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The MDNA staff wish all of our extended family the very best this Thanksgiving.
Please note that the MDNA Office will close on Wednesday, November 23, at noon and re-open Monday morning on November 28.
|FABTECH LEADS ARE POSTED
Wants & For Sales
Members you may now access the sales leads collected from FabTech 2016 in the Members Only Back Office. You must login to view/download those leads.
Below is a company who has applied for membership in the MDNA. If approved at the chapter level, the board of directors will vote on them at an upcoming meeting. If you have any questions or comments, or if you have done business with them, please contact MDNA at 1-703-836-9300.
Thomas Industrial Machinery Co., Inc. — Regular
Address: 66-G Industry Ave., Springfield, MA 01104 (P.O. Box 569, Agawam, MA 01001)
Website: "Under Construction"
Principal(s): Thomas J. DeCosmo and Thomas R. DeCosmo
Specialty: CNC, Boring Mills, Grinders, Fabricating
Sponsors: American Systems & Equipment Corp. and Grand
Marshall Machinery, Inc.
Some members have been asking for a refresher course on where we stand on the IRS Section 179 expensing limits. This is perhaps because the government has previously delayed acting on this topic until the last minute.
This year, there is no action necessary because in December of 2015 the increased limits were made permanent. You can read the article here. MDNA published this last winter, explaining the permanent increase in the amount a company can expense under IRS Section 179.
All members are encouraged to attend Chapter meetings and are invited to attend not only local meetings but any Chapter meeting or event of interest when convenient.
The following are upcoming Chapter events. Click on the Chapter meeting for more details:
Cleveland Chapter Holiday Party, December 2nd
New England, NY/NJ, Philly Tri Chapter Meetings, December 8th
Ohio Valley Chapter Christmas Party, December 15th
Chicago Chapter Holiday Party, December 16th
See Full Events Calendar Below
Young Guns of MDNA, Meet John Butz
Meet ReSell CNC’s CEO and Chairman of the MDNA Southern Regional Chapter, John Butz. John's hardworking, dedicated, work ethic allows him to not only run day-to-day operations of his own business, but also sit on two MDNA committees and the Board of Directors. While being heavily involved in the MDNA and his own business, he ... Read the full story here
Mechanical, Hydraulic, and now Electric Press Brakes. Which is best for me?
Written By: Adam Mattes, V.P. Sterling Machinery Exchange (MDNA Member Firm) One of the most popular questions we hear at Sterling Machinery Exchange is… What type of press brake do I need? Most people are price conscious but want to make sure that they have enough capacity, proper controls and the correct safety gear to do ... Read the full story here
Locator Services would like to wish everyone in the MDNA and their extended families a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend! We are very thankful for your continued support and are very grateful for many things in 2016!
Please take this weekend to enjoy the blessings in your life! When you get back next week please contact us and let us know what we can do to help you expand your services and accomplish your goals in December and moving forward into 2017!
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- Over 100,000 subscribers to our hard copy directory!
- Another 40,000 each month in electronic distribution!
- 40 Customer & Inventory Management System (CIMS) application sites with over 150 users overall!
If you would like to discuss the advantages of putting a display ad in our directory, a Banner Ad or listings online or have never advertised with Locator Services before, simply call Jim Bowman at 703-683-5957 or email JBowman@locatoronline.com. He would be happy to help you round out your sales and marketing strategy and discuss which products and services would work best for you. He can also schedule an online demo of our CIMS application for you at your earliest convenience.
It is with deep sadness that I inform you that Sandy Collum, wife of Rob Collum of MDNA Member Firm, C & A Machinery Inc., passed away on November 9, 2016.
In addition to her husband Rob, Sandy is survived by her four children, Tiffany, Lauren, Robert and Scott.
At this time, no service arrangements have been shared with us. When and if they are made public we will share them with the membership.
Please extend your thoughts and prayers to Rob and the entire family.
|Truckers & Riggers and Technical Services Online Directory — Updates now being accepted
The MDNA Truckers & Riggers Directory and Technical Services Directory lists companies recommended by MDNA member firms. This directory is an invaluable resource for member-recommended trucking, rigging, storage, and brokering services and is available on the "Members Only" page of the MDNA website.
Click here to download the Truckers & Riggers Directory Recommendation Form. Please send your recommendations to MDNA via fax or email. This directory will also list the recommending MDNA member company, so please fill out the form completely.
MDNA Technical Services Directory - EVER NEEDED A MACHINE SERVICED THAT YOU SOLD OUTSIDE OF YOUR AREA? — we've got your solution! Because you don't always do business in your immediate area, occasions arise where a machine you sold needs service, installation, or inspection in a geographical area that you are not familiar with.
The Technical Services Directory features companies recommended by MDNA member firms who specialize in different Technical Services in the machinery industry, such as CNC programming, hydraulics repair, presses, etc.
Your recommendations of companies in your area (including yourself) is what makes up this directory - which is a valuable resource for all MDNA members.
Each specialty listing is FREE! And to stand out with more exposure in this publication, purchase a display advertisement.
Please click here to download the form and send your recommendations to MDNA via fax or email. This directory will also list the recommending MDNA member company, so please fill out the form completely. We will then contact them and let them know they've been recommended by you to be included in the publication.
Please visit our Calendar of Events page here!
||Cleveland Chapter Holiday Party — December 2
||New England, NY/NJ, Philly Tri Chapter Meeting — December 8
||Ohio Valley Chapter Christmas Party — December 15
||Chicago Chapter Holiday Party — December 16
||MDNA/Locator Services, Inc./AMEA Scholarship Fund Meeting — January 27-29
||Rancho Mirage, CA
||Save The Date, MDNA's 2017 Convention & Annual Business Meetings — May 4-7
U.S. manufacturing output increased for a second straight month in October amid gains in the production of motor vehicles and a range of other goods, suggesting that the battered factory sector was slowly recovering.
Other data showed a moderation in producer inflation last month. Still, the disinflationary impulse is ebbing as oil prices rise and the dollar's rally fades, which could see an increase in price pressures in the coming months.
This space has been dedicated to exploring the ways in which robots are acting as change agents — of the category and of manufacturing. There's a lot to be said for the ways in which those transformations are taking place now, and it’s all good. There's a case though, that what lies ahead for robotics in the Industry 4.0 or the Industrial Internet of Things is where real excitement takes place. In the IIoT, robots that combine mind and machine change the ways in which goods are produced, and the entire business of manufacturing.
The Wall Street Journal
Here's a paradox of America's highly automated, increasingly labor-independent manufacturing: While sophisticated, for the most part, it isn't all that high-tech. Picture metal-stamping machines in an auto-parts factory that can easily have a long useful life of up to 40 years. Now picture the assembly line just outside Austin, Texas, where Samsung Electronics Co. makes core chips for Apple Inc.'s iPhones.
America's manufacturers are urging President-elect Donald Trump to back off from his most threatening trade rhetoric and pursue a more nuanced approach to trade with China and Mexico, avoiding unilateral tariff actions and focusing on negotiations. Corporate lobbying groups, some chief executives and pro-trade lawmakers also say they eventually even hope to persuade Trump that free-trade agreements can help grow the U.S. economy and create jobs.
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