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Precision Plus Invests in Our Team: Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices

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Precision Plus knows just how important it is to invest in the health of their employees. A healthier, more motivated workforce is a happier, more productive workforce. For quite some time, Precision Plus has been encouraging team members to improve their health and fitness levels and make all-around smart lifestyle choices. There are many ways Precision Plus makes the health of their employees a priority: contracting a full-service wellness provider, choosing an outcomes-based employee insurance plan, providing First Aid and First Responder training, and purchasing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) are just some of the ways we promote healthy choices.

SID Congress 2016 – An Exchange of Ideas and Culture

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I recently had the honor of joining a handful of my American PMPA colleagues to attend the 2016 Syndicat du Decolletage Congress (SID), June 19 -23, in Cologne, Germany.  Leadership from companies in France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Ireland and Switzerland were there as well, totaling some 150 manufacturers. This biennial conference helps us gain an insight into the future of the machining industry, by sharing best practices, comparing costs of doing business in the various countries, and exchanging ideas on how we all can better address the global epidemic called the skills gap.

Independence Day 2016

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This July 4th our nation celebrates 240 years of our independence from foreign rule. Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison, and others, were courageous patriots who put country above all else, and they saw a nation with potential for greatness. They imagined an America where the people had a deep sense of individualism and personal responsibility. Our founders set a standard, and if here today, they would find a kindred spirit in the visionaries and modern-day patriots who believe in hard work and perseverance.

The 16th Annual Goombay Bash

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When Horton’s Home Lighting of Chicago lost their friend and co-worker, 31-year old Pamela Herts in 2001 to cancer, a determined group of friends started The H Foundation to raise money and find a cure for this terrible disease. Since its start, the organization has raised $6.4 million. All proceeds benefit Basic Science Cancer Research, which supports the early, novel ideas that in turn lead to additional grants.The money this group has raised together with the Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University, so far, has resulted in over $35 million in additional research funding. However, until there is a cure to stop this disease that does horrible things to a person and their family, there is still much work to be done.

IMTS 2016

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We are less than 12 weeks away from The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, featuring more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and well over 100,000 registrants. This year’s conference takes place September 12th through 17th. The event is held every two years at McCormick Place, Chicago, with 1.3 million net square feet of show floor. For those who have not had the privilege to attend, this show is an absolute must for machining enthusiasts. Manufacturing industry professionals from all over the world attend IMTS to see the latest and greatest in machine tools, control, computers, software, systems and processes that can improve their efficiency.

A Father’s Day Message from Michael P. Reader

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Michael Patrick Reader has the unique blessing of being able to come to work every day, not only with his father, but his grandfather, too. Mike’s grandfather, Phil Reader, bought Precision Plus in 1988, and Mike’s father, Michael J. Reader, joined him in 1995. A third generation of the Reader family, Mike is now following in their footsteps. Mike feels very fortunate for all he has learned from these men that have been so important in his life, and he would like to take this Father’s Day to send them a very special message of gratitude.

Fabian’s Farewell

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Over the past three months, Fabian Stampfli of Lüsslingen, Switzerland, has taken part in our exchange program with the company Aeschlimann AG Décolletages. Besides working with us at Precision Plus, Fabian has also taken advantage of this chance to immerse himself in our culture outside of work – trying new foods, cheering alongside fellow sports fans, and even participating in the all-American family road trip. Here is Fabian’s farewell to his host family and Precision Plus, written in his native German. It’s a great way for us to understand that on a daily basis, he was formulating his thoughts in one language, then translating to another before speaking them. For those of us who do not speak German, feel free to click translate below and read his thoughtful goodbye.

Celebrating 100 Years With AGMA/ABMA

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On May 12th, the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA), along with members of the American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA), celebrated their 100th anniversary in Amelia Island, Florida. I had the pleasure of addressing approximately 240 attendees from around the world about our efforts on youth engagement and workforce development. Like us, and many other American manufacturers, the AGMA/ABMA membership has identified growing their future workforce as one of the most challenging areas going forward.

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