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Celebrating Project Lead the Way Week in Wisconsin

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This week, Wisconsin is celebrating the statewide impact of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) on its schools, students, teachers, and economy. Gov. Scott Walker has officially proclaimed this week Project Lead the Way Week. Through PLTW curriculum, students not only learn technical skills, they learn to solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate, and collaborate.

Looking Ahead at Precision Plus

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As we put Q1 of 2017 in the rearview mirror, what does Q2 look like going forward?

MORE, MORE AND BETTER!

More advanced machine tools, more talented people, and better results for our customers.

Let me first look back to the last quarter of 2016. Buyers leaned out their inventory as the world held its breath, watching the U.S. elections unfold. I can only characterize that time as one of overcapacity and uncertainty. This lethargic environment changed rapidly as we entered the new year, like a dragster coming off the line when the lights turn green.

Changing the World at Lunchtime

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Over the years, the Precision Plus team has gotten to work alongside some outstanding high school interns, and we have met a lot of exceptional students while reaching out to our community. A large part of our vision as a company is to help educate our youth. However, it does go both ways, and we tend to learn a lot from the students. And when we come across a story like this, it needs to be shared.

Elkhorn Area High School’s Engineering Design and Development

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This week, Mike Reader visited Elkhorn Area High School (EAHS) and a group of students enrolled in the Engineering Design and Development (EDD) course, which is part of the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) curriculum. Precision Plus presented a check to the students who are getting ready to showcase their current projects at competitions, both in Washington, D.C. and in Madison.

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.

Update from the Production Floor

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Last week, we were excited to present a time-lapse video to show the moving out of six of our oldest Swiss machines, as we got ready to move in the new ones. Well, the cool new stuff has arrived! There is even more enthusiasm around the shop floor now, after the installation of three new Tsugami S205 Swiss-type CNC lathes.

Getting Involved: When Educators, Manufacturers, and Community Work Together

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It will be one year this April that the new $1.25 million RPM Manufacturing Center at the Elkhorn campus of Gateway Technical College (GTC) opened its doors. This dream had been made possible by public-private partnerships, several key contributors, and dedicated educators. Those involved realized that an investment like this was necessary to provide opportunities for students to receive an exceptional education and valuable hands-on training that can lead to a rewarding career in manufacturing.

Learning to Benefit From Apprenticeship Programs

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Mark Beilman, Director of Education & Training, and Barb Cates, HR Administrator, recently attended “Building Your Talent Pipeline Through Apprenticeship” at Blackhawk Technical College’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Milton, Wisconsin. The event included a presentation from Cindy Anderson & Tracy Jallah from the Wisconsin Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards.

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