PM News: NAM Meets With Ohio Senators

In February, members of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) with operations in Ohio met with Ohio Senators George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown in the nation’s capital.

NAM Meets With Ohio Senators

In February, members of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) with operations in Ohio met with Ohio Senators George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown in the nation’s capital. Both senators expressed a strong commitment to reach across party lines and to work with one another and with NAM to advance the interests of Ohio’s manufacturing economy. They committed to meeting with one another on a regular basis. Senator Voinovich also discussed creative approaches to controlling health costs and thanked NAM for strongly supporting his newly introduced Intellectual Property Enforcement Act, which combats product counterfeiting.

On behalf of all Ohio manufacturers, Senator Voinovich was presented with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence for his pro-manufacturing voting record in the last Congress. To communicate with your senators’ offices, call (202) 225-3121 or visit

ATI Industrial Automation broke ground on a new plant in Apex, North Carolina. “High demand for our robotic end-effector products dictated the need for additional engineering, manufacturing and inventory capacity,” says Keith Morris, president. “Our new facility will double our space with a provision to triple our space in the future.” Visit ATI's PM Online Showroom.

PartMaker software for the programming of multi-axis lathes with live tooling and Swiss-type lathes made its official debut in Germany at “Turning Days,” held April 12 through 14 by the PartMaker German representative Delcam Gmbh, the German subsidiary of PartMaker’s parent company, Delcam Plc. The demonstrations on the Delcam stand were complemented with live machining demonstrations on the machine tool manufacturer Maier’s stand. Turning Days was located in Villingen-Schwenningen in the middle of the turned parts manufacturing cluster in the Schwarzwald-Baar region. Visit PartMaker's PM Online Showroom.

The Motch & Eichele Company is the exclusive distributor for Hanwha Machinery America Inc. for Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Motch & Eichele Company will be responsible for sales, service, replacement parts and application engineering for the five-state territory. Contact Motch & Eichele at (800) 833-9730.

Ellison Technologies, Inc. (Cleveland, Ohio) has acquired Jackson Machinery Company, a privately held distributor based outside of Cleveland. The acquisition was effective November 3, 2006. It allows Ellison to better serve one of the country’s premier manufacturing regions—the northern half of Ohio.

The company has also made some personnel changes. Founding partners and executive committee members Don Bendix, Klaus Rindt and Len Atkins retired at the end of 2006. Veteran Ellison executives Tim Kilty, Graham Hooper and Kent Lorenz have assumed all executive committee responsibilities. The fourth founding partner, CEO Jim Ellison, will remain as chairman and CEO. Visit Ellison Technologies, Inc's PM Online Showroom..

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Foundation (FMA) and John Ratzenberger’s Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation have partnered with Ulster Boces to offer a summer program to encourage young girls, grades 7 through 10, to explore careers in the manufacturing industry. Students engage in hands-on activities, design solid metals with computer-aided drafting tools and manufacturing machines, learn basic development of machine automation and robotics and experience a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The program will run for one week from July 16 through 20 at the Ulster Boces Career & Technical Center in Lake Katrine, New York. Contact (845) 331-6680.

Elizabeth S. Nicolson has joined AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology as a government relations director. She joins the association’s five-person Government Relations Department, which lobbies Congress and the administration on issues of importance to the manufacturing technology industry, supporting legislative and regulatory proposals that would help the industry and its member companies. Visit AMT's PM Online Showroom.