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Sep. 16, 2014

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The new MDNA website www.mdna.org is now LIVE! Please visit us online!More

RE-CAP IMTS CHICAGO CHAPTER RECEPTION

A SPECIAL Thank You to all the sponsors who made the dinner reception possible! To see photos from the dinner or the IMTS show and hear more about the event, visit this page for a quick recap!

The new sales leads collected from the show will be posted throughout this week. See Wants & For Sales section below for more information.More

2015 BUYER'S GUIDE

Now is the time to start preparing for the 2015 Buyer's Guide! Please watch the mail. Deadline for submitting changes and orders is Oct. 1, 2014. Click here to download order form and submit it today.More

MEMBERSHIP

The following new members were approved:

Era Wire, Inc.–(Regular – New England Chapter)
19-25 Locust St., West Haven CT 06516
PH: 203-933-0480
FX: 203-933-0732
Email: rich@erawire.com
Website: www.erawire.com
Specialty: Wire Straightening and Cutting

ABL Technology, LLC. (Regular – Southeast Chapter)
29636 US Hwy 27 South Dundee, FL 33838
PH: 863-439-6066
FX: 863-439-6065
Email: scot@abltechnology.com
Website: www.abltechnology.com
Specialty: CNC Metal Cutting
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LOCATOR

It was great to see everybody in Chicago last week for the chapter and Board meetings as well as IMTS 2014! What an exciting time to be in our industry and what a great time to showcase the value of a quality used machine from a reputable MDNA dealer. Many of you were able to quote machines directly from the hotel or convention center floor by accessing your Locator Customer & Inventory Management System™ on your cell phone. What a huge advantage to be at the show and still be able to quote a machine to a prospect back home or across the country. This is also a huge advantage when you're at auctions or even in your own warehouse. You get a phone call about a specific machine, access your inventory on your phone and find the perfect fit. Then you quote that machine directly from your phone and set a reminder to follow up with your customer when you return to the office. You conduct business from all over the map, shouldn't you be using a system that does too?

If you don't know how to access your system from your phone or have not migrated to the Locator System yet, contact us today. If you're worried about converting data from your current system don't be. Simply export your customer and inventory data to us and let Locator import it into your CIMS system prior to deploying the application. Don't let historical notes about your customer and inventory hold you back. In most cases your IT personnel should be able to extract all of your data so that we can import your notes and quotes along with the customer contact and inventory information. If for some reason they can't we can probably still populate the customer and inventory information and run parallel for a year while the "history" rewrites itself with updated customer notes and more recent quotes. After six months or so the history from your old system has become just that, history, and the need to run parallel will no longer be necessary.

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 JBowman@locatoronline.com. He would also be happy to schedule an online demonstration of the software for you at your earliest convenience. MDNA members may qualify for a 10 percent discount!More

CHAPTER MEETINGS

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:

Detroit/Toledo Kick-off Tailgate — Sept. 17

Canadian Chapter Meeting — Sept. 17

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

Milwaukee/Minneapolis Chapter Meeting — Oct. 9

West Coast Chapter Meeting — Oct. 16More

Wants & For Sales
Available in the Members Only Back Office

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Log in here for Chicago Chapter Meeting — Sept. 8

Log in here for September MDNA Board Meeting — Sept. 9More

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

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