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March 11, 2022                         Vol 26  Issue #10    |   News   |   Events |   Weekly Archives   |   M&E Exchange

May 1-3, 2022     
The Pfister Hotel | Milwaukee, WI

Register Today!
Don’t miss the biggest Technical Conference
for Precision Machining!

Get Your Tech Conference Hotel Reservations!

Make sure you have a room at the Pfister Hotel for the information-packed National Technical Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 1-3, 2022. 

Deadline for reservations is April 12th – 4 weeks away – Don’t delay!


NTC Sponsor List is Growing!

Our thanks to the following sponsors to the 2022 National Technical Conference

Absolute Machine Tools  Awards Lunch
Peterson Tool Company  Backpack
INDEX Corporation  Welcome Reception
SMW Autoblok  Keynote Lunch

Global Shop Solutions
Henning Industrial Software
iSwiss Tools Corporation
Swiss Steel USA
Wieland Chase


Sponsorships Available for NTC 2022

Looking to show your PMPA support while promoting your brand?  Be a conference sponsor for NTC.  Several sponsorship opportunities are still available:

  • Lanyards
  • Hotel Key Card
  • WiFi
  • Meals and Gatherings
  • Premier and Benefactor level sponsorships

Grainger Show

On February 27 and 28, PMPA President Aneesa Muthana (Pioneer Service Inc.) joined Executive Director Cate Smith and Manager of Chapter Development Matt Gilmore at the 2022 Grainger Show held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

This was both Cate’s and Aneesa’s first time attending the show, and they appreciate Matt’s assistance in scheduling meetings and a tour of the show, led by Grainger’s Randeep Arneja who many of you may remember meeting at PMTS. Everyone learned more about Grainger as a distributor of products as well as a provider of new services to help your company be more efficient, thus saving time and money.  Watch for future emails about these new offerings from Grainger.


Members in the News…

Take Me Out to the Ballgame….Baseball is Back!
Now that the lockout is finally over, baseball is ready to return – new wooden bats will be flying off the shelves, and W.H. Bagshaw’s Walter Bat Company is ready to step up to the plate!  

Watch the short interview with Aaron and Adria Bagshaw and learn how the Walter Bat Company creates their amazing wooden bats and how its popularity grew!

Link:   (Click on the video link)


 Manufacturing Positivity

Manufactured Goods New Orders
New Orders for Manufactured Goods increased by 1.4%  ($7.6 billion) to a record $544.2 billion in January. This New Orders indicator has been up eight of the last nine months, and up twenty of the last twenty months, according to the US Census Bureau.

According to the report, Transportation Equipment (up three consecutive months) led the increase, up 3.4%  or $2.9 billion.
Shipments (also up 8 of the past nine months and 20 of the last 21 months) increased 1.1% or $6.2 billion to $536 billion. Machinery (up ten of the last eleven months) led the increase, $1.0 billion or 2.7 percent to $38.9 billion.

Overall, the manufacturing sector continued to expand strongly—despite lingering supply chain, workforce and pricing pressures—with new orders soaring 13.6% year-over-year.
Link: Click on Press Release under “Manufacturers’ Goods:”
ISM PMI Index rose in February on the strength of fast growing New Orders – 21 consecutive months of growth, with February topping January by 1 percentage point.

According to ISM, “Demand expanded, with the (1) New Orders Index increasing and remaining in strong growth territory, supported by stronger expansion of New Export Orders, (2) Customers’ Inventories Index remaining at a very low level and (3) Backlog of Orders Index increasing to historically high levels.”

Read the full ISM PMI report at the link that follows. It is definitely worth your time:
Manufacturing Activity- Dallas Fed
A great report!

“Texas factory activity continued to increase but at a slightly slower pace in February, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, came in at 14.5, down two points from January but still indicative of above-average output growth.

Other measures of manufacturing activity also indicated continued growth. The new orders index pushed up three points to 23.1, while the growth rate of orders index held steady at 12.6.  Both readings are significantly above average. The capacity utilization index was unchanged at 11.5, and the shipments index rebounded 15 points to 23.5 after its January drop.

Perceptions of broader business conditions improved in February.”


This Week’s Speaking of Precision Podcast
PMPA’s January 2022 Business Trends Report

Registration is Now Open for
PMPA Chapter Events!!

Be sure to register….PMPA social events are coming to a local Chapter near you!   Watch your emails for details and registration information.

March 22 – 5:30 pm
Cleveland, OH

March 23 – 5:30 pm 
Bolingbrook, IL

March 24 – 5:00 pm
Waukesha, WI

March 29 – 5:30 pm
Grand Rapids, MI

March 30 – 5:30 pm
Ferndale, MI


MCA Webinar
Fundamentals of Vapor Degreasing
March 29 – 11:00 AM

PMPA member Ecoclean will be the presenter in the Manufacturing Cleaning Association‘s webinar on vapor degreasing.

View the details and register here – Members can attend for free using the code “PMPA-MCA.”


Production Machining
Emerging Leaders Award

Production Machining is is seeking nominations for its 2022 Emerging Leaders awards.

Do you know someone under the age of 40 who is making a difference in the precision machined parts industry at large? The emphasis of the award is on leadership and potential leadership, whether it is in the nominee’s company or their involvement in the industry.

It only takes a few minutes to fill out the form here.

Nominations are due April 1


PMPA Final Cut of the Week

Be sure to check out PMPA’s new Final Cut of the Week video clip, where you will get a snippet of this week’s manufacturing news that you might have missed while you were busy making essential parts!

Find us on Twitter and LinkedIn, and catch archived clips on the website.



APPI Energy     Federated Insurance      Grainger      Mirabel     
 Paperless Parts     PartnerShip       Verifyle

Editor:  Renee Merker – Director, Communications and Events

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