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Announcements & Releases Haas Factory Outlet-Phoenix Invites Machinists to CNC Mill & Lathe G&M Code Programing Courses

Mill and lathe classes are scheduled every other month. Each course consists of 3 days of hands-on instruction led by a Haas Certified Instructor. Students will learn the basics of the Haas control, operation of machines, and Haas programming using G & M codes. Classes are free to all Haas CNC machine owners and operators. Classes are held Monday through Wednesday from 2:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.

Please join us for an upcoming session of the Haas CNC training. We recommend registering as early as possible as class sizes are limited.

Mill Training Class — 1/16 - 1/18 Lathe Training Class — 2/20 - 2/22 Training is held at Haas Factory Outlet- Phoenix, a Division of Ellison Machinery facility located at 1610 S Priest Drive, #101 Tempe, AZ 85281. To register and for additional information visit www.EllisonAZ.com or call 480-968-5877.

Kalos Certifications Expands its Service Offering as a Certification Body, Serving Locally and Nationwide!

Kalos Certifications is pleased to announce that we now provide objective and impartial ISO 9001, AS9100, AS9120 registration and AS13100 Gap Assessment services. Our knowledgeable Auditors, Office Staff and Advisory Board are here to build a value-added business partnership as your company evolves!

Whether you have questions about the certification process or are ready to get started, Kalos will help align your team with resources to meet your goals; we are there every step of the way.

Our auditors have real industry experience and are authenticated to provide consistent results. As

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ambassadors of the standard, our auditors will use a process approach that works with the unique identity of your organization.

At Kalos we recognize achieving a certification is more than checking a box, it is truly a way of setting up your company up for success! Learn more at www.kaloscertifications.com.

Kalos is also the main sponsor for Arizona Quality Network- an open educational forum for Quality Professionals in the ISO 9001/ AS9100 Quality Management schemes. We hold 3 public meetings a year covering standard, regulatory and business management topics. Meetings can qualify for continuing education and development credits. Learn more and RSVP for the next meeting at www.kaloscertifications.com/az-quality-network. Basic Metals Announces The Addition of Kevin Randall as General Manager

We would like to announce that Kevin Randall has joined the Basic Metals Team in Arizona as General Manager. We want to spread our quality service to a broad base of customers. Kevin has close to forty years of sales and management experience in metals distribution. He has been in Arizona since 2002. Kevin is eager to be face to face with the customers in Arizona and provide them with the metal, customer service, and value they deserve. “Basic Metals is a place where our customers are treated like family not just a number.” You can contact Kevin at (602) 515-4341 or email: krandall@BasicMetals.com

Harvey Performance Company Adds Local Support in Arizona

Harvey Performance Company is pleased to announce that it hired Dave Campbell as an Applications Engineer/Outside Sales person to support the market in Arizona. Though Dave is just coming back to Arizona and new to Harvey, he has years of experience in the industry. In his last assignment with a manufacturer of production cutting tools,

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Announcements & Releases Continued Dave supported customers with sales and applications support in OR, WA, ID and British Columbia. In this position, he was also responsible for Boeing account management OR and WA. Since 1985, Harvey Tool Company has been providing specialty carbide end mills and cutting tools to the metalworking industry. Along with our unique standard tool offerings, Harvey Tool can provide custom tools. Our custom tool orders range from a variation of our standard tooling to highly specialized, application-specific, custom tools. To learn more about Harvey Tools, contact: Dave Campbell a: 602-694-7378 or email him at: dcampbell@ harveyperformance.com Miami AZ’s LEI Upgrades to 5-Axis

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Community College’s Manufacturing Faculty Miami, Arizona LEi Owner Elvin Jr Fant and his father Elvin Fant, both journeyman machinists, support primarily mining customers in throughout Arizona. The sleepy town, approximately 1.5 hours due east from Phoenix, Announcements Continued Page 12

is a small former copper-mining town rich in history. LEi Machining, based in a designated HUBZone, offers its mining customers CNC turning and milling, wire EDM, laser engraving, as well as industrial repair and fabrication. With its FFL (Federal Firearms License), the company also manufactures firearms. For those unfamiliar with the term HUBZone, it is a United States Small Business Administration (SBA) program for small companies that operate and employ people in Historically Under-utilized Business Zones, including rural areas like Miami, Arizona, with a goal of awarding at least 3% of federal contract dollars to HUBZone-certified companies each year. LEI purchased its first Haas machine in 1994 and today owns several. Their latest acquisition, a Haas UMC 500, is the company’s entrée into 5 axis machining, and the purchase was made in part because LEi wants to reduce its dependence on employees. Elvin Sr says, “5-axis machining is an effective means to reduce setups and increase accuracy for multi-sided and complex parts. The Haas UMC-500 Series Universal Machining Center will be perfect for both 3+2 machining and simultaneous 5-axis machining of smaller parts.”

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Elvin Jr, says, “It has always been difficult to find people to work for us. They just don’t want to come up from Phoenix to live.” Elvin Sr says, “Recently, I saw the article in the A2Z Manufacturing magazine on Gateway Community College, and I was intrigued with how progressive they were with their equipment and training programs.” Elvin Sr. made an appointment with Dave, and the two met in Phoenix.

Dave Zamora, (pictured with Elvin Jr and Sr), lead faculty for the Center for Industrial Technology (CIT) at Gateway’s Washington Campus, said, “Gateway is known for its hands-on training at our facility, but we have also provided virtual (remote) training as well as onsite training at the customer’s facility. For LEi, we decided to support their training needs with all 3 methodologies.” the early training to provide in person training to the 4 new LEI hires. Elvin Jr. will be driving the students to the Gateway Phoenix campus during 2023.

If you are seeking a new shop with journeyman machinists as well as newly trained machinists, one that recognizes the benefits of utilizing new machining technologies, and one that is based in a designated HUBZone, contact LEI at 928701-1994 or email: info@leimachining.com

To learn more about Gateway’s Center for Industrial Technology (CIT) at Gateway’s Washington Campus, visit gatewaycc.edu/cit or call (602) 286-8000 for enrollment services.

LEi Machining secured 4 candidates (pictured) with little or no machining backgrounds to begin training. “First, the training focused on programming, so that the new machinists wouldn’t be just ‘button pushers. Next, the training focused on 5 axis machining since the company now owns the Haas UMC-500. Dave has come up from the Valley to Miami many times during

Star Metal Fluids Announces The

Addition of Lucas Cassil!

Serving the Aerospace/Aircraft, Military, and Commercial Industries Quality System is Certified ISO 9001:201 15 and AS9100" "D" FULL 5-AXIS CAPABILITIES

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to the Star Metal Fluids team! Lucas has been hired on as an Account Manager for our Utah branch and will support accounts located between Salt Lake City and Gunnison. Lucas is a Utah native and enjoys mountain biking and baseball. Please feel free to reach out and help us welcome Lucas to the industry at l_cassil@ financing to thousands of customers around the US. He has a great understanding of the manufacturing industry, the equipment, and what is needed to meet each individual customer’s needs. Please reach out to Chris with any financing inquiries that you might have. Email him at: chris@epicapprovals.com.

Allied Tool & Die Changes Its Name to ATD Precision Manufacturing LLC

Epic Finance – Focusing on the Buyer AND Seller

Epic Finance (Golden, CO) is taking a modern approach to the machine tool financing industry. Led by Chris Frans, CLFP (President), Epic’s goal is to provide the most optimal customer service to both the customer and the distributor or OEM that is selling the equipment, all while providing aggressively low rates. ATD Precision Manufacturing LLC is the new name for Allied Tool & Die Co., LLC. The company was founded 72 years ago by the Jordan family and over the decades has transitioned from making tools, dies, and jigs to the production of components and small assemblies. A name change has been debated internally for many years. Should we keep the name known for decades or change it because it no longer communicates what we do?

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Announcements & Releases Continued At trade shows people invariably come up to us looking for tooling to be made. We tell them, “Yes, we can make tooling, but we want to make parts with it and sell the parts. We haven’t sold a die set to a customer in over 15 years.” This begets the real question of how many people don’t approach us because of our name when we could be the vendor they are looking for. ATD Precision Manufacturing is a name that truly represents what we do. Sheet Metal Fabrication and CNC machining of parts for the aerospace and related industries. The company continues to be a great place to be a part of. Check out our new website “atdpmfg.com” to learn more about us.

Aerospace, Defense Cos. Strike $4.7b Deal Melbourne, Florida-based L3Harris Technologies Inc. will pay $4.7 billion to buy Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. off of public markets, reports Isabel Sami of L.A. Business First. By acquiring the El Segundo, California-based company, L3Harris would secure a stronger foothold in the aerospace and defense sector. But L3Harris wouldn’t be the first company to try; Lockheed Martin tried to buy Aerojet for $4.4 billion in a deal meant to close earlier this year, but the Federal Trade Commission sued to block the deal in January. The Lockheed deal would have given the company the ability to deny competitors components needed to build competing rockets,

personal use, and business accounts. With the addition of Arizona Iron Supply, we the FTC said. can accommodate even larger industrial accounts and offer even more equipment and metal inventory to choose from. This is the second L3Harris acquisition the company We feel privileged to continue to serve Phoenix and surrounding areas. We can’t has announced in 2022. It acquired Viasat Inc.’s wait to show you how this development will improve your metal purchasing, metal recycling, and Rolloff Service experience. Tactical Data Links product in October for nearly $2 billion. Visit one of our two locations to see how this exciting change will benefit you! Davis Nikola’s federal loan application for Valley hydrogen hub advances Metals: (602) 267-7208 / 3322 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 Arizona Iron Supply: (602) 244-9649 / 130 S 23rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85034 Landmark Hosts Open House At Metzfab Industries N i k o l a L andmark Corp. plans Solutions to build a held an Open hydrogen House event production at Metzfab hub in the Industries Phoenix in Phoenix metro to earlier this support infrastructure for its Nikola Tre fuel-cell electric vehicle. month. Nikola Corp.’s application for potentially $1.3 billion Metzfab’s facility was chosen due to their company in federal loan money to build a planned hydrogen growth, and the addition of several new state of production plant in the Valley is a step closer to being the art pieces of equipment. Metzfab is always approved. pushing technology and equipment limits in an effort to build and deliver the best parts to their customers. Announcements Continued Page 18

Metzfab recently installed a new OMAX 80x 5 axis waterjet, a Bystronic Tube Laser system, a Bystronic ByStar Fiber Laser with full automation, multiple large high performance press brakes, and a fully automated robotic press brake. Installing soon is a new material finishing machine also coming from the Landmark Team. The Landmark Solutions open house event was a success, and we are all excited to continue our long term partnership with Metzfab. Everyone attending the event were impressed with the new equipment and technology, and how this has helped Metzfab grow and diversify their business.

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Industrial Production Returns to Growth After February’s Storms Subside The Federal Reserve reported that industrial production in March rose 1.4%, returning to growth after an unseasonably stormy February knocked it down 2.6%. The report shows total industrial production rose 2.5% at an annualized rate during the first quarter of 2021 despite the losses endured in February by manufacturing, mining, and utilities companies. The industrial production gauge includes productivity in three sectors: manufacturing, mining, and utilities. Manufacturing production (which excludes mining and utilities output) rose 2.7% in March after falling 3.7% the month before. Mining production improved 2.7%, while utility output fell 11.4% thanks to unseasonably warm March temperatures. Manufacturing output rose 1.9% at an annualized rate. Capacity utilization in manufacturing rose by 1.9 points, also reversing February losses. Almost all market groups saw improvements in March, despite lingering challenges. The Federal Reserve’s index for other manufacturing, which includes publishing and logging, remained the same, but durable goods and A2Z MANUFACTURING SW • 18 • Jan / Feb 2023 nondurable goods indexes rose 3.0% and 2.6%, respectively.

Motor vehicles and parts production, The Phoenix-based zero-emissions vehicle maker said it which fell 10% in February, rose 2.8% submitted an application in May for a loan guarantee under in March but remained depressed by a the Innovative Clean Energy projects program with the U.S. persistent shortage of semiconductors. Department of Energy Loan Program Office, and now the Most durable goods indexes rose application has moved to the second part of the process. between 2% to 3%. The money would be used to build Nikola’s hydrogen production hub on nearly 1,000 acres of land in Buckeye In nondurable manufacturing, the that the company quietly acquired for $16.5 million in September. Nikola (Nasdaq: NKLA) soon after that confirmed that it planned to build a hydrogen production facility there. index for the chemicals industry rose 4.1%, and petroleum and coal products rose 5.7%, although neither sector has fully recovered from The site is located just south of the Arizona Department of Corrections Lewis Prison and west of State Route 85 at 28702 W. Patterson Road in south Buckeye. severe weather damage—the Federal Reserve noted that some chemicals factories remain offline thanks to damage sustained from February’s Nikola said its access to the federal funds is wholly dependent on the results of a Department of Energy review and evaluation of the company’s Part II application and its winter storms. Most nondurable goods indexes rose between 0.9% and 3.0%. determination of whether to proceed. The funds will be used to build the facility, which could produce at first 30 If February was notable for its metric tons per day before ramping up to 150 metric tons storminess, March was notable for its and potentially expand beyond that. heat. The unseasonably warm month coincided with a roughly 10% drop in “This hub is intended to provide urgently needed consumer energy products, and the renewable-based energy solutions and a pathway to a 11.4% drop in utilities utilization was decarbonized transportation sector,” Nikola President, the largest recorded in the history of the index’s 48-year history.

Announcements & Releases Continued Energy, Carey Mendes said in a statement. “What’s more, it is expected to support clean hydrogen use in additional applications such as industrial, residential, and commercial heating, as well as for decarbonizing natural gas and power generation.” Assuming the loan funding is approved, the company said construction of the facility’s first phase is expected to be completed in 2024. That hydrogen hub is part of Nikola’s plan to develop an infrastructure system that will include fueling stations for its heavy duty fuel cell electric vehicles in California and elsewhere in the Southwest. Businesses are using more contract workers than before the pandemic Businesses are using contractors more now than any point in recent memory, and a tight labor market means that’s likely to continue — despite increased scrutiny from regulators. The latest data, from payroll and benefits provider Gusto Inc., found payments to contractors have increased 23% Announcements Continued Page 20