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WiM-Wisconsin Launches First Mentor and Outreach Program for Women in Manufacturing

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Wisconsin announced its new program, WiM empoWer, previously an independent committee of the Tool, Die & Machining Association of Wisconsin. As the first of its kind program to serve as a resource geared toward increasing interest and inspiration in manufacturing careers for women, WiM empoWer fills gaps by connecting leaders to mentees to cultivate relationships and experience; partnering with local schools to aid in program enhancement and education; and designing events and programs to inspire women, students, and professionals to become leaders through opportunities within manufacturing.
Women in Manufacturing, with more than 500 members nationwide, is dedicated to the attraction, retention and advancement of women who are pursuing or have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry. For more, visit

Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bettcher Manufacturing, L.L.C., has hired Ruben Vela as supply chain manager. The company, headquartered in McAllen, TX, with a manufacturing facility in Reynosa, Mexico, produces products ranging from small, intricate parts to large gauge, deep-drawn housings for a variety of industries;

Cutting-tool manufacturer NAP Gladu announced that Jeannot Perron has assumed the role of general manager of Canadian operations for all locations including Quebec, Montreal and Toronto. The company has 12 service and manufacturing centers located in Canada and the United States;

U.S. Cutting-Tool Consumption Up 7.2 Percent in December 2014

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
December 2014 U.S. cutting-tool consumption totaled $168.2 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was up 7.2 percent from November’s total and up 20.3 percent from December 2013.
“The 2014 calendar year closed with a flurry and the overall growth in the cutting tool industry reporting was 5.0 percent year over year,” says Tom Haag, president of USCTI. “This is an indication that our market is steady and strong despite some volatility in the monthly statistics this past calendar year. December was a reflection on the auto industry perpetuating its strong growth while aerospace markets continue to work on an enormous backlog. The December sales closed a year with a strong message that manufacturing is still driving growth in our economy.”


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