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July 2015 - Volume 9; Issue 5


In this Issue

Tools to Succeed incentive program


President's Letter

business. It’s also healthy to recharge the mind & body once in awhile, and helps us come back to work with a better and more productive frame of mind.

Randy Weber, John Weber and Mike Emerson

“Growing Manufacturing In Wisconsin”


t’s been a busy year for our association, board members, and several of our committees that are actively working and planning for a better and stronger future. “GROWING MANUFACTURING IN WISCONSIN” is our new TDMAW tag line and mission this year, and going forward. You will likely see and hear this more often at our meetings, events, and programs throughout the year. Later last year and after several meetings with fellow members, key partners and sponsors, it was determined that the TDMAW needed to better identify themselves and our direction for the future. We talked about the history of our association dating back to 1937 and about how much manufacturing has changed since then. We determined it was important to preserve the history of our association, and that our future work and planning always reflect the hard work and vision of our past leaders. So when you hear the phrase “GROWING MANUFACTURING IN WISCONSIN” we hope that you will think of the TDMAW. Most of us have been very blessed in our companies and are very lucky to have the support from most of our state leaders in

Wisconsin, but this might not be the same manufacturing- friendly state if it wasn’t for our previous leaders and associations like the TDMAW. So I hope that you continue to support the TDMAW, and all the work we do: Promoting, Protecting & Growing Manufacturing in Wisconsin. Don’t forget the TDMAW “SUMMER OUTING” AUGUST 4th (SPORTING CLAYS SHOOT) AT WERN VALLEY SPORTSMEN’S CLUB is coming soon. We had a big turnout last year and are expecting this year to be even bigger. Whether you shoot or not, everyone is welcome! This is one event in the year where we allow our members to bring friends, customers, suppliers, and others. It’s a great time, good food and fun for everyone that comes. I hope everyone’s having a great summer so far and able to take some time away from their companies and the daily grind. Hopefully you’re able to enjoy a little vacation time with your family & friends. Remember the three or so months of summer go quickly, so if you haven’t yet, start planning some time off today. It’s important to get away from the office and the daily stress that comes with

Our annual TDMAW Golf/Fish Outing this June was a great event again, and a fun time for everyone that attended. We had a good turnout with many golfers and fishermen; I think we had (4 or 5) charter boats that went out of McKinley Marina in Milwaukee. We couldn’t have asked for better golf & fishing weather, probably the nicest day all spring! Golfer’s and fishermen joined together afterwards on the beautiful outside deck at River Club of Mequon Golf Course. Then later around 5PM moved into their banquet hall for a nice sit down dinner, raffle prizes, and to announce the top golf team and biggest fish award winners. This is one of my favorite events of the year, its right up there with the August Sporting Clays event. It’s really fun for me to see and visit with all of our members, and to get to know others that I might not see as often throughout the year. I again want to thank everyone that helped to make this a great event again this year. FEDERATED INSURANCE, our dinner sponsor, HAAS FACTORY OUTLET, our lunch sponsor, KINETIC, our beverage cart Sponsor, and BELL WELL SALES, who sponsored our golf balls this year. I also want to thank our golf hole hosts SWICK TECHNOLOGIES and SIKICH LLP. I’m always impressed by all the awesome prizes that our partners, sponsors, and members donate each year, and want thank everyone that helped (See pages 8 & 9 for a full list). And last but not least, Stacey, Laura, & Becky for all of their hard work with planning, and help on the day of the event. If you haven’t attended our annual Golf/Fish Outing or our annual August Summer Outing in a few years, or maybe ever, please sign up and come next time. It’s always good camaraderie with members & friends, and a great way to network and to grow new friendships. Until next month, Yours Truly, — Randy A. Weber , TDMAW President

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2015 Board of Directors President - Randy Weber Daco Precision-Tool 262.626.6591 | Vice President - Brian Nuetzel Matzel Manufacturing, Inc. 414.466.3800 | Treasurer - Alan Petelinsek Power Test, Inc. 262.252.4301 | Secretary - Kirk Kussman Aztalan Engineering Inc. 920.648-3411 | Chairman of the Board - Steve Latus Journeymen Tool & Technologies, Inc. 414.228.8338 |

2015 Committee Chairs Advisory Co-Chairs Jim Persik 262.781.3190 | 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 |

Save the Dates 2015/16 August 4th [Tuesday]

Summer Outing: Sporting Clays Event and Dinner

Wern Valley Sportsman’s Club

Sep. 15th [Tuesday]

Member Only Social

Weissgerber’s Gasthaus

Oct. 7th [Wednesday]

Fall Kick-off Meeting

State Fair Park

April 5th, 2016

Tool, Die & Machining Expo Country Springs Hotel

CLASSIFIEDS Hypneumat, Inc. has added a new Tsugami M08SY 6-axis turning center to its equipment list. This twin spindle machine is capable of chucking up to 8” diameters and bar feed 2.5” diameters. Machining requests call 414-423-7400 or email

IN THE KNOW Volunteers Needed! TDMAW is always looking for more people with new, fresh ideas, so if you know of any members, or potential future members that want to get involved and help in any way, contact TDMAW President, Randy Weber: (262) 626-6591 or We could use help on committees, with events, and are looking for those interested in serving on future Boards. TDMAW awarded $500 each to the following Skills USA contest winners, to assist with travel costs to Nationals: Hartford Union High School won the Automated Manufacturing Technology contest. New Richmond High School won the CNC Milling contest. Thank you to TDMAW Member, Allen Weiss of Integrity Wire EDM Inc. for his MANY volunteer hours, assisting with SkillsUSA contests and encouraging young people to consider manufacturing careers. If you are interested in getting involved with SkillsUSA, contact Allen at Welcome New Sponsors! Please welcome TDMAW’s newest sponsors, von Briesen & Roper, s.c. and Schroeder Group, S. C., Attorneys at Law. See the Partner Sponsor Directory on page 23 for contact information. Thank you to KLH Industries and Midwest Cutting Tool for their support of the TDMAW.

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 |

2015 Ad Hoc Committee Chairs Communications & Technology Austin Weber 262.626.6591 | Workforce Development Michael Mallwitz 414.362.7305 | | 3

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IN THE KNOW Dynamic Tool & Design, Inc. Named 2015 Leadtime Leader - Honorable Mention By Moldmaking Technology

Menomonee Falls, WI, June 2015, Dynamic Tool & Design, Inc. is proud to have been selected as the 2015 Leadtime Leader – Honorable Mention winner by MoldMaking Technology. The award recognizes North American mold manufacturers who maintain the highest standards of innovation, efficiency and quality. “The award is recognition of our commitment to lead the industry in developing new technologies and offering better designs for our customers,” explains David Miller, President. “Since 1976, Dynamic has designed and built plastic injection molds for the packaging, personal care and healthcare industries. We continually invest in operations and our people to maintain our competitive edge.” Increasing efficiency and reducing costs are achieved by utilizing robots and lights out manufacturing. “Dynamic also follows a scientific method to ensure a quality mold. We have to make the tool fit the process,” explains Tom Andrews, Plant Supervisor. “We can’t make the process fit the tool.” Technology is key success but the Dynamic employee is what truly separates the company from the competition. Dynamic Tool & Design is an employeeowned ESOP company. “Giving employees a stake and a say in how things are done helps identify new opportunities for efficiency,” explains Miller. An employee owner culture helps people stay engaged and motivated. Recruiting from local technical colleges and high schools helps Dynamic continually maintain a highly skilled workforce. Building the highest quality product, on time, and utilizing the latest technology has enabled Dynamic Tool & Design to grow and reach the level of “Leadtime Leader”. The Leadtime Leader award is awarded by MoldMaking Technology and Progressive Components. Published by Gardner Business Media, MoldMaking Technology is a leading trade publication designed for plastic injection mold manufacturers. Progressive Components develops and distributes components for the production tooling industry.

Can you terminate an employee for drinking on the job after a request for assistance? Question: We have a restaurant/bar.

We have a company policy that if you are caught drinking on the job, you can be suspended and/or terminated. We found a bartender in a beer cooler drinking while he was on the clock. He denied and lied about the situation, but later admitted this happened. After admitting this happened, he told a manager he needs help and wants to go to a drug rehabitation program and wanted to know if our company would help to pay for this. Question: Can we still fire this employee for breaking company policy even though after the fact he states he needs personal help and might need to take a leave of absence?

Response: There is no statutory protection for employees whose violation of a company policy is grounds for dismissal. While the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does offer protection to employees who are alcoholics or drug addicts, such protection does not clothe such employee with immunity from the consequences of their actions at work. This means that while employers cannot unlawfully discriminate against employees who are disabled (including those disabled by alcoholism or drug addiction), and must offer such employees a reasonable accommodation when applicable, employers are not required to excuse disabled employees who violate a company policy that would be grounds for discharge if any other employee committed the violation. The EEOC and Department of Justice explain this as follows: "While a current illegal user of drugs is not protected by the ADA if an employer acts on the basis of such use, a person who currently uses alcohol is not automatically denied protection. An alcoholic is a person with a disability and is protected by the ADA if s/he is qualified to perform the essential functions of the job. An employer may be required to provide an accommodation to an alcoholic. However, an employer can discipline, discharge or deny employment to an alcoholic whose use of alcohol adversely affects job performance or

conduct. An employer also may prohibit the use of alcohol in the workplace and can require that employees not be under the influence of alcohol." See http://www. (about 2/3 of the way down the page). Here you indicate that an employee was "found" drinking beer on company property and while on the clock, and when confronted, denied that he had done this. He later admitted to the infraction as well as to having lied about it. If this is grounds for termination of employment consistent with employer policy and practice (and the employment relationship is at will), we are not aware of any law that requires the employer to be more lenient with this employee on account of his subsequent claim that he "needs personal help" or wants to attend a drug rehabilitation program (which, incidentally, does not necessarily mean he is an alcoholic or addict and thus may not be disabled under the ADA at all). If, however, other employees who were caught drinking on the job were suspended and/or otherwise not discharged, and the employer seeks to terminate the employment of the bartender in question, there could be exposure to a claim -- indeed the employee could argue that he was treated more harshly (i.e., discharged) because he disclosed a potential disability and/or the employer regarded him as though he had one. The employer might be able to defend a claim of this nature by showing that the employee's dishonesty also contributed to the decision, if that is the case, but the best practice is to seek to avoid such claims in the first place by treating similarly situated employees in a uniform manner. © 2014 Advisors Law Group, All Rights Reserved To learn more about the Federated Employment Practices NetworkSM, contact your local Federated Marketing Representative, or visit | 5


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Tools to Succeed – Encouraging Metalworking Students Tools to Succeed is a program that awards six deserving students with Kennedy 11-drawer steel toolboxes. Toolboxes are given to SE Wisconsin area technical colleges Technical Education departments. Instructors at these colleges identify and award the toolboxes to their most deserving students on behalf of MSC Industrial Supply, and the Tool, Die & Machining Association of Wisconsin. Students interested in receiving these toolboxes should talk with the instructors at their school. If the technical college you attend does not offer this cooperative program, please contact the TDMAW headquarters at 262-532-2440 or via email at Special thanks to Ken Mahuta of Mahuta Tool for managing the distribution of toolboxes, and to MSC Industrial Supply for their generous donation of toolboxes.

Scholarship Money Available! The TDMAW is pleased to offer the Edward L. Simeth Scholarship, funded by TDMAW Partner, E. L. Simeth. This scholarship awards up to $500.00 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: Applicant must be a Wisconsin resident Must complete the top portion of the application and an essay, as directed on the application form Applications must be submitted by January 15, 2016 for the spring semester TDMAW sincerely thanks Steve Simeth for making this award available to those with an interest in a career in the metalworking industry! For additional information and an application, visit:

Tool, Die, and Machining Association of Wisconsin and the MSC Industrial Supply Company Tool and Die Maker Schorlorship I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for making this scholarship possible. I was thrilled to learn I was awarded this Kennedy Toolbox. I have completed the Tool and Die program at MATC and recently accepted a position as a Tool and Die Trainee at InSinkErator Inc. where I will be able to use my new toolbox. I plan to pursue my dream to become a journeyman Tool and Die Maker. Sincerely, Carson Ertel | 7

TDMAW 2015 June Outing Highlights A big thank you to all who provided raffle prizes! Alro Steel............................. Tool Set Busch Precision ......... Brewer tickets Cincinnati Tool Steel .......CTS cap and Kohl’s gift certificate DACO Precision Tool .......Wrench set, LED Spotlight, Drill & Drive set and Aviator Snip Set


hank you to the many people who contributed to the fun and success of the 2015 June Outing! This annual event provides TDMAW Members, Sponsors and Partners an opportunity to spend the day charter fishing on Lake Michigan or golfing at an area course, this year we were at River Club of Mequon, and culminates with a dinner for all, complete with door prizes and awards. This event would not be the success that it is without the generous contributions from Partners, Sponsors and Members.

Golf Tee Sponsors Accurate Die Design Aptex Bell Well Sales Busch Precision Cincinnati Tool Steel Company Cultivate Communications E. L. Simeth Federated Insurance Kinetic Company ManagePoint Morris Midwest MSC Industrial Supply

THANK YOU to the following...

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HAAS Factory Outlet, TDMAW Sponsor & lunch sponsor The Kinetic Company, TDMAW Member and Sponsor & beverage cart sponsor Golf Hole Hosts: TDMAW Partner, Swick Technologies TDMAW Sponsor, Sikich

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E. L. Simeth ............... $50 Texas Road House gift card and $50 Applebee’s gift card Fox Valley Metrology ..... $50 Amazon gift card and Brewer tickets with an early entry pass Kivela Inc. .................. Two golf towels and two boxes of golf balls Mahuta Tool .............. Brewer tickets Morris Midwest .... Three golf supply sets, including: cap, tees, balls, golf towel & golf glove Progressive Machinery ...... Two $100 Best Buy gift cards Reel Sensation ........Half off a charter fishing trip

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River Club of Mequon .......... A round of golf

Congratulations to:

Swick Technologies ... $100 Bartolotta gift card and a dozen golf balls

Biggest Fish – Joe Puhl (John Puhl’s father) The TDMAW Traveling Golf Trophy, donated by Therm Tech, went to first place foursome: Jim Kivela, Gary Stacy, Mike Emerson and Mark Scaduto (from Kivela and Cincinnati Tool Steel) – for the SECOND YEAR!

Therm Tech................. Yeti cooler and Green Bay Packer picture United Milwaukee Scrap...Restaurant gift certificate Wisconsin Engraving....Brewer tickets

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BotsIQ Robitics May Competition Highlights


he TDMAW is a supporter of BotsIQ Wisconsin, a high school robotics program formed to introduce students, teachers and parents to the career opportunities available in high tech manufacturing. BotsIQ provides a platform allowing students to discover their skills in a competition, using a combination of math, science, electronics, mechanics and engineering in a team work environment. Students who participate in the Bots IQ program experience the thrill of designing and manufacturing their robots, and often move on into manufacturing education programs after high school.

First place: West Bend High School – Hank the Tank – undefeated in two competitions and will be retired from all future completions. Received a $500 prize.

The last BotsIQ competition was held in May at Waukesha County Technical College. Here are the competition results:

First Place: West Bend High School – Russian Roulette. Received a $150 prize.

Second place: West Bend High School – Trainer – a freshman team of one. Received a $300 prize. Second Place: Slinger High School – Neon Annihilation. Received a $100 prize.

Third place: Germantown High School – Frankhenstein – totally made from recycled parts of other robots. Received a $150 prize.

Third Place: North Fond du Lac – Comet. Received a $50 prize. (not pictured)

The award for the coolest Bot, voted by the volunteers, was Germantown High School Girls team – TBD.

Congratulations to all of the participating teams and thank you to the volunteers, many of them TDMAW members. If you are interested in getting involved with Bots IQ and encouraging and building relationships with students that could well be your future employees, contact Lynn Mahuta of Mahuta tool at | 11

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TDMAW April 2015 Meeting Highlights TDMAW’s April Meeting was held at CafÊ Bavaria in Wauwatosa. Milwaukee Bucks President, Peter Feigin addressed the group and spoke about the plans for the new arena. Mr. Feigin donated several Bucks tickets to be raffled off at the meeting. John Schultz of Citizens Bank and Ken Mahuta of Mahuta Tool were the lucky recipients. Randy Weber with Peter Feigin

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Your Email Security Checklist


etwork security is often considered the realm of IT professionals, but there’s one aspect of it that touches every part of business: email. Everybody, from interns to sales associates to project managers sends emails to keep the team up-to-date on what’s going on. That’s why email security is an important part of any good business network. Being aware of threats to your network that come from email is the first step to securing your computers, your customers and your business.

Common Threats to Email Security

A hacker has many tools in his or her bag of tricks to pry sensitive information out of a computer network through emails. Taking the time to become familiar with the most recent terminology allows employees to adapt in the fast-changing world of business. Spoofing allows hackers to get inside by posing as legitimate vendors or customers to gain information from employees that interact with the public. Email correspondence with a customer service representative, for example, could expose that account to viruses hidden in attachments such as ransomware, scareware or other forms of malware. Hackers may also attempt identity theft through a technique known as phishing. Links in official-looking emails, such as bank or credit card websites, could actually lead to a site where passwords, social security numbers and account numbers are collected. Phishing evolved out of social engineering, a technique that’s been around as long as computers, if not longer. Because personal details are often used as passwords, a visit to somebody’s office can clue a hacker in on what a password might be. If an employee has a picture of their dog on their desk, there’s a good chance their account password is going to be “Fido123.”

Secure Your Passwords

A good account password is a good start to protecting vital data. You may not be an expert in network security yet, but these tips are a good place to start: • Use unique passwords for different accounts. Having the same password for everything might make it easy to remember, but it’s like using the same key for your house, car and office. There’s always a chance a

hacker might get a password and if they do, they’ll have access to any account that uses it. • Longer passwords make guessing passwords more difficult. Most people opt for short, easy to remember passwords, but if you can remember a phrase or line from a song, you can remember a longer password. • Mix numbers, letters and symbols into your password. Some accounts require this mixture, but it’s good security for any password. “Special characters” such as %^&$# or even a simple space can make your password much harder for both hackers and hacking programs to decode. • Try using a phrase only you will know. If only you know that your Aunt Gert sends you a ten dollar bill on your birthday May 15, that could become a password. “Aunt Gert sends 10 bucks on my birthday 5/15” becomes the strong password as “AGs10bomb515.”

Secure Your Employees

Computers are only as good as their users, so every employee must play their part to protect themselves. Give some thought to how comfortable you are with technology, but use these computer security tips right away: • Consider limiting attachments and mailbox sizes. Malware attachments often balloon the size of an attachment in suspicious ways. Hunting for those attachments can be hampered by employees who don’t clean out their inbox on a regular basis. • Decide what level of Internet filtering is right for your business. Too little web filtering and the likelihood of viruses, malware and other network security issues increases. Too much filtering and productivity slows down as new permissions must be discussed. These best practices ensure your systems won’t go down when you need them. • Educate your employees on what you expect in regards to network security. Hold yourself to the same standard. If you want them to change their passwords every month, be prepared to do the same. If email security is important to you, it will be important to them.

Secure Your Network

Hardware solutions can help protect your network security. A few easy steps can make a hacker work harder to get your information and decide to move on to an easier target: • Make sure your systems stay compatible with modern technology. Older systems often have difficulty integrating with newer devices. Those gaps can let hackers exploit the issues and get a foothold inside a system. • Load software updates in a timely manner to keep your technology current. These updates often contain fixes and other patches that close off loopholes that hackers have learned to use in previous editions of the software. • Back up your important data. If your system does go down, having an off-site backup will get you back in the game much more quickly than having to rebuild everything from scratch. Your best bet? Take a team approach to email security to ensure all your employees are on board and aware of common and major threats. Create policies and procedures that ensure email security best practices are in place, create a secure firewall to detect threats before they become a problem, and be sure you hold yourself to the same standards, serving as a model for your organization. Submitted by Swick Technoloiges, TDMAW Group Buying Partner | 15




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usch Precision Inc. hosted a Machining & Maintenance Expo May 6 at its manufacturing facility in Milwaukee. More than 200 attendees and exhibitors participated in the event, which showcased the additional capabilities Busch can provide following its August acquisition of the CNC retrofitting and machine tool service and repair businesses from Maintenance Service Corp., West Allis, Wis.

accuracy and repeatability figures, he noted they typically don’t provide information about the standard they use to measure those numbers. Those standards include ISO 230-2, which is the most common one; ANSI/ASME B5.54 in the U.S.; JIS B 6192, B 6330, B 6338 and B 6336-2 in Japan; DIN ISO 230-2 in Germany; and a number of others. He noted each standard is a little different, with some being more different than others.

Busch specializes in machining large components and tight-tolerance parts and repairing and rebuilding components, machine tools and other equipment. The number of capabilities increased from about 300 to 800 following the acquisition, according to the company’s director of marketing.

As an example, Beyer asked participants a “trick question.” Given that one machine lists an accuracy of 0.0006" (0.0152mm) and repeatability of 0.0004" (0.0102mm) while another offers an accuracy of ±0.0002" (0.0051mm) and a repeatability of ±0.0001" (0.0025mm), which is more accurate? The correct answer, which no one provided, is both are equally accurate. He explained that Giddings & Lewis measured the accuracy and repeatability for one of its vertical turning centers and found that using the ISO standard, which requires 110 total measurements, generated the larger numbers, and using JIS, which requires 32 total measurements, produced the smaller ones.

The expo presented exhibits and descriptions of machine tools and machined parts throughout the machine shop, including exhibits from the company’s supply chain and community participants, such as Women in Manufacturing, LiFE of HOPE and the Tool, Die & Machining Association of Wisconsin. In addition, the event featured food provided by Saz’s Catering, technical sessions and demonstrations of ball bar testing to identify machine errors, manual scraping of machine surfaces to achieve proper alignment and electrical panel layout and construction. The technical sessions held in the conference room included “Lead Screws vs. Ball Screws,” by Larry LaJoie, president of Rempco Inc., Cadillac, Mich.; “Metalworking Fluids: 5 Common Mistakes,” by David Zipter, sales and service representative for Naperville, Ill.based Castrol Industrial North America Inc.; “SINUTRAIN for the SINUMERIK CNC,” by Brian Hamilton, who’s involved with MTS consulting, business development and motion control for Siemens Industry Inc., Troy, Mich.; and “Machining Accuracy,” by Peter Beyer, product strategy and development director for Fives Giddings & Lewis, Fond du Lac, Wis. WiscoLift Inc., Greenville, Wis., a supplier of material lifting products, also presented a session titled “Safe Overhead Lifting Practices” at its booth. Beyer’s presentation focused on understanding machine tool accuracy, which is beneficial when comparing machines from different builders. Although machine tool builders list

He added that after measuring 12 different machines according to ISO and JIS, the machine tool builder determined that ISO’s accuracy result is 1.7 times that of JIS, and ISO’s repeatability is 2.6 times the result for JIS. As a result, Beyer recommends that machine builders include a reference to the industry standard used to measure accuracy and repeatability specifications. “Without this, the specs are meaningless,” he said. Alan Richter, editor, Cutting Tool Magazine, June 2015 issue. Published with permission.

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9 Ways to Make Your Website a Lean, Mean Lead-Generation Machine By Dee Jensen, Cultivate Communications, TDMAW Red-Level Sponsor

our website is your most powerful marketing tool. It’s where you meet, greet and impress your customers enough to buy your products or engage with your services. It should be a lead-generation machine: a hotbed of activity, delivering a steady stream of qualified leads to your sales team…or it can just sit there and stagnate.


larger text, and shorter sentences and paragraphs appeal more to web users. 4. Get your content on. Fill your pages with rich and varied content. Tell your brand story to engage visitors. If you don’t offer a wealth of information, instructions, training, and how-tos, your competition will. Win loyal customers with your expertise.

common. Companies needed to collect everything. Today, you can cut it down considerably. Early in the process, many companies just ask for name and email. That’s all you need to build your email list. If you have a great CRM, your email list will link to your social media accounts. Once you earn their business, you’ll collect the rest.

If your website isn’t helping you close sales, here are 9 great ways to ramp it up.

5. Update frequently. Keeping your content fresh gives visitors a reason to return, plus, it boosts your search engine rankings. Add new press releases, start a blog, and ensure any current news on your site is, well, current.

8. Evaluate your SEO. If you haven’t performed a comprehensive SEO audit in a while, your website may be buried deep in search page results. The rules have changed, so what worked just a few years ago may be hurting you now.

6. Create stand-out CTAs (calls-toaction). What do you want visitors to do? View your catalog? Sign up for your mailing list? Learn more about your services? Make your CTA bold, clear, and consistent on every page.A word to the wise: “Buy Now!” may seem like an effective CTA, but use it cautiously. You website visitors may be at any stage of the Growth Cycle Marketing process. In the early stages, they want to check out your products, compare prices, and find information. They may not be ready to buy. Others may be returning customers. Address visitors in different stages of the buy cycle with targeted landing pages and offer something valuable in return for their email address.

9. Follow up. The Internet has raised expectations. Customers want a response in hours, not days…and certainly not weeks. When a lead is generated, a salesperson should get an alert, and follow up should happen as quickly as possible. Even in the digital automation age, customer service is your greatest asset.

1. Spruce up your homepage. Unless they’re following a link to a targeted landing page, most of the time your site visitors will land on your homepage first. Is yours welcoming, informative, and easy to navigate? If your homepage is crowded, outdated or confusing, your visitors will bounce. Figure out why potential customers are coming to your website and make sure what they want to find is prominently displayed. 2. Check your contact information. Sounds simple, but be sure your contact info is correct and easy to find on every page. Customers want to know you’ll respond. If a form on a contact page is your only option, you may lose business to more accessible companies. 3. Communicate clearly and quickly. Is your language friendly and conversational? In the interest of professionalism, many business owners choose wordy, formal language delivered in dense paragraphs. Informal language,

7. Shorten your forms. In the early days of the web, IRS-length forms were

Your website is not an online sales brochure. An optimized website can be an extension of your marketing department and a logical step in the buying process. By implementing the newest SEO and marketing techniques, providing information your visitors are looking for, and offering fast, personalized response, your website will become a leadgeneration machine.

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Be Careful When Using Consumer Reports for Background Checks By Sally A. Piefer, The Schroeder Group, S.C., Attorneys at Law, TDMAW Blue-Level Sponsor


ackground checks are an important part of your business process. When hiring employees you want as much information possible to make smart decisions. As part of your screening program, it’s crucial to know and understand the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). A 2012 survey from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) indicated that nearly 50% of employers use background checks in their hiring process. In the last several weeks, class action lawsuits have been filed against both the Hertz Corp. and against Avis Budget Rent A Car, for violating the FCRA when using background checks. The Avis lawsuit claims that Avis requires job applicants to sign a standardized background check application that asks them to waive rights and that included prohibited language that the FCRA requires in a stand-alone disclosure form. In the Hertz lawsuit, Hertz has been accused of violating the FCRA by failing to (i) adequately warn applicants in writing that it would obtain a consumer report during the hiring process, (ii) provide a written description of the applicants’ rights under the FCRA, and (iii) obtain written authorization to perform the background checks. There are three key steps in FCRA compliance in the employment setting:

Step 1: Written Notice and Authorization Before ordering a consumer report for employment purposes, you must notify

the individual in writing, (in a document consisting solely of this notice) that you are obtaining the report. Additional pieces of information you may want to include in this notice are: • The type(s) of reports being accessed; • That written authorization is required to procure a consumer report; • The consumer has the right, upon receipt of a written request, to receive a complete and accurate disclosure of the nature and scope of the investigation; and • The consumer is entitled to a copy of their rights. Separately, you must also get the person’s written authorization before you request the report.

Step 2: Pre-Adverse Action Before you take adverse action, you must give the individual a pre-adverse action disclosure that includes a copy of the individual’s consumer report and a copy of “A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.”

Step 3: Post–Adverse Action After taking adverse action you must provide the individual notice (orally, in writing or electronically) that you have taken adverse action. The notice must include: • The name, address, and phone number of the CRA that supplied the report;

• A statement that the CRA that supplied the report did not make the decision to take the adverse action and cannot give specific reasons for it; • A notice of the individual’s right to dispute the accuracy or completeness of any information the agency furnished and his or her right to an additional free consumer report from the agency upon request within 60 days; • A statement that if the individual believes an item in his/her report is incorrect or not recognizable, they are entitled to request an investigation into the disputed item; and • We recommend that this notice be provided within three (3) business days of the adverse action. Use care if you are using a third-party vendor to perform your backgroundcheck process. Unless your vendor agreement contains an indemnification clause, the employer is still responsible for ensuring FCRA compliance.

Questions? The Schroeder Group, S.C., has assisted many companies in the creation of background checking procedures, including FCRA compliance. If you have questions about the FCRA and its use in the employment setting, or questions about your background check process, please contact Attorney Sally Piefer by calling (262) 754-1325 or via e-mail at


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Management Buyouts… is this the right exit option? By Corey Vanderpoel, Managing Director at Schenck M & A Solutions, TDMAW Blue-Level Sponsor


here are numerous options to consider when looking to exit your business. These include selling to private equity or another corporation, succeeding to the next generation, forming an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), continuing to own the business with hired management (although this doesn’t necessarily remove you from ownership), or executing a full or partial sale to management – otherwise known as a management buyout (MBO). MBOs have been around for a long time, and they’ve gained popularity in recent years because of the positive business environment, availability and affordability of funding, interest of private equity in teaming with management, and an increasing entrepreneurial nature of managers. This has led to an overall increase in M&A transactions and population of buyers. Business owners often pursue an MBO because it meets their critical objectives, and they typically consider an MBO for a number of reasons: • Confidentiality


• Employees are often retained with limited changes post-transaction • If you own the real estate, oftentimes a long-term lease can be executed • Satisfaction in seeing the company continue under management and the opportunity for managers to build wealth

Disadvantages of MBOs: • No other options that provide negotiating leverage (with a pure MBO; could consider combining managers with other potential buyers) • Limited financial resources as a high amount of seller financing is common; could introduce private equity to mitigate risk but they would traditionally control the company versus the managers

° Lower overall price is common in MBOs

• Simplicity • Trust • Ability to reward long-term managers • Unfamiliarity process.

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While these factors should all be considered during an exit process, experienced advisors can address these while also focusing on another traditionally important topic: maximizing value.

Additional advantages of MBOs: • No broad marketing process to sell your company, which saves time and money • Limited confidentiality risk since you are not including outside buyers (although it could potentially add to the internal confidentiality risk) • Buyer understands the business, having been involved in it • Possible shorter due diligence period as management knows the business (although it can have opposite effect because they’re not experienced with buying a business, entrepreneurial

• Risk/responsibility of ownership is a noteworthy change for managers – collecting a paycheck is very different than now being responsible for paying others (this observation is often realized well into the process and could derail interest in the MBO)

An MBO can be a viable solution for selling your business, but it comes with its advantages and disadvantages. These should be fully understood before making a decision. Ultimately, selling a business is very complex, and an experienced advisor can help determine whether an MBO is right for your situation and objectives. If you are thinking of selling your business in the next several years, now is the time to get started. Our Schenck M&A Solutions team can help you to understand your specific options. Contact Corey Vanderpoel at 414-4655607 or corey.vanderpoel@schencksc. com to learn more. Corey Vanderpoel, a Managing Director of Schenck M&A Solutions, has extensive M&A experience includes preparing companies for sale and creating value prior to a sale, developing sell-side and buy-side strategies and marketing processes, contacting potential targets, executing auction processes, and negotiating transaction terms. Securities offered through Burch & Company, Inc., member FINRA / SiPC. Burch & Company and Schenck M&A Solutions are not affiliated entities. Corey Vanderpoel of Schenck M&A Solutions is a registered investment banking representative with Burch & Company.


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Wisconsin Fast Forward: KLH Industries of Germantown Represents a Wisconsin Success Story By Reggie Newson, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development


isconsin manufacturers fill domestic and international product orders for in-demand goods that support the aerospace, agriculture, defense, energy, medical, and mining industries across the nation and globe. In order to produce these in-demand goods, however, Wisconsin companies need well-trained workers who have the skills needed to succeed in fastpaced, high-precision manufacturing Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development jobs. To this end, KLH Industries in Secretary, Reggie Newson Germantown successfully pursued a worker training grant through Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative. KLH received AS9100 certification in August 2010 to make parts for life-altering technologies, such as flight-critical aerospace components. Shortly after achieving certification, sales to aerospace customers reached 20% in 2012, soared to 32% in 2013, and continue to provide stable growth each year. KLH requires skilled machinists to fill high-precision part orders for customers, including leading original equipment manufacturers and corporations worldwide. With increases in customer-demand for its products, the company sought a Wisconsin Fast Forward grant to transform the skills of entry level machinists for careers in advanced manufacturing positions. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development awarded KLH a $27,721 grant to train eight incumbent workers and two new hires on three new high-precision machines. These machines offer cutting-edge Electrical Discharge Machining and Waterjet Cutting technologies to produce aerospace and defense industry parts. Training will occur at KLH and will be facilitated by private

providers and equipment vendors with expert machining knowledge. Incumbent workers who successfully complete the training will receive pay raises and career advancement opportunities with company. “The customized training solutions being advanced through Wisconsin Fast Forward help KLH develop a talent pipeline of highprecision machinists with portable skills,� Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson said. “The training also will help KLH expand its aerospace market share.� The Wisconsin Fast Forward program will help KLH industries attract more business nationally and continue to grow. About Wisconsin Fast Forward Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Fast Forward program was quickly approved with overwhelming bipartisan support from lawmakers in 2013 to address the skills gap through a $15 million investment in grants to employers for customized skills training to fill current job openings and ongoing skill requirements. To date, 145 grants have been awarded to provide in-demand training to nearly 13,800 workers at more than 300 businesses. Application Period Is Open Recently, Wisconsin Fast Forward – Round 4 was announced with up to $8 million available for employer-led training solutions in nine occupational areas to benefit skilled and semi-skilled incumbent workers and job seekers. Wisconsin-based manufacturers of any size are encouraged to submit grant proposals as a single business, a consortium of businesses, or employers in partnership with local workforce and/ or economic development organizations. Manufacturers with training needs that extend beyond the shop floor should consider applying for grants by occupational area. Companies with 50 or fewer employees may submit Wisconsin Small Business grant applications. To learn about Round 4 grants, visit: http://www.



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