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The Role of Manufacturers in Communities

Precision Plus

Having just wrapped up a busy week in Chicago for the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), and hosting 165 local students, educators, and engaged parents, I am excited about the momentum we have helped build in the community. Now that our students have seen the amazing technology, let’s show them how they can explore advanced manufacturing careers locally. October is celebrated by leading manufacturers across the country as Manufacturing Month to help promote this industry as a viable career choice.

Comet Creations Fab Lab with Engineering Design and Development Students

Michael Reader

 

In December 2015, Precision Plus’ Mark Beilman asked Delavan-Darien High School Technology Education teacher Mike Fellin if he would like to participate in a research project. The project consisted of the DDHS Engineering Design & Development students researching how to attach machine numbers to our CNC machines.  The students came up with 6 different ideas.  Mark was then invited to Delavan High school to watch the student’s presentations. On February 19, the 2 best groups came in to give a presentation to Mark, Tom Lankford (Production Supervisor), Steve Dues (Process Engineer), Terry Mumper (Swiss Cam Process Engineer), Sam Kirkland (Miyano Supervisor), Mary Spaight (HR Administrator) and Luann Dall (Administrative Assistant).

Meet Adam Rosseland, Second Shift Tsugami Machine Operator

Michael Reader

Adam Rosseland has always taken pride in what he does–from serving our country as Private First Class in the U.S. Army for three years, to continuing his education, heading a great family, and excelling as a machine operator on the Tsugami Swiss Micromachining Platform at Precision Plus (PPI).

Adam Rosseland joined the PPI Team in 2004, after receiving an Associate Degree in Electrical Mechanical Technology at the Elkhorn Campus of Gateway Technical College. Prior to that, Adam worked as a welder and troubleshooter at Stack-On and at Motorola on equipment that placed computer chips on boards to make mobile phone communication possible.

Gateway Technical College’s Manufacturing Center in Elkhorn, Wisconsin is Up and Running!

Michael Reader

On January 11, 2016, the Spring Semester began at all three campuses of Gateway Technical College (GTC) in Racine, Kenosha, and Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

The event had a deep significance for the Walworth County community and, particularly, the precision micromachining industry, as students and instructors at the Elkhorn Campus were able to hold classes in the brand new Manufacturing Center.  The Center becomes the second college facility in the country to offer Swiss precision-specific programs.

One of the key ingredients for bringing this project to life has been the support provided by the industry.  Recently, Starrett, a precision tools manufacturer, announced joining the Elkhorn Center as a precision measurement certification partner, which allows graduates to earn Precision Measurement (PM) certifications. Conversations with possible partners in the engineering and additive manufacturing areas are also taking place.

The GTC Board supports the new endeavor, and has approved an additional $100,000 for updates in the welding lab to include new welding equipment along with a complete makeover of the space.

Christmas Reflections by Mike Reader

Michael Reader

Time through the Hands of the Young of Yesteryear

To me, and many others of my generation, the notion that time goes by more quickly the older we get, is actually becoming a reality.

When we were young, there seemed to be an eternity from one Christmas to the next. Remember when you were “five and a quarter” or “six and a half?” Looking back, I have fond memories of waiting for the Sears and the JC Penney Christmas catalogs to arrive—by U.S. Postal Service—sometime in early September. Plenty of time to dream about Christmas presents…   My sisters and I would flip through every page, front to back, looking for the latest in toys, so we could show our parents and put them on our Christmas lists.

How To Attract, Develop and Retain Our Future Workforce?

Michael Reader

On November 19, 2015, twenty-two Walworth County manufacturing business leaders held a roundtable meeting to discuss the possible creation of a manufacturing council dedicated to encourage, sustain and grow the manufacturing industry in Wisconsin’s Walworth County. According to a recent survey, the manufacturing sector provided 13.3% of all jobs in the county for the year 2013.

The breakfast meeting took place at Precision Plus (PPI) of Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Coffee, juice, water and light breakfast snacks were provided by First Business Bank.

Gateway Technical College Elkhorn Campus CNC Lab and Manufacturing Center Set to Open January 22, 2016

Michael Reader

With just a bit over a month to welcome in students and instructors for the next semester, Gateway Technical College’s (GTC) new CNC Lab and Manufacturing Center in Elkhorn, Wisconsin is buzzing with energy and excitement. Construction is coming to an end, equipment continues to arrive, and instructors are reinforcing their own knowledge by familiarizing themselves with the new equipment and software.

Rich Shouse, CNC Technology Instructor, spent a week in October at a PartMaker Training Workshop focusing on programming Swiss CNC machines. Shouse explains, “Learning this computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system was a very easy transition for me, considering what I have used in the past. I have already programmed, set-up and ran ten jobs through our shop using PartMaker. Personally, I feel it is the strongest CAM system that I have ever used.”

Third Annual Reindeer Run of Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Michael Reader

For the third consecutive year, Wisconsin’s City of Elkhorn Recreation Department organized “Reindeer Run,” a 5K run/walk for adults, and a 100-yard “Santa Sprint” for kids 12 and under. This fun event took place on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Sunset Park in Elkhorn. Participants and spectators were encouraged to don their favorite ugliest Christmas sweater, and bring non-perishable food items to donate to the local food pantry. Precision Plus (PPI) was a proud sponsor of the event.