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Fall 2016 - Volume 10; Issue 3

In this Issue Think Before You Post — How Social Media Impacts Litigation TDMAW 2016 Member Social Leveraging Technology to Accelerate Growth in the Manufacturing Industry

President's Letter

Into the Home Stretch


t’s hard to believe that summer is over and we are into the home stretch of 2016. It has been a busy summer for the TDMAW. There have been a lot of good events with record turnouts. The last event was the annual Member Social, with 40 members attending. It was held at the Golden Mast which is a fabulous facility with great food. It was a great opportunity for networking, shop talk, and comradery. The TDMAW also recognized the amazing contributions of our four newest Honorary Members: • Doug Brockelman (Stanek Tool) • John Puhl (J.P. Pattern)

• The annual members meeting has been moved up to December this year. It will be held on December 6th at Alioto’s Restaurant. This is the meeting where the 2017 Board of Directors are elected so please find a way to attend. Please visit our website at TDMAW.org to find out more about our upcoming events. The website now has online registration and some of the events are offering early bird cost savings. Watch for opportunities to get your name in front of our membership by being a sponsor at one of these events. I look forward to talking to each of you at our future events.

Brian Nuetzel

• Al Weiss (Integrity Wire EDM)

Jim Persik, longtime TDMAW member was gracious enough to emcee the presentations. Jim did an outstanding job of announcing their accomplishments and adding his personal insights, which he gained while working side by side with them over the years. Please congratulate them for their outstanding service when you meet them at future events. The TDMAW Board of Directors have also been extremely busy since the last publication. Recognizing the need for a long term plan with short term goals driving the plan, there has been many hours of extra planning sessions. Although the process is not yet complete, it centers around growing TDMAW, offering much more value to our members and becoming less reliant on sponsorship funding. I am excited to be part of this process and we will be presenting the plan within the next few months. Please mark your calendar reserving time for our upcoming events • There will be a 3D printing demonstration breakfast meeting on October 25th held at Graphics Systems in Germantown • SWICKtech is hosting a breakfast meeting on November 11th. The topic for this meeting will be internal network security.

Pete Kambouris Wisconsin Engraving Company Kirk Kussman Aztalan Engineering, Inc. Brian Nuetzel Matzel Manufacturing Alan Petelinsek Power Test, Inc. John Thomann W-Steel & Grinding, Inc. Voting for the TDMAW 2017 Board of Directors will occur at the annual member meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Alioto’s Restaurant in Wauwatosa. Proxy ballots will be available if you are unable to attend the meeting.


• Mary Wehrheim (Stanek Tool)

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2016 Board of Directors President - Brian Nuetzel Matzel Manufacturing, Inc. 414.466.3800 | Briann@mzmatzel.com Vice President - Pete Kambouris Wisconsin Engraving Company, Inc. 262.786.4521 | pckambouris@wi-engraving.com Treasurer - Alan Petelinsek Power Test, Inc. 262.252.4301 | alan@pwrtst.com Secretary - Kirk Kussman Aztalan Engineering Inc. 920.648-3411 | kkussman@aztalan.com Chairman of the Board - Randy Weber Daco Precision-Tool 262.626.6591 | randy@daco-precision.com

2016 Committee Chairs Advisory Co-Chairs Jim Persik 262.781.3190 | jim@milfab.com Mary Wehrheim 262.786.0120 l mwehrheim@gmail.com Apprenticeship Allen Weiss 262.820.3400 | aweiss@integritywireedm.com Budget Alan Petelinsek 262.252.4301 | alan@pwrtst.com

Table of Contents Presidents Letter ........................................................... 2 Think Before You Post — How Social Media Impacts Litigation ........................... 7 Four Critical Traits You Must Develop in Your Future Leaders .................................................. 8 COSBE's Be The Spark Program ................................. 9 A Case Study on Core Values: How Would Your Company Measure Up? .................. 10 TDMAW Summer Outing Hits the Bullseye! ............... 12 Federated Insurance, Work injury – Is offering Over-the-Counter (OTC) medication a risk for business? ........................................................ 13 TDMAW 2016 Member Social ..................................... 15

Business Support Brian Nuetzel 414.466.3800 | Briann@mzmatzel.com

TDMAW Press Releases ............................................. 17

Insurance Kirk Kussman 920.648.3411 | kkussman@aztalan.com

How did your company celebrate October is Manufacturing Month? ................................................ 18

Legislative Kathy Pfannerstill 262.250.7640 | kathy@toolcraft.com Programs & Events Randy Weber 262.626.6591 | randy@daco-precision.com Membership Committee Pete Kambouris 262.786.4521 | pckambouris@wi-engraving.com Nominating Randy Weber 262.626.6591 | randy@daco-precision.com Promotions Lynn Mahuta 262.502.4100 | lynn@mahutatool.com

Legislative Update, Maintaining And Strengthening Wisconsin's Manufacturing Tradition — Gov. Scott Walker ................................................... 19 Leveraging Technology to Accelerate Growth in the Manufacturing Industry .................................... 21 TDMAW October 11 Dinner Meeting Highlights ........ 22 Student IMTS Essays ............................................. 23-24 One Key to Running a Great Business ....................... 25

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Protecting Our Aging Workforce................................. 26

2016 Ad Hoc Committee Chairs

Partners & Sponsors ................................................... 27

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The Edward L. Simeth Scholarship offers up to $500.00 per semester to students currently enrolled in a machine tool operations program or tool & die program at any accredited Wisconsin technical college. Four students received awards for the spring semester. TDMAW thanks the E. L. Simeth Company for their continued financial support for this scholarship. Applications are currently being accepted for the spring semester. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2017. Applications can be found on the TDMAW.org website at tdmaw.org/education-careers/scholarships/. Congratulations to TDMAW Partner, SWICKtech for making the Future 50 list! The Future 50 program was created by MMAC’s Council of Small Business Executives to recognize top local firms that are growing in revenue and employment. SWICKtech offers IT management services. Visit their website for more information: swicktech.com. Looking for qualified applicants or to post your open positions? Use Wisconsin Tech Connect to post your job and/or to look for applicants. www.wisconsintechconnect.com Wisconsin Tech Connect is a statewide online employment information system for recruiting Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) students and graduates. October is Manufacturing Month. TDMAW hopes that each of you find a way to celebrate manufacturing and promote our industry – not just in October, but throughout the year!


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Think Before You Post How Social Media Impacts Litigation Submitted by TDMAW Blue-Level Sponsor, The Schroeder Group


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n my introductory legal writing class in law school, my professor told us, “Treat every e-mail you send as though it will be an exhibit that will be presented to the judge and the jury.” Although that idea seemed strange at the time, the advice was sound. In my first year of practice after law school, dozens of e-mails I sent to opposing counsel were marked as exhibits and filed with the court. Most of the time, I was the one marking the messages and using them to support my argument. Thank goodness for that wise professor.

Fast forward a few years, and I often find myself sharing that same advice with clients. And not just in the context of e-mail. The same wisdom applies to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other social media outlet. Before you post that picture or tweet those 140 characters, take a moment and think: “How would I feel about this being an exhibit at a trial?” According to the Pew Research Center, 65 percent of American adults use social networking sites. In this technology rich world, the social media we think of as private and protected frequently comes into the courtroom. Over the past five years, courts have overwhelmingly agreed that even if social media posts are posted to a “private”

page so only certain “friends” or “followers” can access the information, those posts are not privileged or protected by any legal notion of privacy. A recent Florida case examined the issue closely and determined, “Because information that an individual shares through social networking websites like Facebook may be copied and disseminated by another, the expectation that such information is private, in the traditional sense of the word, is not a reasonable one.” The same reasoning often applies to e-mail and other social media posts. The use of social media in litigation has become common enough that Facebook and Twitter each provide a streamlined process by which a user can download his or her Facebook Info or Twitter archive. We never know when we might be pulled into litigation. It may be after a car crash. It may relate to a contractual dispute. Or an employment issue. But whatever it is, it is already too late to edit any posts or delete those pictures. So take a moment, and think before you post.

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Four Critical Traits You Must Develop in Your Future Leaders Submitted by MRA


ou have a coveted supervisory position coming open due to a retirement in a few months. Two or three employees have indicated that they would like to be considered and your organization is committed to promoting from within as much as possible. They are all considered "good" employees—they show up and do the work. But, you question whether they are ready and capable to assume a leadership role. What leadership skills, such as the ones listed below, do they already possess? Which are

they capable of obtaining? Building your bench strength is always a good idea—sooner rather than later. As you consider the qualities you need in your leaders, think about how your organization can develop future leaders, including training. In addition to MRA’s Supervisor and Manager program offerings, classes also include those on important soft skills development such as Resolving Conflict Effectively, Diplomacy and Tact, and The Emotionally Intelligent Leader.

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Are they self-aware enough to recognize what sparks their "Are you kidding me?" reaction instead of a calm "Tell me more?" Are they aware of the difference that attitude makes when a team member asks a question or voices a concern? Of course, a lack of any response speaks volumes too. Tact and diplomacy can be learned and are an absolute requirement in managing employees, reporting to a manager, or responding to a customer.

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Are they able to recognize individual strengths, culture, work style, and motivational factors? Are they open to the differences in their work team, whether they be generational, cultural, "old school" or "new school" ways of thinking and approaching work? This openness and understanding allows for building on everyone’s strengths, and allows for differences.

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COSBE's Be The Spark Program Submitted by TDMAW Member, Waukesha Metal Products integrate mentoring programs with work-based learning opportunities throughout their organizations. But as an employer, it can be confusing, time–consuming and difficult to navigate the many channels to connect with students. Small and medium sized businesses face even tougher challenges because of limited resources. We are all busy, but talent is or will be a limiting growth factor in the near future for all of our businesses.


MAC’s Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) is partnering with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to host tours of local businesses for 7th graders as part of their career exploration. Launched in 2014, 25 businesses hosted 921 students. This year it has expanded to 50 businesses hosting >2500 students this year. The program goal is to be the “Learning Journey” for all 7th grade MPS students by the 2017-2018 school year. Quite an accomplishment for the business community and MPS. Wisconsin’s economic vitality is tied directly to our ability to develop a ready workforce with the necessary skills to meet tomorrow’s high-demand careers. At the root of this challenge is our need to provide an educational journey for our children that includes exposure and exploration of the many career paths available for our future talent. The Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment (CWI) recognized this and presented the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan that outlined 21 recommendations including some pointed directly at how to equip students with the tools necessary to align their academic journey with career exploration so they could be better prepared to enter the workforce. All Pre-K-12 schools in Wisconsin are required to provide academic and career planning (ACP) to students beginning at the 6th grade level by 2017 (ACT 20, Wisconsin Statute 115.28 (59)). Many districts and students use Career Cruising to learn more about themselves and to develop their Academic and Career Plan (ACP). Career Cruising offers the following assessments: •

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In addition, the content of Career Cruising is rich with information on careers, education, employment trends and more. Each student has a personal Career Cruising account with an e-portfolio. The e-portfolio holds assessment results, favorite information on schools and careers, and the student's Academic and Career Plan. Each student must meet Career Cruising completion standard requirements. But even more meaningful is the coordination between educators, students, parents and employers to providing the best career learning experience. Employer thought-leaders structure their talent acquisition strategy to include strong connections within the Pre-K-12 system. Those ahead of the curve already

Engaging students is imperative in building awareness of career opportunities and the skill requirements necessary to succeed in our businesses. A tool available to businesses is Inspire Wisconsin, which has the platform built and deployed in several regions easily providing structured access to participating school districts. This program easily connects interested employers and students, which is in-line with the CWI recommendations. Successful statewide implementation could strengthen Wisconsin’s ability to build, access and retain our talent resources. BE THE SPARK addresses this need directly by providing a platform for the direct connection of a business with a school, teacher and students. We are opening doors and student’s eyes to the many possibilities available. It’s really the first step on the career highway. These tours could be the spark that ignites an interest that leads to an internship or apprenticeship. For more information on COSBE’s BE THE SPARK program and how to become involved, please contact Stephanie Hall, Executive Director of COSBE, at shall@mmac.org or Jeffrey Clark, President/CEO Waukesha Metal Products, COSBE Education Chair References: Wisconsin Governor’s Workforce Investment Strategic Plan

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A Case Study on Core Values: How Would Your Company Measure Up? Submitted by TDMAW Member, Power Test, Inc. with people who embody those values and grew with a disciplined belief in these principles(for further reading, see Built to Last by Jim Collens and Jerry I. Porras as well as Traction by Gino Wickman). At Power Test ‘We Make It Better’. It’s our core value. It’s the way we’ve tackled every day for over 40 years and has been the foundation of our success as the industry leader in dynamometers and heavy equipment testing solutions. What are your core values? Are they clearly defined and communicated? How are you living them as an organization? It’s one thing to have them set, but making them a part of your day to day work is quite another. At Power Test, these values are displayed at every turn. Not only can our employees recite them at the drop of a hat, but they can tell you what these values mean to them personally. That’s the culture we’ve aimed for and it’s an important thing to keep in mind as we grow towards the company we envision 40 years from now.

1. Do the Right Thing Always


orporations don’t have values; the people who run them do. From the executive team to the youngest intern, the core values at Power Test ensure that ’We Make It Better’ for our customers, our community and our employees. For decades companies have thrived, enduring recessions and depressions, because they defined their core values. In the early stages they built a culture

Integrity is being truthful when no one is looking. In any aspect of life, there is an opportunity to cut corners because you think no one will notice or that it won’t matter. How does that make you a better employee? A better company? We have a customer first mentality, and that requires accountability from the top down. Having core values turns these deliberations into common sense and has given Power Test a reputation of honesty and integrity.

2. Great Isn’t Good Enough

Part of the ‘We Make It Better’ motto is ‘Great Isn’t Good Enough’. We challenge ourselves to set the bar high and go the extra mile in every aspect of our business. We hire and recognize passionate people who don’t settle for good enough. That’s part of the reason Power Test is an industry leader in the sale of dynamometer and heavy equipment testing systems. Because we’re willing to take the extra steps to ensure the best for our customers.


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3. No Excuses

People make mistakes, and sometimes things don’t go the way we imagined. But making excuses doesn’t do anything to resolve the problem. At Power Test, we have a ‘No Excuse’ culture. That means that instead of lamenting mistakes and placing blame, we actively work to correct problems and move forward.

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4. Make It Better -- Grow or Die

Another facet of ‘We Make It Better’ is the idea that those who don’t improve will fall behind. Grow or die. Take a look at the skills gap as an example. Instead of being intimidated by the inability to find skilled labor that meets industry needs, we collaborated with GPS Education Partners. GPS offers educational programs that provide students an opportunity to earn their high school diploma through an integrated learning experience, linking academic standards with real-world applications and apprenticeships. As a GPS Education Center, we are providing classroom space and teaching facilities for over 20 students every year. We also employ one or two GPS students at a time, providing hands-on apprenticeships in a real manufacturing environment. Together, we are all growing. And making it better.

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Do you want to ski with your grandkids when you’re 77? It’s important to have plans, make the futures you want – in fact, let us help you Make It Better. Our workplace culture and awardwinning wellness program is driven by the belief that people should do their best to lead a healthy, meaningful and fruitful life and, in addition, it builds a sense of community within the company as employees participate in activities together. Power Test has built its culture on these core values, and they’ve served us well. But making these beliefs a reality means much more than hanging these up on the wall. They’re values that need to be cultivated and at times, we need to be reminded what they stand for. It takes effort, but it helps us shape the company that we continue to strive to be. Core values take work, but living by them helps us know that ‘We Make It Better’.


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TDMAW Summer Outing Hits the Bullseye! On August 2nd TDMAW held its Summer Outing at Wern Valley Sportsman’s Club, in Waukesha. This sporting clays shoot is quickly becoming one of the more popular annual TDMAW events! Close to 65 people attended and enjoyed shooting the sporting clays course and 2-man flurry. After the shoot attendees appreciated the delicious BBQ dinner, and door prizes & awards were given. If you haven’t yet attended this event, plan to join us next August – you won’t be disappointed!

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Thank you to all who provided door prizes for the Summer Outing! DACO Precision-Tool .....Six Swiss Army Knives and 2 soft-grip fillet knives FirstMerit Bank....................................................................Case of shells Machine and Factory ................................ $50 Gander Mountain gift card MSC Industrial ..................................................................Stanley Tool Kit Seco Tools............................................................................ $25 Gift Card The Schroeder Group, S.C. ...........Rolling cooler and 4 Brewer tickets with parking pass, stadium club pass, cups, earbuds, pens and other goodies

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Awards went to the sharp shooters of the day: The TDMAW Traveling Trophy went to the sporting clays first place team: Gary Swick, Eric Corbeg, Sean Coykendall, Calvin Palet and Jason Gunther with a score of 169/200. Sporting Clays individual high score winner was Eric Corbeg, with a score of 49/50. Sporting Clays 2nd place individual high score award went to Steve Janiszewski with a score of 47/50. The two-man flurry first place team was: Eric Corbeg and Sean Coykendall The two-man flurry second place team was: Steve Janeszewski and Nick Schrubbe The 50/50 raffle winner was: Wayne Matthiesen, winning $250.00, with the other half going towards TDMAW scholarships.

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Work injury – Is offering Over-the-Counter (OTC) medication a risk for business? Tornado Preparedness Takes Center Stage

Preliminary estimates for 2012 by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) report more than 900 tornadoes—22 of which were “killer tornadoes.” From droughts to floods to temperature extremes, it seems that weather systems are upside down all over the country. January 2012 was an unusually violent month for severe weather, with more than 70 tornadoes reported. Unfortunately, extreme weather is becoming more commonplace: Over the past three years, the Question: An employee was stung For starters,1 there is a percentage of the and, therefore, outside the purview of United States has averaged more than 1,300 tornadoes. by bees while working outside. The population that is allergic to any given this service). Also, there is potential for

employee medical treatment, medication, and tocertain a choking situation consuming Deathsrefused and property damage from tornadoes are not limited the most medications severe storms: 109 people were killed inwhen 2011 by 2 workers’ and the company submitted the are contraindicated by even OTC pain OTC medications, which is another risk. storms rated EF3 or lower. So what can we do? In a word, PREPARE! compensation claim as first aid only. relievers or decongestants (i.e., they Accordingly, we typically recommend Tornado season lasts from August, butresult tornadoes can occur year-round. More that than 80 percent of tornados The employee was given the March rest of to the could in employees taking other companies play it occur safe and tell between and one quarter occur fromhaving 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tornadoes are most likely to occur between day off with noon pay, and andmidnight, offered modified medications an adverse reaction employees to use their own OTC have been reportedOTC in every state, theysuch are most prevalent in ifthethey areahave known as andfelt 9:00ready p.m. While duty 4:00 untilp.m. they to gotornadoes back. to even common medications, medications a headache or “Tornado Alley,” includes between the Rocky Mountains andfor Appalachians. The employee went which back to work states the located as aspirin or decongestants). Thus, minor illness or injury at work (which next day with no problem. Could the example, if an employee is taking certain would include a bee sting, in most Tornado strength is measuredthat on the (EF)such Intensity which correlates damage with wind The kit that company have recommended theEnhanced blood Fujita thinners, drugsScale, can accelerate cases). Of course, a speed. first aid scale has wind-damage levels, as shown the accompanying chart. of aspirin includes employee takesixan antihistamine? Since theon blood thinning properties non-medicinal items such as Operational EF Scale medical treatment was refused, all (or ibuprofen), and if an employee helps EFhand sanitizer, alcohol swabs, Number 3-Second Gust (mph) gloves, How canhad you prepare forOTC/ a tornado? with a PURPOSE the company available was him orPlan herself to such medicine provided gauze, and/or bandages 0 65-85 to clean minor first aid. by the employer and suffers internal cuts1 and scrapes is generally fine for the 86-110 Know  the  risk  for  tornadoes  in  the  area.  Although tornadoes have been bleeding as a result, not only is there employer to provide. We recommend 2 111-135 Response: We are nottheaware any some areas are clearly at higher risk than reported throughout UnitedofStates, contact the local specific employment statute that addresses the possibility that the company could that3 the employer136-165 others. be potentially liable from a negligence OSHA office for further guidance on this 4 166-200 a private sector employer providing overstandpoint, but ita could, perhaps, https://www.osha.gov/html/ 5 Over 200 Identify(OTC) a “safe” room where others gather during tornado. In the also be topic: the-counter medication such as can faced with OSHA RAmap.html Joplin, Missouri, storms of 2011,topeople by potential taking shelter in aviolations. walk-in Tylenol, Advil or antihistamines its survived cooler. Whatever you designate as your safe room, it should be determined before you need it.Advisors ExamineLaw your property— Group, All Rights employees. That said, we generally do In addition, there could be added © 2014 both your home and business—and create a plan. A basement location away from all windows is preferable. If there is no not recommend that employers supply liability associated with dispensing Reserved basement, interior or room onmedication the lowest floor is best. A nearby building is another option. Once you employees withanany kindhallway of medication, (even OTC), given sturdy that the To learn more about the Federated Employment safe room, consider having it employer reinforced, isif possible, for additional protection. even designate OTC amedications, or advice not a medical practitioner Practices Network®, contact your local concerning what OTC medicines they or licensed druggist, etc., depending on Federated Marketing Representative, or visit should take, because doing so could the laws in your state as they pertain www.federatedinsurance.com. expose the company to unnecessary to dispensation of medication (which liability on a number of fronts. is not governed by employment laws


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TDMAW 2016 Member Social


n September 13 TDMAW held its Member Social at the Golden Mast Inn on Okauchee Lake. Members who attended enjoyed sharing time and stories with one another and all were pleased to be present when TDMAW President Brian Nuetzel, of Matzel Manufacturing and longtime TDMAW member, Jim Persik of Milwaukee Fabricators presented TDMAW’s newest Honorary Members with their plaques. The newest Honorary Members are:

2016 new Honorary Members: John Puhl, Spencer Hintz, Al Weiss, Mary Wehrheim and Doug Brockelman

Doug Brockelman of Stanek Tool John Puhl of J P Pattern Mary Wehrheim of Stanek Tool Allen Weiss of Integrity Wire EDM Spencer Hintz, retired owner of Key Products, also received his plaque as he was unable to attend last year’s social. All four Honorary Members have volunteered time to serve on the TDMAW Board, chair and sit on TDMAW committees and have worked in other ways to support and grow Wisconsin manufacturing. According to the TDMAW Bylaws, Article II, Section 2 an Honorary Member is: Any individual, who by virtue of outstanding service of accomplishment has rendered valuable aid to the Association, may at the discretion of the Board of Directors be made an Honorary Member and may attend meetings and all functions of the Association but may not vote or hold office. Candidates must meet criteria set by the Advisory Committee.

John Puhl, Al Weiss, Ken and Lynn Mahuta

We thank all of our Honorary Members for the important work they do for TDMAW and Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry. Jim Holterman, Spencer Hintz and Jim Persik

Doug Brockelman and Mike Mallwitz

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Reasonable accommodation – or not? Question: An employee came back from the chiropractor with a handout of specific ergonomic measurements for her work station, stating that the employee’s back problem a previous condition – is being exacerbated by what she is doing at work. The company’s office is state of the art, and designed with ergonomic considerations. The employee sits at a station to type, and turns her head to address patients, versus turning her chair and whole body. The employee also wants to have the computer screen higher, despite the desk and screen currently being set at the proper height. The company feels that the issues are caused by the employee not using the equipment properly, versus facilities that are being provided. What does the company need to document or purchase now, to ensure it does not get a future claim for the employee’s back issue? Response: Generally employers are required to provide a safe and healthful work environment under OSHA, including appropriate chairs and workstations for employees who do their work seated. This does not mean that the employer has to buy the most expensive chair and equipment available. Rather, a chair and workstation, including a computer screen and keyboard, that are well-designed and appropriately adjusted, even if moderately or even inexpensively priced, will still fit the bill of contributing to a safe and

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productive workstation. For more information, please see OSHA's excellent guidance on the subject at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/ computerworkstations/components. html If, however, the employee is disabled -- as may be the case if the employee suffers from a back condition -- and needs accommodation in the form of a more ergonomically sound chair and/ or workstation than what is currently provided, an employer may need to change (or upgrade) the chair or workstation, or perhaps look into less expensive options such as supportive pillows, cushions, articulating keyboard drawer, monitor riser, foot stools etc., if doing so is reasonable. The employer may require medical documentation to assist in determining whether the employee has a disability and if so, to support the employee’s need for reasonable accommodation. If the employee is not disabled, the employer is not required by law to provide an accommodation. As I mentioned, though, the employer does have an obligation to ensure that the employee is still provided an appropriate chair and workstation as every other employee should be provided. If the employee is disabled, then she would be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act if she needed one in order to perform the essential functions of her job.

Keep in mind that a reasonable accommodation for purposes of the ADA is not necessarily one the employee wants (such as a brand new or certain brand of equipment, chair or workstation) if there is another, less expensive option available (i.e., cushions, foot rest, modifications to the existing chair and workstation, etc.) that achieves the same result. However, denying an accommodation altogether because the expense of doing so is not in the budget may create exposure to a potential failure-to-accommodate claim under discrimination laws, particularly if the accommodation would not, in fact, cause the employer to suffer "significant difficulty or expense." The employer in this instance should engage the employee in an interactive discussion to explore these options. For more information, please see http://www.eeoc.gov/ facts/accommodation.html and see also http://askjan.org/media/ Back.html for specific assistance in exploring accommodations to back conditions. © 2014 Advisors Law Group, All Rights Reserved To learn more about the Federated Employment Practices Network®, contact your local Federated Marketing Representative, or visit www.federatedinsurance.com.


Press Releases

Don’t Get Burned Fire Prevention Week – October 9-15, 2016 Every year, fires costs business owners billions of dollars – and that number doesn’t even begin to measure the impact fires have on businesses and families of employees who are injured or killed by the blaze. Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15, 2016, is a great opportunity to remember that preventing workplace fires is not a yearly, monthly, or even weekly activity—it is a daily activity. Investigations reveal that most fires can be prevented if businesses consistently pay attention to a few, very specific hazards. To help you and your employees make it home safely each day, your Federated Insurance team is excited to share a new resource: a customizable, fire prevention checklist. (The latest full version of Adobe Reader is required to open and use the customizable checklist.) Made available to all association members through our partnership with Federated, the checklist helps you identify and implement fire prevention practices that are needed most and can significantly impact your business. It also includes a few common fire hazards and also allows you the flexibility to add the unique risks and exposures your business faces. For Federated Clients, create your own customizable checklist by logging on to Federated’s Shield Network® at www.federatedinsurance.com or contacting our Risk Management Resource Center at 1.888.333.4949 or riskmanagementmaterials@fedins.com. At Federated Insurance, It’s Our Business to Protect Yours®.

Rodney Yeomans Promoted To Sales Manager At Superior Die Set Milwaukee, WI, September 2016 – Superior Die Set is pleased to announce the promotion of Rodney Yeomans to Sales Manager. The announcement was made by Mark Ullstrup, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Rodney's sales aptitude and outstanding product knowledge in the tool and die set industry have been invaluable to our company. His high-energy approach and positive attitude make him a natural leader. He understands what it takes to sell in today's competitive global market. He can skillfully help our sales team grow and assist our clients with his proven track record, "said Ullstrup. Yeomans joined Superior Die Set in 2014 as Regional Sales Engineer, bringing over twenty years of industry experience. Prior to joining Superior Die Set, Rodney worked in the tool and die industry in technical and management positions. Most recently, Yeomans was with a tool and die manufacturer in Michigan, where he was responsible for territory and regional sales throughout the Midwest and Western United States. In his new role, Yeomans will oversee Superior Die Set’s direct sales team, manufacturer's reps and key distributors, helping to develop new business as well as strengthening current client relationships. Additionally, he will assist with Superior’s marketing efforts. Rodney holds a degree in Business Administration. He has served on the board of WI Precision Metalforming Association. In his spare time, Rodney and his wife Kelly enjoy competing in triathlons, spending time with their family and supporting the Humane Society. About Superior Die Set Founded in 1923 by Kasimir Janiszewski, Superior Die Set Corporation is a manufacturer of die sets, mold bases, pins/bushings, three platen presses, cutand-ground machined plate, fabrications and forging products. Still operated by the Janiszewski family now in the 4th generation, Superior Die set has several manufacturing facilities, warehouses and distribution with the capability to serve a global market. Two Thousand and Sixteen marks their 93rd year serving the die and mold building industries. For more information about Superior Die Set, Greendale Precision Services and FCPK Bytow, please visit www.superiordieset.com or call Mark Ullstrup, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at 800-558-6040.

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How did your company celebrate October is Manufacturing Month?


ctober 7th was the fifth annual national Manufacturing Day, kicking off Manufacturing Month, a statewide initiative to increase awareness of manufacturing in Wisconsin. TDMAW member, Waukesha Metal Products, invited Wisconsin State Senator Alberta Darling and Wisconsin State Congressman Glen Grothman, along with area high school students and community members to tour their Grafton location. Waukesha Metal Products highlighted the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and featured the many rewarding, highly-skilled jobs available in the manufacturing industry. Employees were on hand to answer questions in relation to career pathways in the industry, equipment, production process or any other questions visitors may have had. TDMAW knows that its members are actively promoting the manufacturing industry. Please share your story with us so that we can let your fellow members know. It’s inspiring to see what others are doing to create interest in our industry!

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Legislative Update

Maintaining And Strengthening Wisconsin's Manufacturing Tradition Gov. Scott Walker

Article courtesy of Wisconsin Manufacturing & Commerce


isconsin has a rich tradition of home-grown manufacturing businesses employing hundreds of thousands of workers to produce world-class products. Several numbers demonstrate the importance of manufacturing to our state's workforce: • As of December 2015, approximately 9,500 Wisconsin manufacturing employers employed more than 465,000 workers in the state. • The latest available projections show Wisconsin employers will have almost a million jobs to fill from 2014-24, with tens of thousands of them in manufacturing sectors such as medical device and biotechnology manufacturing, defense manufacturing and water-related processing equipment. • Manufacturing accounted for 94.4 percent of all Wisconsin exports in 2014, demonstrating a healthy worldwide demand for products and technologies created in the state. While these numbers are great news for Wisconsinites, both those already employed in the industry and future workers, they also underscore the challenge our state faces in the future as baby boomers retire and projections show there won't be enough workers to fill all of the openings. Wisconsin manufacturers already say they can't find enough available workers to fill openings they have today. That is why my administration is working with our partners to support and strengthen our state's talent pipeline given the many challenges and opportunities our state faces. We've already built a strong foundation through proven talent development strategies including Registered Apprenticeship, Youth Apprenticeship, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training grant program. We are also collaborating with the education system through new Academic and Career Plans and

expanded tools such as Skill Explorer, MyLMI, investments in the Wisconsin Technical College System and the new statewide Internship Coordination initiative I signed into law earlier this year. In our approach, we are reaching out to students in the K-12 system and beyond with opportunities to explore their skills and interests, and to see and experience career opportunities firsthand. Part of this involves increasing engagement with employers, particularly in manufacturing, and encouraging them to offer tours and connect with local schools. By explaining and demonstrating that today's manufacturing industry offers great-paying and challenging jobs in high-tech and safe work environments, we can build awareness and interest in manufacturing as a great career choice for the long term.

Manufacturing Month, which I proclaimed for the month of October, provides a great opportunity for all manufacturing partners to open their doors to future workers, to change misconceptions students and parents may have about the industry and strengthen the likelihood more Wisconsinites will pursue manufacturing as a career path. We want to thank all manufacturers who are participating in Wisconsin Manufacturing Month in 2016 and encourage more manufacturers to take part not just during the month, but any time during the year. Together, with a strategy of investment, partnership and awareness-building, we will keep both Wisconsin's manufacturing tradition and talent pipeline strong for generations to come. Visit www.wimanufacturingmonth. org for more information on Wisconsin Manufacturing Month. toolmaker@TDMAW.org | 19

Edward L. Simeth Scholarship

Dear Mr. Simeth and TDMAW Committee,

TDMAW offers the Edward L. Simeth Scholarship, sponsored by TDMAW Partner, E. L. Simeth Company, twice a year. The scholarship awards up to $500 per semester for students enrolled in a Machine Tool Operations Program or Tool & Die Program at any accredited Wisconsin technical college. To qualify, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Thank you for your generous scholarship award of $275.00. I am continuously grateful for your extended support throughout my educational journey.

• Applicant must be a resident of Wisconsin • Must complete an application • Must complete an essay as directed on the application form This fall semester five students were awarded $275 each, to be used towards books or tuition. Students attend various technical colleges: Chippewa Valley Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College & Waukesha County Technical College. More information about the scholarship, along with application forms, may be found on the TDMAW website at www. tdmaw.org/ education-careers/scholarships/. Thank you Steve Simeth, of E. L. Simeth Company for making this award possible. We know from the communications we receive from awardees how much it means to the students.

Within my short time working in industry, I can say that some of the best experiences derive from the individuals who share a common purpose and passion for the manufacturing industry. There is no greater feeling than working effectively as a team to troubleshoot, share knowledge, and put forth best efforts to meet both customer and company needs. I have been fortunate enough to meet a multitude of talented, inspiring individuals. This week, it took the farewell celebration of a now former team leader to make me realize how important support and extended communication are within industry. A group of individuals from various departments came together to show gratitude for his hard work and offer support as he leaves industry to become a CNC/Tool& Die instructor. Throughout the evening, an engineer sparked a conversation regarding the lack of communication between themselves and the individuals on the machine floor. After discussing variables we suspected were contributing to that separation, we came up with a solution that would help spark effective communication when issues and/or concerns arise. Since then, efforts have been made to accomplish this goal. I’m looking forward to this year as I enter my last two semesters before I attain an Associate in CNC/Tool & Die Technologies. I hope to stay in touch. Best Regards, Sara Martens

To all concerned: Thank you very much for helping me pursue my education and eventual career in the field of Tool and Die. I will put your money to very good use. I appreciate your confidence in my abilities. Sincerely, Mason Medrow


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Leveraging Technology to Accelerate Growth in the Manufacturing Industry Submitted by TDMAW Partner, SWICKtech


s Microsoft Providers in the IT industry throughout Milwaukee, Southeast Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, It’s no secret technology is significantly changing every day. In the manufacturing industry, there is a major shift towards cloud-based environments and Business Process Automation. SWICKtech will help empower your employees, customers and partners with processes and information they need to produce quality experiences with increased efficiency. SWICKtech IT Consultants and Engineers connect people, processes and Line of Business applications to automate and streamline business workflows which would otherwise be time-consuming, error-ridden, and non-compliant. Employee efficiency will greatly increase when utilizing the business process management tools Microsoft and other IT applications have to offer. Here are a few examples of how we can help your Southeastern Wisconsin or Northern Illinois manufacturing or distribution business grow: File Distribution for Onsite Sales Materials As a sales person, imagine always having up-to-date pricing sell sheets, demos, and brochures everywhere you go. The days of fumbling with technology to showcase your manufacturing widget or service to potential clients are over. SWICKtech will organize your company sales materials using Microsoft Software Solutions, making them available with a simple swipe on your smart phone or double click on your tablet. No internet connection or VPN needed.

• Cisco Jabber, collaborate with clients in real-time from anywhere • Cisco Webex, easy follow up using video conferencing format Business Collaboration blends all of the singular programs your business uses on a daily basis into one cohesive churning profit generator!

Automated Reporting Improvements As a business owner, stop spending time manually building and running reports, slowing down your servers and wasting paper. SWICKtech will work with your business to reap the benefits of automated reporting through Microsoft SQL Server business process management tools. We can blend the automated reporting services with Microsoft’s PowerBI to provide better visual representations of accumulated data. The ability to translate your enterprise data and records into actionable insights will fuel your company’s next wave of growth. Interoffice Communication & Client Collaboration SWICKtech wants Salespeople to do what they do best while computers do what they are meant for. By minimizing manual processes, automating sales leads and workflows, and providing readily accessible sales materials not dependent on internet connection – your sales force is bound to increase company value in no time.

Trust SWICKtech to Integrate Efficiency into Your Business With SWICKtech IT Project Management services you will eradicate issues with old versions of Line of Business applications; like how it may not work with the latest Windows Operating System. Or for example, if you want to eliminate continual system breakdowns when orders in Oasis move into InfoLink, and then QuickBooks. Our IT Project Management services blend all the pieces of your IT Infrastructure and software environment together. SWICKtech IT consultants want to help your team deliver an amazing client experience by adopting modern sales productivity technologies. By pairing an integrated Microsoft platform with high quality IT infrastructure, your sales team will become a brute force to reckon with. It comes down to this: Two companies selling the same exact product or service in the same local area. The company who utilizes their technology tools more effectively will lead in productive sales, higher margins and win with efficient execution.

Microsoft and Cisco have woven core capabilities into their modern workplace tools to enable Salespeople to thrive. Some of these include: • Microsoft Dynamics CRM, integrate marketing and sales lead campaigns • Microsoft Office 365, productivity tools • Microsoft Yammer, an enterprise social network • Microsoft Skype for Business, collaborate with clients in real-time from anywhere • Microsoft Power BI, transform your data into rich visuals for the sales team

Leveraging Technology to Accelerate Growth – it’s the SWICKtech Way! Contact SWICKtech today at 262-3330222 or check out www.theswicktechway.com to request an IT Assessment now! toolmaker@TDMAW.org | 21

TDMAW October 11 Dinner Meeting Highlights

TDMAW President Brian Nuetzel and WMC President/CEO Kurt Bauer

MATC student essay contest winners


DMAW members shared an inspiring evening celebrating Wisconsin manufacturing and networking with friends, new and old. The TDMAW Workforce Development committee provided funds for MATC to use towards busses to transport manufacturing students to Chicago, to attend the International Manufacturing & Technology Show (IMTS), in September. Students who attended the IMTS were then asked, by the committee, to prepare an essay explaining: 1. Why they chose manufacturing for a career? 2. What about IMTS impressed them the most, why and what would they do to enhance the educational experience of the event? 3. What are their manufacturing career goals post MATC graduation? Where would they like to be in three years? Ten years? The top four essays were selected by Dale Howser, MATC Instructor, along with some help from his Associate Dean and others. The top four essay writers each received a small scholarship from TDMAW. The students presented their essays to the group at the TDMAW

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TDMAW Members Pete Kambouris, Wayne Matthiesen, and Dave Winter. TDMAW Sponsor Mike Emerson of Cincinnati Tool Steel.

October 11 dinner meeting and received their scholarship checks, presented by Wayne Matthiesen of Matzel Manufacturing, TDMAW Workforce Development committee member. After the student presentations, Kurt Bauer, Wisconsin Manufacturing & Commerce (WMC) President/CEO, addressed the group. Kurt discussed the state of Wisconsin manufacturing and allowed time for a good discussion and Q&A session on a variety of topics, ranging from politics to ways we can promote manufacturing to area schools, students, parents and communities. www.TDMAW.org

Student IMTS Essays

2016 IMTS Essay By Camry Simon


y name is Camry Simon and I am a 26 year old female machinist and I would have to say manufacturing chose me before I chose it. June 2014 I found myself sitting in an orientation for a grant funded program that MATC was offering for free to people interested in welding, milling or lathe. I initially went for welding but after talking to a recruiter I ended up signing up and being chosen for the Manual Milling portion. About 2 weeks in my shop instructor Mark Skattebro asked me if I had ever done work like this before and I told him I didn’t even know this industry/career existed. He proceeded to tell me that I have a knack for the trade and should consider going into it as a career. After doing some research, talking with my other instructors and successfully graduating the grant program I enrolled in the 2-year Tool and Die program at MATC and the rest is history in the making.

Machine/Swiss setup and operator as well. In three years I also plan to be well established at the company I am working for and obtaining my journeyman card. Giving that company 100% every day and bring along the skills I have learned along the way during my time at MATC as well as the skills I already had (i.e., punctuality, responsibility, trustworthy, etc...). Ten years down the line I see myself doing very well in this trade and in my career constantly striving and pushing myself to move further and become the best at what I do. I plan by then to be in some form of management position and continuing to help other new comers to the trade as I have been helped and guided over these last few years. This industry is always changing and evolving so keeping myself up to date on what’s going on will keep me sharp and help me stay in the loop to be able to change as the industry does. I am proud to call myself a machinist and take pride in everything that I do. The encouragement and support that I received from all of my instructors at MATC also made it that much easier, to see the pride, joy, and satisfaction that they still had after 20 – 30 years in the industry and now teaching gave me a sense of security and gratification. In conclusion I would like to thank MATC, my instructors, and all the sponsors that contribute to make it possible for us students to go the IMTS convention every year (whether it’s the one in Milwaukee or Chicago). It is definitely an experience every time I have gone and I hope I will be able to continue to attend even if it’s not with the school.

My first trip to IMTS was fall 2014 and I felt like a kid in a candy store once I arrived. The tool show I think for me really solidified that this career path was where I wanted to be. I had so much fun seeing all of the different companies, machines, accessories, and opportunities that this trade had to offer; it blew my mind. I hit every corner of the show that day picking up a lot of memorabilia and knowledge along the way. The fact that a student is able to experience something like that for free is great as well. It gives every student regardless of financial background a chance to get a real inside look at the industry and how they could potentially fit in to the world of manufacturing. I was also able to attend the September 2016 IMTS convention, but this time as a guide/mentor to some new students and watch them experience the same excitement and satisfaction that I did my first time there. It would be nice if we got a chance to stay overnight so that we could have a not-so-rushed experience (due to traffic and travel time our time get cut shorter), but other than that I wouldn’t change anything about the show itself. Post MATC graduation I plan on completing my apprenticeship and receiving my journeyman card in Tool and Die Making and possibly Screw

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Student IMTS Essays

My Experience at IMTS & Learning in the Manufacturing Field By Rodney Nash


s the manufacturing field the exact place I wanted to pursue a job in? Not necessarily. Working in a field where I am able to utilize my small motor skills has always been the avenue I wanted to pursue. As a child, I wanted to be a surgeon. My life didn’t take me in that direction, and looking back at everything, I’m now glad it didn’t. I didn’t choose Manufacturing as a career, it chose me. I had the opportunity to be part of a terrific program that allowed me to get my CNC certificate. It was during that experience I realized how much I enjoyed the field, how well I am and catch on to machining, and how financially reliable of a career path it can be. That motivated me to continue my education in the Machining and Manufacturing field, and learn as much as I can. There’s always new technologies, and it is an ever changing career field, which keeps it an exciting and consistently evolving career path for the rest of my working life. Would I have originally chose to go into this field? Probably not. Am I happy and proud I am pursuing it to the fullest? Absolutely!

As part of my schooling in the manufacturing field, I got the opportunity to go to a Manufacturing and Technology Show where I was able to see new manufacturing technologies, interact and network with other professionals in the field, and learn about up-to-date innovations that will evolve in the field all while heightening my interest in the field. The most impressive part of the show that will stick out in my mind the most, is the 3-D printing that can machine cut out cars and helicopters. It impressed me because it shows the advancement of technology, and that the Manufacturing field, my field, is where and how all great new inventions; creating new, more lightweight materials; less flammable or all-together

heat resistant materials, that can all be used for some amazing inventions now and in the future. I was very impressed and motivated when I left the IMTS. This field sets the tone for the rest of production, and I get to be a part of building some amazing structures and parts that can prove to be more effective, less costly, more sustainable, and longer lasting. The only thing that I could possible think of, but isn’t realistic, is for the show to be more interactive. I would’ve really enjoyed testing out some of the machines. I am very enthusiastic about what life will bring after graduating from MATC. I will be certified and knowledgeable, and am eager to have a stable, long lasting career, and a diploma I will always to be able to rely on. I see myself working for a leading edge manufacturing company being a CNC programmer. In three years, I’d like to be in a permanent position at a successful manufacturing company, learning and being a part of moving technology in a brand new and exciting direction. In ten years, as a whole, I would like to be living out of state. I want to own my own home, and travel. In order for all that to happen, I would li9ke to be supervising in a company, or owning my own manufacturing company. In owning and being a part of the Manufacturing Field, I can also see myself supporting my family with all its wants and needs, and contributing to society with innovative, sustainable and cost effective products. I’d also really like to help direct and mentor those who want to pursue a career in manufacturing. Without the help and leadership I’ve had and still have, I wouldn’t have had the chance, success, and opportunity, to not only see the IMTS in Chicago, but be a part of a growing and thriving field that will be able to fulfill my life goals and plans.

2016 IMTS Essay By John Balko


chose manufacturing as a career field because it has always been something that interested me.

When I graduated High School I was torn between a career in the automotive industry and manufacturing, at the time I had a love for cars and was already very good at fixing this so I went down the automotive path. Now many years later I had enough of the fast pace flat rate automotive world where quality is second to quantity. I take pride in my work and I think my skills for fixing things and building things can be better used in the manufacturing world as a Tool and Die maker or possibly a CNC Programer/ Operator. What did I like the most is hard to answer because it was honestly a awesome experience. There were so

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many things to see and in just one day you don’t have enough time to see it all. I think some of the robotic machines impressed me the most. The way they could have a robotic arm going around a piece using multiple different tools to do cuts and milling and drilling or tapping was pretty sweet. I don’t think you can really enhance the educational experience because its honestly so big and so overwhelming that its more than you can take in in one day. I am just thankful to Dale Howser and the other people at MATC that was able to set this trip up and give us the opportunity to see it. I know that I'll be back next year for sure to see more and hopefully make some contacts and see more of the new technology that’s out there.

Well after IMTS I am not sure what my future goals are seeing that there is so much out there in this field. But after MATC I was to just find a decent company like Snap On, Master Lock, Brigs, Harley or someone smaller to get in and get some time and experience under my belt. I know that what I've learned so far is just the tip of the iceberg and after IMTS I see there is some great potential for learning and career advancement. With in 3 years I'm hoping to have enough skill and work experience to be moving up or advancing into larger projects and programming. With in 10 years I have no idea, the way technology is advancing I guess the sky is the limit. I hope to be a Journeyman Tool and Die maker by then and have the experience and knowledge to work anywhere I want. www.TDMAW.org

2016 IMTS Essay By Mason Medrow


manufacturing career, specifically in tool and die making, was an easy choice for me. I really enjoy calculations, working with my hands, and high technology machines. The extreme power used by the machines to transform the metal is impressive to me. The various techniques that can be used to work with meal are continually expanding. The need to be innovative and skilled in order to produce precision pieces, is also very appealing. There is always a steady flow of new technology and product releases, updates and improvements that make it a very dynamic field. Henry Ford once said, “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success”. The field trip to IMTS is an integral part of preparing to be successful. It was a great addition to the daily classes at MATC. It inspires an excitement in the field of manufacturing. I was highly impressed by the newest machines which utilize incredible speed and complex, simultaneous movements. It’s exciting to see the tremendous, continuous improvement in the capabilities of some of these machines. In my opinion, the only way that the experience at IMTS could be improved upon, would be to spend another day there. There was so much that interested me and there was not enough time to adequately take it all in. When my classroom education at MATC is over, I hope to find an employer that will offer me an apprenticeship in a shop where I can work full time, earn a decent wage, and do what I love for a living. It would be great if that employer positioned itself on the cutting edge of the newest technology so that I could continue to learn new things and work on the best equipment. Ideally, I would go on become a journeyman with the same company. Looking farther into the future, I just hope to always be as excited about my chosen career as I am right now.

One Key to Running a Great Business


hat is one of the most influential factors affecting your company’s success? It’s your employees—the people who are right beside you, helping to build the profit and pursue opportunities for growth. Physical assets—the buildings and equipment—support financial goals, but to carry out the directives necessary to reach those goals, a company won’t get too far without trusted employees.

And, if you’re like other business owners, you have certain employees whose departure from the company could create genuine setbacks. They’re the ones with the management skills, technical know-how, experience, and customer relationships you rely on. How would your company handle the void left by a key employee’s departure or death, and the urgent need to find a qualified replacement? Are any of your key people close to retirement, or absent due to a long-term illness or disability that may prevent their return? Perhaps one of your star performers recently quit. Or, perhaps, one of your key employees passed away not long ago. With the anxiety of losing a valuable employee still fresh in your mind, it’s a perfect time to start putting a plan in place to protect your company in the event another key person leaves. Determine who your key employees are. They are the employees you could describe as the people you can’t do without— the ones you trust to make the right decisions when you’re not available. They can be at any level or in any position. And there currently may be no one who could step right in and take over their responsibilities. Remember, you’re a key person too! While it can be uncomfortable to think about one’s own mortality, concentrate on those left behind and what they could go through if you haven’t planned for your company’s future. Decide how to protect your company after losing a key employee. It’s an unhappy reality of running a business that good employees leave. And, if an employee has distinctive skills, the loss can be even harder to deal with. That person’s unique talents and expertise mean you need to fill some big shoes. Plan to spend a lot of time and effort finding a replacement. And, don’t forget money. It’s estimated that the cost to replace mid- to high-level employees can range from one-and-a-half to four times their annual salary. Are you prepared to cover that expense out-of-pocket? Few employers have that kind of extra money lying around, “just in case.” Having an important employee leave is enough of a disruption to your business. Do you want to add a financial burden on top of that?

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Protecting Our Aging Workforce Article courtesy of Wisconsin Manufacturing & Commerce, Janie Ritter, Director of Wisconsin Safety Council


n 2015, Millennials surpassed Generation Xers as the majority share of the American workforce. However, older workers make up 20 percent of workers. Although there is no consensus on the age at which workers are considered “older workers,” the aging workforce phenomenon is real.

Over the last 20 years, the median age of the labor force has increased from 37.7 to 41.9. And, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, between 10,000 - 13,000 baby boomers in the U.S. will turn 65 every day until about the year 2030. As many of you know, Americans are working longer and delaying retirement. We continue to work for a variety of reasons which may include economic stability, healthcare coverage, passion for profession, or for the basic human desire to be relevant, needed and appreciated. Whatever the reason, this combination has made it more difficult than ever for safety managers, HR professionals, plant managers and others to devise comprehensive safety and health programs for such a diversely aged workforce.

Regardless of age, it is always important for employers to promote a culture of health and safety through offering programs centered on employee well-being.


A 2015 Society for Human Resource Management survey found that organizations are unprepared for an aging workforce, with just over one-third of organizations examining policies and practices to address the demographic change. Some of the challenges facing employers to accommodate the growth in older employees include, but are not limited to, physical job demands, training and flexible work schedules and intergenerational relationships. Employers who successfully attract, retain, train and motivate older employees may enjoy a competitive edge, but it will be a big adjustment from the youth-centric culture of many workplaces. While older workers provide accumulated skills, wisdom, knowledge and experiences, they may not be physically or mentally as capable as they once were to perform certain workrelated tasks. Without proper prevention, OSHA recordables and lost-time-incident costs could start adding up or may lead to production losses, worker’s compensation claims, etc. This

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is why it is crucial to understand the hazards and risk involved in not only your industry, but also for each specific job. Once you understand the risks and hazards of the environment, you can analyze the physical requirements of the tasks involved and create a list of physical and mental qualifications for each job. If your workers cannot safely accomplish the tasks, you may have to consider re-evaluating the work environment or re-assigning their role within the organization. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's National Center for Productive Aging and Work has started a program called Total Worker Health® to assist in preventing age-related workplace illnesses and injuries. You can find more information on their website www.cdc.gov/niosh/TWH/. The Total Worker Health program blends health and safety programs along a continuum of organizational, personal and occupational activities to enhance overall worker well-being and prevent work-related injuries and illnesses. A recent study at Duke University found many people begin to experience physical decline when they are in their 50s, which indicates a strong need to work on maintaining and improving strength and endurance earlier in life. Regardless of age, it is always important for employers to promote a culture of health and safety through offering programs centered on employee well-being. Here are a few key objectives: • Provide health and wellness programs with stakeholder input, creating buy-in and greater employee participation. • Consider offering incentive structures – finding one that best works for your employees. • Organize frequent and a variety of fitness/wellness events. Offering multiple opportunities for employee involvement will increase the likelihood of their participation and continued interest. And don’t forget to recognize their efforts through internal communications and newsletters. • Connect employee well-being to safety, stressing being physically and mentally strong allows a person to perform work better and more safely. The Wisconsin Safety Council and our team of trainers and consultants are available to assist you with completing job hazard analyses and ergonomic assessments. BV Follow WSC on Twitter @WISafetyCouncil



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