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Summer 2016 - Volume 10; Issue 2

SURGEONS of STEEL In this Issue Commercial Loans and Lines of Credit – Which Is Right for My Business? TDMAW 2016 June Outing Highlights 10 Essential Steps to Protect your Data May 3 TDMAW Dinner Meeting Highlights

President's Letter

Summer is finally upon us!


hope everyone is enjoying their summer and were able to take a few days off to celebrate the 4th of July. I pray that you were able to clear your mind of business challenges and focus on enjoying the kinship of family and friends. Please force yourself to spend weekend time enjoying the short Wisconsin summer without stressing about the business. I was not able to attend the June outing this year, but I heard that it was a great time. Seventeen fishermen and fifty-three golfers were treated to perfect weather as they enjoyed their preferred activity. This was immediately followed by networking and dinner. A special thank you to all the generous sponsors and prize Donors. Please see the event recap on pages 8 & 9 to view the full list. TDMAW would like to increase the participation for this event next year. Contact TDMAW headquarters with your thoughts and suggestions to make this great event even better. The Programs & Events Committee has been diligent in offering new and improved events. Here are a few of the upcoming events: • Busch Precision is partnering with MRA to host a breakfast meeting on July 28th. The topic for this meeting is the final rule updating the overtime requirements under the Fair labor Standards Act. • The summer clay shoot outing will be held again at Wern Valley Sportsmen’s club on August 2nd. It is an early check in time of 12:15 this year to allow for an optional 2 man flurry after the 50 bird course. This will be followed by fellowship and dinner. This is a great event that continues to grow each year. • The annual membership social will be held on September 13th at the Golden Mast on beautiful Okauchee Lake. This is a great event to socialize with our membership in a relaxed atmosphere with no official meeting agenda. Please visit our website at to find out more about our upcoming events. The website now has online registration and some of the events are offering early bird cost

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Please force yourself to spend weekend time enjoying the short Wisconsin summer without stressing about the business.


savings. Watch for opportunities to get your name in front of our membership by being a sponsor at one of these events. TDMAW is constantly looking for ways to increase our membership and membership involvement. Our committees will continue to analyze and improve our programs and offerings to better serve our members. Please take the time to participate in the surveys that are emailed after the events. It is also important to note that the best way to increase membership is thru word of mouth. Contact headquarters with the name of companies that you feel would be a good fit for our organization. Sincerely, Brian Nuetzel

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2016 Board of Directors President - Brian Nuetzel Matzel Manufacturing, Inc. 414.466.3800 | Vice President - Pete Kambouris Wisconsin Engraving Company, Inc. 262.786.4521 | Treasurer - Alan Petelinsek Power Test, Inc. 262.252.4301 |

Table of Contents Presidents Letter ........................................................... 2 Commercial Loans and Lines of Credit – Which Is Right for My Business? .................................. 7

Secretary - Kirk Kussman Aztalan Engineering Inc. 920.648-3411 |

TDMAW 2016 June Outing ............................................ 8

Chairman of the Board - Randy Weber Daco Precision-Tool 262.626.6591 |

10 Essential Steps to Protect your Data .................... 11

2016 Committee Chairs

Employers Must Review Overtime Exempt Employees In Light of Upcoming Changes to Regulations ............................................................. 12

Advisory Co-Chairs Jim Persik 262.781.3190 | Mary Wehrheim 262.786.0120 l Apprenticeship Allen Weiss 262.820.3400 | Budget Alan Petelinsek 262.252.4301 | Business Support Brian Nuetzel 414.466.3800 |

May 3 TDMAW Dinner Meeting Highlights ................. 15 Federated Insurance, Excuses, Excuses ................... 17 BotsIQ Wisconsin – Engaging Your Future Workforce................................ 18

Insurance Kirk Kussman 920.648.3411 |

Advanced Mold Adds CMM Capabilities ................... 19

Legislative Kathy Pfannerstill 262.250.7640 |

Legislative Update, 2015-16 Legislative Session Wrap-Up ........................................................ 20

Programs & Events Randy Weber 262.626.6591 | Membership Committee Pete Kambouris 262.786.4521 | Nominating Randy Weber 262.626.6591 | Promotions Lynn Mahuta 262.502.4100 |

#WiMHearHerStory with Antonia Stone Purchasing & Facilities Manager at Busch Precision .................... 22 TDMAW Announces New Honorary Members ........... 23 TDMAW Supports SkillsUSA – Preparing Your Future Workforce ............................... 24

Scholarship Steve Latus 414.228.8338 |

Tools to Succeed ......................................................... 26

2016 Ad Hoc Committee Chairs

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

Communications & Technology Austin Weber 262.626.6591 | Workforce Development Michael Mallwitz 414.362.7305 |

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2016 Calendar of Events August 2, 2016

Summer Outing, Sporting Clays

Wern Valley Sportsmen’s Club

September 13, 2016

Member Dinner Social

Golden Mast Inn, Okachee Lake

September 16, 2016

IBAW Manufacturing Summit

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Dinner Meeting with Keynote: Kurt Bauer of WMC

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Protecting your Internal SWICKtech, New Berlin Network Breakfast

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Congratulations to Mike Mallwitz, TDMAW member and President of Busch Precision, Inc. Mike was honored by MATC on April 27th with a Civic Apprenticeship Award. The event, held at the Italian Community Center, was the 2016 MATC Apprenticeship Banquet. [Include “photo]

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Commercial Loans and Lines of Credit – Which Is Right for My Business? Submitted by TDMAW Blue-Level Sponsor, Citizens Bank


o matter the size of your business, you need the right financial support to make things happen. From purchasing a new facility for your expanding team, to paying for the emergency repair, to investing in inventory, having fiscal agility is crucial to your long-term success. To provide your company with the ability to make the shortand long-term investments needed, it’s important to understand how to leverage commercial loans and lines of credit.

Loans vs. Lines of Credit – What’s the Difference? In theory, loans and lines of credit serve similar functions. In practice, the two products are very different. While these two offerings may work handin-hand, it’s important to understand their unique functions. • Commercial Loan: Also commonly referred to as a term loan, these can be described as any type of loan given to an operating company to cover business expenses, including real estate, equipment, machinery, construction and more. These loans are granted in a

specific amount, and repayment of the loan plus interest happens over a fixed term. • Line of Credit: Tied to the working assets of the company – such as inventory, accounts receivable, etc. – to provide businesses with access to cash to cover expenditures. Like a credit card, businesses make ongoing payments to pay off the balance, only paying interest on the funds that you borrow. While both of these offerings provide businesses with the funds needed to ensure ongoing operations, each serves a different purpose.

Making Loans and Lines of Credit Work While your business banker can work closely with you to define when each product is appropriate, it’s important to have a basic understanding of how you might use these options as you’re planning the future. The largest difference between loans and lines of credit is simple: specificity. Commercial loans are tied to a specific action or goal that is defined at time of application – purchasing new property, acquiring a new company, buying new equipment for your business.

Conversely, lines of credit can be opened without a specific action in mind, and are used on an as-needed basis to facilitate the timing of cash within your business – whether that’s to pay wages, or cover other expenses in the absence of available cash flow. Ultimately, to understand how to make each of these work for your business, you must first determine the business need.

Getting Started With an understanding of how to make both a commercial loan and line of credit work for your business, beginning the process is as easy as reaching out to your business banker. To apply, you’ll need: • Three years of business financial statements and tax returns, plus current year-to-date statements • Personal financial statements and tax returns • Records of any additional owned businesses With this information in hand, and an understanding of your short- and long-term needs, your business banker will direct you to the right support for your needs. | 7

TDMAW 2016 June Outing

Kyle Haug with Biggest Fish


he TDMAW2016 June Outing was held on Tuesday, June 14th. Attendees chose between charter fishing on Lake Michigan or golfing at River Club of Mequon. All joined together for dinner, networking and raffle prizes at River Club of Mequon. Seventeen people fished and fifty-three people golfed. The rain cleared and the day was sunny and warm. Thank you to all who participated by attending, sponsoring a portion of the event or donating a raffle prize!

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Thank You to all of the 2016 June Outing Raffle Prize Donors! Alro Specialty Metals ...................... Tool Set and Cooler with summer fun supplies inside DACO Precision-Tool balls, (2) Leinenkugel beer 12-packs, fishing rod & reel and a drone E. L. Simeth..................................................... $100 Cabela’s gift card and $100 Cheesecake Factory gift card FirstMerit Bank.................... Smokey Joe and Coffee-themed gift package Fox Valley Metrology ............................. (2) Bass Prog gift cards, $50 each Mahuta Tool .................................................... Cabela’s fishing tackle box Reel Sensation Fishing Charters ....... half off fishing charter gift certificate River Club of Mequon .......................................... golf foursome with cart TDMAW.................................................... (2) Milwaukee Job Site Radios, golf bag and balls, wet/dry vacuum, Stanley tool kit, $100 BMO gift card, (2) 12 packs of Leinenkugel beer. Weller Machinery ...................(4) golf towels, (4) caps, (2) bottles of wine and (3) bluetooth speakers Wisconsin Engraving Company ..........(4) Brewer vs. Nationals tickets and a Miller Park parking pass

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Catch of the Day

Thank You Event Sponsors! Federated Insurance .................................................................Dinner Bell Well Sales ....................................................................... Golf Ball

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The Kinetic Company ..............................................Two Beverage Carts Wisconsin Engraving Company ..................................... Beverage Cart Therm-Tech .......traveling trophy, won this year by Pete Kambouris of Wisconsin Engraving Company, Cash Masters and Jared Masters of The Kinetic Company and Tony Smith, guest of Wisconsin Engraving

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10 Essential Steps to Protect your Data Submitted by TDMAW Partner, SWICKtech


here are various ways to calculate the cost of losing work stored on computers. Perhaps the easiest way to get a gut feel for the cost is to think for a moment about how long it would take to replace lost work. How many people would have to spend how many days to create everything from scratch? Here is a simple 10-step plan for making sure they do not have to.

1. Have a Strategy

You will not know what approach is right for you until you have answered these questions: 1. How long can you go without the lost data? 2. Will you be making full backups or incremental or differential backups? 3. How quickly will you need data restored? 4. What devices will you use? 5. How secure do your backups need to be? 6. How long do you need to keep the data for?

2. Prepare for the worst

If the building burns down, your onsite backups might go the same way as your primary systems. You should think about offsite or cloud backups as part of your plan.

3. Get help

You might not have all the answers or even all the questions. Contact an IT service provider that has expertise in data backup.

4. How much can you afford to lose?

Catalog which data would have the biggest impact if you were to lose it. Organize data into categories and work out how old you are happy with the backups being in each category.

5. How long can you go before your data is restored?

The answer to this question will be different for each of the categories of data you identified. This will help in your decision about what backup systems you need.

6. Consider your applications

Not only does your solution need to fit your business needs, but it also needs to suit the applications you run.

7. Choose your device

What will you backup onto? This is an area where it is worth taking advice.

8. Set up your file backups

If you are working with an IT company, you should be able to use their expertise to make sure you’re set up correctly. If not, look for vendor tutorials that walk you through the process.

9. Take a picture

Do not just set up to backup data. Image backups capture your whole system so that you can restore everything. That includes your operating system, applications, settings, bookmarks, and file states right before disaster struck.

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Employers Must Review Overtime Exempt Employees In Light of Upcoming Changes to Regulations Submitted by TDMAW Blue-Level Sponsor, The Schroeder Group, S.C.


hen thinking about overtime compensation, the employees that typically come to mind are those hourly employees who punch a time clock every day. However, in light of upcoming changes to overtime regulations, employers must also consider whether salaried employees may also be paid overtime.

Many of these salaried employees have traditionally fallen in an exception to the overtime requirement based on their job duties. If the employee's job duties are sufficiently managerial, require the exercise of independent discretion, or require advanced knowledge and education, they do not have to be paid overtime compensation if they are paid at least $455 per week ($23, 660 per year). That is about to change. Effective December 1, 2016, the threshold salary required for the application of an exemption is set to increase from $455 per week to $913 per week ($47, 476 per year). The new threshold amount will also increase every three years. This is a substantial change that will have an impact on nearly every employer in the country. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of labor, the change to the salary threshold will move 4.2 million workers from overtime exempt to nonexempt status. This means that almost one of every five salaried employees currently classified as overtime exempt will be due overtime

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According to statistics from the U.S. Department of labor, the change to the salary threshold will move 4.2 million workers from overtime exempt to nonexempt status.


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May 3 TDMAW Dinner Meeting Highlights


hank you to TDMAW Federated Insurance Representatives Jeff Stevenson and Jerry Leemkuil for sharing your expertise with us, and leading a discussion on Cyber Liability. It was an eye-opener! We also extend a thank you to professional angler Jonathan Reznack for sharing his tips and stories about fishing area lakes. The first Tuesday in May is traditionally reserved for the Federated Insurance meeting, and while your first thought might be that an insurance meeting doesn’t sound like a good time, this annual meeting at the Delafield Brewhaus is always popular and fun. If you have never attended, plan to come in 2017 – if nothing else come to enjoy the fabulous chef-prepared pasta bar!

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While in the process of interviewing for a new position to be filled in the next month, a candidate has disclosed an injury requiring 4-6 months of rehab. How do we proceed? Question: Our firm is in the process of interviewing

candidates for an associate position. We have held phone interviews with several candidates and selected some of them for in-person interviews. One of the candidates selected for an in person interview has shared the following information with us: Thank you for confirming. Before we meet, I'd like to disclose a recent injury. Approximately 3 weeks ago while playing recreational basketball, I suffered a ruptured Achilles and subsequently had surgery performed. I have been using PTO from work since the injury and will be on doctor ordered leave for at least the next week or two. An Achilles rupture is a very serious injury and I will be facing anywhere from 4-6 months of rehab going forward. The description of the position seems like such a great opportunity that I didn't want to pass up the offer for a phone interview. I hope this will not hinder the process but I wanted to make sure you knew my situation up front. We have mentioned to all candidates that we seek to have the new position filled in the next 4 weeks. If the person is on medical leave, I'm not sure they will be able to come in to our office for an interview. How would you suggest we handle this situation?

Response: As you may be aware, disability discrimination laws prohibit employers from making employment decisions on the basis of a candidate's disability or other physical impairment, or indication that he may need to take job protected leave in the future, which may be the case here given the recent surgery and anticipated physical therapy. You indicate that an applicant had disclosed a medical issue that requires rehabilitation post-surgery. We would discourage the employer from disqualifying the candidate from the employment opportunity he seeks solely on this basis. That said, at the pre-hire stage, employers are not without rights relative to ensuring that candidates for employment are fit for the job they seek. Indeed, an employer CAN let candidates know what the essential job functions are for the position they seek including the timing of when such position is set to commence and then ask whether the candidates can perform them, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

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This must be a yes/no question and asked of all candidates for the same position. If he cannot do the job, you need go no further. But if he can do the job and indicates an accommodation may be necessary such as a delayed start date, the employer should engage him in an interactive discussion about whether such accommodation exists and is otherwise reasonable for the employer to provide. Keep in mind, though, that even if you lawfully ask such questions, if you seek to rescind a job offer (or refuse to make one) based on the discovery of a medical condition, such a decision, without more, would be violative of the ADA. Indeed, once you are on notice of an applicant's medical condition, he can accuse the employer of making subsequent decisions (including a decision not to extend an offer) on the basis of such information. And whether or not that is actually true, the possibility of the claim exists once the information is obtained. In this regard and as noted above, if a candidate is otherwise qualified for the position sought, it would not be lawful to disqualify him from employment (or make any other employment decision) based on the fact that he has a medical issue that would require him to be reasonably accommodated with time off in the future for physical therapy. However, ultimately, if it is not reasonable for the employer to delay the start date for 6 to 8 weeks, for example, regardless as to the reason for which the applicant has requested the delay then should the employer seek to rescind the offer (or fail to extend an offer) and it is later challenged, so long as the employer's reason for rescission (or failure to hire) is based solely on legitimate business reasons of needing the applicant to start immediately then the employer ought to be able to defend itself against any such potential discrimination claim. Š 2014 Advisors Law Group, All Rights Reserved To learn more about the Federated Employment Practices NetworkŽ, contact your local Federated Marketing Representative, or visit

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BotsIQ Wisconsin – Engaging Your Future Workforce


otsIQ is a robotics program that is supported by the TDMAW. It was formed to introduce students, teachers and parents to the career opportunities available in high tech manufacturing. TDMAW encourages you to get involved in BotsIQ by volunteering at a competition or by sponsoring a team. Involvement with BotsIQ is a great way for you to begin developing relationships with your future employees! For more information contact TDMAW Promotions Chair, Lynn Mahuta at or visit the BotsIQ Wisconsin website at After a recent BotsIQ completion, held on April 30th at WCTC, student participants were surveyed to see how many plan to attend a technical school after high school graduation. Here are the results:

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Good morning! I’d just like to take a moment to thank you and all of your associates with BotsIQ WI for all of your tireless efforts that made the program possible during my time at Germantown HS. The things I learned and the skills I learned through the program inspired me to pursue mechanical engineering at MSOE, and today I’m starting my first engineering internship with ATI-Ladish Forged Products, thanks to the impact that bots has had on me. Thank you all again, so much! Sincerely, Zachary Jetzer

Advanced Mold Adds CMM Capabilities Submitted by TDMAW Member Advanced Mold/EDM Supplies, Inc.

tolerances in the industry, this machine is a great value to our company. Says owner, Brault, "these machines represent a substantial investment but are already paying dividends in terms of meeting the quality demands of our everwidening customer base." Both machines run daily and the operators, after a week of training off-site, continue to receive training from the manufacturer. To discuss how Advanced Mold can support your machined graphite and part measuring needs, call Mark Brault directly at (262) 695-9307 or visit www. The Keyence precision micrometer can measure end mills to within .00005

A technician calibrates the Zeiss CMM prior to an electrode scan


dvanced Mold/EDM Supplies, Pewaukee, a leading manufacturer of electrodes for the EDM industry, recently added two new machines that will accurately measure all finished electrodes and graphite cutting tools.

After the measurements are taken, the Calypso software gathers all of the data points into a spreadsheet ready to print or e-mail. We are able to provide our customers with a neat, ordered spreadsheet with the actual measurements for each piece.

In February we added the Keyence high-speed, high-precision Micrometer Measuring Instrument. In April we added the Zeiss Duramax CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine) equipped with Calypso software.

The Keyence high-speed/highprecision micrometer is used primarily for our end mill line. It is capable of measurements up to .00005. Since our end mills boast some of the tightest

CMM probes begin initial readings of graphite electrode

"These machines provide us with the tools to meet the increasing quality demands of our customers in the aerospace, automotive and plastics industries", owner Mark Brault said. Manual measuring tools (such as calipers and micrometers) use a scale on which the measured value can be read directly, whereas the CMM records points on the work-piece and uses them to calculate geometric elements such as circles, planes and cylinders. The Zeiss CMM and Calypso software can create the measuring program based on our customer's original CAD drawings, resulting in highly accurate measurements. | 19

Legislative Update

2015-16 Legislative Session Wrap-Up WMC is the voice of the business community at the state Capitol. Our team spends thousands of hours each year talking with lawmakers to advance a free market and pro-jobs agenda. The 2015-16 legislative session has drawn to a close and our efforts resulted in some significant victories for businesses. Following is a list of some of those victories that will positively impact WMC members.

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Right to Work. WMC’s advocacy helped Wisconsin become the 25th Right to Work state so employees can no longer be fired for not paying union dues. It also means employers should no longer feel obligated to serve as a labor union’s collection agency for dues.

Alternative Minimum Tax Reform. Wisconsin federalized the alternative minimum tax exemption amounts and exemption phase-out provisions starting in tax year 2017, which will dramatically reduce the number of taxpayers hit with a state tax liability.

Day of Rest in Seven. This reform allows workers in manufacturing and retail to work seven consecutive days without first getting permission from the state Department of Workforce Development. Manufacturers will have more flexibility with scheduling and workers will have an easier time working voluntary overtime hours.

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T  axpayer Fairness. We took an important step forward toward fairness in the administration of our tax laws by federalizing the economic substance statute and limiting the broad production of documents penalties during the audit process.

Campaign Finance Reform. Made necessary changes to conform state law to the Constitution per recent court decisions. These changes help guarantee the free speech rights of businesses to participate in the political process.

Unemployment Reform. Recent reforms have resulted in a healthy balance in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) trust fund and will result in yet another unemployment tax cut for employers – a total of $135 million in savings for businesses in 2016 and 2017. Other pro-business reforms passed this session include defining “suitable work,” setting standards for determining when a claimant has “good cause” to refuse a job offer and strengthening laws against concealing wages when making a UI claim.


Worker’s Compensation Reform. Major pro-business items in a comprehensive reform law include disallowing benefits if an injured worker is terminated for misconduct while back at work on light duty, disallowing benefits if an injured worker is injured because they are in violation of a company drug or alcohol policy, and clarifying that an employer is only liable for the percentage of a disability that was caused while an injured worker actually worked for that employer and not for pre-existing damage from prior injuries.

Nuclear Moratorium Repeal. Repealed the state’s moratorium against building a new nuclear power facility, which had been in place for three decades. This change will allow nuclear power to once again become part of the conversation regarding Wisconsin’s energy future.

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While pushing for passage of pro-growth bills is an important aspect of what WMC does for businesses, it is equally important that we work to block bad bills from becoming law. WMC serves as the firewall between businesses and harmful proposals the labor unions, trial lawyers and radical environmentalists are pushing at the Capitol. The following are examples of bills WMC opposed that died this session. These misguided proposals would have hurt Wisconsin’s business climate and saddled businesses with higher costs and additional regulatory burdens.

Minimum Wage Hike. Looking to join their counterparts in Seattle and San Francisco, liberals from Madison and Milwaukee sought to impose a job-killing $15 per hour minimum wage. WMC stood against this and other misguided efforts to increase the minimum wage and kept intact a statewide prohibition on local municipalities (like Madison) from passing their own minimum wage.

Paid Sick Leave. Gov. Walker signed a law in 2011 with support from WMC to prohibit local municipalities from enacting sick leave mandates on local employers. This session, lawmakers attempted to require all employers in the state provide paid sick leave. While many employers already choose to provide varying amounts of sick leave, for many others such a requirement would be a jobs killer. WMC successfully stopped the proposal.

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Repeal Act 10 Reforms. This misguided bill would have repealed Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining reforms that have saved taxpayers $5 billion, saved teaching jobs and allowed local governments the flexibility to innovate.

Harmful Well Regulations. Stopped legislation that would have given expansive new authority to the DNR over the high capacity well regulatory process. This unprecedented legislation would have subjected businesses to new lawsuits, led to the creation of new regulations and injected politics and the legislative process into environmental permitting decisions. This bill put hundreds of millions of dollars of investment at risk and would have discouraged future development in our state.

Family Medical Leave Expansion. This bill would have drastically expanded Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requirements in Wisconsin by applying the law to all businesses with at least 25 employees and requiring leave to care for grandparents, grandchildren and siblings. The bill also would have required employers to provide paid FMLA leave by creating a new government-run insurance program. WMC defeated this costly burden on employers.

Expensive Energy Mandate. This legislation would have tripled the state’s mandate for renewable energy, driving up electricity costs and making Wisconsin less competitive. This costly legislation was proposed at a time of significant regulatory uncertainty at the federal level and would have further burdened every Wisconsinite who pays an electric bill.

U.S. Chamber Scorecard for First Session of 114th Congress Senate: Baldwin – 30% Johnson – 82% House: Ryan – 89% Pocan – 29% Kind – 49% Moore – 34%

Anti-Sand Mining Bills. This series of bills would have put an expensive and unwarranted regulatory burden on our state’s industrial sand industry. Stealing a page out of the radical environmentalist playbook, these bills would have required costly and ineffective new monitors and other expensive new regulatory mandates in an effort to stifle growth in the industry.

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#WiMHearHerStory with Antonia Stone Purchasing & Facilities Manager at Busch Precision Submitted by TDMAW member Mike Mallwitz, Busch Precision, Inc.

A Antonia Stone, Purchasing & Facilities Manager at Busch Precision

t Women in Manufacturing, we are committed to supporting women in the manufacturing sector. We firmly believe that mentorship and community-building will help attract and retain women in manufacturing. As part of our mission, we feature on our blog the stories of women we admire who are currently working in manufacturing. The following is the latest installment of our "Hear Her Story" series.

Please tell our readers a little bit about your job and what your work looks like every day. #WiMHearHerStory / As the purchasing and facilities manager at Busch @WomeninMfg Precision, I work remotely three days a week and am in the office two days a week. Every day is different, which is the challenge that I love. The duties of this position include the purchasing of a wide variety of things—raw material, outside services, shop supplies, office supplies—as well as coordinating IT services, being a member of production management, and working as an ISO quality section leader. How did you arrive at your current position? What attracted you to a career in manufacturing? I answered an ad for a “management trainee” at Busch Precision in 2000, and it was for purchasing, and learning how the entire company worked. This started my love of manufacturing, and learning everything about “making” and “doing.” I have had several other purchasing positions elsewhere, all in manufacturing, and came back to Busch after two years as a stay-at-home mom. At WiM, much of our work is dedicated to refuting outdated stereotypes about the manufacturing sector: stereotypes like the workplaces are dirty and dangerous and that the field and skills required are a better fit for men. Have you encountered stereotypes like these in your education or career and how did you overcome them? There have been several obstacles and stereotypes, but I have found that perseverance and a positive attitude go a long way. With patience, you can show your capabilities and desire to be in manufacturing. Research shows that women, especially women in STEM fields, do better if they have a mentor. Has mentorship played any role in your career? Mentorship is key! I have been very fortunate to have had a mentor, and have been able to become a mentor. My current boss, Mike Mallwitz, the president of Busch Precision, has been instrumental in challenging and guiding me in different directions that I hadn’t previously considered. Through empoWer, WiM Wisconsin’s community outreach committee, I have been able to mentor several young ladies in the area and encourage them to consider careers in manufacturing. One of the key findings in WiM’s survey is that there is significant overlap between what young women want in careers and the attributes of careers in manufacturing today. But the survey also found that, too often, young women are not aware of the opportunities available in manufacturing. What do you think can be done to spread the word to women about career options in modern manufacturing? This is exactly what led me to WiM, having attended the WiM SUMMIT in 22 | TDMAW HQ (262) 532-2440

Milwaukee, and looking for more of the same programming locally. Through the encouragement and support of Mike (Mallwitz), we started an exploratory committee called empoWer in 2013 as part of TDMAW (Tool, Die and Machining Association of Wisconsin), to encourage and support women choosing careers in manufacturing. Little did we know that several other manufacturers felt the same way we did, and at this time we were in the process of starting the WiM Wisconsin chapter. In January of 2015, WiM Wisconsin and empoWer joined forces to better serve the manufacturing community, using empoWer as a committee for community outreach and mentorship, working with the Granville BID as well as the Milwaukee Job Corps to provide mentorship to young ladies in the Milwaukee area. Our survey also found that the majority of women in manufacturing today would recommend the sector to young women considering career options. Would you recommend a career in manufacturing? And, if so, why? I would absolutely recommend a career in manufacturing! It is an ever-changing career path with limitless opportunities in many industries. It has enabled me to find work, life balance and flexibility, and to enjoy time with my husband and two children, George (6) and Shelby (3). Why did you decide to join Women in Manufacturing? How do you personally find value in WiM membership? I joined WiM to be a part of the local Wisconsin chapter, and now I currently serve as the chairperson of this chapter. In this role, I work with an amazing team of manufacturing women to run this statebased support network. We host several events throughout the year, participate in community outreach programs, and raise awareness of WiM and the opportunities available to women in manufacturing. The Wisconsin chapter provides incredible value due to the numerous networking resources. I have found that being a part of this national association has been very helpful to me in my career.

TDMAW Announces New Honorary Members


he following TDMAW members have been nominated as Honorary Members by the Advisory Committee, and approved by the 2016 Board of Directors. According to the TDMAW Bylaws, Article II, Section 2 an Honorary Member is: Any individual, who by virtue of outstanding service of accomplishment has rendered valuable aid to the Association, may at the discretion of the Board of Directors be made an Honorary Member and may attend meetings and all functions of the Association but may not vote or hold office. Candidates must meet criteria set by the Advisory Committee.

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We thank all of our Honorary Members for the important work they do for TDMAW and Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry. TDMAW’s newest Honorary Members will be recognized at the September 13 Member Social, to be held at the Golden Mast Inn.

CNC Machining • Steel Marking Stamps • Steel Embossing Dies • Graphite/Copper Electrodes • Laser Digitizing • Polishing

TDMAW volunteer service summary: Doug Brockelman • 2011 thru 2014 Business Support Chair • 2013 Chairman of the Board • 2008 Chairman of the Board • 2008 and 2011 Nominations Chair • 2007 President

Mary Wehrheim • 2013-2016 Wisconsin Apprenticeship Council – Appointed by DWD Secretary • 2012-2016 Advisory Committee Co-Chair

• 2006 Vice President

• 2010 to present WCTC Board of Directors

• 2005 Secretary

• 2008 Wage & Benefits Chair

• 2002 thru 2004 Membership Chair

• 2004 Chairman of the Board

John Puhl • 2013 to present SkillsUSA • 2011 Treasurer • 2005 thru 2008 Membership Chair • 2007 Chairman of the Board • 2006 thru 2007 Program Committee Chair • 2006 President • 2006 to present BotsIQ WI Robotics Program • 2005 Vice President

• 2007 Vice President • 2009 Chairman of the Board • 2008 President • 2006 Treasurer Other Honorary Members include: Gene Fritsch * Jerry Heckel Spencer Hintz Gerald Hock*

• 2003 President

Jim Holtermann

• 2002 Vice President

William Jones

• 2002 Legislative Chair

Ken Mahuta

• 2001 Treasurer

Lynn Mahuta

Al Weiss • 2007 to present BotsIQ WI Robotics Program Board Member (current Treasurer)

Jerry Persik* Jim Persik Chris Pfannerstill Edward Stanek*

• 2008 to present Skills USA Wisconsin Chair

Thomas Stanek*

• 2007 thru 2014 Insurance Committee Chair


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TDMAW Supports SkillsUSA – Preparing Your Future Workforce Submitted by TDMAW member Allen Weiss, Integrity Wire EDM, Inc.


killsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student to excel. A national organization, SkillsUSA serves teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical skilled and service occupations. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America). Currently Allen Weiss from Integrity Wire EDM is chair of two contests, which TDMAW shop owners could draw workers from. This year 14 high schools and 5 technical colleges participated The first contest is: Automated Manufacturing and Technology

Teams of three demonstrate their ability to perform job or skill competencies, determined by the Automated Manufacturing Technical Committee. The teams are given a premachined part and asked to produce a duplicate. The time limit is 4 hours. They are required to: 1. Measure and sketch supplied by the judge.



a. Use a variety of precision measuring tools including, but not limited to, calipers, protractors, micrometers, scales, depth indicators, small hole gages, radius gages, and dial indicators. b. Measure the workpiece to nearest .001" c. Produce a sketch of the part, or they may use CAD for this. 2. Create a CAD drawing of the part. a. From the sketch, produce a detailed CAD drawing of part. b. Plot the CAD drawing - drawing should represent quality CAD skills in accuracy, layout, dimensioning, and appearance. Ok to plot on 8 ½” X 11” paper.

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c. Save CAD and CAM file to judge’s USB drive.

c. Apply the correct use of cutter compensation (G41/G42).

3. Using CAM software, produce a CNC program.

d. Adjust speeds and feeds as needed.

a. Develop a job/process plan. b. Create a tool path. c. Generate code for CNC machine. 4. Set up and operate a CNC milling machine.

2. Setup a. Setup machine and establish a zero reference point for machining the part. b. Select and mount necessary tools from the provided set.

a. Select proper cutting tools.

c. Establish tool offsets and enter them into the CNC machine control.

b. Correctly align milling machine fixtures and attachments.

d. Enter any necessary tool corrections into the CNC machine control.

c. Machine the identical parts. d. Provide a tool list with correct speeds and feeds. 5. Turn in all sketches, drawings, speeds and feeds list, and CAD file of the part, etc. to the judges. The second contest is: CNC Milling Each contestant receives a dimensioned drawing and aluminum material ½” X 4” X 5 1/2”, and is asked to CNC-machine a part. Participants are expected to write a CNC program, set up the machine and tool offsets and machine a part without the use of CAD/CAM software. Only the part will be evaluated, not the CNC program. Participants are given 15 minutes to study the task and ask questions before beginning. In Madison on April 27 a separate written test, CNC Back Plotting Test, and Measurement Test were also given. The competition has a four hour time limit. Competencies required are as follows: 1. Programming a. Write and verify CNC program without the use of CAM software (competitor has the opportunity to correct any program errors on the machine). b. Display complete knowledge of DIN/ISO programming (G and M codes).

3. Perform mathematical calculations a. Calculate CNC speeds and feeds. b. Calculate programming coordinates from the drawing. c. Calculate radius tangent points. 4. Machining a. Machine the part per print. 5. Communication a. Read and interpret technical blue prints. b. Understand all symbols on technical blue prints, such as geometric tolerances, surface-finish symbols, corner-break symbols, etc. These two contests are held at the contestant’s schools, because they are used to their equipment. All contestants then go to State Final in Madison for written tests. After grading of projects and tests are completed, a winner is chosen. The first place winners of the State competition travel onto Nationals, which was held in Louisville, Kentucky, this year. The TDMAW gives financial support from the TDMAW Promotions Committee’s budget to help with traveling cost. This year’s winners and financial support recipients are as follows:

Secondary (High School) • $750.00 to CNC Milling 1st place went to Watertown High School • $750.00 to Automated manufacturing Technology 1st place went to Watertown High School Post-Secondary (Technical College) • $250.00 to CNC Milling 1st Place went to Mid-State Technical College • $250.00 to Automated manufacturing Technology 1st went to Waukesha County Technical College A big THANK YOU to the following TDMAW members, for their help with judging; without them it would be very hard to run this contest! • John Bremberger from Integrity Wire EDM • Mike Gaugert from Integrity Wire EDM • Ken Heins from KLH Industries • Steve Latus from Journeymen Tool & Technolobies • Lynn and Ken Mahuta from Mahuta Tool • Andy Nolen from Integrity Wire EDM • John Puhl from JP Pattern If you are interested in getting involved, please contact me. We can always use more volunteers! Allen Weiss (262) 820-3400. | 25

Tools to Succeed

To whom it may concern, My name is Zoran Gvozden and I am one of the students that received the generous gift (tool box). I would like to thank my instructors for choosing me as one of the recipients and for being a great support for me during all of my years at MATC. I want to give special thanks to the people who donated the incredible tool box that was presented to me as a gift. To me, the tool box was not just a gift but something that symbolizes the hard work that I put in during my three years of schooling. It is nice to know that there are people who care enough and are so generous to give such a nice gift. Thank you for all that you do and I hope you will continue with this because it truly means a lot to people like myself.


program that awards six deserving students with Kennedy 11-drawer steel toolboxes. Toolboxes are given to Southeastern Wisconsin area technical colleges, technical education departments. Instructors at these colleges identify and award the toolboxes to their most deserving students on behalf of TDMAW Partner MSC Industrial Supply and the Tool, Die & Machining Association of Wisconsin. TDMAW member Ken Mahuta of Mahuta Tool administers the program.

Thank you! Zoran Gvozden

Here are a few thank you notes and pictures from recent toolbox recipients.

Hello, This is Lue Thao, student from Milwaukee Area Technical College. I just want to take this time to thank you for considering me to be your first pick. As a 2016 graduate from the CNC Program, to receive this tool box as a gift, I will be needing for future use. I am greatly appreciated and thanks once again. Lue Thao

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SAVE THE DATES Join your fellow TDMAW Members for a relaxed

Member Social & Dinner Tuesday, September 13th To be held at the beautiful Golden Mast Inn, Okauchee Lake

The TDMAW invites you to shoot the Wern Valley Sportsman’s Club’s Sporting Clays course, participate in the Two-Man Flurry contest, and stay for a hearty BBQ dinner and awards afterwards! Visit for details and online registration.

Details for both events may be found at

Summer 2016 TDMAW Surgeons of Steel  
Summer 2016 TDMAW Surgeons of Steel