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PMPA President Mike Preston Visits Illinois Chapter Members

Mar 29, 2018

From the travels of PMPA President Mike Preston...

I had the pleasure of visiting several northern Illinois Chapter member shops March 19-23 and received a warm reception from each.   Living in West Michigan and crisscrossing the Chicago area all week, I was surprised at the enormity of the manufacturing base which include many OEM’s. 

The Illinois Chapter President’s Round Table was well attended, with 49 members representing 20 companies.  The top challenge I heard is a common theme: finding qualified candidates to interview and hire, and not only for machinists but general labor, as well.   Tariffs are a large concern right now, but yet there is no clear implication of how they will affect our companies.

I hope you enjoy the photos I took as much as I enjoyed visiting with our members - watch for more in next week's newsletter...

Lakeview Precision Machining - Debbie Sommers and Jerry Suerth
Lakeview Precision Machining
Debbie Sommers and Jerry Suerth

Northfield Industries - Kevin Oliver
Northfield Industries
Kevin Oliver

DuPage Machine -Bill and Dave Knuepfer
DuPage Machine Products
Bill and Dave Knuepfer, Jr.

HN Precision - Dan Nash
HN Precision
Dan Nash

RF Mau - Brandon Buckhout, Tony Gemignani and Brian Adams
R.F. Mau Company
Brandon Buckhout, Tony Gemignani
and Brian Adams