. The company handles all grades of non-ferrous metals, inclusive of high-temp alloys, stainless steel, all nickel and cobalt based metals, as well as copper and brass. Consolidated specializes in developing full-service industrial recycling programs that will recycle the metals as well as paper, cardboard, plastics, glass and wood. For more information please contact Mr. Kerry Vance at: 623.931.5009

Trustee John Lewis Lewis Aviation Alternative Trustee John Bloom R&D Specialty Manco Board Members Dante Fierros Nichols Precision Mark Lashinske Modern Industries Bob Marusiak Micro-Tronics, Inc. John Raycraft Arizona Precision Industrial Greg Chambers PPG-Jet Division Jeremy Lutringer Unique Machine & Tool Associate Member Liaison Mickey Gartman Gartman Technical Services Arizona Tooling & Machining Association A Chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Association P.O. Box 3518 Scottsdale, AZ 85271 Office: 602.242.8826 Fax: 480.970.8501 arizonatooling.org arizonatooling@cox.net

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NEWS roundup

NTMA NEWS UPDATE ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY by JIM GROSMANN, NTMA Marketing Director

Your NTMA’s activity level in Washington will increase as the year goes by, thanks to the “Miracle in Massachusetts”—what people are calling the election results in January’s senate race. The voters in Massachusetts proved that we do have a choice and we can make a difference. The race seemed to tip the scales a little in manufacturing’s favor. The healthcare bill that was a “done deal,” according to Ms. Pelosi and her friends, all but fell apart. The anti-small business powers in charge in Washington couldn’t get the votes to get the deal done as the President had wanted. They have promised to change tactics and push smaller agendas to get the same thing done. We still haven’t won. The group in charge has promised to “regulate what they can’t legislate.” For one thing, it has nominated a union official who helped write the Employee Free Choice Act (Card Check) to be head of the NLRB. He has already said he will install regulations that card check would have made law. The One Voice efforts of the NTMA and PMA, along with several other national trade groups, are working to block this nomination. Some of the biggest lobbying groups working against small business sold out their members on the healthcare bill and will want to be repaid in the coming months. We must remain focused on everything they do, while we attempt to educate and inform elected officials on the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy. Please don’t sit back and become apathetic about this work. It is a team effort with our lobby group, The Franklin Partnership, keeping us informed about what is going on and members responding to calls for action when they come out. On April 20-21, please consider coming to Washington to let your elected officials hear firsthand about how what they do impacts your company and your ability to compete. We must be watchful, active and most of all vigilant! n

NTMA ANNOUNCES THE BROCK BABB MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 1) The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) is happy to announce the Brock Babb Memorial Scholarship created by the NTMA in support of students advancing their education and pursuing careers in manufacturing. This scholarship is named in honor and memory of Sergeant Brock A. Babb, who gave his life defending our country and our freedom, the son of one of our longtime members, Terry Babb, Apex Tool & Manufacturing, Inc. in Evansville, Ind.

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You can download the document outlining the purpose, eligibility requirements and the selection process, as well as an application on the NTMA website. The deadline to return an application is April 1 of the applicable year. For more information, please contact the NTMA at: National Tooling & Machining Association 9300 Livingston Road, Ft. Washington, MD 20744 Phone: 800.248.6862 Fax: 301.248.7104 email: info@ntma.org

CHAIRMAN’S CORNER by RON OVERTON, NTMA Chairman

As I’m writing this the holidays have just passed and we are getting ready for what we all hope is a much better New Year. Most of the company owners I talk to are cautiously optimistic and reporting increased quoting activity. As you read this it’s early February and hopefully a great deal of the early uncertainty has stabilized and we’re well on our way to a strong 1st quarter. Make this the year that you focus on getting the most out of your membership. You should have already received your NTMA Member Value Statement; this is an important document for you to review for two reasons: 1. It clearly shows the tangible savings your company has realized from its NTMA membership, as well as allowing you to compare your savings with “average member savings.” 2. It provides insight into the overall value of NTMA membership through active engagement. Our company, Overton Industries, saved thousands of dollars (considerably more than our dues) last year in these savings programs and was extremely helpful given such a difficult economy. If you are not participating in these programs, I strongly encourage you to do so. If you have not received your report and would like to receive one, please contact our NTMA Customer Service Team and they will be happy to provide it for you. Obviously it is always important to remember the power and value of networking, and although there is no sure fire way to establish a tangible value to this, it is without a doubt the core of our membership and can provide significant advantages to our companies. I would also like to request that you review the calendar on the next page for some of the many opportunities to improve your business by using NTMA services and participating in NTMA functions. n


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MARK YOUR CALENDAR WITH THESE

UPCOMING NTMA EVENTS!

Richter Machine & Design Has Joined Forces with Accurate Waterjet

NTMA/PMA LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE Westin Washington, D.C. City Center Hotel Washington D.C. April 20-21 AMERICAN MACHINIST MACHINE SHOP WORKSHOP Renaissance Hotel Cleveland, Ohio April 20-21 BRINGING WORK BACK TO THE U.S.A. Hyatt Regency Irvine, Calif. May 12 38TH ANNUAL NTMA/NIMS NATIONAL APPRENTICE COMPETITION Indianapolis, Ind. Hosted by Indiana Chapter, NTMA June 9-12

Paul Lemaire, Accurate Waterjet Arnie Lytle, Richter Machine & Design

13TH ISTMA WORLD CONFERENCE Caesar’s Windsor Windsor, Ontario, Canada June 20-24 JOINT NTMA FALL CONFERENCE & PMA ANNUAL MEETING Amelia Island Plantation Amelia Island, Fla. Oct. 6-10

Ph: 480-736-2422 Fax: 480-292-9304 Cell: 480-510-7550 paul@accuratewaterjet.com www.accuratewaterjet.com

NTMA/PMA CONTRACT MANUFACTURING PURCHASING FAIR MGM Grand at Foxwoods Mashantucket, Conn. Oct. 29 Learn more at: www.ntma.org

Ph: 480-736-1736 Fax: 480-736-1740 Cell: 480-773-0115 arnie@rmdwaterjet.com www.rmdwaterjet.com

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LEGISLATIVE update

CONTINUING IN OUR EFFORTS to bring you the highest level

of current information regarding all things “legislative,” we are honored to present to you the remarks of Rep. Andy Tobin of the Arizona House of Representatives. Rep. Tobin was elected to represent District One in 2006 and was re-elected in 2008. He was recognized as the 2007 Freshman Legislator of the Year by the Arizona School Board Association, 2008 Legislator of the Year by the Arizona School Superintendents, and was recognized two consecutive years as a Champion of the Arizona League of Cities and Town. In 2008, Rep. Tobin was named Legislator of the Year by the Arizona Small Business Association (SBA) and was awarded the Legislator of Year by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2009. Recently, he was elected House Majority Whip after serving just one term in office. It is our hope that we will soon be honored with Rep. Tobin’s presence at one of our regularly scheduled ATMA dinner meetings to hear more of his perspectives first hand. Keep an eye on future scheduled events. DANTE FIERROS, ATMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A Time for Retooling by ANDY TOBIN, ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT ONE

As the former CEO of a manufacturing company, I have always believed that manufacturing will lead Arizona out of this recession. But the state must do more to make Arizona competitive for new business and, more importantly, to retain and grow existing business. In working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives, we have crafted a new approach to Arizona’s economic future that is focused on competitiveness. e House of Representatives’ Leadership Team has looked at the sources of Arizona economic crisis and we have developed some innovative ideas to spur economic growth in this state. In recent years, Arizona ranks second in the nation in jobs lost. Only Michigan, with its devastated auto industry, has lost more jobs than Arizona. We believe our economy is struggling more than most states because our tax structure punishes capital intensive industries. ese industries must 12 / arizonatooling.org

be the cornerstone of our economic future. Until Arizona becomes truly focused on promoting manufacturing, our economy will continue to struggle. To create an innovative stimulus package, the Republican leadership hired noted economist, Elliot Pollock, to review Arizona’s ability to compete for high-wage jobs. We have translated his report into a strategic package of economic reforms that focus on ensuring that Arizona’s tax and incentive systems are designed to attract and retain exporting industries such as manufacturing. We found that Arizona’s property tax system unduly burdens capital intensive industries, and that our corporate income tax rate is uncompetitive in our region. As part of our long-term tax reform package, we will phase down the assessment ratio on business from 20 percent to 15 percent over several years and implement a systematic reduction in the corporate income tax. ese two steps will put Arizona on a path to competitiveness for the manufacturing sector.

WE FOUND THAT ARIZONA’S PROPERTY TAX SYSTEM UNDULY BURDENS CAPITAL INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES, AND THAT OUR CORPORATE INCOME TAX RATE IS UNCOMPETITIVE IN OUR REGION. On the economic development side, we are completely retooling the enterprise zone program, which provides incentives to based industries that locate in disadvantaged communities. e new enterprise zone program will provide more robust property tax benefits to export-oriented industries that make capital investments in our most challenged areas in the state. In addition, we are redesigning the job training that has been dormant because of budget cuts into a program that is less bureaucratic—not dependent on legislative appropriations for funding. Finally, we are authorizing the developing of a deal closing fund that Texas and other states have used to recruit the most attractive new business opportunities. e combined package will help prepare Arizona for the economy of the future. It has been my honor to serve Arizona and my district. I especially appreciate all of your input into possible solutions for this budget crisis, and I feel a special kinship to this association. n


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WEBSITES YOU SHOULD KNOW Arizona Chapter Website www.arizonatooling.org Arizona Department of Commerce – Job Training Grant application www.azcommerce.com/workforce Arizona Department of Education www.azed.gov Arizona Manufacturers Council www.azchamber.com/amc Arizona MEP www.arizonamep.org Arizona State University Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Technology www.poly.asu.edu/technology/mmet/ City of Phoenix – Community & Economic Development Program www.phoenix.gov/ECONDEV/index.html

PHOENIX METAL TRADING, INC. Industrial Scrap Specialists

EVIT (East Valley Institute of Technology) www.evit.com GateWay Community College www.gatewaycc.edu Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce www.phoenixchamber.com Human Resources, Safety & Environmental topics of interest (Also see a link on the NTMA website, www.ntma.org) www.blr.com Maricopa Skill Center www.maricopaskillcenter.com Maricopa Community Colleges www.maricopa.edu Maricopa Workforce Connections www.maricopaworkforceconnection.com Mesa Community College www.mc.maricopa.edu Mesa High School www.mpsaz.org National Institute for Metalworking Standards www.nims-skills.org National Tooling & Machining Association www.ntma.org One Voice Advocacy www.metalworkingadvocate.org SCF Arizona www.scfaz.com U.S. Department of Labor www.dol.gov

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EDUCATION update

Future Manufacturing Careers Require Diverse Partnerships by MILTON D. ERICKSEN

The future success of manufacturing/machining, engineering, robotics and related occupations will require diverse partnerships and collations to produce the high skill, high wage and high demand technicians and engineers business and industry must have to succeed in a global economy. We must and are leveraging resources to assure that the secondary/postsecondary pipeline is equipped to meet your industry needs. Career and technical education are utilizing multiple resources and collaborative efforts to achieve results. Examples include: Innovation Competitive Grants The Federal Carl D. Perkins Act of 2006 allows for up to $600,000 in Reserve Funding for competitive grants that showcase innovation and best practices at the secondary level. Manufacturing, engineering and bio-science programs statewide are benefitting from the funds and developing new and emerging programs and occupations. Examples of urban and rural success in precision manufacturing and engineering include the Tempe Union High School District-Automotive Services/Engineering Sciences Program. The program, housed at Desert Vista High School, focuses on power generation and alternative fuel resources. The grant involves modifying and operating hydrogen engines, conducting research and project analyses that will be submitted to the International Hydrogen Energy Association (IHEA), converting the research into multiple languages, and making presentations to business 14 / arizonatooling.org

and industry. Students will receive credit for Engineering 101 and 102 through a dual-enrollment agreement with AWU. Blue Ridge Unified School District-Precision Manufacturing Program, a rural program at Blue Ridge High School, focuses on computer controlled fabrication using precision manufacturing curriculum. Students will design and simulate the manufacture of parts of a CNC lathe and mill using Learn Mate software. They will also demonstrate knowledge of "Pick and Place" operation with a "Servo Robot." The instructors have traveled nationally for professional development. A dual enrollment agreement is in place between Blue Ridge and Northland Pioneer Community College allowing students to receive credits in two 3-credit courses in precision manufacturing. SESP Grant On January 22, 2010, Arizona was notified that the state is to receive $5 Million dollars through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant, one of 34 throughout the country, will come through the State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) Training Grants designed for training/retraining workers in emerging industries, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. These "green" occupations will lead to opportunities and certification for over 1,500 Arizonans in green energy sectors such as solar, photo voltaic, thermal, and green building design and construction.


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The grants will be disseminated in three broad regions: Northern, Central and Southern Arizona. The effort was a true collaboration among state agencies and business and industry including departments of Education, Commerce and Economic Security, community colleges and universities, workforce investment areas, and private industry executives.

The survey(s) will be broken into nine broad industry clusters: Advanced Business Services, Healthcare, STEM, Aerospace and Defense, High-Tech Manufacturing, Bio-Science, Information Technology, Energy and “other.� Examples under High-Tech Manufacturing and Energy include your needs for engineers, technicians and assemblers, machine operators and setters. Under Energy, examples include engineers, electricians, technicians and installers. If you have not received or participated in the survey by the time you read this, please contact Mary-Wolf Francis at the Phoenix Workforce Connection at 602.256.3195. High-Tech Workforce Initiative (HTWI), Externship Driven Talent Development The Maricopa Community College District (MCCD) has been the recipient of a National Science Foundation HTWI Grant over the past three years, involving externships, curriculum development and outreach/pipeline for workforce and talent development. Based on the success of the first grant, MCCD—working with the CTE division at ADE—has applied for a second three-year extension of the grant that includes the opportunity for externships for secondary teachers and post-secondary faculty in business and industry. The alignment and augmentation of core curriculum, as well as the development of the workforce pipeline between secondary, postsecondary and business and industry are critical components of the grant submission. Support for the existing grant and new submission has been broadbased with groups that include The Manufacturing Institute—The 501 (c) 3 Foundation of the National Association of Manufacturers, Arizona Manufacturers Council, Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership, AVNET Corporation, Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization, Orbital Sciences, and the Arizona departments of Commerce and Education. If the extension is approved, secondary CTE teachers/instructors will partner with postsecondary faculty and colleagues at industry sites during the course of an academic year. The culmination of the externships will be a comprehensive approach for the infusion of technology in core curriculum, assuring that students are presented with new and emerging innovations in engineering and manufacturing. n Milton D. Ericksen is Deputy Associate Superintendent, State Director of Career and Technical Education Arizona Department of Education.

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7 Advantages to Leasing Is Financing Equipment Right For Your Business? by DAVE BIGGAR

Businesses will lease over $250 billion dollars of equipment this year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration. In fact, 75 percent of companies that lease consider it their average-to-best means for financing equipment purchases. Why? Because leasing can be more advantageous than alternative financing methods. Consider these key advantages: 1. Liquidity – The no. 1 reason small businesses fail is due to lack of liquidity. Maintaining ample cash balances in your checking account should be a top priority for a company of any size. Leasing allows you to conserve your cash for times when you need it most. 2. Convenience – As leasing is more equipment focused, financial reporting requirements are usually not required. 3. 100% Financing – Your working capital can be saved to support your accounts receivable and inventory needs. Leasing can provide 100 percent financing, permitting the acquisition of equipment for immediate use without a major cash outlay. 4. Tax Advantages – Leasing provides your company with substantial tax advantages you can’t achieve when you pay with cash or finance with traditional loan. You may write off 100 percent of your monthly lease payment as an operating expense throughout the entire term

of your lease. Your CPA can advise on which leasing product provides the right tax benefit for your company. 5. Off Balance Sheet Financing – Leasing can be the perfect tool to acquire new equipment without further leveraging your company’s balance sheet. If additional debt may jeopardize an existing bank borrowing covenant, an operating lease may be the perfect solution to your next equipment acquisition. 6. Fixed Payment – In today’s potentially volatile rate environment, now is the perfect time to lock in a low monthly lease payment. 7. Conserve Bank Lines – If your company has been successful in establishing a borrowing relationship with a local bank, you can avoid using up the available funds on an equipment purchase that may be easily financed with a lease. Conserve your bank borrowing availability to support your ongoing cash flow needs. Leasing can be a valuable tool in growing your business as it allows you the opportunity to maintain cash reserves while offering a costeffective, convenient and flexible financing option. n Dave Biggar is Vice President of Commercial Lending at Arizona Bank & Trust in Phoenix. To learn more of the benefits of leasing equipment, contact him at 480.844.4563.

TARGET INSPECTIONS ADOSH Focuses On Workers’ Comp Ratings The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) is given the responsibility to enforce the requirements of the Arizona Occupational Safety and Health Act. This includes enforcement of the requirements that employers comply with OSHA standards and regulations and provide a safe and healthful workplace for employees in Arizona. ADOSH performs this obligation, in part, by conducting unannounced compliance inspections. Inspections are selected using a variety of methods, which may vary by industry. In the construction industry, ADOSH may select a general scheduled inspection based on either a randomly generated list of construction projects (compiled using Dodge data) or an observation of a hazard that falls within either a local or national emphasis program, such as trenching hazards or fall hazards. In general industry (nonconstruction), ADOSH may select a general scheduled inspection using either a list of employers within industries that have higher-thanaverage injury rates, such as wood product and architectural metal product manufacturers, or a list of employers with higher numbers of Arizona workers’ compensation claims. To improve its efforts to target inspections of Arizona workplaces, ADOSH will soon add to the methods described in the selection of a general scheduled inspection, using workers’ compensation experience ratings of Arizona employers. In both the general and construction industries, employers with higher than average experience ratings may be targeted for inspection. This information may also be used to identify non-rated employers within industries that are identified through experience ratings. Through this targeting effort, ADOSH anticipates that it will increase its inspection of those workplaces with more serious hazards and/or higher injury and illness frequency rates. ADOSH also expects that this effort will ensure that ADOSH’s limited resources are used in a more effective and efficient manner. Source: www.ica.state.az.us/Docs/ADOSH/ADOSH_improving_inspections.pdf

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THE IRS PRESENTS:

THE TOP TEN TAX TIME TIPS While the tax filing deadline is more than three months away, it always seems to be here before you know it. Here are the Internal Revenue Service’s top 10 tips that will help your tax filing process run smoother than ever this year:

1. Start gathering your records. Round up any documents or forms you’ll need when filing your taxes: receipts, canceled checks and other documents that support an item of income or a deduction you’re taking on your return. 2. Be on the lookout. W-2s and 1099s will be coming soon from your employer; you’ll need these to file your tax return. 3. Try e-file. When you file electronically, the software will handle the math calculations for you. If you use direct deposit, you will get your refund in about half the time it takes when you file a paper return. E-file is now the way the majority of returns are filed. In fact, last year, 2 out of 3 taxpayers used e-file. 4. Check out Free File. If your income is $57,000 or less, you may be eligible for free tax preparation software and free electronic filing. The IRS partners with 20 tax software companies to create this free service. Free File is for the cost conscious taxpayer who wants reliable question-and-answer software to help them prepare a return. Visit IRS.gov to learn more. 5. Consider other filing options. There are many different options for filing your tax return. You can prepare it yourself or go to a tax preparer. You may be eligible for free face-to-face help at an IRS office or volunteer site. Give yourself time to weigh all the different options and find the one that best suits your needs. 6. Consider Direct Deposit. If you elect to have your refund directly deposited into your bank account, you’ll receive it faster than waiting for a paper check. 7. Visit IRS.gov. The official IRS Web site is a great place to find everything you’ll need to file your tax return: forms, tips, answers to frequently asked questions and updates on tax law changes. 8. Remember this number: 17. Check out Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax on IRS.gov. It’s a comprehensive collection of information for taxpayers highlighting everything you’ll need to know when filing your return. 9. Don’t rush! We all make mistakes. Mistakes will slow down the processing of your return. Be sure to double-check all the Social Security numbers and math calculations on your return as these are the most common errors made by taxpayers. 10. Don’t panic! If you run into a problem, remember the IRS is here to help. Try IRS.gov or call our customer service number at 800.829.1040.

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Preventing Unionization How to Bullet-Proof Your Organization by GINNY McMINN, FOUNDER AND OWNER OF MCMINNHR

Whether your organization is a target for union organizing depends on a number of factors, most of them within your leadership control. While I often hear that unions infiltrated organizations, it is more likely that employees invited union organizers in. With some of the legislation being considered (at press time), it is important that you do everything you can now to prevent unionization of your firm.

most talented machinist’s attendance issues, for example, while disciplining others in similar situations will be noticed by other employees. Discipline is not about punishment; it is about creating consistent expectations and encouraging self-discipline. Your employees will be more likely to want an outside advocate if your leadership actions vary regarding discipline.

Following are some steps you can take and reasons you should take them if you don’t want a union in your organization:

5. Resolve issues and promote teamwork. If one of your employees has a work-related issue, deal with it promptly and professionally. If necessary, get assistance with investigating or mediating the problem. The result of ignoring problems is that they will likely get worse, and employees will perceive your organization’s leadership as ineffective in dealing with problems at work. This is another strong appeal of unions—giving individual employees a voice and offering the opportunity to resolve problems.

1. Hire the right people and provide them with effective training. Create a skilled and dependable workforce that knows what is expected and can work independently. Nothing is as discouraging to effective workers as having co-workers who don’t show up, don’t do their work, contribute to scrap and inefficiency, and who are generally not pleasant to be around. Invest time in hiring and training good employees as an investment in good production and great teamwork. 2. Treat your employees like the respected colleagues they are. As a leader, you do not automatically get an employee’s respect—you earn it! This always works best when respect flows both ways. Offer it to your employees so it can come back to you. This means acting like a coach instead of a disciplinarian whenever possible. It means listening to your employees. It means providing courteous, job-related feedback about performance—in private. 3. Delegate work to your employees; don’t give orders. Provide employees with a goal as well as the limits in time and resources, and discuss with them the steps necessary to achieve the goal within those limitations. To feel successful, adults need to perform some of their work independently. If you are continually telling your employees exactly what to do, step-by-step, you are missing a real opportunity to upgrade the relationship and to allow them to develop their skills. 4. If you must discipline, do so consistently. Most organizations have policies (or at least practices) about discipline, such as progressive steps. It is appropriate to consider the facts of a situation before determining discipline; it is not appropriate to employ a different disciplinary action for reasons other than the facts. Looking the other way about your 18 / arizonatooling.org

6. Train supervisors on how to lead employees. Without proper training, supervisors act in one of two ways: like the supervisors they have had in the past or like their parents. If your supervisors had bad role models in either instance, that’s what your employees will experience at work. Set expectations for how your supervisors should lead, coach, provide feedback and exercise discipline. 7. Avoid favoritism and special treatment. Make a choice; supervisors can be your first line of defense or your worst problem when it comes to unionization. Employees should be unable to tell who the boss likes and who he doesn’t. Advise your supervisors to be “friendly with everyone and friends with no one.” Special treatment and favoritism are another union call to arms. You may be wondering why pay and benefits aren’t included in this list. In my experience, it usually isn’t about the money. As long as your employees’ compensation is consistent with current competitive practices, paying dues to a union is not seen as a way to make more money. The attraction to unionization is more about wanting an advocate as well as procedures to protect them from poor management practices. The best way to make a union unnecessary is to provide employees with the confidence that they don’t need one to be treated well in the workplace. n


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Opening Windows Become Familiar with Windows 7 Basics by MICKEY GARTMAN

Like Windows Vista, Windows 7 will be offered in five versions, or “editions,” with each geared toward a specific audience or a specific class of computer. Windows 7 Starter Edition is for those with less powerful hardware and who do not ask much of their PCs. This edition will not include the Aero interface, which gives Windows 7 its three-dimensional, polished look and feel, and it will not be available in a 64-bit version. Windows 7 Home Premium will be aimed at the home market, which Microsoft believes focuses primarily on ease of use and less on office connectivity. As such, it will include Aero, Windows Media Centre, and touch screen controls, but it will not include any features designed to make connecting to corporate networks easy. Windows 7 Professional is aimed at sophisticated home and small business users. Included are all of the features of lesser editions as well as remote desktop functionality for connecting to other PCs remotely. Optional file-system level encryption will help keep prying eyes from sensitive data, and a Windows XP Mode will be available to ensure that any application compatible with XP will run under Windows 7. Windows 7 Enterprise adds to the features of Professional by offering BitLocker Drive Encryption—which helps corporations protect data by ensuring that removable media, such as USB drives, can be password protected and encrypted. UNIX application support is also provided. Corporations will generally purchase this edition with volume licenses. Windows 7 Ultimate contains most of the features of other versions, including Enterprise, but will be available to home users. There will also be “E” and “N” versions of Windows 7. The E version is for Europe and will ship without a browser—a result of a settlement with EU regulators. The N version, likewise, will ship without Windows Media Player—again, a result of EU regulations. Thanks to Microsoft’s Anytime Upgrade system, all editions of Windows 7 will be distributed on the same DVD. Upgrading from one edition to another can be done online, and a new key will allow users to upgrade their existing version of Windows 7 by using their original DVDs.

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Hardware Requirements The official hardware requirements for Windows 7 from Microsoft include a processor running at 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster, 1 gigabyte (GB) of system memory (RAM), a graphics card that supports DirectX 9, and 16 20 GB of free hard drive space. Microsoft’s official hardware requirements have always left users dissatisfied, however, and that will be no different with Windows 7. To do any kind of serious multitasking, you’ll want to make sure your computer has at least 2 GB of RAM and a processor running at 2.3 GHz or better. Because Windows 7 is graphics intensive, a graphics card upgrade may be in order for those with machines older than two or three years. And with hard drive space, more is always better, especially if your computer is light on memory, since Windows 7 will use your hard drive to swap out portions of running applications if physical memory runs low. It should be noted that one of Microsoft's goals in Windows 7 was to make the operating system faster and more efficient than Windows Vista. Microsoft has largely succeeded, but don’t expect it to run faster than Windows XP. Upgrade Considerations If you have a computer currently running Windows Vista, the switch to Windows 7 should be filled primarily with pleasant surprises. Windows 7, in fact, is remarkable during installation in that it typically finds drivers automatically for a wide range of PC components that previously required a hunt for third-party drivers. Install Windows 7 from scratch, and chances are good that you’ll end up with a functioning system for which you need no additional drivers.


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Will you be able to upgrade an existing Windows XP or Windows Vista installation with Windows 7? It depends. Windows XP users will have no direct upgrade path to Windows 7, which means that if you’re running Windows XP, you’ll need to do a clean installation of Windows 7. That’s for the best anyway, since leaving an old operating system on your computer and upgrading it with a newer version typically results in a computer that runs slower and contains more unneeded files than one that was reformatted and provided with a fresh installation of the new operating system. If you currently run Windows Vista, you do have some upgrade options. If you run Vista Home Premium, you’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium. Vista Business users can upgrade to Windows 7 Professional. And Windows Vista Ultimate owners can upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate. Again, though, a clean installation of Windows 7 will be your best bet to ensure maximum performance and minimum hard drive clutter.

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Software Compatibility Vista bombed in the area of backward compatibility, and that was one of the main reasons it was a relative flop in the market. Microsoft got serious about changing that situation with Windows 7, and the result was not only a plethora of compatibility-related bug fixes but also the inclusion of the XP Compatibility Mode, available in more advanced editions of the operating system. With Compatibility Mode, Microsoft takes advantage of the virtualization capabilities of today’s cutting-edge processors. Essentially, Compatibility Mode creates within Windows 7 a separate virtual machine running Windows XP, so any application that runs fine on Windows XP will run without issue on Windows 7 using Compatibility Mode. This should ensure the widest availability of applications for Windows 7. Most current applications will not need XP Compatibility Mode to run in Windows 7, however. And some applications—most notably older antivirus or disk utilities—still will not run under Windows 7, even with Compatibility Mode. Pricing There are two levels of pricing for Windows 7: upgrade and full version. Upgrade pricing requires that a previous Windows version be available or installed. Upgrade pricing for Windows 7 Home Premium is estimated at $119, for Windows 7 Professional at $199, and for Windows 7 Ultimate at $219. Full version pricing for Home Premium is estimated at $199, Windows 7 Professional at $299, and Windows 7 Ultimate at $319. n

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SUN GRINDING MAKING STRIDES IN THE INDUSTRY! Just four months ago, Sun Grinding a Phoenix-based, full-service metal grinding shop, celebrated 14 years in the business with the Grand Re-Opening of its new, larger shop which boasts about 7,000 square feet of shop space. Sun Grinding, formerly known as BK Grinding, is the leading surface grinding shop in Arizona and is family-owned & operated. Mattison capabilities allow finished grid plates 31.5 wide x 96 long flat .001 parallel .0005, shear blades up to 20 long to .001 parallel. The company can remove stock quickly with Blanchard machines that have capabilities of grinding magnetic materials up to 72 diagonally. A newly added 48 Blanchard (making this their fourth Blanchard grinding machine) improves the company’s ability to complete any size order faster! Sun Grinding also offers Centerless Grinding. For all Centerless OD grinding needs, long bar, short bar, in-feed, through feed, shoulder bolts or under the head grinding, the company can help you. Centerless grinders can grind carbon steel, stainless steel, alloys, tool steel, aluminum, brass, bronze, plastics and other exotic materials. 22 / arizonatooling.org

Sun Grinding can also Centerless grind bars up to 6 diameter, holding 7 long 2 diameter 304 SS bar to size within a .001 with a 16 finish for under $200! “We pride ourselves on delivering precision, quality work,” says owner Scott Higginbotham when asked about helping clients achieve their tolerance goals. “For example, we will obtain your flatness tolerance goals to .001 & parallel to .0005. We can help our customers in a wide range of industries and grinding capacities such as shear blades, granulator blades, chopper blades, ironworker blades, press brake dies, table ways, lathe beds, large plate stock, platens, bolster plates, mold plates, aluminum, and stainless steel plates. Our trademark is delivering a superior product.” Sun Grindings’ staff members are precision experts who guarantee the accuracy and craftsmanship of their work. Sun Grinding is growing! The company’s veteran staff possesses over 50 years’ combined precision grinding experience. And with plans to make additional expansions to its newly expanded facility and to hire additional staff, Sun Grinding plans to continue providing quality, timely service at an exceptional value. n


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Does the Red Flags Rule Affect Your Business? Effective Principles Go a Long Way Toward Keeping Your Data Secure

Identity thieves drain accounts, damage credit, and even endanger medical treatment. e cost to businesses—left with unpaid bills racked up by scam artists—is equally staggering. In fact, identity theft became such an issue that the President of the United States put together an Identity eft Task Force in 2006. To help combat identity theft, the federal banking agencies and the FTC jointly issued the Red Flags Rule. e rule became effective January 1, 2008, and mandatory compliance was extended to June 1, 2010.

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Who Must Comply? e Red Flags Rule applies to financial institutions and creditors that maintain covered accounts. Since the rule is broad and encompassing, it covers a large segment of the U.S. business community—including some specialty contractors. Many industries have the potential to fall within the jurisdiction of the Red Flags Rule. However, no particular industry or sector is automatically subject to Red Flags Rule. Instead, individual businesses—regardless of their industries—are required to evaluate their activities and services to determine whether they fit the financial institution or creditor definitions and also whether they maintain covered accounts.


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ACCORDING TO THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (FTC), AS MANY AS NINE MILLION AMERICANS HAVE THEIR IDENTITIES STOLEN EACH YEAR RESULTING IN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN LOSSES.

Two types of accounts are considered “covered accounts:” 1. An account that a business offers to a consumer that is primarily for personal, family or household purposes, and is designed so customers can easily conduct repeat business or make staggered payments over time. is occurs when customers are allowed to carry a balance or when customers are billed on a monthly or periodic basis. Examples may include: • • • • • • •

Credit card accounts Mortgage loans Automobile loans Margin accounts Utility accounts Checking/saving accounts Small business, sole proprietorship, or single transaction accounts

2. Any account maintained by a financial institution or creditor for which there is a reasonably foreseeable risk of identity theft. ese types of accounts may include commercial or business accounts and examples may include small business accounts, sole proprietorship accounts or single transaction consumer accounts. Identity Theft Prevention Program Requirements e Red Flags Rule requires many businesses and organizations to develop and implement an Identity eft Prevention Program (ITPP) to combat identity theft. e ITPP must:

Include procedures for responding appropriately to any red flags that are detected in order to prevent and mitigate identity theft • Ensure the program is updated periodically to reflect changes •

If you currently don’t have any covered accounts, an Identity eft Prevention Program is not required. However, a best practice is to conduct periodic risk assessments of your business to determine if your business practices or services have changed and an Identity eft Prevention Program is necessary. Getting Started e Federal Trade Commission website offers valuable information to help you determine if the Red Flags Rule affects your business. If you think it does, the best way to comply is to get guidance from an attorney or to hire a compliance company to oversee your program. Federated Resource Federated P&C clients can access a Red Flags Compliance Toolkit online at www.federatedinsurance.com. FTC Resources FTC Identify eft Site www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft FTC Tutorial www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/multimedia/interactive/ infosecurity/index.html Source: Federated Mutual Insurance Company This article is intended to provide general recommendations regarding risk prevention. It

Include reasonable policies and procedures to identify relevant patterns, practices and specific forms of activity that are “red flags” signaling possible identity theft • Detect red flags that have been identified •

is not intended to include all steps or processes necessary to adequately protect you, your business, or your customers. You should always consult your personal attorney and insurance

SECURITY CHECK Q&A Q: Are there laws that require my

company to keep sensitive data secure? A: Yes. While you’re taking stock of the

data in your files, take stock of the law, too. Statutes like the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Federal Trade Commission Act may require you to provide reasonable security for sensitive information. Q: We encrypt financial data customers

submit on our website. But once we receive it, we decrypt it and email it over the Internet to our branch offices in regular text. Is there a safer practice? A: Yes. Regular email is not a secure method for sending sensitive data. e better practice is to encrypt any transmission that contains information that could be used by fraudsters or ID thieves. Q: Our account staff needs access to

our database of customer financial information. To make it easier to remember, we just use our company name as the password. Could that create a security problem? A: Yes. Hackers will first try words like “password,” your company name, the software’s default password, and other easy-to-guess choices. ey’ll also use programs that run through common English words and dates. To make it harder for them to crack your system, select strong passwords—the longer, the better—that use a combination of letters, symbols, and numbers. And change passwords often. Q: My company collects credit

applications from customers. e form requires them to give us lots of financial information. Once we’re finished with the applications, we’re careful to throw them away. Is that sufficient? A: No. Have a policy in place to ensure that sensitive paperwork is unreadable before you throw it away. Burn it, shred it, or pulverize it to make sure identity thieves can’t steal it from your trash.

professional for advice unique to you and your business. ©2009 Federated Mutual Insurance

Source: www.ftc.gov/redflagsrule

Company. All rights reserved.

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FEATURE story

Tax Reform Is in Sight How Will Changes Affect Your Business? by ROB TRACY, MANUFACTURING AND DISTRIBUTION PRINCIPAL, LARSONALLEN

If you haven’t heard the word “reform” or “change” in a while, you haven’t been watching television, listening to the radio, surfing the internet or talking to anyone over the past year. e federal and state governments across the country are in a mode of change. Whether you’re for it, or against it, change is coming. Taxing authorities are examining, with great intent, change in issues such as nexus, healthcare reform, business credits, and income and sales tax. e real question is, how does all of this change affect you and your business? What is nexus? Nexus may not be a term you hear often, but sales, use, and income tax most likely are. Nexus gives a state the right to charge a company tax for doing business in that state. Historically, nexus has required a physical presence in a state; but as states have fallen on hard times, they have begun looking for additional revenue sources. Nexus expansion is the latest target. States have begun levying taxes on companies that conduct business in a state regardless of whether an actual physical location exists in the state. To complicate this issue even more, nexus differs from state to state—what may be considered nexus in one state may not create nexus in another. Could I be taxed even if I’m not in the state? Manufacturers without a facility or other substantial physical presence in a state could be particularly susceptible due to their out-ofstate customers, businesses meetings, and trade shows. ese activities present an opportunity states may use to institute a taxable presence in their state. Being unaware of the increasing reach of nexus not only makes companies more susceptible to state taxes but also to penalties and interest when taxes are not paid or returns not filed on time. Several states have also considered repealing sales tax exemption certificates and credits offered to manufacturers. With states’ ability to capture more companies under their nexus laws, the need to draw in new businesses to generate state revenue is decreasing. Credits once used by states to entice businesses into a state are now being seen as a drain on the state’s budget. 26 / arizonatooling.org

The Fed wants their take too. State governments are not alone in their pursuit of tax revenues in an attempt to plug an increasing deficit. e federal government has also joined in the hunt. In the past year, every stimulus package, bailout, and other government funded package has impacted business and manufacturing. Some of the changes impacting manufacturers most include the COBRA subsidy, employment incentive credits, research and development credit, excise fuel tax credit and net operating loss carryback. The COBRA Subsidy e recent COBRA coverage expansion for eligible employees who lose their jobs between September 1, 2008 and February 28, 2010 requires employers to pay for 65 percent of the COBRA premiums for these former employees for up to 15 months. However, employers can claim a credit for the full 65 percent premiums paid. Generally, an employee must be involuntarily terminated to qualify. is includes employees whose contracts are not renewed or those brought on for only a short time period, such as seasonal workers. e state of the economy, and decline in business, has made the COBRA credit a vital part of the federal government's healthcare initiative. New Hiring Incentive Another employee-related credit is the new hiring incentive credit, recently proposed by President Obama. is credit would allow employers to claim a credit for up to $5,000 for new workers added in 2010. Other proposed versions of the new hiring incentive include allowing employers to be reimbursed

for payroll taxes on wage increases. Similar incentives have been proposed in the last two years, but were unable to survive congressional debate, so it is unclear whether this incentive will ultimately become law and, if so, in what form. Credits Explained e federal research and development credit has also been a major debate. Although never a permanent part of tax law, the credit for certain qualifying research and development expenditures has been a staple of tax law since 1981. e uncertainty of the credit’s existence from year to year has long been an issue for manufacturing companies. On December 31, 2009, Congress let the credit lapse once again. ere has been discussion of bringing the credit back for 2010, but companies cannot be sure if it would be applied to the full year or on a prospective basis. President Obama has proposed making the credit permanent, but little progress has been made. While the future of the R&D credit is still up in the air, the excise fuel tax credit and net operating loss carryback/carryforwards are still available. Generally associated with propane retailers, the excise fuel tax credit is also available to companies who use propane in their machinery, such as forklifts. Eligible companies receive a credit equal to $0.50 per gallon of propane consumed. In order to claim the credit, however, a manufacturer must be registered as an alternative fueler with the IRS and receive proper certification. Carryback/Carryforwards Companies may generally carry their current net business losses (also known as NOLs) against prior year or future year income. e IRS has generally given companies the option to carry this loss back two years or forward 20 years to either obtain a refund on prior taxes paid or reduce future taxes. However, recent legislation has increased the number of years that an NOL can be carried back. For 2008 and 2009 tax years, companies can carry their losses back up to five years. is increase will allow companies to receive a refund in the current year rather than waiting to apply a loss against future income.


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MEETING THE GROWING CHANGES OF INDUSTRY

Accuwright Industries, Inc. is a full service Metal Spray facility utilizing State of Art Robotics and Controls for precision Flame Spray applications. Featuring Plasma Flame Spray, Twin Wire Arc Spray, Combustion Powder/ Wire Spray, and HVOF (High Velocity Oxygen Fuel) Spray. With Quality programs and certifications such as ISO 9001-2008 and FAA Repair Certificates we can meet the growing changes of your industry. Recently combined with our Metallizing capabilities, we now have the Cold Gas-Dynamic Spray (Low Pressure Cold Spray) available for specialized services.

Refurbish worn or damaged shafts/spindles? • Don’t throw away those worn shafts/spindles • Think green and repair • Surface restoration for worn or damaged shafts/spindles • Similar and Hard surfacing repair for longer life Over/under sized machined parts? • Don’t weld • Don’t throw away • Let us rebuild material on incorrectly machined parts • Coatings to match part material • Coatings to provide harder materials • Increase longevity Can’t quote that new job? Never heard of Flame spray? • It is called Metallizing, Thermal Spray, Plasma Spray, HVOF Spray, Arc Spray, Combustion Spray, Cold Spray • We can do it • Material engineering • Quick turn around times Benefits? • Fast turn time • Engineering services • Friendly Service • Knowledgeable Staff • Pick-up/Delivery Valley wide • Consulting/Specification selection • In-house testing procedures

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Changes to Depreciation Recent proposals have not only affected tax credits, but deductions as well. Two large expense deductions utilized by most manufacturers are the bonus depreciation and section 179 deductions. Bonus depreciation, which allowed a company to take a 50 percent of an asset’s depreciation in the year qualified property was purchased, expired at the end of 2009. Under current legislation, section 179 allows businesses to deduct up to $134,000 of equipment purchases in 2010. Both deductions, however, would be affected under President Obama’s latest budget proposal, which would increase the section 179 deduction to a maximum of $250,000 and raise the phase-out limit to allow more companies to take advantage of the deduction. Under the President’s proposal, the bonus depreciation deduction would also be extended through 2010. Both of these proposals would lead to decreases in taxable income or creation of losses that could be carried back to prior years to generate refund claims. Healthcare Reform Healthcare reform also raises some potentially serious (and expensive) tax effects for businesses. Congress has yet to decide what healthcare reform will look like. But regardless of the form of the final decision, it will certainly have a negative impact on manufacturers’ bottom lines. Potential increases in premiums and required coverage could raise employer healthcare costs, particularly for those companies who are selfinsured. In addition, new penalties are being proposed for employers who do not currently offer health insurance to their employees. While nothing is certain at this point, penalties of $750 per full-time employee up to 8 percent of payroll have been suggested. What impact will tax law changes have on individuals? To add to the confusion, tax laws affecting individuals are also changing. e change in tax rates and the potential FICA cap increase could leave individuals, particularly those who own a business, with higher taxes. Beginning in 2011, capital gains tax rates increase from 15 to 20 percent. In 2011, individual tax rates will increase to a maximum of 39.6 percent. ese increases will affect all individuals, but particularly small business owners. is increase will cause income, including income passed through to business owners, to be taxed at a higher rate. Dividend rates are also set to increase in 2011 from their current rate of 15 percent and, beginning in 2011, these will be taxed at an individual’s ordinary income tax rate. In addition to the increase in overall tax rates, there is a current proposal to increase the cap on social security (FICA) taxes. e 12.4 percent FICA tax is split between the employer and employee on wages up to $106,800. Recent proposals, however, have suggested increasing or removing this cap, thereby making more of an employee’s annual salary subject to FICA. If enacted, this increase would likely be applied to selfemployment taxes on business owners and could result in an even more significant tax increase than the rate increases discussed above. With new proposals, extensions, and deficit driven governments, businesses are at risk under the current taxing regime. Reform and change are happening now, and more is on the way. Understanding these changes will allow business owners to take advantage of new benefits offered, and avoid becoming a victim of taxation change. n Contact Rob Tracy at 612.376.4794 or rtracy@larsonallen.com. infolinks: larsonallen.com, nam.org


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MEMBER LISTINGS Associate Members

Regular Members

Bryn Aman Linda Daly Richard Short Dave Biggar Greg Whelan John Anderson Isaac Bunney Howie Basuk Brad Zellers Cindie Fry Stan Watkins Steve Blok Pam Lindley Kerry Vance Cindy Stewart Lou Gallo Randy Flores Steve Warner John Benz Grady Mickey Gartman

A 2 Z Logistix A 2 Z Metalworker Adams Machinery Arizona Bank & Trust Arizona CNC Equipment ATS Industrial Bank of America Barry Metals Bolt Enterprises Bowen & Groves Canyon State Oil Co. ChemResearch Co., Inc. City of Phoenix Consolidated Resources Creative Promotions D D i - Solidworks D&R Machinery EMJ Metals Federated Insurance Co. Gartman Technical Services, Inc.

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Mark D'Gerolamo Peter Histed

Global EDM Supplies Haas Factory Outlet/ Ellison Machinery

480.836.8330 480.968.5877

Jackie Bergman Anna Lena Seedhill David Cohen John Reinhardt

HUB International I-FLEX Resource Mngmnt Industrial Metal Supply Industrial Property Specialists

602.749.4190 480.429.4508 602.454.1500 602.418.1539

Jim Hurley Tim Kloenne Barry Armstrong Doug Berg Bob Von Fleckinger Dave Valerio David Gundersen Michael Biesk Arlene Helt Ray Limon omas Moore Glen Zachman Pete Hushek Steve Montgomery Russ Kurzawski John Drain Greg Burke Dorsey Tisdale

Industrial Tool & Supply Klontech Industrial Sales L.A. Specialties LarsonAllen, LLP Leavitt Group Machinery Sales Makino, Inc. Marshall Tool & Supply Metalwest, LLC Metco Metal Finishing Moore Tool & Equipment North-South Machinery Phoenix Heat Treating Phoenix Metal Trading Star Metal Fluids LLC Tornquist Machinery Co. TW Metals Wells Fargo Bank

480.829.3835 480.948.1871 602.269.7612 480.615.2300 602.264.0566 602.403.7971 602.228.0347 602.269.6295 602.659.7000 602.276.4120 602.455.8904 602.466.2556 602.258.7751 602.257.4660 602.256.2092 602.470.0334 602.864.0014 602.522.7824

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John Cain Dave Wright Brandon McDermott Maxine Jones Chuck Eriksen

Az Industries for the Blind Accuwright Aerostar / Aerospace Mfg. PPG - Aimco Facility Allied Tool & Die Company, LLC

602.269.5131 480.892.9595 602.861.1145 602.254.2187 602.276.2439

John Raycraft

Arizona Precision Industrial, LLC

480.785.7474

Jeff Bradshaw Charles A. Van Horssen Jeff Buntin

AWISCO Wire Products Axian Technology, Inc. Barnes Aerospace Apex Mfg. Div.

623.252.0627 623.580.0800 602.305.8080 x241

Tony Miglio

Bartino Tooling & Machine, LLC

602.248.7880

Norela Harrington John Bergmann Pat DeLanie Mike Sniegowski Mark Clawson

Bent River Machine, Inc. Bergmann Precision BID Machine Blue Streak Grinding, Inc. C & C Precision Machining, Inc.

928.634.7568 602.437.4940 480.892.7304 602.353.8088 480.632.8545

Keith Adams Greg Gaudet Joe Cassavant, Jr. Steve Schwartzkopf Dustin Whaley Ron Gilmore Allen Kiesel Daniel Davis Daniel Krings John Maris David Lair

C.G. Tech, Inc. CAD Tools Company, LLC Cassavant Machining Chips, Inc. Cling’s Manufacturing Continental Precision, Inc. Creative Precision West DaVia Waterjet, LLC Deck Machine & Tool, Inc. D-Velco Mfg. Of Arizona Dynamic Machine & Fabricating Corp.

623.492.9400 480.753.4290 602.437.4005 602.233.1335 480.968.1778 602.278.4725 623.587.9400 602.442.4452 602.253.1080 602.275.4406 602.437.0339

Frank Eckert Grant Evans

Eckert Enterprises, Ltd. Evans Precision Machining, Inc.

480.820.0380 623.581.6200

Mark Weathers James Booden Jeff Hull Alex Curtis Joseph Joe Koenig Tim Malin Sam Ehret Greg Chambers Jim Bowen Joseph Sirochman Jim Carpenter Tom Wright Don Kammerzell Lee & Colleen Adams

Excaliber Precision Machining Fajon Machining, LLC Foresight Technologies Hamilton Industries Hawkeye Precision, Inc. Helm Precision, Ltd. Inline, Inc. PPG -'Jet Facility' Joined Alloys JPS Manufacturing Kimberly Gear & Spline, Inc. K-2 Manufacturing K-zell Metals, Iinc. L2 Manufacturing

623.878.6800 602.462.5993 480.967.0080 480.967.9339 480.926.8642 602.275.2122 602.278.9553 623.869.6749 602.870.5600 480.367.9540 602.437.3085 480.968.6316 602.232.5882 480.829.9047


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“The Right Tools. The Right Team. The Right Time.” Regular Members (continued) Ernest Apodaca John Lewis Michael C. Majercak, Jr. Edward Wenz Arle Rawlings Kris Swenson Paul Clark Jeff Meade Joe Tripi Robert Marusiak Mark Lashinske Tim Maack Dante Fierros R.L. Tom Osborn Louis Garcia Steve Macias Loyal Clausen James Buchanan

Layke, Inc. Lewis Aerospace Majer Precision MarZee, Inc. Mastercraft Mold, Inc. Matrix Machine Metal Spinning Solutions, Inc. Metalcraft Micropulse West Micro-Tronics, Inc. Modern Industries, Inc. MSL Precision Nichols Precision Osborn Products, Inc. Phoenix Grinding Pivot Manufacturing Plastic Engineering, Inc. Powill Manufacturing & Eng, Inc.

602.272.2654 623.581.0764 x101 480.777.8222 602.269.5801 602.484.4520 480.966.4451 480.899.0939 480.967.4889 602.438.9770 602.437.8995 602.267.7248 480.833.0112 480.804.0593 623.587.0335 602.437.8401 602.306.2923 480.491.8100 623.780.4100

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Precision Die & Stamping, Inc.

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Shaun Schilling Michael Dailey Tyler Crouse John Bloom Arnie Lytle Paul Shelton Mark Willmering Jeff Gaffney Steven Yeary Mike Gudin Ruben Cadena

Premier Tool Grinding Prescott Aerospace, Inc. Pro Precision R & D Specialty/Manco RMD Waterjet Shelton Industries Sonic Aerospace, Inc. Southwest Swiss Precision Southwest Turbine, Inc. Southwest Water Jet State Industrial Products, Inc.

602.442.0698 928.772.7605 602.353.0022 602.278.7700 480.736.1736 520.408.8026 480.777.1789 602.438.4670 602.278.7442 480.306.7748 602.275.0990

Patrick Stewart, II Mike Gudin Dennis Miller Scott Higginbotham Craig Berland Todd Aaronson Bill Brooks Jacque Cowin Jeremy Lutringer Bill Ankrom Robert L. Wagner Rick Erickson Geno Forman Bruce Treichler

PPG- Stewart Facility Southwest Water Jet Summit Precision, Inc. Sun Grinding LLC Systems 3, Inc. T.A. Custom Designs, Inc. Time Machine & Stamping Tram-Tek, Inc. Unique Machine & Tool Co. Vitron Manufacturing, Inc. Wagner Engineering, Inc. Wire-Tech X-5 Manufacturing, LLC Zircon Precision Products

623.582.2261 x215 480.306.7748 602.268.3550 602.238.9595 480.894.2581 623.221.4922 602.437.2394 602.305.8100 602.470.1911 602.548.9661 480.926.1761 480.966.1591 602.454.7385 480.967.8688

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CALENDAR of events

MARK YOUR CALENDAR WITH THESE

April 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

UPCOMING ATMA EVENTS!

PROGRAM TEAM MEETING (Second Thursday of every month) JPS Manufacturing, 15651 N. 83rd Way, 85260 RSVP: arizonatooling.org or arizonatooling@cox.net

April 15, 2010, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

SAFETY TEAM MEETING MicroTronics, 2905 S. Potter Drive, Tempe, 85282 RSVP: arizonatooling.org or arizonatooling@cox.net

March 2, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

MEMBERSHIP & MARKETING TEAM (First Tuesday of every month) Lewis Aerospace, 1401 W. Victory Lane, 85027

April 20, 2010, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

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(Third Tuesday of every month) Phoenix Airport Hilton, 2435 S. 47th Street

March 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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PROGRAM TEAM MEETING

April 28, 2010, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

(Second Thursday of every month) JPS Manufacturing, 15651 N. 83rd Way, 85260

ATMA GENERAL DINNER MEETING Tradiciones Restaurant, 1602 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix, 85006

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March 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

SAFETY TEAM MEETING

May 14, 7:30 a.m.

MicroTronics, 2905 S. Potter Drive, Tempe, 85282

ATMA ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

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Legacy Golf Resort More info at: arizonatooling.org or arizonatooling@cox.net

March 16, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

May 26

(Third Tuesday of every month) Phoenix Airport Hilton, 2435 S. 47th Street

ATMA/AMC MIXER

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7:30 a.m. shotgun at Legacy Golf Resort!

March 31, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

July 28, Time TBD

ATMA GENERAL DINNER MEETING

ATMA TOUR OF PING MANUFACTURING

Phoenix Airport Hilton, 2435 S. 47th Street

(Followed by Happy Hour Meeting)

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April 6, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Scottsdale Plaza Resort

MEMBERSHIP & MARKETING TEAM (First Tuesday of every month) Lewis Aerospace, 1401 W. Victory Lane, 85027

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A&J Industrial Machine Repair Co. Accurate Waterjet Accuwright Industries, Inc. Arizona Bank & Trust Blue Streak Grinding Bolt Enterprises ChemResearch Co., Inc. Consolidated Resources, Inc. Dynamic Machine & Fabrication Corp. Excaliber Precision Federated Insurance

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Precision Magazine, March / April 2010