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Applause for White House
Worker-Training Initiatives

Thursday, June 09, 2011
 
The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) issued a press release saluting a new White House initiative to expand U.S. manufacturing by recruiting and educating more skilled workers. The initiative mirrors ongoing efforts by NTMA, PMA and other manufacturing groups to develop more qualified workers for the metalforming, tooling and machining industries through two main avenues: actively recruiting new workers, and developing widely recognized credentials that signal their qualifications. "Alongside creative recruitment efforts, the key to developing more skilled workers in the United States is the use of uniform, widely recognized and industry-driven credentials to demonstrate competency in the specific industry skills needed by employers," says PMA President Bill Gaskin. "PMA and NTMA have worked closely with the National Association of Manufacturers to devise a to validate metalworking industry skills through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) machining and metalforming certifications. NIMS certifications offer a concrete path for students to acquire or increase specific skills, while in turn providing a set of credentials that signals employers that they're able to perform to quality standards in a skilled machining or metalworking job. Both the worker and employer benefit as a result." Adds NTMA President Dave Tilstone: "It is essential to the future of our industry that we find creative s to attract the attention of new workers. That's why NTMA sponsors activities like the National Robotics League, which draws students to technical careers by partnering student teams with local manufacturers to build complex machines designed to do battle and test ingenuity, all while building high-tech skills.” Together, PMA and NTMA formed the One Voice partnership to advocate for the interests of small and medium manufacturers throughout the United States: www.metalworkingadvocate.org.

Wire-EDM Firm Adds Five New Machines

Wednesday, June 08, 2011
 
Xact Wire EDM Corp., with locations in Waukesha, WI, and Cary, IL, has added five new Sodick AG400L wire-EDM machines to its stable, bringing its machine count to 43. The firm also is pursuing AS9100 certification (quality management system for aircraft, space and defense) to improve its level of service to the aerospace industry; www.xactedm.com. Learn more about Sodick’s AG400L machine, which features linear-motor drives and proves ideal for small to medium-sized medical, aerospace and other parts, as well as stamping dies and tools that require close tolerances and fine surface finishes, here.

Delphi Honors Olson Internacional in Mexico

Tuesday, June 07, 2011
 
Olson Internacional, S, De R.I., de C.V., Matamoros, Mexico, has received Delphi’s 2010 Pinnacle Award for Supplier Excellence, recognizing the facility’s performance in the areas of quality, delivery and service, and in meeting or exceeding competitive cost expectations. Delphi named 16 suppliers from seven countries as Pinnacle Award winners in 2010. Olson Internacional, an operating unit of IMS Buhrke-Olson, Arlington Heights, IL, also operates a plant in Monterrey; www.metalstamper.com.

 

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