NewsBytes: May / June 2016

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Ron Lowry Elected Chairman of PMA Board

Ron Lowry, owner and president of Minneapolis-based Dayton Rogers, was elected 2016 chairman of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Board of Directors during the annual meeting of members in March in Palm Springs, Calif.

“I’m honored to be elected board chairman and thank 2015 PMA Chairman and Termax Corporation CEO Bill Smith for his great leadership and all that he accomplished over the past year,” said Lowry.

Lowry announced that the theme of his one-year term as PMA chairman is “Manufacturing Matters,” which is aligned with his personal 2016 New Year’s resolution: “Complain less and do more, in every aspect of my life.”

Lowry pledged to use his PMA chairmanship to encourage manufacturers to join him in taking matters into their own hands in two key areas: closing the skills gap and helping elected officials and the general public understand the importance of manufacturing. “Manufacturers need to educate our local communities, including educators and parents, as well as local and national leaders, about the critical role that manufacturing plays in the overall health of the U.S. economy,” Lowry said. “We also need to better explain to our country’s young people how the success of U.S. manufacturing will impact their future, and how they can contribute to that success.”

PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $137 billion metalforming industry of North America, the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide-forming and roll-forming technologies, and other value-added processes.

Haimer Grand Opening is May 18-20

Haimer USA will celebrate the grand opening of their new 25,000-square-foot North American headquarters at 134 E. Hill St., Villa Park, Ill., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, distinguished guest speakers, on-site machine demos and presentations, and refreshments.
An Open House celebration will span three days – May 18-20 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day with an array of activities in which registered guests will experience:

  • A wide range of innovative tooling technologies.
  • Interesting guest speakers from
  • the manufacturing industry.
  • Live machining demonstrations and product presentations.
  • Networking opportunities with top-level technology partners.

Registration is now open, but space is limited. Reserve your place at:

Sheila Murphy Honored by Minnesota Business Magazine

Sheila Murphy, MITGI Director of HR and Safety, has been honored as the recipient of the Paragon of Leadership Award, part of the 2016 Community Impact Awards from Minnesota Business magazine. She also has been honored with a second award, presented by the Jefferson Award Foundation, in partnership with Minnesota Business magazine, as the local Jefferson Award winner.

The Leadership Award is given to a Minnesota business leader who makes a positive impact through service, character, and leadership. The Jefferson Award recognizes the efforts of individuals who work to positively impact their community and spotlights regional excellence in giving and leadership.

“Through education, recruiting, and community partnerships, Sheila works to elevate the perception of the industry and promote the growth of manufacturing in Minnesota,” explained Eric Lipke, MITGI President.  “Her work helps to connect students, businesses, and schools, which in turn helps the long-term viability of our community.”

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