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If you are reading this, you probably believe that manufacturing is an exciting career. Production Machining’s 2020 Emerging Leaders believe the same, but they might have other reasons why they chose manufacturing as a career path. Learn about what attracted many of these young, talented precision machining industry professionals to the world of manufacturing in this video. Their answers may surprise you!

Watch for an article this Thursday about Emerging Leader Joshua Tinney and why he changed his career path from youth pastor to operations manager of a machine shop. 

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I’ve visited a number of very advanced machining businesses that are located in the middle of nowhere. Due to coronavirus travel restrictions, I didn’t get to visit MoManTech — the precision machine shop profiled in this story — located in Sheridan, Montana. But, “middle of nowhere” is precisely how owner Kirt Johnston describes his business’ locale.

It took a leap of faith for him and his family to get there. Originally from Indiana, he had progressed up the management ranks at a medical device manufacturer in Warsaw. In 2003, at age 31, he was putting plans in place to purchase the company. His plans changed once he landed in the hospital as a result of work-related stress.

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Production Machining Index Remains Unchanged from May

The Gardner Business Index (GBI): Precision Machining was unchanged in June, maintaining its prior reading of 38.4. Survey respondents reported slowing contraction in new orders, production and export activity. An increasing proportion of respondents indicated that supplier deliveries quickened, sending that measure down more than eight points, along with putting downward pressure on the overall index. Employment and backlog activity readings fell in June, signaling that a growing proportion of respondents reduced hiring and/or experienced contracting backlogs.

Slowing supplier deliveries result in an elevated reading. The reason for this has to do with the knowledge that during a period of strong economic growth upstream suppliers experience lengthening backlogs which cause delays to the timely delivery of their products to production machinists. To correlate the slowing of deliveries with a growing economy, this index component rises as supplier deliveries slow and falls with faster supplier deliveries. The recent decline in the supplier deliveries reading in recent months is encouraging information as it implies that upstream manufacturers are finding ways to move product more efficiently than just a few months ago. It also suggests that overall conditions improved in June, despite no change in the overall Index’s value.

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Quick Learner and Hard Worker Helps Co-workers Improve Skills

In only three short years of working in manufacturing, 2020 Production Machining Emerging Leader Josh Hardwick was promoted to his current position as operations leader at W.H. Bagshaw Co. Inc. (Nashua, New Hampshire). Beginning his career at the company as a CNC machinist, he quickly became proficient in his position, earning the trust and respect of his coworkers. He naturally evolved to team leader within a year, and then to his current position — serving as a supervisor — the following year, taking on the leadership of the safety and tech teams.

“He's supremely patient and has been a great resource for the other team leaders, not only answering their questions but taking the time to explain and improve their skills,” says his nominator, Adria Bagshaw, vice president. “He conducts himself with a quiet confidence and is unflappable when an issue comes up.”

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2020 parts2clean, SurfaceTechnology Germany Cancelled

Organizers for SurfaceTechnology Germany and parts2clean have decided to cancel the events for this year. Both trade shows were scheduled to take place October 27-29 in Stuttgart, Germany.

SurfaceTechnology Germany is now rescheduled for June 21-23, 2022, in Stuttgart. The SurfaceTechnology area will also be part of Hannover Messe in April 2021. The parts2clean trade fair will return to Stuttgart Oct. 5-7, 2021.

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