A Little Dab to Prevent Machine Down Time (A Dave & Davey Video)

By David Wynn

Published Issue July 2023


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How many times have you tried to get a screw out of a holder only to have it so tight that you break the screw getting it out? You have followed the torque specs. Everything was done right, but after 40 hours of run time that screw just won’t come out. This is something I have fought for years in the shop.

This was a tip provided to me by PMPA’sJoe Gentile. I had a member shop put it into practice to see if there was a difference and they have seen a major improvement in screws not seizing in holders. Putting a little anti-seize on every screw when you change inserts has nearly fixed this problem. After a test of 100 insert changes here are the results. 


Roles of Women in Manufacturing Series: Manufacturing Shop Owners: Adria Bagshaw and Tanya DiSalvo 

Two women share their journeys to ownership, and give advice to anyone seeking a career in manufacturing.

by Carli Kistler-Miller

Director of Programs & Marketing, PMPA


Published August 1, 2023

Tanya DiSalvo (left) with Dorothy Quinones
Adria Bagshaw


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Adria Bagshaw, co-owner and vice president of W.H. Bagshaw in Nashua, New Hampshire and Tanya DiSalvo, owner and president of Criterion Tool in Brook Park, Ohio, share their journey to manufacturing.

Adria Bagshaw’s Journey (In her own words)

When I was graduating from the University of New Hampshire, I thought I wanted to work in Human Resources. I had several job prospects, but the one that interested me the most was production supervisor for the machining department of a high tech company.  I loved the company culture and most of what was described in the role was human resources:  hiring, firing, developing training plans, coaching, planning, analyzing and executing. 

I was a very feminine 22 year old walking into a machine shop and I always had a male supervisor as I moved up the ranks.  One guy quit outright! I developed a thick skin, learned quickly that I needed to learn how to listen and rely on the expertise of the operators (which I still do today!) 

I had the great fortune of being internally recruited by a woman ten years my senior who is still a mentor and friend almost 30 years later!  She pushed me hard, but also recognized my strengths.  I spent four years supervising before working in HR as the college recruiting manager.  I was laid off shortly after 9/11, after laying off all the college recruits I had helped hire, an experience that shaped how I now approach hiring and growth planning today.  I had a two year stint as an account manager at a contract manufacturer that had monthly finance meetings for the entire staff.  I had no idea how helpful that monthly and review with the controller would be – I use their models today at W.H. Bagshaw.

I met Aaron Bagshaw on a blind date in early 2000, and was intrigued when I learned he was also in manufacturing.  I was in the corporate world and didn’t ever imagine being a part of his family business.  In early 2004, when we were having our first child, Aaron was actively leading the W.H. Bagshaw Co through some changes: customers leaving for cheap overseas vendors, implementing an ERP system. After our son was born,  I had to choose between a part-time admin role at my current position, staying home full-time, or looking for something new entirely.   I had experience and perspective to help with the ERP implementation so I gave notice at my prior job and went to Bagshaw Company part-time on a trial basis, with a newborn in my arms.  I not only realized I could help, but that I needed to do everything in my power to help stabilize the company.  I added hours and eventually became full-time.  Aaron was in the process of researching automation to diversify what we could do, and I loved being a sounding board and helping validate his vision.  Having worked at two successful but larger manufacturing companies, I was able to bring in the best of those experiences, while honoring the small family business mentality.  We really tackled this phase as a start up…and 140 year old one.  Now I can’t imagine myself doing anything else! 

Tanya DiSalvo’s Journey (in her own words)

In a family business, you might think it would be easy!  Sometimes there is more than meets the eye.  In high school, I had to help my dad with a mailing.  I stuffed the envelopes, applied a label, and sealed & stamped them.  Upon inspection by my dad- he said the labels and stamps were all crooked, and it didn’t look like anything he wanted to send out from a PRECISION MACHINE SHOP.  Told me to redo it.  Then he promptly took my car keys and wouldn’t pay me!  I sure was mad at the time….. fast forward to 1995, when Criterion moved into a new building and was looking for an outside salesperson.  I jumped at the opportunity to take my experience from the automotive aftermarket and put it to work for the family business.  I joined Criterion in 1998 and have never looked back.  Working with both my parents has been great for our business and our family. 

What do you like about your position/manufacturing?

To this day, its the difference we can make by giving people opportunities.  While yes, HR issues are the hardest part of running a business, they’re also the most rewarding.   I love reflecting back on the career path and growth that I see from our employees, both inside and outside of the company.  Nothing makes me happier than hearing someone was able to buy their dream home or afford a vacation with their family that was never possible before. 


Making stuff is cool!  It takes so many manufacturing processes of different types to make the world go around.  At Criterion, I am thrilled we have the expertise to support the medical device and the weapons/defense industries.  Promoting rewarding careers in manufacturing really gets me excited! 

Advice to Women (or Anyone) Seeking a Career in Manufacturing
It is intimidating going into a male dominated environment, but if you lean into it, and mindfully approach it leveraging the skills you have, you’ll be successful.  Be a good listener and collaborator – those skills are sometimes otherwise lacking in manufacturing.  Also – manufacturing is a lot more fun than people realize.  There are so many ways to appreciate it – the way teams function together, there’s an analytical aspects to it, you can ALWAYS make improvements, and its tactile.  So very cool! Seek out mentors, and specifically partner with women working in similar companies.  Seek out opportunities to network and attend conferences or join professional associations. 

GO FOR IT!  Manufacturing companies need support at all levels.  You may think just about the manufacturing flooring running a machine… but there is so much more.  The quality department has a huge impact on a manufacturing company.  Still heavily involved with manufacturing but focusing on the process and outputs.  Engineering support is needed and requires math & computer skills.  Operation support, purchasing, accounting, marketing, sales…. If you have a passion – we could use it in the manufacturing community!


Carli Kistler-Miller, MBA has over 25 years of experience with
communications, event/meeting planning, marketing, writing and
operations. Email: gro.apmp@rellimc — Website: pmpa.org.

PMPA Speaking of Suppliers Podcasts:
The Origins of Swiss Machining in the US

The origins of Swiss Machining in the US are not what you think. We look at it through the family history of Stefan Brusky, several PMPA member companies that were involved, then move into a look at Tornos’ role in that history and the latest technical developments available in Swiss machining today.

Published June 29, 2023


PMPA Business Trends May 2023


PMPA’s May Business Trends report shows the sales this year to be midway between calendar year 2021 and 2022 performance.  The Sales index is up 10 points or 7.5 percent over April, 2023. We are optimistic that our shops can sustain this level of performance for the balance of the year. PMPA’s May index- at 150- is the thirteenth highest Business Trends reading ever. We continue to outperform Industrial Production, Durable Goods,  and various PMI indicators for manufacturing.

If you are not currently participating in PMPA’s Monthly Business Trends reporting, you are missing an excellent peer benchmark and a tool to provide you with confidence for your business decisions. Contact Veronica Durden to sign up.





Omni Amelia Island Resort
Amelia Island, Florida
September 28 – October 1

Dear PMPA Members,

On behalf of the Precision Machined Products Association, I would like to extend my
warmest invitation to you to attend our highly anticipated 2023 Annual Meeting, where we will not only celebrate our industry’s progress but also commemorate a significant milestone – PMPA’s 90th Anniversary. The PMPA Annual Meeting has long been an event for company owners and senior management from across the precision machined products sector.

As we gather in the spirit of camaraderie and collaboration, we have an exceptional opportunity to reflect on our shared journey and the remarkable achievements that have shaped our industry over the past nine decades.

This year’s meeting promises to be truly extraordinary. From the opening welcome reception to the closing awards ceremony and banquet, we have planned a well-rounded program featuring professional keynote speakers on economics, regulatory
and tariff updates from Washington, geopolitical insights, as well as valuable networking opportunities, including the PMPA Educational Foundation Golf Outing. Through thought-provoking sessions and engaging conversations, we will learn about the pressing challenges and emerging trends that will impact your company’s business plan.

Visit the conference website (pmpa.org/annual-meeting) to learn more about the 2023 Annual Meeting, the program, the speakers, and to register, and plan to join us as we honor our past, embrace our present, and chart a course for the future of
our industry. I look forward to welcoming you personally to the 2023 Annual Meeting, September 28 – October 1 at the Omni Amelia Island Resort in Amelia Island, Florida, where we will come together to celebrate our shared achievements, exchange knowledge, and deepen meaningful connections with our industry peers and friends.

With warm regards,

John Habe

John Habe, IV
PMPA President
President, Metal Seal Precision Ltd.



Annual Meeting Website


PMPA Speaking of Suppliers Podcasts:
How Culture is the Key of Precision Ground Stock

Miles Free discusses culture with Laurent Cros of Boston Centerless a Shigeo Shingo Award winning company.  The discussions digs into how Boston Centerless uses BC vision to run their business.   The importance of internal customers in manufacturing.  Laurent ties culture back to quality in there BC system.  A great discussion about culture, grinding, processes, and much more.

Published June 14, 2023


PMPA Canada Chapter Presents: Product Solution Specialist Turning

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 (5pm – 7pm US/Eastern)
That’s Italian Ristorante
2 Tall Grass Trail #4 
Woodbridge, ON L4L 3Y9


Speaker: Randy McEachern, Sandvik Coromant Canada

Choosing the right tools and setting up a stable process when machining small parts with a Swiss machine can be a challenge. There are many ways to process a part and get the most out of your machine.
What we will focus on:
• Challenges of part processing in a sliding head machine
• Process balancing between the Main and Sub spindle.
• Selecting the right tools, product offer & web selection.
• Machining Insights

Cash bar: 5:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6 p.m.
Meeting: 7 p.m.

COST: $60.00 per participant
Please register above, and remit payment (cash or cheque-made payable to PMPA Canada Chapter) upon arrival at the meeting site.

Deadline to Register: Monday, October 9