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Aida-America, Qualtek Announce Leadership Changes
manufacturers. Pat Ambuske, Aida-America’s for- mer vice president of opera- tions, succeeds Roberts as president and CEO. Ambuske joined the press-system sup- plier in 2001 and has held various leadership roles in planning, engineering, pur- chasing and manufacturing functions.
funding to Tedco to increase productivity throughout vari- ous departments, including production, sales and mar- keting, and administration. Increased productivity in these areas will allow Tedco to compete more efficiently on a global scale.
Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit school based in San Diego, CA, that provides veterans with free training and nationally recognized industry credentials in CAD/CAM programming, CNC machining and welding, announced that it has received a $75,000 commit- ment from JPMorgan Chase & Co. The funding will allow WFW to provide veterans with training in accredited STEM educational programs.
Aida-America, Dayton, OH, and Qualtek Manufacturing Inc., Colorado Springs, CO, jointly announced leadership changes within their respec- tive organizations. Troy Roberts, current president and chief operating officer of Aida-America, has transi- tioned to the position of chief executive officer at Qualtek Manufacturing. Roberts’ decision was prompted by the opportunity at Qualtek and his strong desire to be closer to family, according to Aida-America officials. In his new role, Roberts oversees Qualtek, a stamping, heat- treating and metal-finishing supplier to aerospace, med- ical-device and automotive
Tedco Awarded Grant to Increase Productivity
“NETAAC has afforded Tedco the opportunity to scale our administrative and pro- ductive operations to become more efficient,” says Dona Vincent, Tedco president. “We’ll be able to take an in- depth look at the current processes at work in our organization and invest in improving them long-term to contribute to continued growth.”
“Veterans face significant challenges as they transition back to civilian life and focus on career development,” says Hernàn Luis y Prado, founder of Workshop for War- riors. “We’re grateful to JPMorgan Chase for support- ing our training program as we work to improve post-ser- vice lives. We’re helping vet- erans to gain the skills they need in an effort to help fill the more than 2.3 million advanced manufacturing jobs in the United States. These funds are crucial to helping us reach our goals.”
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Tedco, Inc., a Cranston, RI-based manufacturing company supplying precision- formed stampings, has been awarded the Business Affect- ed by Foreign Trade grant by the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Cen- ter (NETAAC), in partnership with the Economic Develop- ment Administration.
NETAAC was formed to aid New England manufacturing companies that have been negatively impacted by import
Founded in 2008, Work- shops for Warriors offers classes in advanced CNC manufacturing, CAD/CAM
The grant will provide
trade. Qualifying businesses receive financial assistance through a cost-sharing model that helps to fund business- building consulting projects. These projects can include marketing and positioning strategies, e-commerce, lean manufacturing implementa- tion, and ISO compliance and registration initiatives.
  Business Notes
In mid-November, FABTECH 2016, North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries, welcomed 1500 exhibiting companies and 31,110 attendees from more than 120 countries to the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Successful FABTECH 2016 Las Vegas Wraps
Exhibit space spanned more than 575,000 sq. ft., giving attendees the opportunity to see manufacturing’s latest innovations, interact one-on-one with key vendors and explore industry trends. Throughout the three-day event, attendees also had access to more than 100 education sessions and expert-led panel discussions. A variety of special programming was featured as well, including a keynote from boxing legend and entrepreneur Sugar Ray Leonard and an appearance from cast members of the reality TV show “Counting Cars.”
Hundreds of live product demonstrations showcasing manufacturing’s most cutting-edge equipment and technologies took place daily on the exhibit floor, allowing FABTECH exhibitors to present their current product offerings to targeted buyers.
Special-event and panel-discussion topics covered matters relevant to today’s manufactur- ers. They included additive manufacturing/3D printing, how to attract more women to manufac- turing careers, improved product development strategies and how the 2016 presidential elec- tion results could impact manufacturing around the world.
FABTECH rotates annually between Las Vegas, Chicago and Atlanta. FABTECH Mexico also occurs annually and FABTECH Canada occurs biannually. These events are made possible by FABTECH’s five co-sponsors, including Precision Metalforming Association, American Welding Society, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, SME and Chemical Coaters Association International. For more information about FABTECH 2016 or FABTECH 2017, taking place in Chicago on Nov. 6-9, 2017, visit
 Funding from JPMorgan Chase for Workshops for Warriors

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