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Aug. 19, 2014

Register today for MDNA Chicago Chapter/IMTS Dinner Reception

Chicago Chapter invites you to REGISTER now for the best attended chapter dinner meeting and networking event of its kind. With over two hundred dealers from around the world including members and premier vendors this is sure to be the largest opportunity to network of the year. Don't miss it. Register here.

We invite you to participate in the event sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact Chicago Chapter Officers, Bob Yeoman 574-536-3400 or John Josko 847-247-9938.

Location: MDNA Chicago Chapter/IMTS Dinner Meeting will be held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, 221 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601, U.S.A. More


Mark your calendar for 11 a.m. EDT Sept. 3 to participate in an online demo of the Locator Customer & Inventory Management System™ (CIMS).

Contact Jim Bowman at 703-683-5957 or email to register for this exciting event.

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 choose a 12-month payment plan option. Not available on the third? 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


Prestige Equipment announces the addition of Fred Hochman, co-founder of North America's Largest Machine Tool Financing Firm. Read more here.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 Dinner & Meeting — Sept. 8

Ohio Valley & Cleveland Chapters Event — Sept. 26-27

Milwaukee/Minneapolis Chapter Meeting — Oct. 9

Southeast MDNA Chapters Weekend Retreat — Oct. 11-13

West Coast Chapter Meeting — Oct. 16More

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.

See the Premier Vendor Application.
To learn more about becoming one please visit us here.More

Good and Welfare

Congratulations to Susan and Marc Swirsky on the birth of their son, Ori Moshe Swirsky, on Aug. 2.

Condolences to the family of Ken McNaught. Ken McNaught, a former Director of former MDNA member firm Dak Machinery Ltd of Broxburn, Scotland, passed away after a long illness on Aug. 8.

Please extend your thoughts and prayers to the family.More

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