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Oct. 13, 2015

Register Now (WWTP)

Join MDNA for this year's Weekend With The Pros in conjunction with both the B.O.S.S. Seminar and AMEA USPAP! That's three great events all in one location (Milwaukee, WI) so you can save time and money. Read more about WWTP here.

See who's registered! If your name is not on these lists — WWTP, BOSS or AMEA — then we don't have your registration for that event! Register Here.More

New MDNA Members

EDM Systems, LLC - Regular
Address: 933 Meacham Road, Statesville, NC 28677
Phone: 704-872-5121
Fax: 704-872-5122
Specialty: EDM Machines, Manual & CNC Machine Tools and Fabrication Machinery

Shattuck LLC - Auctioneer
Address: 650 Canion St., Austin, TX 78752
Phone: 512.482.0270
Fax: 512.478.4888
Specialty: Healthcare, Medical and Manufacturing Machinery

The following resignations were accepted:

Richards Machinery & Equipment – Southern Regional

S & M Machinery Sales Inc. – Detroit/ Toledo

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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:

Canadian Chapter Meeting — Oct. 21
West Coast Chapter Meeting — Oct. 22
Detroit/Toledo Bowling Tourney — Nov. 11
Southern Regional Chapter Tour — Nov. 12

Save The Date, Chicago Chapter Meeting — Nov. 19
Save The Date, Cleveland Chapter Holiday Party — Dec. 4
Save The Date, Detroit/Toledo Chapter Christmas Party — Dec. 11
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Just published — in the Member's Only Back Office

Auction Report

3rd Quarter Auction Reports
Available in the Member's Only Back Office, under Resources.
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Change of Address

TCL Asset Group Inc.
56 Pennsylvania Ave.
Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
PH: 416.736.1367 or 905.660.1367 More


Mark your calendar for 11 a.m. EDT Oct. 21 to participate in a free online demo of the Locator Customer & Inventory Management System™ (CIMS).

We've added 7 new systems so far in 2015, will your company be next?

Locator CIMS offers easy, secure access with a Web front-end and cutting edge technology and functionality. Since it is a web based application you can literally manage your entire customer and inventory base from anywhere. With a few clicks, you can choose a customer and specific machines to generate a custom email quote complete with photos and terms & conditions. The system will capture all the quote information for future reference or to re-quote later. Plus, you can do away with multiple data entries. Enter your machine information just once and it will populate your website and send advertising automatically to other sites such as The price is right! MDNA members get a 10 percent discount and you can even choose a 12-month payment plan option.

If you are still using an in-house application or older technology system and would like to migrate to a newer state of the art system simply call Jim Bowman at 703-683-5957 or email to register for this exciting event.

Not available on the 21st? Just call ahead of time and we'll be happy to schedule a private demonstration suited to your schedule. In either case, don't miss out on this opportunity; call us today. More

Good and Welfare

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the passing of Bill Levy of long time MDNA member firm Turner Industries Inc. on Monday, Oct. 5th.

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Report highlights perils facing US manufacturing and distribution
By Alan Kelsky
Chicago-based business services provider McGladrey recently released its annual Manufacturing and Distribution Monitor Report for 2015. The report covers the industry based on information from 1,660 manufacturing and distribution executives across the globe. As wages and employment continue rising and the dollar becomes stronger, many are enticed into believing the United States has made a complete recovery from the Great Recession.More

Under Armour's vision for future manufacturing: make local for local
The Baltimore Sun
Before calling it Project Glory, Under Armour executives batted around another name for a project launching next year to make products in local markets. "Black Swan," a reference to an old belief that no black swans exist because none had been sighted, seemed a fitting name for the brand's vision for manufacturing's future, said Kevin Haley, the company's head of innovation. Because so much production moved offshore in pursuit of low-cost labor, especially in the labor-intensive apparel and footwear sector, many believe it will never come back to the United States.More

UAW deal to slow, not reverse manufacturing wage slump
Detroit Free Press
The new agreement between the UAW and Fiat Chrysler will bring new and older workers to parity over eight years, but it won't necessarily end a more than decade-long decline in U.S. manufacturing wages, according to labor economists and other researchers. "The strength of the dollar and competition from Mexico will continue the slowdown in manufacturing wages," said Sean McAlinden, chief economist at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor.More

Selling manufacturing jobs starts with a tour
Buffalo News
Steve Davis knows it isn't easy to find factory workers. “We’ve been at career fairs where the students are interested and the parents are dragging them away by their collars,” said Davis, the president of Buffalo contract manufacturer Tapecon. And far too often, when manufacturers do hire, it doesn’t work out. Some new hires decide that factory work isn’t for them and quit. Others fail drug tests. Some aren’t dependable and can’t show up on time.More