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Sep. 30, 2014


Time is running out to be in the 2015 Buyer's Guide!
Deadline for submitting changes and orders is Oct. 1
Click here to download order form and submit it today.

See who else is in the 2015 Buyer's Guide and find out more information More

Introducing the New
MEMBER Recruitment-Commission Program

Receive 10% commission on referring members! Program is open to you and your employees.

Applications & Sponsor Forms for membership are available in the Back Office for you to use or you may also contact Mark Robinson directly with potential member leads.

We know all of our members deal with many non-MDNA members who would make great additions to the MDNA, so here's your chance to get them in and get paid for it!

To help peak potential member interest direct them to information about membership here and encourage them to check out .More

Coming Soon — Website Demo

Have you visited the new and you can't find your way around, or you're really not sure what new things are now available?

Coming soon ... MDNA will be sharing a video tutorial taking members through the new website, demonstrating some of the great new features and where to find what you need. Please visit us online More

Company news



Update your listings today and they'll update on MDNA site too! Do it today. November directory closing is Oct. 10.

Have you updated your listings yet for the Locator November print directory? The Locator directory's circulation totals 100,000 and is a controlled list targeted specifically to the metalworking industry. An additional 40,000 recipients are notified each month electronically. Did you know that your listings at also can be found on the MDNA website under find machinery? It's exclusive and only MDNA member machinery can be found there, so it's another great advantage for not only being in the MDNA but also advertising with Locator Services. Machine listings on both sites for the price of one! To update your listings, simply follow this link and login through your Dealers' Back Office. Click on Add Listings, and add the machines you would like to include in the November Edition and online at both sites. Don't miss out — deadline for the print directory is close of business Oct 10.

If you would like to discuss the advantages of putting a display ad in our directory and online or have never advertised with Locator Services before, simply call Jim Bowman at 703-683-5957 or email 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.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:

Milwaukee/Minneapolis Chapter Meeting — Oct. 9

New England Chapter Meeting — Oct. 9

West Coast Chapter Meeting — Oct. 16More

Wants & For Sales

Available in the Member's Only Back Office. You must login to view this information.

Log in here for Chicago Chapter Meeting — Sept. 8

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

Login here for Detroit/Toledo Chapter Meeting — Sept. 17More

Reminder — IMTS Leads Posted!

To see Leads you must login to the Member's Only Back Office.

To see photos from the dinner or the IMTS show and hear more about the event visit this page for a quick recap!More

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

Joyce Stump, the mother of Robert Stump of MDNA member firm Yoder Machinery Co., passed away on Thursday, Sept. 25. Joyce and her husband, Weldon, founded the Weldon F. Stump & Co., Inc. in 1948. Their son, Robert, and daughter, Karen, also worked at the company. Weldon F. Stump & Co. Inc. were members of the MDNA from 1956 to 2004. To read the full obituary please click here.

A celebration of Joyce's life will be announced at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to ProMedica Hospice, 5200 Harroun Rd., Sylvania, OH 43560.More

Updated Contacts

A new address for Benchmark Machine Tools, LLC.
Physical Address: 395 West. K Place, Suite 105, Jenks, OK 74037
Mailing Address: PO Box 2821, Tulsa, OK 74101More

The US manufacturing industry is growing; Here's how to keep it strong
The Huffington Post
While China and other countries face challenges to their once-burgeoning manufacturing sector, all signs in the U.S. are pointing to a growing industry now seen as a "rising star" in the world market.More

Smart factories know how to use big data
By Alan Kelsky
Go to a meeting of any trade group or association and someone is going to mention "big data." I know of scores of companies that have scores of servers dedicated to storing all this data. So what?More

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!More

Turning the tide: Outsourcing, quality control and consumers
By Alan Kelsky
Manufacturing companies are always looking for ways to cut costs and increase profits. One method often used is to outsource manufacturing and product assembly to countries with low labor costs. Outsourcing does lower production costs, but in many instances it lowers quality and diminishes the customer base. While cost per unit is lower, often so are sales. Companies lose quality through outsourcing because they lose control. Consumers are aware of these mistakes, and perhaps they have had enough.More

The US manufacturing industry is growing; Here's how to keep it strong
The Huffington Post
While China and other countries face challenges to their once-burgeoning manufacturing sector, all signs in the U.S. are pointing to a growing industry now seen as a "rising star" in the world market. Thanks to an abundance of natural gas cutting energy costs, an increase in auto sales, and a host of other factors, the U.S. manufacturing industry is now growing at its fastest pace within the past three years. But there's one obstacle standing in the way of a full U.S. resurgence and the improved job numbers that could come with it: a lack of skilled American workers.More

How IoT big data will transform manufacturing automation
Imagine a world where smart systems, Internet of Things sensors and robotics combine to automate large areas of manufacturing, linking wired and wireless networks throughout the world in the making of products, and relying on both structured and unstructured big data to get the job done. McKinsey & Company describes smart manufacturing as a "type of information system — through sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects ... [where] processes govern themselves, where smart products take corrective action to avoid damages and where individual parts are automatically replenished."More

Rochester focuses on a new picture of American manufacturing
Rochester, New York, was once the imaging capital of the world, home to Kodak, Xerox and the eye care company, Bausch + Lomb. Led by these companies, the manufacturing sector once employed 60 percent of Rochester's workforce. Now, that's less than 10 percent. And so, like many cities in this country, Rochester is trying to build something new from its manufacturing heritage. If you want to understand the story of Rochester, says historian Carolyn Vacca, you need to come to High Falls, where from a bridge visitors see a waterfall and a panoramic view of downtown.More

Emerging manufacturing: Smart and fast, with a culture clash
Chicago Tribune
Modern industrial practices at large manufacturing operations will involve smart devices more often, employ adaptive machining techniques, integrate design processes that improve parts almost as they're made and will "print" digital files at factories distributed around the world. Michael F. Molnar, director of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office housed in the National Institute of Standards and Technology, made the predictions.More

Manufacturing is picking up on the East Coast
Business Insider
The Richmond Fed's survey of business activity signaled a pick up in activity in the east coast. The headline manufacturing index unexpectedly jumped to 14 in September from 12 in August. This was better than the decline to 10 expected by economists.More

As US creates low-wage jobs, Wisconsin riveted to manufacturing
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
For most of the last century, manufacturing was the largest employer in both the nation and the majority of American states. Since then, however, three largely consumer-driven sectors have overtaken manufacturing as the nation's largest employers: retailers; hospitality (which includes restaurants and hotels); and a combined sector called health care and social services. Amid all the change, Wisconsin stands out as one of few states where manufacturing has remained the biggest employer.More