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Jun. 10, 2014

Section 179 Legislation

As we last reported in December 2013 and January 2014, the American Taxpayer Relief Act, which increased the maximum amount and phase-out threshold in 2012 and 2013 for small businesses expensing under Section 179 to $500,000, expired 12/31/13. The expensing limit has now reverted back to $25,000.

Congressmen Pat Tiberi, R-OH, and U.S. Congressman Ron Kind, D-WI, have now introduced, H.R. 4457, to permanently expand small business expensing to $500,000. And unlike legislation in the past, if the bill is enacted it would make the accelerated expensing permanent.

H.R. 4457 is expected to be on the floor by sometime in mid-June. Every MDNA Member should take time now to write to your representative in Washington in support of this key legislation.

The fastest and easiest way to contact your representative is by going to and following the link to your elected officials. Each member has an e-mail link. The Link below will take you to a sample letter that you may use by copying it into the message space for the person you are trying to contact. However, this is just a sample, it is more important that your voice be heard than the specific language that you use.

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Below are companies who have 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.

New England Chapter
Era Wire, Inc. — Regular
19-25 Locust St., West Haven CT 06516
Phone: +1 203 933-0480
Fax: +1 203 933-0732
Principal(s): Richard T. Rar Jr., Richard T. Rar Sr.
Specialty: Wire Straightening and Cutting
Established: 1988
Sponsors: FH Machinery (Regular MDNA member since January 2004) and Hariton Machinery Co. Inc. (Regular MDNA member since January 1973)

European Chapter
Seema Engineers – Regular
457/3, Hosur Main Road, Chandapura, Bangalore, India
Phone: +011 91-80-27834009
Fax: +011 91-80-27803078 or
Principal(s): Manikumar. G.
Specialty: All types of heavy engineering machines
Established: 1997
Sponsors: Prestige Equipment Corp. (Regular MDNA member since January 1992) and Electro Motion UK (export) Ltd. (International MDNA member since January 2000)More


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 that are scheduled. Click on the chapter meeting for more details:

Chicago Chapter Meeting — June 19th

Philadelphia Chapter Meeting & Golf Outing — June 24th

Detroit/Toledo Golf Outing — July 15thMore

Premier Vendors

The Premier Vendor networking and marketing program is designed to strengthen and broaden the relationships between MDNA Members and our key industry supporting vendors.

Below are applicants. Please review their information. The Review Committee will be considering these companies this week. If you have any concerns about these Premier Vendor Applicants please notify the MDNA National Office.

All-Ways Trucking Inc.
Address: 3639 Aviation Way, Medford, OR 97504
Phone: +1 541 608-6507
Principal(s): Mark Pedersen, Grant Bryant, Jamie McCleary, Dave Lipscomb, David Wright
Established: 1992
Name of Customer Contacts: Tony Orton or Tia Kroger
Phone: +1 800 888-6230
Sponsors: FH Machinery, Yoder Machinery Co., and Industrial Assets Machinery
General Description of Business: Nationwide transportation company serving the United States, Canada and Mexico

Corrigan Air & Sea Cargo
Address: 6170 Middlebelt Rd, Romulus, MI 48174
Phone: +1 734 728-4000
Principal(s): Paul Corrigan, Richard W. Nagrocki, Cynthia Schenk
Established: 1969
Name of Customer Contact: Michael Murphy
Phone: +1 313 980-0970
Sponsor: F.P. Miller Company – Craig L. Ward, Lee Stevens Machinery Inc.
General Description of Business: Household Goods Moving & Storage and Record Storage

Pedowitz Machinery Movers
Address: 1550 NW 24th Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL 33069
Phone: 954-973-9737
Principal: Scott Pedowitz
Established: 1971
Name of Customer Contact: Marvin Baltodano
Phone: 954-973-9737
Sponsors: Resell CNC – John Butz, Grand Marshall Machinery Inc. – Larry Goodman
General Description of Business: Provide transport and rigging services for heavy machinery

Click here for a Premier Vendor Application
To Learn More about becoming one please visit us here.More


Locator Services is happy to announce the much anticipated release of Version 3.3.0 of our Customer & Inventory Management System.

Some of the new features include:

Our current user base should see those changes on June 2. If you have any questions about the release or would like to discuss the complete list of enhancements please call Jim Bowman at +1 703-683-5957 or email and he will be happy to discuss them with you. If you would like to schedule an online demonstration of the software, please contact Jim and he will arrange it at your earliest convenience. MDNA members please inquire, as you qualify for a unique lower rate.More

Good and Welfare

Congratulations! — Kevin and Julie Brewster of On Target Machine Brokers are the proud grandparents of a baby girl name Amelia Claire Stone.More

Section 179 Legislation
As we last reported in December 2013 and January 2014, the American Taxpayer Relief Act, which increased the maximum amount and phase-out threshold in 2012 and 2013 for small businesses expensing under Section 179 to $500,000, expired 12/31/13. The expensing limit has now reverted back to $25,000.More

Wearable technology in the manufacturing workplace
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Seeking a less crowded field, MBAs find success in manufacturing
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When Walmart pledged last year to buy an extra $250 billion in U.S.-made goods over the next decade, it appeared to be just what was needed to help move America's putative manufacturing renaissance from rhetoric to reality. But suppliers trying to reshore production as part of the initiative by the world's largest retailer are running into practical problems as they try to restart long-idled corners of U.S. manufacturing.More

The silver bullet to a US manufacturing revival
The Wall Street Journal
First proposed in March 2012 and formally requested in President Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address, the National Network of Manufacturing Institutes vision calls for the investment of $1 billion in a set of 15 manufacturing innovation hubs (en route to a projected 45). So far, the government has created four of the hubs using existing money and initiated the creation of four more, without congressional support. "But this is where I want to just say: Go for it! Fund all 45 of the envisioned centers and let's kick the manufacturing renaissance into high gear," writes Mark Muro.More

US economy regains all jobs lost in recession
USA Today
Employers added 217,000 jobs in May as the labor market reached a milestone with the recovery of all 8.7 million jobs lost in the recession. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.3 percent, the Labor Department said. Economists surveyed by Action Economics estimated that 220,000 jobs were added in May. Employment, at 138.5 million, exceeds its pre-recession level for the first time in the nearly five-year-old recovery. Payrolls fell by 8.7 million from January 2008 through February 2010, but since then non-farm jobs have risen by 8.8 million.More

Manufacturing growth picked up in May, ISM says in corrected report
The Los Angeles Times
Factory growth accelerated last month and did not slow down as initially reported by the Institute for Supply Management, which twice corrected its closely watched purchasing managers index. The revisions roiled financial markets because they shifted investors' views how the crucial manufacturing sector performed in May.More