Change Your Game: The New PMPA Education Foundation Website

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Today we celebrate the launch of the new PMPA Education Foundation website featuring the “Change Your Game” video. This project was commissioned by our industry foundation to raise awareness of the rewarding career opportunities in machining, and manufacturing in general. We are targeting an audience combined of students, educators, parents, and elected officials. You can visit the website at 

Copper and Stainless Steel Pricing – A Barometer of Industrial Activity?

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For those of you that follow the copper market, I am certain you have noticed the dramatic move to higher prices that started in late October. As you can see from the 1-year chart below, copper had trended in a band all year long between essentially $2.10 and $2.30, yet has spiked $0.65/lb. higher. This is about 31% higher since the last bottom at $2.10. Clearly, this is a strong move over a relatively short period of time, and it has happened during a period absent of any overwhelmingly strong economic news around the world.

Manufacturing Day 2016 Survey Results

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The National Association of Manufacturer’s (NAM) Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte recently released the results of a survey conducted after this year’s events. The survey measured the results of the effect Manufacturing Day 2016 had on the public’s view of the industry.

IMTS 2016 – By the Numbers

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Last week marked another record-breaking show for the International Manufacturing Show (IMTS). The 31st edition of this event took place September 12 through 17 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Precision Plus to Implement New LED Lighting Systems

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In our industry, we are constantly looking for improved manufacturing technology and techniques, and Precision Plus continues to make significant investments in our manufacturing and inspection equipment. It is also important to invest in improvements of buildings and facilities, and we realized our lighting systems, while once sufficient, have not kept pace. As new technologies in lighting have been introduced, there has been a huge learning curve: less talk about wattages and more about lumen output and light efficacy. Not only that, a business needs to guarantee a better return on investment (ROI) when making these major decisions.

Scholarships Geared Toward Our Industries

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It is very clear to every student and parent that the cost of higher education is rising far faster than our pay stubs, yet there are so many scholarships and grant opportunities that go unknown and often underutilized. According to Sallie Mae, the nation’s leading provider of student loans, about a third of American families used scholarships and grants to pay for college in 2015-2016, but roughly $100 million in scholarship funds go unclaimed every year.

IMTS 2016

Precision Plus

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.

Leading the Charge


Gearbox Express (GBX) celebrated the official grand opening of their new 75,000 square-foot facility in Mukwonago on May 3rd. CEO Bruce Neumiller and the GBX team hosted more than 150 state and local public officials, customers, key suppliers, and industry leaders, including Precision Plus President Mike Reader. GBX is the number one rebuilder of wind turbine gearboxes, and this new climate-controlled facility holds five assembly bays containing five 30-ton cranes, one 60-ton crane, and 15 three-ton jib cranes.

Does Political Action Make a Difference?

Michael Reader

On December 1 and 2, 2015, seven representatives from member companies of the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) flew into Washington, DC to meet with congressional representatives, senators and committee staff to discuss the impact that inaction on the part of the U.S. Congress has had on the industry.

Education Update for December 2015

Michael Reader

East Troy Middle School Visits

Mark Beilman, Director of Education and Training at Precision Plus (PPI) recently visited three technical education classes at East Troy Middle School in East Troy, WI, at the request of Michael Mass, Technical Education Instructor.

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