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December 2014 - Volume 8; Issue 12


TDMAW Focused on a Successful 2015 In this issue: Keep the Stars Shining – Federated Insurance Seven Questions to Ask Your IT Professional End of Year TDMAW Committee Reports

Presidents Letter


014 is quickly coming to an end along with my tenure as president of the TDMAW. I have enjoyed this year and owe a huge thank you to my fellow board members, committee chairs and members, partners/sponsors, TEAM, and everyone else involved in this great association that have helped me throughout the year. It has been an honor and I am very proud of our accomplishments. Part of our mission statement is a commitment to education and this year we helped Waukesha County Technical build a new $4.5 million Integrated Manufacturing Center. This dream is becoming reality with the announcement met. Please see the Waukesha County Technical College press release in this issue of the Surgeons of Steel, and the December 10th article in the Biz Times. Thank you to all members of the TDMAW all the other private pledges that helped make this happen. This addition will participants for our industry.

Thank you to Chet Gerlach for representing the TDMAW in Madison for these past years, initiating our Legislative Plant Tour program and helping, so passionately, with TDMAW student tours. We also thank Mike McDonald for his close work with the TDMAW Business Support Committee, and for acting as a conduit between TDMAW and the Partners and Sponsors, over the years. We wish them well in their future endeavors. I am very excited about our proposed Board of Directors for 2015 and look forward to seeing many of you at our meeting on January 6th to meet the people who have volunteered to lead our group next year. I wish everyone a healthy, prosperous, and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas, – Steve Latus, TDMAW President

The Edward L. Simeth Scholarship Scholarships available!

2014 Board of Directors President - Steve Latus Journeymen Tool & Technologies, Inc. 414.228.8338 | Vice President - Doug Brockelman Stanek Tool Corporation 262.786.0120 | Treasurer - Randy Weber DACO Precision-Tool 262.626.6591 | Secretary - Brian Nuetzel Matzel Manufacturing, Inc. 414.466.3800 | Chairman of the Board - Mike Mallwitz Busch Precision 414.362.7305 |

2014 Committee Chairs Advisory Co Chairs Jim Persik 262.781.3190 | Mary Wehrheim 262.786.0120 | Apprenticeship Ken Heins 262.253.4990 | Budget Randy Weber 262.626.6591 | Insurance Allen Weiss 262.820.3400 | Legislative Kathy Pfannerstill 262.250.7640 |

The TDMAW is now accepting applications for the Edward L. Simeth Award, to be applied to the 2015 spring semester. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2015.

Membership/Programs/ Events Randy Weber 262.626.6591 |

The Edward L. Simeth Scholarship awards up to $500 per semester for students currently 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:

Promotions Lynn Mahuta 262.502.4100 |

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Welcome TDMAW New Member Kelly Welding Company 5900 N. 91st Street, Milwaukee, WI 53225 l 414-463-9300 l Owner and main contact: David Weaver Please be sure to add the contact information to your Membership Directory.

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Business Support Doug Brockelman 262.786.0120 | Scholarship Steve Latus 414.228.8338 | Nominations Mike Mallwitz 414.362.7305 |

2014 Ad Hoc Committee Chairs Communications & Technology Austin Weber 262.626.6591 | empoWer Antonia Stone | 414.362.7306 Workforce Development Mike Mallwitz 414.362.7305 |

Save the Dates 2015


January 6th [Tuesday]

Members Only Meeting Alioto’s followed by General Dinner 5:00-6:30 p.m. Meeting featuring 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ulice Payne

Feb. 3rd [Tuesday]

Dinner Meeting featuring Tim O’Driscoll

Members should have received 2015 Membership Renewal information in the mail. Please review and return as soon as you are able. Please call the TDMAW HQ with any questions. Thank you for your membership and support!

Hilton Garden Inn MKE Park Place 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Feb. 24 [Tuesday]

Leadership Roundtable Haas Factory Outlet Breakfast with Aleta Norris / ÊUÊ of Living as a Leader

March 13th [Friday]

Mid-Winter Celebration Potawatomi Bingo Casino Get Lucky on Friday the 13th

April 7th [Tuesday]

Dinner Meeting

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May 5th [Tuesday]

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June 16th [Tuesday]

June Outing: Annual Golf and Fishing Outing

River Club of Mequon/ Lake Michigan

August 4th [Tuesday]

Summer Outing: Sporting Clays Event and Dinner

Wern Valley Sportsman’s Club

Oct. 6th [Tuesday]

Fall Kick-off Dinner Meeting / ÊUÊÈ\ää‡n\ÎäÊ«°“°ÊÊ

November TBD

Tool, Die & Machining Expo TBD


You Can Help Promote TDMAW! If you are quoted or featured in a publication, please consider mentioning that you are a proud member of the TDMAW. Help us get the word out about our great association! Also, if you are featured or mentioned in an article, and would like to share with our members, let us know! We may be able to include your article in our Surgeons of Steel Magazine! Federated Insurance offers a Free Look Quote on a Group Health Program Business owners are invited to examine the group health program, underwritten by Federated Insurance Companies. For a noobligation quote on your firm’s group health insurance, call the TDMAW Headquarters to request a copy of the Free Look Quote form. See page 11 for more details.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 Dinner Meeting Alioto’s Restaurant 3041 N. Mayfair Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53222 TDMAW Members are invited to hear about the association’s plans and goals for 2015. Join us as we finalize voting, and meet the 2015 Board of Directors, hear what our committees have been working on and network at our Members Only Reception, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

TDMAW Partners, Sponsors and Guests are invited to join TDMAW Members from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for dinner and our program: The Legal Joys and Concerns of Global Trade Compliance Developments 2014-2015 You may know Ulice Payne Jr. as a storied athlete, member of the 1977 NCAA Championship basketball team at Marquette University, under Coach Al McGuire. Are you aware of his impressive business background? Mr. Payne is currently Managing Member of Addison-Clifton, LLC, an advisor regarding global trade compliance solutions! Great information will be available, join us!

5:00-6:30 pm Members Only Social, Annual Meeting 6:30 to 8:30 pm General Dinner Meeting and Keynote Cost: $35 per person Please register before the holidays, and check it off your list!

Reception – Cash bar and light appetizers Dinner - Choice of entrée: Shrimp and Steak, Queen Filet 8 ounce, Fresh Salmon or Chicken Parmesan

Who is invited? TDMAW Annual Meeting, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.: TDMAW Members Only General Dinner Meeting & Program, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: TDMAW Members, Partners, Sponsors, other local trade association members and community friends of TDMAW. | 3

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Legislative Update

A Final Farwell

— Chet Gerlach, TDMAW’s Legislative Lobbyist

I Chet Gerlach

was recently informed that my contract with TDMAW was not being renewed. I was disappointed, of course…like you, I never want to lose a customer. However, I realize that business decisions are made

Chet Gerlach, president of Chet Gerlach Government Consulting and author of the TDMAW’s legislative column, has served as the TDMAW’s lobbyist in Madison since April 2009. and maintain long term relationships with state policy makers. For the past 24 years, Chet has represented his clients’ interests before Madison lawmakers. Prior to that, Chet served as Assembly Assistant Majority Leader and also chaired the Audit Committee and the Committee on Energy during his ten years in the State Assembly.

newsletter article, I did want to share

At a recent student tour of Waukesha economic facts of life to the Milwaukee Public School students who were participating in the tour i.e. we create wealth in one of three ways…we either make it, we mine it, or we grow it. Members of the TDMAW make things and it is important that we continue to make things here in the United States.

Find your elected officials at: 1. Click on “who represents me” fill in the requested information and up pops a members state senator and state representative 2. Click on the picture, members are taken to their legislators home website which includes information on how to email the legislator 3. Send an email to your legislator

I have had the privilege of working on behalf of the TDMAW, I have emphasized the importance of members communicating with public policy makers at the state, local, and federal levels. My hope is that you will continue to meet with the Governor and State Legislators, Mayors, County Executives and members of the county, city, village, and town boards, along with our federal legislators to deliver one singular message i.e. we make things and to remain the leader of the free world, we need to continue to make things right here in the United States of America. As I’ve said in the past, I have a great respect for the members of the TDMAW and the risks you take on a daily basis to grow your companies and provide family supporting jobs for your workers. My hope is that you will continue to grow and prosper right here in Wisconsin. God bless and much success to all of you in the future. | 5

Year End TDMAW Committee Reports

Membership/Programs/Events Committee


with them to identify and recruit more good members. We hope

Members, all committee volunteers, Partners and Sponsors. As Chairman of the Membership/Programs/Events Committee, I want to thank my committee members for their help and support again this year: Mike Mallwitz, Brian Nuetzel, Greg Grambow, Chris Ernster, Laura Gustafson, Becky Fisher, and the

about 2014, and believed we could do even better! Unfortunately, we came up short and only added 4 new members in 2014. I realized it was much harder for many of us, in our second year, now having to solicit new companies that didn’t know us or our companies. But looking back at the year, I also realize that all of us were very busy in our companies and our daily work duties. So, many of us did not have as much free time as we would have liked to promote and sell TDMAW memberships. The Membership/Programs/Events Committee did accomplish a lot this year, and has planted many seeds that should take root in 2015. We are excited about the new website, and think this will help us add more members in the future. We have also started talking with our Partners and Sponsors about how we can work more closely

be a valuable resource. Another important segment of our committee’s work is our annual events and programs. We have worked hard to increase our attendance by bringing good topics, speakers and entertainment. I’m happy to report that our attendance has been up the past three years. Our June 2014 Golf/Charter Fishing Outing was up 14% from the previous year, our Summer Sporting Clays Outing was

Maintaining and increasing attendance at our events is a real challenge, not only for our committee and the TDMAW, but for most trade associations out there. So we’re very happy, and want thank all of our Members, Partners and Sponsors that continue to come and participate in our events and programs. 2015! Committee

Promotions Committee Bots IQ Competition Winners


at our fall competition.

We had

robots and over 70 students competing at Moraine Park Technical College on Saturday, November 15. West Bend High School’s Hank the Tank won First Place. Civil War from Germantown took 2nd place and was judged Coolest Bot by the volunteers. It was a wedge bot that split into two robots that was able to attack it’s

1st Place winners - West Bend team: Hank the Tank

Horace Mann North Fond du Lac High School’s Steve came in Third Place. A big thank you to Moraine Park Technical College and all of our volunteers and that helped make this another successful competition. Also, thank you to our following Sponsors that continue to see value in the BotsIQ program: Strohwig Industries, Swick Tech, Wisconsin Metal Davidson Engineering Co., Actobotics, and Waukesha Metal Products. Mark your calendars; our next BotsIQ competition will take place on May 9, 2015 at WCTC. We hope to see you there! Lynn Mahuta

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3rd Place winners – North Fond du Lac team: Steve

Year End TDMAW Committee Reports

Apprenticeship Committee

old school way manual machining was done in the past. I believe this is a critical mistake in the Thank you for allowing me to serve as the Apprencontinuing education of skills in our trades. I have ticeship Chairperson for the Tool Die & Machining found that our best employees are those who unAssociation of Wisconsin. We have been blessed derstand the foundational how, what, and why. It many times over by this industry, the people we’ve is important to learn proper manual metal removal met and the friends we’ve made. We’ve seen before operating a machine or computer program many changes in how work is processed and skills to make all the right choices. However, that is not are taught. Technology has been a blessing and a popular in attracting talented young people who nightmare for someone who can remember when have had cell phones since kindergarten. phones had rotary ringers and party lines for comIt would seem that a hybrid apprenticeship is the munication. best common ground solution. Potential talent Moving forward, I plan to stay involved with the starts out in the WTCS under the guidance of a State Machine Tool Apprenticeship Advisory Comtrained professional who measures their talent to a mittee for as long as they will have me and will national credentialing standard. Then, an employer continue to be an advocate for Apprenticeship in can continue on-the-job training in the technolothe metal working trades. We have some excellent gies that are relevant to their business. You might Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) prosay we do this now, but no, not really. My belief is grams but at some point employers are going to that employers need to embrace the WTCS and be forced to find some common ground on what allow them to provide the first 12 to 24 months standards they are willing to accept from a prodof foundational training as indentured apprenuct that is produced by the WTCS. We currently tices and then continue the on-the-job training to have sixteen different ideas on what is needed to completion of trade skills. Employers are losing be successful in skilled trades. For some compatheir mentors and journeymen to attrition. The nies it makes sense to have the WTCS embrace foundational skills needed to be effective indepena national standard and provide the foundational dent thinkers are nonexistent. Many employers skills needed for a successful career in metalworkno longer have the ability to teach manual skills ing. For others, it makes more sense to embrace that are critical to foundational education of metal on-the-job apprenticeship training. working skills. My personal belief is that apprenticeship is changAfter 44 years in the metal working industry, I ing in our trade. Many employers want employees have seen higher education, large corporations, to learn the newest technology and discount the TDMAW Members,

Apprenticeship is changing in our trade…. It would seem that a hybrid apprenticeship is the best common ground solution.


and even parents take a different approach to the skilled trades. Now, we face a serious shortage. The temptation is to treat the symptom by relying on technology to make decisions for us. Hybrid apprenticeship models bring some of the core foundational skills needed to be independent thinkers back into our training curriculums. Hybrids establish the foundational roots for a sustainable and successful metal working career. None of this will happen, however, until enough employers understand how the educational and governmental systems work and stand up for what they want instead of complaining about what they have been given. Thanks for the Memories and May God Bless, Ken @ KLH Chair, Apprenticeship Committee

Thank You TDMAW Leaders As we draw to the end of another year, the TDMAW Board would like to extend their sincerest thanks to the many volunteers that lead the TDMAW. These are, in most cases, business owners that have generously made time to lend their talents to our association.

Apprenticeship Committee: Chair (2001-2014), Ken Heins of KLH Industries. We thank Ken for his many years of service as he resigns from the committee, this year. We welcome Mary Wehrhiem as the new Chair, beginning in 2015.

Legislative Committee: Chair, Kathy Pfannerstill of Toolcraft Co. Committee members: Mike Retzer of Strohwig, Chris Pfannerstill of Toolcraft Co., Mary Wehrheim of Stanek Tool, Alan Petelinsek of Power Test and Lynn Mahuta of Mahuta Tool

Programs/Events/ Membership Committee: Chair, Randy Weber of DACO Precision-Tool Committee members: Chris Ernster of eTek Tool & Manufacturing, Greg Grambow of Du-Well Grinding, Brian Nuetzel of Matzel Manufacturing and Mike Mallwitz of Busch Precision.

Insurance Committee:

Promotions Committee:

Chair (2007 – 2014), Al Weiss of Integrity Wire EDM. Thank you for your years of service, Al! We welcome Kirk Kussman as the new Chair, beginning in 2015. Committee members: Lynn Mahuta of Mahuta Tool, Chris Pfannerstill of Toolcraft Co. and Gary Singer of Singer Tool.

Chair, Lynn Mahuta of Mahuta Tool Corp. Committee members: Kathy Pfannerstill of Toolcraft Co. and John Puhl of J.P. Pattern

Business Support Committee: Chair (2011-2014), Doug Brockelman of Stanek Tool. We thank Doug for his leadership and welcome Brian Nuetzel as the new Chair, beginning in 2015. Committee members: Dale Drifka of

Tru-Position, Ken Mahuta of Mahuta Tool and Mike Mallwitz of Busch Precision. Ken will be resigning from the committee as of January 1. Thank you for your years of service too, and including your time chairing this committee, Ken!

Scholarship Committee: Chair, Steve Latus of Journeymen Tool & Technologies Committee members: James Ceszyk of Symmetry Mold Design LLC, Ken Heins of KLH Industries and Ken Mahuta of Mahuta Tool Corp.

Communications and Technology Committee: Chair, Austin Weber of DACO Precision-Tool Committee members: Tammi Barrett of Swick Technologies, Tim Kauffung of Versevo, Susan Paprcka of Busch Precision and Gary Swick of Swick Technologies

Workforce Development Committee: Chair, Mike Mallwitz of Busch Precision Committee members: Ken Heins of KLH Industries and Wayne Matthiesen of Matzel Manufacturing | 7

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comes to network stability, data storage and security? Are they actively engaging in industry best practices? Do they anticipate problems and have response plans detailed and ready to launch if and when they are needed?

h, the IT Department. Completely

but it can be hard to shake the feeling at the back of your mind... the question of whether or not your IT department is properly managed or enti The best way to remedy this solution is to better understand how they manage and implement your company’s IT services. Ask the right questions of your IT professional and you’ll not only better understand how your IT works, but you’ll also gain insight into which problem areas may need more attention. 1. What are we spending on technology? IT technology is without a doubt, one of the big ticket items on any company’s budget. Questions to ask should revolve around IT compatibility, software licensing, how your technology compares to modern standards and where, if any, costs can be reduced or eliminated completely. By requiring your IT department to itemize and keep track of spending, you will gain a more solid understanding of their needs. Ask your IT professional to assess your entire network and submit a report on how to streamline systems and functions. Hardware, software, network storage, cloud technologies and communication are all interrelated. What upgrades are needed and what can wait? Find out if your IT department is utilizing standard IT best practices.

any other department. How streamlined does your IT team need to do their jobs as Information storage and retrieval is of vital importance. Ask your IT professional about the frequency and consistency of data backups and where and how those backups are stored. Find out what recovery solutions are established in case of a disaster situation. In the wake of constant new security threats, you need to understand just how secure (or unsecure) your company network may be. Ask for detailed reports related to your network security. Is your IT department proactive in their protection or

data? It is important to learn just how proactive your IT professional(s) are about actively ensuring your network stability and success. How proactive are they when it

cleaned up? Getting a second opinion from an outside consider, especially if your business is a an outside assessment will not only give you an unbiased view of your technology environment and operations, but it will also to make changes, if changes are required. Don’t be afraid to call on outside professionals. Running a successful business requires accurate and honest assessments of all operations. Without the help of professionals who make it their business to streamline your business, your company may not remain competitive in this rapidly evolving world of technology. Submitted by Swick Technoloiges, TDMAW Group Buying Partner | 15


PS Education Partners was honored on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) at the Kettle Moraine High School board meeting. GPS is one of six organizations that were nominated and received recognition on the WASB Business Honor Roll, which honors outstanding businesses that support local schools. Other recipients Power, Aurora Health Care, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and ProHealth Care. “We are delighted that the Wisconsin Association of School Boards has recognized the valuable partnership GPS Education Partners has with the Kettle Moraine School District,” said Pat Deklotz, superintendent. “Through our collaboration with GPS we are transforming learning opportunities for our students, their lives.” Through mentorship and advocacy GPS has been able to provide alternative education programs that help students, businesses and communities thrive. districts spanning 12 counties that are supported by GPS and its commitment to improving education. Through its collaborative

(Left to right) Andy Hepburn, Austin Schwulst, Tyler Helker, Brady Michaelis, and Don Patnode accept the certificate of recognition on behalf of GPS.

“Through our collaboration with GPS we are transforming learning opportunities for our students, making a significant difference in their lives.”

Generac and GE – Distributive students graduate from high school and pursue continued education, meaningful careers, and productive based



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them with unique skill development that will prepare them for continued education and careers that meet the future needs of business,” said Stephanie Borowski, president of GPS. With plans to expand its education model nation wide, GPS Education Partners will continue supporting students for years to come.


Mayor Barrett helps GPS

The Flatwork SpecialistsTM







Central Milwaukee Education Center, facility hosted within Capitol Stampings, 2700 W. North Ave., Milwaukee, highlighting innovative

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given by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett; Dan Grego, the Executive Director Corp.; as well as active participants in the GPS program: the GPS president, an instructor and a student from the education center.


program. The Central Milwaukee Education Center is one of 16 centers that GPS operates across Wisconsin. More than 100 businesses and 50 high schools within GPS education centers. To learn more about the critical mission in youth and community investment, visit our website today at www.GPSed.


(If you can make it, we can finance it.)

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n my drive in Saturday, I noted that gas is now under $2.50. This is an incredible gift to us all as it creates “free money”. But this “free money” can really set you up for a big problem. We are accustomed to spending about week and your vehicle gets 25 miles per gallon, the current reduction in gas price “saves” you $16.00 per week. (400 mi/25 mi/gal=16 gal. $16.00. If you are like most people, this “free

The decrease in gas prices are due to some of the oil producing nations (OPEC) reducing their selling prices in here in the US. If OPEC keeps oil (gas) prices low, we (the USA) are not able to economically compete using our own oil, so the US will lose smaller producers and OPEC will then increase prices. If you are considering using the “free money” from savings at the pump for

purchasing something or for general spending, please be informed and aware. When the price of gas goes back up, you will have to then pay the higher price of the gas

gas prices didn’t happen. Placing the $16/week into an account allows you to use have money in the bank.

TDMAW 2015 Proposed Board of Directors Slate Steve Latus

Journeymen Tool and Technologies, Inc., Milwaukee

Brian Nuetzel

Matzel Manufacturing, Milwaukee

Randy Weber

DACO Precision-Tool, Kewaskum

Alan Petelinsek Kirk Kussman

Power Test Inc., Sussex

Aztalan Engineering Inc., Lake Mills

Ballots were sent via email to the main contact at each member company. Each member company has one ballot to fill out which includes voting for each individual on the ballot. Please fill out and send back to the TDMAW Headquarters for tallying. Thank you if you have already done so. Voting will be finalized at the January 6th Members Only portion of the Meeting. Please join us as we witness the passing of the baton to the new Board of Directors.

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he Wisconsin Chapter of the American Foundry Society announces the 77th Annual Regional Foundry Conference and Exposition being held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 through Friday, February 13, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Milwaukee Airport. This event is the largest regional foundry event of the kind including exposition hall with space for over 70 exhibitors, more than 20 speaker sessions covering topics related to the foundry industry, evening banquets on Wednesday and Thursday, and our 2nd annual Student Casting Competition. Keynote speakers for our banquet events

Annual Regional Foundry Conference and Exposition

The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Foundry Society welcomes our friends from TDMAW to participate as an exhibitor and/or attendee at our event and to understand more about the important issues and opportunities that our industries share. Our theme for this year is “Made is Wisconsin” where we have targeted exhibitors and informative speakers that produce or support manufacturing in Wisconsin. To learn more about exhibiting at or attending our event, please visit We look forward to seeing you there. Wisconsin AFS Regional Conference Chairman Wisconsin AFS Vice President


ISCONSIN REGIONAL th Foundry Conference and Exposition February 11-13, 2015 @Crowne Plaza Hotel @ Milwaukee, WI

This year’s regional features a specially selected program of management, marketing and technical services dedicated to Engineering, Energy and Environmental Health & Safety, Ferrous and Nonferrous production. Make your reservations today!

Featured Topics:

• Foundries are going broke… Could yours be next? • Sand Reclamation & Updates on Clay,

Keynote Speaker: Gary Gigante President & CEO Waupaca Foundry

and Sand Mulling Technology

• • • • • • • • • • • •

3D Technology and 3D printing of sand molds Aluminum Melting Technology Future Leaders of Our Industry Operation of a Rear-Slagging Cupola Value Added Machining Topic Cast Metals Roundtable

Use of Masteralloy in Aluminum Engineered Castings Sand Cores and Molds - Costs and Possibilities

Kick-Off Guest Speaker: Chris Norch President AFS National

Foundry Insurance and Risk Management Issues Use of lower Mg allows for ductile treatment Your Foundry: Safer than an aircraft carrier? 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing in the Foundry

• Measuring Shrink by Thermal Analysis • Methods for improving Mg recovery • And more! This year’s regional will be held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6401 S. 13th Street, Milwaukee, WI For Registration, please contact American Foundry Society - Wisconsin Chapter c/o TEAM, Inc. W175 N11117 Stonewood Drive Suite 204 Germantown, WI 53022 Phone: 262.532.2440 | Fax: 262.532.2430 | Email: | 19


ontent is the beating heart of communication with your

sometimes the process can feel like a maze to navigate. Are you stuck at a fork in the road, not sure where to tread to create great content? From business blog posts to tiny tweets to comprehensive eBooks, if you want your customers to engage, share, and come back for more, your content needs to be compelling, current, and relevant to your industry and your audience. No matter the road they take to content is what people see, share, and talk about. Great content drives In a market drowning in information, how can you be sure you create a clear path to valuable content that your target market

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actually wants to experience? Flooding your site with slapdash blog posts every day is not a substitute for quality and depth. Far too many businesses are cranking out shallow,

on your industry and on what your customers want to learn. Leads and of the Growth Cycle Marketing process when they experience your

calling it content when it’s really just The best content answers your customers’ questions. It’s that simple. Provide your customers (and potential customers) with the info they want to know. Some businesses indulge in scattershot content: linkbait, outrageous might bring people to their site.

customer questions at every stage in the buy cycle to successfully engage with that customer before, during customers are valuable, so be sure interesting content. If you’re familiar with the “Nailed It!” meme, you know that sharing your recipe for success won’t hurt your business.

but your conversions will be low.

6. Make it portable. Always include buttons for easy sharing, tweeting, or embedding. If your content is good enough to share, make it easy to do so.

Providing Industry with the highest quality products and customer service to meet today’s demanding manufacturing requirements!

7. Make it diverse. Think of all the cool content formats you can form whitepapers, videos, photos, reposts from other businesses and from your customers, case studies, » Automation & Machinery » Die / Stamping / Fabrication

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9. Forget ABC. Don’t confuse content for copy. “Always Be Closing” might work for Phil Dunphy, but it’s through the side door on the web. Stick with the 80/20 rule. 80% of your content should inform, engage, and entertain. 20% should sell in a direct manner. We suggest 20% or less for best results. What good is great content if you don’t know how well it works? By tracking your pageviews, clickthroughs, and conversions, you can measure how your customers are responding to your content and use that information to provide more of what they like best. Creating successful content requires talent, expertise, understanding your customer needs and wants, a comprehensive content strategy, and sometimes a little luck. The key is to start with your customers in mind and work from there. Keep your customers top of mind and you’ll make your own way down the path that leads to content marketing success. Article submitted by Cultivate Communications, a TDMAW Red Level Sponsor


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DACO Precision-Tool earns

West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce: 2014 Medium Size Business of the year Award.

Randy Weber and Lloyd Kanzenbach showing their 2014 Medium Size Business of the year Award Congratulations to Randy Weber and Lloyd Kanzenbach of DACO Precision-Tool on winning this year’s West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce 2014 Medium Size Business of the year Award. The West Bend Chamber has over 500 members, and this year there were over 50 finalists! All finalists were reviewed for their companies Community Leadership, Employee & Volunteer Relationships, Stability & Growth, and for their companies Economic Vitality.

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Logopress Corp Introduces New Product for Nesting Logopress Corp., Besancon, France, along with their North American Distributor and Technical Center, Accurate Die Design, Inc., of New Berlin, Wisconsin has just released a new affordable, fast and easy to use product that is fully integrated inside of SOLIDWORKS called Logopress3 NESTING. Logopress Corp which is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, highlights the fact that their only business has been the development of die design software for the tool & die industry as well as flattening and blank prediction software for many kinds of parts and industries. Logopress3 solutions are currently used in over 30 countries around the world. The new product is called Logopress3 NESTING and it is also intended for many kinds of parts and industries and includes many options such as; the ability to set a sheet size to nest on or set only the width, angular control and constraint of parts, the option to nest into openings or not to, automatic report generation, etc. Logopress3 NESTING starts with either a multi-body part file (either created with SOLIDWORKS or imported from a different CAD system) or with individual part files that are in an assembly. After setting some logical parameters that allow extreme flexibility, it will quickly nest the parts per the options that the user sets. No formal training is necessary. For a die designer, this module is for example very useful when building Wire EDM burn blocks or for nesting various shaped sharpening shims for under die inserts. Logopress3 NESTING helps various industries and a wide array of applications such as: sheet metal, cloth, textile industry, plastics, adhesives, aerospace, leather (shoes), composites, inflatable objects, food industry, packing, packaging, shipbuilding toys and much more. Logopress3 NESTING may be purchased as a SolidWorks add-on but is also by default included in the Logopress3 Die Design package. About Logopress Corp. For 25 years, Logopress’ only business has been the development of die design software for the tool & die and metal stamping industry, as well as flattening software for various applications. Logopress3 is currently used in over 30 countries around the world. Logopress’ entire line of 3D products have achieved SolidWorks Gold Partner status, and they continue to make enhancements keeping in mind SolidWorks high requirement of integration. For more information, visit the company’s web site: About Accurate Die Design, Inc. Since 2004, Accurate Die Design, Inc. has been the North American Technical Center and Distributor for Logopress3 3D Die Design Software which runs inside of SolidWorks. They also are a reseller for Forming Simulation/Analysis and Flat Blank prediction software from Forming Technologies, Inc. The company’s sole focus is providing 3D die design software, training and support to companies in the tool & die and metal stamping industries, as well as flattening and forming simulation software. For more information visit the company’s website: http://www. Accurate Die Design Inc./Logopress3 is a TDMAW member and Red Level Sponsor.

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Bank—Equipment Loans

Heat Treating ThermTech of Waukesha, Inc.

US Bank

Charles Starck | (920) 791-9089

Computer Services for Business

Kirk Springer | (262) 549-1878

Insurance—P&C, Health & Workers Comp Federated Insurance

Swick Technologies

Visit for the nearest agent

Gary Swick | (414) 257-9266

Supplies/Full Line

Cutting Tools

E.L Simeth - Milwaukee

Midwest Cutting Tool, Inc. Waukesha

EDM Services

Steve Simeth | (414)771-9270

Charles Wright / Ronald Abts (262) 896-0883

MSC/J&L Metalworking Pewaukee

Sales | (262) 703-4000

K L H Industries, Inc. Germantown

Sussex Tool & Supply - Sussex

Ken Heins | (262) 253-4990

Sales | (262) 251-4020

Sponsors Accurate Die Design Inc./ Logopress3 Ray Proeber | (262) 938-9316

Cultivate Communications Dee Jensen | (262) 373-4000

Alro Specialty Metals Wauwatosa Inside Sales | (800) 365-4140

The Dickman Company, Inc./ CORFAC International Dave Hazenfield | (414) 271-6100

ApTex Waukesha Industrial Peter Delany | (262) 970-4833 Bell-Well Sales Co. Tom Schoenecker | (262) 781-3670 Busch Precision, Inc. Micheal Mallwitz | (414) 362-7305 Cincinnati Tool Steel Co. Ronald Cincinnati | (800) 435-0717 Citizens Bank Of Mukwonago John Schmitz I (262) 548-0208

Federated Insurance Brock Martinez | (920) 299-0010 Foundations Bank Steve Rossmeissel l (262) 746-3969 Fox Valley Metrology Kit Krabel | (920) 426-5894 Haas Factory Outlet Wally Mulvaney | (262) 373-5050

Industrial Fluid Solutions Sales | (920) 783-6600

Schenck M & A Solutions Corey Vanderpoel | (414) 465-5607 mergeradvisors

The Kinetic Co., Inc. Jared or Cash Masters (414) 425-8221

ShopWare, Inc. Jeff Angsten | (847) 428-4350

ManagePoint LLC David Steger | (414) 456-9837

Sikich LLP Cheryl Aschenbrener (262) 754-9400

Midwest Forman Metal Co. Marty Forman | (414) 351-5990 Morris Midwest Walter Weigel | (414) 586-0450 Progressive Machinery, Inc. John Gennrich | (414) 577-3200

Sitzberger Hau & Company, S.C. Dan Hau I (414)282-9000 United Milwaukee Scrap Jeff Katz | (414) 449-4410 Weller Machinery Mike Weller | (262) 523-1800

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RegisTeR Now! The Legal Joys and Concerns of Global Trade Compliance Developments 2014-2015: Keynote, Ulice Payne Jr.

TDMAW Year in PREview Tuesday, January 6, 2015 Dinner Meeting ~ Alioto’s Restaurant 5:00-6:30 pm

Members Only: Social, Annual Meeting

6:30-8:30 pm

General Dinner Meeting and Keynote

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