PM News July 2009

News from the machining industry.

Find Skilled Trades Workers

With the current growing shortage of skilled trades workers, Diversified Industrial Staffing is expanding into new markets, matching manufacturers with the best skilled trades workers. A National Association of Manufacturers’ report compiled in conjunction with Deloitte & Touche predicts that manufacturers will need as many as 10 million new skilled workers by 2020.

The company provides skilled workers—including CNC programmers and manual machinists—in the construction, manufacturing and logistics industries. At no cost to job candidates, the company provides employers with qualified candidates who are ready to do the job and have already undergone resume, reference, and criminal background checks and have taken drug tests.

Toolholder Line Now in Mexico

Rego-Fix has partnered with Exsys Tool Inc., a Florida-based distributor of high precision rotary and fixed toolholders for the turning industry, to expand its reach into the high precision milling market in Mexico.

"After establishing operations in Mexico in 2006, we noticed a strong demand for mill tooling that warranted the addition of taper tooling to our product inventory," says Stewart Bachman, president of Exsys Tool.

Exsys Tool introduced the system at TECMA 2009, and received an overwhelming response from large manufacturers like Volkswagen and Mitituyo.

Absolute Acquires EDM Lines

Absolute Machine Tools Inc. has acquired exclusive rights to the AccuteX wire EDM line and TopEDM CNC EDM drills and die sinkers. This 5-year exclusive contract became official May 1 of this year, when the company assumed the AccuteX line from Global EDM Machines.

The company says current AccuteX EDM customers will experience a seamless transition in terms of sales, service and training. "The main difference will be that we’re expanding the existing distributor network, which will let us better serve customers throughout the U.S. and Canada," says Steve Ortner, president of Absolute Machine Tools.

New Facility Groundbreaking

The construction of a new corporate headquarters for BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. in Hoffman Estates, Ill., has begun. The company and all of its employees celebrated the beginning of construction with an official groundbreaking ceremony on April 24. The facility will be almost three times larger than the current headquarters and will feature a state-of-the-art facility for administration, application engineering, inventory, testing and training.

The new 5,000 square-foot showroom will feature extensive tooling and demonstration displays from the company’s complete product lineup. In-house machining centers will allow the showroom to double as a resource center for customer demos and training. The facility will also house a high-tech classroom for advanced product training and presentations.

Haimer USA Triples Size of its Headquarters

In response to a dramatic increase in North American business, Haimer USA has expanded its facility in Villa Park, Ill., from 5,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet.

"As our business in North America has increased, we needed to add both to our staff and to our inventory," says Haimer USA President Brendt Holden. "This required more space for offices for our employees and warehouse space for our tooling."

In addition to increased office and warehouse space, Haimer added a training room, and future plans call for the addition of video conferencing equipment as well as an expanded and enhanced customer service center.

Company Named to the Platinum 400 List

Forbes magazine has listed MSC Industrial Direct Co. Inc. on its "America’s 400 Best Big Companies" for the fourth consecutive year. MSC improved its ranking to 189 from 202 in the 2008 list.

To create the list, Forbes examined companies in 26 industries with at least $1 billion in revenue and ranked them according to earnings growth, corporate practices, long- and short-term sales and stock market performance. After compiling the data, the magazine’s writers and editors selected the best-managed company in each industry.