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Summer 2018 - Volume 12; Issue 2

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AUGUST 13 In this issue SkillsUSA – A Skills Gap Solution DACO Precision-Tool Becomes Employee-Owned Company May Federated Insurance Succession Planning Meeting – A Full Night!

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t’s hard to believe we are past the half-way point of the year. Our spring events at Delafield Brewhaus and our annual Golf/Fishing June Outing at Silver Spring Golf Club & Reel Sensation Charters, went great. At the May meeting we were able to donate money to Watertown High School’s Tech Ed Program to help them make capital improvements and purchases to support their enhanced manufacturing curriculum. Jesse Domer, a technical education instructor from Watertown High School, joined us at the Delafield Brewhaus to receive the donation. It’s great to give back to the teachers who are working very hard to help us out with quality employees and building enthusiasm among other educators and parents who might not have the deep love and understanding of manufacturing that we do. The June Outing, which includes a choice of golf or charter fishing on Lake Michigan, was a great success despite the gentle mist on the day. Thank you to our sponsors and TEAM for putting it all together, and to all who attended. The federal government, on June 1, imposed a 25% tariff on imported steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum. The Corker-Toomey legislation in the Senate is trying to bring relief to the industries that consume these products. As it affects all of us, I urge you to contact your elected representatives and voice your support for this legislation. Not sure who your representatives are? Visit: https://www.commoncause.org/find-your-representative to quickly look up representatives by entering your address. Thank you to all of our members and partners for your support of TDMAW. Please keep an eye out for upcoming events and consider getting involved in a committee. Contact TDMAW Headquarters or myself for more information about committee involvement. I look forward to seeing you all at the Waukesha Gun club next month, on August 13, for the annual TDMAW Summer Sporting Clays Outing. This event is for marksmen of all skill levels; visit TDMAW.org for details and registration. Kirk Kussman President, TDMAW 2018 kkussman@aztalan.com (920) 342-9455

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Table of Contents

2018 Board of Directors

President’s Letter..................................................................... 2

President – Kirk Kussman Aztalan Engineering Inc. 920.648.3411 | kkussman@aztalan.com

Cloud Migration and Your Bottom Line...................................... 6

Vice President – John Thomann W-Steel & Grinding, Inc. 262.252.3630 | john@wsteel.net

2018 TDMAW June Outing....................................................... 8

Treasurer – Brian Nuetzel Matzel Manufacturing, Inc., 414.466.3800 | Briann@mzmatzel.com

Focus on Federated: The Temperature is Rising...................... 11

Secretary – Chris Ernster eTek Tool & Manufacturing 262.377.4150 | chris@etektool.com

DACO Precision-Tool Becomes Employee-Owned Company................................................... 12

Chairman of the Board – Pete Kambouris Wisconsin Engraving Company 262.786.4521 | pckambouris@wi-engraving.com

Tools to Succeed.................................................................... 14

May Federated Insurance Succession Planning Meeting – A Full Night!............................................ 15

KYLE J. HAUG Vice President Business Banking 262-703-3726

SkillsUSA - A Skills Gap Solution............................................ 16 Federated Insurance Question of the Month: Calculate Intermittent FMLA Leave? ...................................... 18 TDMAW 2018 Partners and Sponsors..................................... 19

2018 Calendar of Events August 13, 2018 3:00-7:00 PM

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In the Know TDMAW logo apparel now available for sale through the new TDMAW Lands’ End store. Show your pride of membership by ordering embroidered, logoed items through the store. The store link and a sample of the embroidered logo may be found on the TDMAW website, TDMAW.org. TDMAW does not receive proceeds from your purchases but encourages you to promote the association through the use of logoed apparel or other items. TDMAW Lands’ End store link: https://business.landsend.com/store/tdmaw/ TDMAW is pleased to contribute towards Watertwon High School’s new manufacturing lab and curriculum. Instructor Jesse Domer has helped create a new curriculum which will include specific manufacturing courses, including: Welding, Machine Tool, Metal Fabrication and Computer Integrated Manufacturing courses, beginning in the 2018-19 school year. The interest & enrollment in these classes is encouraging! TDMAW is now selling *Proud Member of The TDMAW* t-shirts for $15 each. Proceeds go towards workforce development initiatives. The shirts are black and 100% cotton. Contact TDMAW headquarters if you are interested in purchasing a super cool Surgeons of Steel T-shirt: ToolMaker@ TDMAW.org.

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A Little Rain Doesn’t Stop TDMAW!


hank you to all the TDMAW members, partners, sponsors & guests who attended and supported the 2018 TDMAW June Outing! Although, due to wet weather the outing was touch & go for a time, the golf and fishing went on as planned. The TDMAW is made up of hearty stock! The TDMAW June Outing is a unique event. Attendees choose between 18 holes of golf and charter fishing through Reel Sensation, on Lake Michigan. At the end of the day all come together for dinner at the golf club. TDMAW changed golf venues this year, and attendees played the Falls Course at Silver Spring Golf Club, after golfing at River Club of Mequon for the last few years. The fishermen depart from McKinley Marina for their choice of a half or full-day of fishing. Prizes are awarded after dinner.

Ken Mahuta and his big fish

Winning Golf Team

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The 2018 June Outing Award Winners Are:

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Largest fish: Jared Knoke of Tushaus & Associates. Captain Woda claims Jared’s fish is one of the biggest he’s ever seen come out of Lake Michigan, in all his years as a charter fishing captain!

The Kinetic Company..Beverage Cart Sponsor

TDMAW...................... Brewers Frisbee & cap

Citizens Bank................. Drink Ticket Sponsor

TDMAW.................................. Odyssey putter

Huntington Bank............ Drink Ticket Sponsor

TDMAW.................................... Golf shoe bag

E. L. Simeth....................... Appetizer Sponsor

TDMAW........................... Golf cart can cooler

Thank You Door Prize Donors

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Kinetic Company.................. Two camp chairs

TDMAW............................. Golf cart cigar clip

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Closest to the Pin: Mike Mertens of Federated Insurance Longest Putt: Cash Masters of The Kinetic Company Shortest Drive: Honors go to Paul Wilke of Federated Insurance Longest Drive: Cash Masters of The Kinetic Company The first-place golf team and caretaker of the TDMAW traveling trophy, donated by ThermTech: Kirk Kussman of Aztalan Engineering, Kyle Julseth & Mike Mertens of Federated Insurance and Dan Uribe of Integra Machine Tool (guest of Kirk Kussman). A big thank you to all who sponsored the event! Your generosity is appreciated and helps to make this event a success! Thank you, Event Sponsors Federated Insurance.............. Dinner Sponsor Therm Tech....... Charter Fishing Boat Sponsor Bell Well Sales ........... Logo Golf Ball Sponsor ETW........................................ Lunch Sponsor

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TEAM, Inc..........................Lakefront Brewery 6-pack of specialty beer

Silver Spring Golf Club.................Foursome & cart gift certificate

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A few TDMAW partners & sponsors came to cheer on our golfers and hand out swag (and ice cream bars). Thank you to Citizens Bank, Huntington Bank and Sussex Tool & Supply, for supporting the outing in this way! www.TDMAW.org

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Staying dry & happy

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The Temperature is Rising


his is the time of year we look forward to warmer temperatures, and the sun responds with heating up our day. Those who were laid off for the winter look forward to getting back to work. In other areas, the jackets come off and they enjoy a warmer day. Eventually it gets hot and humid, and that is when it can become dangerous. In 2016 alone, 39 workers died and 3,310 were injured from environmental heat exposure.1

The dangers of heat

Preparing for and handling working in heat and humidity can provide protection from potentially deadly conditions. Your body is designed to cool itself and normally does a good job. But, if you’re exposed to extreme heat for too long, sweat a lot and don’t rehydrate, your cooling system may fail. If that happens, watch out! A heat-related illness can start slowly—you may not even realize it’s happening—but it can quickly get worse if it’s not treated. Heat-related illnesses and warning signs2 • Basically, heat cramps are Charley horses and can be an early warning sign of heat-related illness. • Heat exhaustion symptoms include increased body temperature (as high as 104°F) and cold, clammy skin. Untreated, it can lead to heatstroke.

• Heatstroke is life-threatening and can cause brain damage, organ failure, or even death. Body temperature goes over 104°F. The victim may stop sweating even though his/her skin may be hot, and could also become confused or irritable. Medical attention is critical. Major warning signs of heat-related illness include: • Muscle cramps • Nausea or vomiting • Weakness • Headache • Dizziness/feeling light-headed • Confusion Avoiding the dangers of too much heat Not everyone reacts to too much heat exposure the same way nor experiences all the classic symptoms of heat-related illness. If your employees ever work in hot conditions, they should know the related risks and preventive measures so they can protect themselves. Practicing basic precautions can help make working in hot weather more bearable and less dangerous. • Pace yourself when working in the heat—don’t overdo it. • Hydrate with plenty of water or sports drinks, but no alcohol or caffeine.

Federated Insurance • Dress appropriately—light-colored, lightweight, loose fitting clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat, if possible. • Stay out of the midday sun whenever possible. Do the harder work during the cooler parts of the day. Take breaks in the shade. • Wear sunscreen. A sunburn makes it harder for your body to cool itself. • Certain medical conditions or medications can make you more vulnerable to over-heating. • Keep an eye on co-workers. If someone is showing any of the symptoms of heat illness, notify your supervisor immediately. For more information on environment heat exposure, contact the Risk Management Resource Center or your local Federated representative. 1 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; https://data.bls.gov/gqt/InitialPage. Accessed 4/11/2018 2 For more thorough information on topics in this article, visit the Mayo Clinic website; http://www. mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/ exercise/art-20048167?pg=1.

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DACO Precision-Tool Becomes Employee-Owned Company Article submitted by TDMAW Member DACO Precision-Tool


ACO Precision-Tool, a metal stamping and tool and die company located in Kewaskum, has announced that it is now a 100 percent employeeowned company.

“It is a tremendous opportunity that the employees have been given by making this transition,” said Austin Weber, general manager of the company. The company now offers an employee stock ownership plan. “The company essentially buys shares, andthose shares get allocated to the employees,” Weber explained. DACO currently has a total of 51 employees, all of who are now also owners of the company. “What we are doing here, it’s hard to put into words. It really is a groundbreaking opportunity. It’s just very exciting,” said Adam Beck, who works at DACO. The change offers potential not only for employees, but for the company as well. “The idea is that employees are more vested in their jobs, and as a result are better employees,” Weber said. “It really helps build a culture and a company that is more like a big family, the DACO family.”

Company History

DACO Precision-Tool was founded in 1984 by Randy Weber and Lloyd Kanzenbach. When they started, both owners worked at other full-time jobs during the day, and then worked at DACO during the night to produce parts and build tooling for their new company. The company grew, and after a couple of years, the two partners were able to work full time at DACO. In 1988, the company’s first building was constructed with 4,000 square feet in West Bend. Between 1992 and 1997, the company had four additions, and the facility expanded to encompass 20,000 square feet. The business continued to grown, and in 2005 DACO built a new 64,000 square foot

building on Highway 45 in Kewaskum, where the company is still located today. Last year, when Randyand Lloyd started thinking about retirement, they discussed what they should do with the company. They each have two sons who currently work for DACO, but they knew that trying to transition the partnership into a second generation was not the best option. They considered selling to a third party, but they wanted to remain involved with the company. And they didn’t want to see an outside company drastically change the business. They also knew that their employees had helped the company become what it is today. “A lot of employees have been with us 15, 20 years or more. They have put in a lot of sweat and tears to help build up the company,” said Austin Weber, who is Randy’s son. Randy and Lloyd recognized that. So the decision to make the company employee owned felt right. And the decision is appreciated. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for all of us employees to continue what they started and ultimately benefit from it,” Austin said. “The owners have always treated us very well, and this is just another example of that, of the gift that they gave us,” Beck added. Today, Randy continues working in his same role as company president and Lloyd is retired. The two anticipate that DACO’s stock will double and triple quickly in the next few years. “My business partner Lloyd Kanzenbach and I are really happy about the exciting future for DACO, for us business partners, our family members and all of our wonderful employees who have truly made DACO the great company that it is today,” Randy said.

Austin Weber is general manager of DACO in Kewaskum. The company announced this week that it is a 100 percent employee owned. Photo by Anne Trautner

Employee Ownership

DACO transitioned over to the employee ownership plan last year. The company wanted to approach the new ownership model cautiously and decided to wait until this week to publicly announce the change. “It has been working really well,” Austin said. “We were kind of living that culture for many years, really throughout our history, so it really was a natural transition.” The company had previously offered profit sharing and valued its employees. But by making the employees owners of the company brought that to the next level. Employee owned companies are relatively rare. Weber estimates that there are less than 2,500 companies in the United States that are completely employee owned. In Wisconsin, New Glarus Brewing Company launched its employee stock ownership plan in 2015. At DACO, the ownership is now based in a DACO employee ownership trust. Just like in a publicly traded company, the shares have a value. The difference is that the way to get DACO stock is by being an employee. More shares are issued to employees each year that they work for DACO.

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When an employee retires or leaves the company, the stock still belongs to them. At that point, the employees can choose to roll it over into a 401K qualified retirement account or pay the tax penalties and close it out earlier. “It really encourages a long term employee that is getting ready to retire to train that replacement, that group of people, because you want them to be successful and continue to be successful because you still have a vested interest in the company,” Austin said. “You want to set your team and the people in the company for success in your absence.” By being owners, employees are now fully engaged in the business. “People really work hard, and they find better ways to do things that will benefit not only the company but them as individuals,” Weber said. “We all have a voice.” The new ownership model offers unique opportunities for new employees.

Employees work on the line at DACO Precision-Tool in Kewaskum. Through an employee stock ownership plan, the employees are now owners of the company. Photo by Anne Trautner

“For those who are looking for a career, they really have a chance to own something, and not just go to work for somebody else,” Beck said. Currently there are several high school students that are employed at the company through a school-to-work program. “We have some really sharp young guys and girls that have started working here,” Austin said. “If they are looking at working here for 20 or 30 years, it is astounding what this can mean for them. They have a really bright future ahead of them.” DACO is currently in a growth mode and expects to hire more employees later this summer. The company hopes that the employee ownership will attract top job candidates. “We hope that being employee owned will be something that sets us apart. Not only our culture, but the fact that you can come here and be an employee owner, we think that non-traditional ownership gives us an advantage for finding the best people. Not only can we offer financial security, but a sense of purpose as well,” Austin said.

An employee-owner walks along shelves of dies that DACO Precision-Tool in Kewaskum manufactures. Photo by Anne Trautner

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Tools to Succeed TDMAW Partner, MSC Industrial Supply, graciously gives the TDMAW up to six 11-drawer Kennedy toolboxes per semester. These toolboxes are valued at over $500 each and are to be awarded to students currently enrolled in a Machine Tool Operations Program or Tool & Die Program at any accredited Wisconsin technical college. The TDMAW asks technical college instructors to determine deserving students and award the toolboxes on site, at the school, as a way of supporting and encouraging our future workforce.

Dear Tool, Die, and Machining Association of Wisconsin and the MSC Industrial Supply Company, 1923 -

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I am writing to thank you for your generous donation of a Kennedy machinist’s tool chest as part of the tool box scholarship. I was very happy and grateful to learn that I was selected for this scholarship. I am a student in the Tool & Die Making program at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Oak Creek. I plan to pursue Tool & Die Making as a career and have recently been hired by a company where I will work as a Tool and Mold Repair Apprentice. Looking forward, I will be assembling a collection of tools to aid me in my career and with thanks to you I am one step closer to that goal. By awarding me the Tool Box Scholarship you have given me an essential piece of equipment that will go with me throughout my career and fill with tools and equipment as I learn and grow as a Tool and Die Maker. Your generosity is inspiring and I hope to one day be able to help young Tool and Die Makers as you have helped me. Sincerely, Dustin Harvey

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May Federated Insurance Succession Planning Meeting – A Full Night!


very May TDMAW Partner, Federated Insurance, hosts a dinner meeting. This year the topic of the meeting was Succession Planning, and TDMAW sponsor, Attorney Marc Loden of von Briesen & Roper, s.c. was the presenter. Attorney Loden shared lots of real-world information that attendees can put into action immediately.

TDMAW President Kirk Kussman presented Mike Mallwitz with his Honorary Member plaque. Mike is the former President of Busch Precision and current Workforce Solutions Director at MATC. Make has served on the TDMAW Board (including a two-year term as President), Membership Committee, Programs Committee, Business Support Committee & Workforce Development Committee and has recruited many companies to become TDMAW members and sponsors, over the years.

TDMAW contributes to new manufacturing lab and curriculum at Watertown High School

TDMAW also presented Watertown High School with a $2,000 donation to be used towards their new manufacturing lab and curriculum. Instructor Jesse Domer was present to accept the donation. Jesse not only serves as a technical instructor at Watertown High School but is also involved with SkillsUSA and the BotsIQ robotics program. We appreciate all Mr. Domer does to encourage and prepare our future workforce! Mike Mallwitz receives his Honorary Member Plaque from TDMAW President Kirk Kussman

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Committee Corner This month we recognize TDMAW Membership Committee Chair Pete Kambours. If you know Pete, you know that his energy and enthusiasm are seemingly boundless. TDMAW is fortunate to have Pete at the helm of it’s Membership Committee, focusing on ways to recruit & retain members, as well as planning social events such as the annual June and Summer Outings.

Pete is Vice President at TDMAW charter member, Wisconsin Engraving Company. If you would like more information about getting involved on Pete’s committee, contact him at: pkambouris@wi-engraving. com or contact TDMAW Headquarters: ToolMaker@TDMAW.org.

SkillsUSA - A Skills Gap Solution


killsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. They provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in Wisconsin and the nation’s classrooms.

TDMAW member Al Weiss of Integrity Wire EDM has been involved with SkillsUSA for several years, working to proctor tool & die exams during competitions, among other things. This year TDMAW donated $3,000 to Wisconsin students traveling to compete in the

Judges review

Measurement test

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

SkillsUSA national competitions. The first place high school and technical school in each competition category each receive $750 to help offset travel costs to Nationals in Kansas City. CNC Milling Technology competition: An individual student will demonstrate their ability to perform job or skill competencies determined by the CNC Milling Technology Committee. The contestant will be given a dimensioned CAD drawing and asked to produce a part to those specifications. The time limit will be 4 hours.

» Automation & Machinery » Die / Stamping / Fabrication

» Clamping & Fixturing

» Mold / Tool Room / Maint.

» Part & Tag Marking

» Laser Marking

Cadott High School, 1st place high school, CNC Milling


Moraine Park Technical College, 1st place technical college, CNC Milling

403 S. Hawley Road, Milwaukee, WI 53214 Toll Free: 800.837.9270 | Fax: 414.771.9043

Automated Manufacturing Technology competition: Teams of three will demonstrate their ability to perform job or skill competencies determined by the Automated Manufacturing Technical Committee. The teams will be given a pre-machined part and asked to produce a duplicate. The time limit will be 4 hours once the test box is opened. Hartford Union High School, 1st place high school, Automated Manufacturing Technology Waukesha County Technical College, 1st place technical college, Automated Manufacturing Technology

CNC Milling test

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Calculate Intermittent FMLA Leave? QUESTION: We have an employee who will be starting dialysis and has requested to work from home. She works 40 hours a week. She would come in 2 days a week and work 4 hours before or after the dialysis on the remaining 3 days. She would bwe working 28 hours a week and using 12 hours a week for FMLA. She doesn’t know when they will start or her schedule as of yet. She does know it will be 3 days a week and 3-4 hours a day. I know FMLA is for 12 weeks in a 12 month periord, but I am not sure how the intermittent leave would work. How long would she actually have to be out?


You are correct that leave under the FMLA can be taken intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule basis, but still no more than 12 weeks is provided in any 12 month period. As discussed below, when leave is taken intermittently or on a reduced schedule basis, the employer calculates the time off as FMLA by determining the increments of partial workweeks that were taken. Specifically the FMLA Regulations provide as follows: “When an emplyee takes leave on an intermittent or reduced leave schedule,

only the amount of leave actually taken may be counted toward the employee’s leave entitlement. The actual workweek is the basis of leave entitlement. Therfore, if an emplyee who would otherwise work 40 hours a week takes off eight hours, the employee would use one-fifth (1/5) of a week of FMLA leave. Similarly, if a full-time employee would otherwise work eight hour days works four-hour days under a reduced leave schedule, the employee would use one-half (1/2) week of FMLA leave. Where an employee works a part-time schedule or varible hours, the amount of FMLA leave that an employee uses is determined on a pro rata or proportional basis. If an employee who would otherwise work 30 hours per week, but works only 20 hours a week under a reduced leave schedule, the employee’s 10 hours of leave would constitute one-third (1/3) of a week of FLMA leave for each week the employee works the reduced leave schedule. An employer may convert these fractions to their hourly equivalent so long as the conversion equitably reflects the employee’s total normally scheduled hours. An employee does not accrue FMLAprotected leave at any particular hourly rate. An elegible employee is entitiled to up to a total of 12 workweeks of leave, or 26 workweeks in the case of military caregiver leave, and the total number of hours contained in those workweeks is necessarily dependent on the specific hours the employee would have worked but for the use of leave.” See the Electromic Code

of Federal Regulations Section 825.205 which specifically addresses this issue. It is not clear wheather the subject emplyee is exempt or not. If non-exempt, there is no obligation to pay when time is not worked (absent a contract, policy or practice that supports doing so). If the emplyee is exempt, note that the FMLA pemits an employer to prorate salary compensation communsurate with intermittent or reduced schedule FMLA leave, without distroying the salary basis required for exempt classification — this is one of only a few mimited instances where an employer can dock an exempt employee’s salary compensation commensurate with hours worked. This is addressed at section 825.206 at the link above, and see also the paragraph titled “Circumstances in Which the Employer May Make Deduction from Pay” where the DOL expressly provides that “an emplyerr is not required to pay the full salary ... for sate law differs on this issue in your jurisdiction. The emplyer should ensure, however, that any proration of compensation is consistent with employer policy and practice, and does not violate an applicable contract, if any. The emplyer also can allow or require substituation of accrued paid time off benefits for any period of unpaid FMLA leave, but again, only if company policy and practic support this. See Electronic Code of Federal Regulations Section 825.207, Electronic Code of Federal Regulations section 825.207, which addresses the substitution of paid leave.

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Swick Technologies Gary Swick | (414) 257-9266 www.swicktech.com

Heat Treating ThermTech of Waukesha, Inc. Kirk Springer | (262) 549-1878 www.thermtech.net

Insurance—P&C, Health & Workers Comp Federated Insurance www.federatedinsurance.com

E.L Simeth - Milwaukee Steve Simeth | (414)771-9270 www.elsimeth.com

MSC Industrial Supply Sales | (262) 703-4000 www.metalworking. mscdirect.com Sussex Tool & Supply Sussex Sales | (262) 251-4020 www.sussextool.com

Sponsors Red Level Sponsors

von Briesen & Roper, S. C. Marcus Loden | (608) 661-3962 www.vonbriesen.com

White Level Sponsors Morris Midwest Eric Grob | (414) 586-0450 www.morrismidwest.com

Blue Level Sponsors Alro Specialty Metals Inside Sales | (800) 365-4140 www.alro.com

Citizens Bank John Schmitz I (262) 548-0208 www.citizenbank.com

Bell-Well Sales Co. Tom Schoenecker (262) 781-3670 www.bellwellsales.com

Fox Valley Metrology Kit Krabel | (920) 426-5894 www.foxvalleymetrology.com

Cincinnati Tool Steel Co. Ronald Cincinnati (800) 435-0717 www.cintool.com

Huntington Bank Kyle Haug | (262) 703-3726 www.huntingtonbank.com Lindner & Marsack, S.C. Sally Piefer | (414) 273-3910, www.lindner-marsack.com

Tushaus & Associates LLC Jared Knoke | (414) 774-1031 Ex 245 www.tushauscpa.com

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2:30 PM – 7:00 PM Waukesha Gun Club Registration is now open!

TDMAW members, member employees, partners, sponsors, and significant others are invited to shoot the sporting clays course, followed by a casual dinner & prizes. Visit tdmaw.org/programs for details and registration. Early Bird pricing good through July 27. Visit TDMAW.org/Programs to register TODAY!

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