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February 2015 - Volume 9; Issue 2


In this Issue from a Content Marketing Strategy February 3 Meeting Highlights Be Your Own “Health Risk Manager” Is Your IT In Your Comfort Zone?

President's Letter

Happy February to all TDMAW Members, Partners, & Sponsors!!


t continues to be busy for most of us in the tool & die, machining, and many other manufacturing areas. Hopefully strong sales and good business will continue for all of us the remainder of 2015. February and March are already busy months for manufacturing with a lot of good meetings lined up in Milwaukee, Madison, and many other cities in our state. I’m excited and happy to see the new life and activity in our industry. It reminds me of the middle or late 1990’s again, when manufacturing was booming and almost everyone was busy and moving in high gear. A couple of weeks ago I caught myself almost complaining about several new customer rush orders that had to be brought in and moved up in front of everything else. My thoughts quickly took me back to 2009 when I swore I would never worry or complain about a customer order, or expedite again. And I remembered back to those never ending stressful days when I wondered if our business was ultimately doomed, and if our US manufacturing superiority But here we are, the companies that survived or started new since the worst manufacturing recession ever. We we all went through. Like most everyone else, I still get worked up or upset if we're behind on orders or if a machine goes down, or when we might lose an order due to our current lead-time or pricing. But

whenever I stop for minute and think about the previous struggles and hard times in past years, that were out of my control, I am able to quickly move on to more important issues that are in my control. Since the New Year I have been working with our Board members and some committees on several new ideas that will ultimately help our association. I won’t mention them all, but want to share several with you. We’re currently working on a new TDMAW Membership Brochure that will tie together with our new website. We also have a goal this year to add 12 new members to our association, and are working on a plan, and new process, to grow our membership this year, and in the future. Membership and the Business Support Committees are working together on a new TDMAW invitation card that will be available to Members, Partners, and Sponsors. Everyone should be able to use this card when inviting new potential members to our association. It will be a small 3X5 or 5x7 invitation card, that will have a spot for the person’s name and company that is being invited, a spot for the name and company of the person who is inviting them and it will include a list of up-coming meetings and dates for the prospective member to pick from. We hope this new card will help make it easier for everyone to invite new future TDMAW members into our great association. We’re also working on several new ideas for our Surgeons of Steel Magazine and on future updates for our new TDMAW website. If you’re now getting familiar and using the website, please let us know what you think and let us know if

you have any ideas that you would like to see in the future. Our last TDMAW Dinner Meeting was held on February 3rd at the Hilton Garden Inn in Milwaukee, and even though we had snowy weather, we didn’t let it deter our good dinner and fun time with our speaker Timothy Milwaukee Brewers for 28 years and for all of our Members, Partners, and Sponsors that were able to attend. Speaking of good and important meetings, DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER for our February 24th morning meeting (8-9:30AM) at Haas Factory Outlet with Aleta Norris! All company owners, managers, and HR people are welcome. The TOPIC: Attracting and retaining talent, dealing and





Also, be sure to save the date and register for our 2nd annual Midwinter BASH coming up on Friday evening, March 13th, at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Find the details in this issue of Surgeons of Steel on the back cover. It should be another great time, good food, music, and entertainment for everyone that attends!!

the past and it might help a little. Until next month, Yours truly, — Randy A. Weber , TDMAW President

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May 5th [Tuesday]

Dinner Meeting featuring Federated Insurance & Ma Baensch

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Chairman of the Board - Steve Latus Journeymen Tool & Technologies, Inc. 414.228.8338 |

June 16th [Tuesday]

June Outing: Annual Golf and Fishing Outing

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2015 Committee Chairs

August 4th [Tuesday]

Advisory Co-Chairs Jim Persik 262.781.3190 |

Summer Outing: Sporting Clays Event and Dinner

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November TBD

Tool, Die & Machining Expo TBD

Room Block Available! Contact Potawatomi TODAY at 844.217.4100. Reference “TDMAW” event for block pricing. Reservations must be received on or before Wednesday, February 21, 2015

Vice President - Brian Nuetzel Matzel Manufacturing, Inc. 414.466.3800 | Treasurer - Alan Petelinsek Power Test, Inc. 262.252.4301 |

Mary Wehrheim 262.786.0120 l Apprenticeship Co-Chairs Mary Wehrheim 262.786.0120 | Allen Weiss 262.820.3400 | Budget Alan Petelinsek 262.252.4301 | Business Support Brian Nuetzel 414.466.3800 | Insurance Kirk Kussman 920.648.3411 | Legislative Kathy Pfannerstill 262.250.7640 |

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Please remember to update your directory. Join us Friday, March 13, 2015 for the Midwinter Bash! 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Including: cash bar with 2 bartenders, appetizers, a buffet dinner, desserts, giveaways, music and dancing, and of course, gambling at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, 1721 West Canal Street, Milwaukee. Watch for your invitation and share with your key employees, to enjoy a fun night with fellow TDMAW Members, Partners, and Sponsors.

Membership/Programs/Events Randy Weber 262.626.6591 | Nominating Steve Latus 414.228.8338 | Promotions Lynn Mahuta 262.502.4100 | Scholarship Steve Latus 414.228.8338 |

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NEW TDMAW MEMBER APPLICATION An Application for Membership has been received and pre-qualified by the TDMAW Membership Committee and was presented to Members via email on January 29, 2015. In accordance with the TDMAW bylaws (article II – Membership section 5), members are given 30 days to submit a written objection. The deadline for a written objection is Friday, February 27, 2015.

Applicant Information: Contour Tool & Manufacturing 801A Beech Street, Grafton, WI 53024 Owner: Augie Busalacchi Years in Business: 2 Contour Tool & Manufacturing was referred to TDMAW by Membership Chair, Randy Weber.


DMAW presents WCTC with a $24,000 check to help fund the new Integrated Manufacturing Center. L-R: Bob Novak, Associate Dean of Manufacturing Technologies, WCTC, Alan Petelinsek of Power Test, Mike Mallwitz of Busch Precision, Randy Weber of DACO Precision-Tools, Mary Wehrheim of Stanek Tool, Mike Shiels, Dean, WCTC School of Applied Technologies, Doug Brockelman of Stanek Tool, Steve Latus of Journeymen Tool & Technologies, Brian Nuetzel of Matzel Manufacturing and Becky Fisher of TDMAW Headquarters.

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Content Marketing Strategy


ontent marketing works for manufacturers. Surprised? It’s true: even if you don’t sell direct to consumers, content marketing can work for your B2B business.

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So what’s been holding you back? marketing strategy? Afraid your business or products are too boring? Nonsense. Content marketing does work for B2B, helping manufacturers attract and retain more customers—and grow.

1. Connect with More Humans Manufacturing can feel impersonal, but every company (in every industry) has a great story to tell. Telling your story on your website humanizes your business, giving potential customers the extra information they need to make informed buying decisions, backed by a strong emotional connection. Believe it or not, even B2B/corporate decisions are emotion-based. So the more positive appeal you can generate for your brand, the more likely you are to increase sales and strengthen existing customer relationships.

2. Build Trust Consumers want to buy from a company they trust—a company with the knowledge and experience they need. How will they know you’re knowledgeable if you don’t share your knowledge on your website? Content marketing brings your knowledge and expertise to consumers, so they can make better buying decisions.

3. Sell Innovation Maybe you’re a new company and don’t have an extensive history. What you do have is ideas, innovation, and a fresh approach to problem solving. Your content marketing strategy should be aimed at sparking the imagination of your customers. If you can get people to share your passion, they’ll believe in you—and invest in your ideas.

4. Attract Talent One of the biggest challenges for manufacturers face today? Attracting and retaining the best and the brightest.

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Content Marketing Strategy Trust

A great content marketing strategy ensures your company looks attractive to both consumers and potential employees. Showcase your company values to attract like-minded people and you’re more likely to build a workforce with staying power.

5. Build Your Brand Whether you like it or not, public companies have a few minor blemishes on their records—so if you’re not perfect, don’t worry, you’re not alone. (Hey, sometimes you gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet!) What’s most important is how you clean up after a PR disaster.

Who are you? An old-fashioned family-owned business that puts a noticeable emphasis on family? A company heavily invested in green initiatives? A quirky, cutting-edge startup with a nap room and a basketball court in the building? Now, who are your customers? Are they your end-users? Your distributors? What do they want most out of your products? What problem does your product help your customer solve? employee? What shared values might draw in that type of person? Whatever your company values, there are candidates out there looking for a company exactly like yours. Your company can implement marketing strategies from top manufacturers—and you don’t have to be one of the big guys to do it. Remember: A well-crafted content marketing strategy ensures both

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Even a fun promotional idea can The same goes for content marketing: needs polishing, great content marketing can help your company rebuild brand trust.

6. Get Better Search Engine Results Finally, no matter what business you’re in, you need to show up in search engine results, preferably on page one. Without a constant stream of fresh content, your website won’t land on the front page— so when your customers are searching for your products, they won’t see your website. Nobody wants that. Ready to get started on your manufacturing content marketing strategy? Try these questions:

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TDMAW Happenings

February 3 Meeting Highlights

Terry Moon of Versevo Inc reunites with his high school baseball Coach at the TDMAW February 3 Member Meeting.


any TDMAW members and supporters braved the snowy roads on February 3rd, for the TDMAW. Dinner Meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Park Place. While the outside temperatures were cold, the feeling at the meeting was warm and welcoming! At the meeting, TDMAW Communications Committee Chair, Austin Weber of DACO PrecisionTool, walked attendees through the new TDMAW website, www.TDMAW. org, which launched last November. He highlighted the many resources that are available on the website, and encouraged those who have not spent time familiarizing themselves with the

L-R Randy Weber of DACO Precision-Tool, Greg Grambow of Du-Well Grinding, Tim O’Driscoll of Major League Baseball and Terry Moon of Versevo Inc.

new site to take some time to do so. The Communications Committee will continue making improvements to the site, with the focus in 2015 on a new, more robust “Find a Meeting attendees had the pleasure of hearing speaker Tim O’Driscoll share behind the scene stories about the larger-than-life personalities that surround him Baseball. TDMAW thanks John Schmitz, of TDMAW Sponsor Citizens Bank of Mukwonago, for his donation of a $50 gift card, and Gary Swick, of TDMAW Sponsor Swick Technologies, for his donation of Business Computer Support coupons, to be used as



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hippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) used a grant to pay for their accreditation which was initially driven by the CVTC Dean and (see page 13). NIMS interviewed several members of the advisory committee and found that even though they did not initiate adding the NIMS Credentials to the CVTC program, they very much supported the concept of getting a product that had been measured and credentialed to a higher standard than what the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) standard provides. I was privileged to be part of the audit team for NIMS and I was impressed with the CVTC program. I interviewed

My opinion again, today Wisconsin’s public education has so many restrains and bad performance measurements that have direct impact. When a program uses a the institution and the employers. We have a great opportunity with our Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), and the professional instructors they employ, but we put all too many restraints on their ability to raise the standard’s bar. We desperately need the WTCS to embrace the NIMS Credentials and make them part of their curriculum, for everyone’s investment in our future. I’m excited for CVTC and the employers in that region. based education to a National Standard, such as NIMS. Have a Blessed Week, Ken Ken Heins, former TDMAW Apprenticeship Committee Chair CEO / President KLH Industries,

students into the workforce with the students actually looked forward to earning the credentials. The only weakness I found was that employers in the CVTC district do not realize the true and the NIMS Credentials. Employers that the NIMS Credentialing Standards are the norm. In my humble opinion, employers need to recognize the value the NIMS Credentials bring to any potential applicant, and reward them at a higher standard than simply receiving

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Chippewa Valley Technical College Becomes First Accredited Program in Wisconsin Fairfax, VA/Eau Claire, WI— NIMS announces the accreditation of the Machine Tooling Technics Program at Chippewa Valley Technical College. Officially accredited on December 11, 2014, the CVTC team not only met NIMS standards, but also set the bar for exceptional metalworking training in the state of Wisconsin. With this accreditation, CVTC affirms its commitment to uphold national industry standards as set forth by NIMS, further enabling the college program to support the needs of students, the local community and employers within it, and to the metalworking industry at large.

(CEO/President, KLH Industries, Inc.) and Jacob Statz (Program Director, Madison Area Technical College).

occurring at the college in fall 2014. The comprehensive audit was led by NIMS Lead Evaluator Joan Cook (Executive Director, RICOWI, Inc.) who was assisted by Ken Heins

Looking back, Department Chair and Instructor Dave Thompson noted that securing accreditation “was a thorough, enlightening, rigorous process” that “helped us to validate and improve our program.” Chippewa Valley’s accreditation focuses on entry-level skills from the NIMS Machining Level I National Standard, with an emphasis on CNC lathe and mill operations.

The process kicked off in 2013 and culminated in an On-Site Evaluation



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Legislative Update

The State Budget Process he budget is a single bill, passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, that determines much of state policy and sets Wisconsin's


plan to the legislature in an address in the assembly chamber. During the months of February through June, the legislature reviews the governor's proposed budget

process actually begins in May/June of even-numbered years when the governor issues instructions to state agencies which set out guidelines for them to follow in preparing their budget requests for the coming two years. The Department of Administration (DOA) issues a report on November 20 that communicates the various agencies' budget requests to the governor. This triggers the beginning of the budget planning process for the governor, the state budget director, the DOA secretary, and budget analysts from DOA.

This process is often long and drawn

budget proposal, he then presents his

passage. During the legislative review process, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) compiles an item-by-item summary of the governor's proposal which is then updated throughout the assembly and senate review process. The assembly and senate review the budget through the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), which is comprised of legislators from both hearings on the budget that generally last from March through mid-May or early

June. Following JFC action on the bill, it is then sent back to the assembly and Once both houses have come to an agreement on an identical bill, it is then sent to the governor so it can be signed into law. As this process impacts everyone living in Wisconsin, I will be holding several public budget hearings across the 24th Assembly District so that I can hear all of your ideas regarding the dates so please be sure to watch for an announcement sometime next week of when and where these public hearings will be taking place. Wisconsin State Representative Dan Knodl, 24th Assembly District

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athy Pfannerstill, TDMAW Legislative Committee Chair, attended the WMC Small Business Council Meeting this month. Following is her report: The resounding message from Senate never had a more positive business however, in order to get this type of reform to the Governor's desk we need to contact our legislator(s) and tell them

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that we support Right to Work (RTW) legislation. This legislation would make us more attractive to prospective businesses looking to relocate to Wisconsin. The more businesses we attract to Wisconsin, manufacturing opportunities for Association members. In addition, we increase our state tax revenue base and create the opportunity to further lower income taxes on all taxpayers.

The best way to get this legislation passed is to get our Representatives and Senators to support the initiative, and have it included in the upcoming budget. We've never had a more positive business environment in Madison, which means we need to act now to pass this type of reform. Please note the WMC Right to Work Fact Sheet included in this issue of Surgeons of Steel, on pages 16 and 17.

Is Your IT In Your Comfort Zone?


Best Practices

re you comfortable right now? No, not comfortable at home in an easy chair—are you comfortable with your company’s complete IT environment? From system security and disaster recovery

working, balanced and harmonious? If you’re feeling uncomfortable, it’s time to get back to your IT comfort zone—and that means getting back to consistently reliable IT. We call it IT stability. Here’s what it looks like‌

Maximized Workflow Does your team have access to up-todate and properly functioning mobile devices, laptops, systems and software? Is unreliable IT preventing your employees Stable IT ensures your bottom line is never compromised. Your IT should meet and exceed the day-to-day demands of your company’s workload, fostering a positive and stable IT environment your

Network Security Cyber criminals target organizations rather than individuals more often because team doing to secure is your network and protect sensitive customer data? Network security is one of the most important functions of your IT department. A secure network is one of your company's greatest assets—protecting your sensitive data from theft and exploitation.

Being within the boundaries of your company’s IT comfort zone doesn’t mean that your IT department has to reinvent

fry electronics and natural disasters such as a company’s ability to operate. Statistics show that when a company loses its data completely—regardless of the reason—that company is likely to fail within six months. Does your company have a data backup plan that ensures stability and security? If worse comes to worst, your data recovery plan will safeguard the data you need to run your business. With regular backups in place, you can ensure your data is up-to-date and recoverable to get your business up and running as quickly as possible.

Proactive Monitoring Think of this as your company’s digital immune system. Proactive monitoring means your IT environment is constantly observed and examined by your IT department, using various security programs, tools and preventative safety measures. If your IT guys are doing their security of your network infrastructure, but they’ll have fast-acting countermeasures in place, allowing them to solve most problems

Data Protection

This means literally being prepared for any and all scenarios. You need to know what your IT team is doing to protect your company’s network, as well as how

Old hardware will fail, software becomes out-of-date or obsolete, power surges can


a lot of options and solutions for all of your company’s technology needs, but not all are created equal. Utilizing industry best practices is key to your company’s continued IT success. Does your IT department utilize industry best practices when appropriate? Following industry-standard best practices is foundational and necessary to IT stability.

IT Strategic Planning It’s no secret technology is constantly changing and improving. If you really want your company operating within a comfortable IT environment, then your strategic planning should include IT. Knowing which technologies to invest in and how often upgrades for hardware, software, OS and technology expansions are required (and when to do so) are all a part of a successful strategic IT plan. Finding that balance and investing in the right IT at the right times will keep your company current, productive, relevant and ahead of the competition without compromising your bottom line. Trust us: you want to be in your IT comfort zone. Once you know where your IT falls on your comfort scale, you can implement a plan to get your company’s IT operating right in the sweet spot—your IT comfort zone. Submitted by Swick Technoloiges, TDMAW Group Buying Partner

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Right to Work is Right for Wisconsin What is Right to Work? Right to Work laws give workers the freedom to choose whether to belong to a labor union and pay dues. Right to Work protects employees by prohibiting them from being forced to join a union and pay dues as a condition of their employment. Right to Work does not eliminate existing unions, does not void existing labor contracts, does not prohibit collective bargaining, and does not prohibit workers from organizing a union.

Economic Measures in Right to Work States Site selectors who advise businesses on where to expand or locate a new business say that 75% of their clients view Right to Work as an “important” or “very important” factor, and typically half will not even consider investing in a forced-union state.1

Unions often claim that Right to Work hurts the middle class. However, the objective data show that Right to Work states have faster job growth, faster wage growth and higher disposable income. It’s unclear how any of those economic measures are bad for the middle class.

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than the 1.5 million in forced-union states.

From 2004-2013, Right to Work states grew jobs by an average of 5.3%, which is more than twice the rate of forcedunion states (2.1%).3 Right to Work states grew wages by an average of 15.1% from 2003-2013, while wage growth lagged in forced-union states at 8.2%.4 Manufacturing GDP grew by 26.1% in Right to Work states from 2003-2013, compared to 13.8% in forced-union states.5 When differences in cost-of-living variations between states are taken into account, employees in Right to Work states had per capita disposable income of $38,915 in 2013, nearly $2,000 per year more than the $36,959 in forced-union states.6 Right to Work states grew population by 4.9 million people in the ten-year period from 2003-2012, while forced-union states lost 4.9 million people.7

Wisconsin Needs Right to Work

Opponents often argue that Right to Work will reduce wages and lead to greater reliance on public welfare programs. On the contrary, welfare utilization is actually lower in Right to Work states at 5.8 TANF recipients per thousand in 2013. That’s less than half the rate of 16.7 welfare recipients per thousand residents in forced-union states.8 Union leaders often characterize Right to Work as a policy to harm unions, but the data shows otherwise. In the period from 2010-2013, Right to Work states collectively grew union membership by 57,000 workers, while forced-union states actually lost 248,000 union members.9 Opponents argue Right to Work will jeopardize training in the construction trades, but that has not been the experience in other states. In Wisconsin, skilled training is paid for by employers, and is not dependent upon union dues. Moreover, Right to Work states have 28% more operating engineers employed per capita than forced-union states.10 Union leaders claim Right to Work is unfair because the union is required to represent all employees, even if they do not pay dues. However, these “exclusive representation” agreements are not mandatory, and unions are not required to negotiate these clauses into their contract.

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