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NTMA Partners with Online-RFQ Sourcing Service

Monday, July 01, 2002
First Index, Whippany, NJ, an online-sourcing service for custom-manufactured components, has formed a partnership with the National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA), Ft. Washington, MD, to help NTMA members earn more business online. Under terms of the agreement, First Index and NTMA will create a co-branded website that will provide NTMA members access to RFQs. NTMA members also gain discounted membership in the First Index supplier network. The First Index sourcing platform for custom-manufactured components, called findFast, has hosted more than 25,000 RFQs posted by more than 7000 buyers in the last 12 months. It does not follow a reverse-auction format; rather, it limits the number of suppliers who receive each RFQ in order to provide each with a reasonable chance to win the work. NTMA represents more than 2400 custom manufacturing companies that design and manufacture tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, gauges and precision machined parts.

Courses in High-Speed Machining
and Grinding on the Schedule

Monday, July 01, 2002
TechSolve, Cincinnati, OH, has scheduled is 2002 machining and grinding courses for the rest of the year. TechSolve, formerly known as the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Sciences, employs instructors, engineers and front-line practitioners who teach these courses in a non-biased and practical . Here’s the schedule: · Practical Machining Principles for Shop Application—two-day general overview. October 8-9, November 5-6. · Introduction to High Performance/High Speed Machining—one-day introductory course. October 10, November 7. · Dynamics of High Performance/High Speed Machining—one-day intermediate course. Call for dates (513/541-1669). · Decision Tools for a Lean Machining Environment—three-day course. October 22-24, December 3-5. · Fundamentals of Metal Removal Fluids—one-day course. October 10, November 7. · Grinding Principles & Practice—three-day intensive lecture with practical application/case studies. September 17-19, November 12-14. · Centerless Grinding Principles—three-day intensive lecture with practical application/case studies and optional plant tour. December 3-5. More information is available at

Chicago Manufacturers Share Woes
Relating to Steel Tariffs

Friday, June 28, 2002
Seventy of the area’s top manufacturing CEOs met June 24 in Chicago to discuss the effects steel tariffs are having on their businesses and the steel-consuming industry. Members of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Chicago District gathered at the Tooling & Manufacturing Association (TMA) headquarters for the roundtable. “Everywhere in the industry the story is the same: We can’t get steel,” said Nels Leutwiler, CEO of Parkview Metal Products and PMA second vice chair, who presented attendees with an overview of the situation. “Domestic supply cannot support our demand. Prices have spiked across the board and we are at risk of losing our business.” About 50 companies were represented, including manufacturers, steel service centers, rollformers and spring manufacturers. Also in attendance were Senator Peter Fitzgerald and staff members from the offices of Congressman Mark Kirk and Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky’s, as well as representatives from TMA. PMA continues to inform the president and legislators of the effects steel tariffs are having on the metalforming industry. More roundtables are planned for other PMA districts throughout the country. “It is imperative that manufacturers speak out for the industry,” said Chris Howell, PMA director of government and public affairs. “Without action, it cannot survive.”


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