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March 31, 2015 @ 11:18 am

S3-E21 Aerospace Discussion Panel - Aerospace in the North East

3/31/15 - Special Guests - Al Samuel, Exec. Director of Aerospace Component Manufacturers
“The World’s Aerospace Alley”
ACM: World Leaders in Aerospace Since Flight Began
ACM comprises one of the largest, most experienced concentrations of world-class aerospace companies, the world's AEROSPACE ALLEY! Our firms grew up where aerospace was born. Thier precision components take to the skies every day, in every corner of the globe, as they have since the inception of powered flight.

ACM member companies are united by a single goal; be the world leader in providing customers with aerospace components of unsurpassed quality, at competitive prices and always, on-time delivery.

ACM Informational Video

ACM March 2015 Newsletter Update


Max McIntyre, Vice President of Turbine Technologies in Farmington, CT

turbineTTi provides CNC Sinker Electric Discharge Machining (EDM), Wire Electric Discharge Machining (WEDM), High Speed Hole (HSH) and 5 Axis Milling services for the aerospace and IGT engine markets. The company has earned wide recognition for high quality, responsiveness, and lean enterprise that adds value and delights customers.



Paul Rocheleau, CFO of HABCO in Glastonbury, CT

n 1970 HABCO Industries was founded by Henry A. Backmann, a former Pratt & Whitney aircraft engineer with a focus on custom test solutions.  Henry went on to develop the first GSE with PWA for JT9D Fuel Nozzles.  In 2000 Henry sold HABCO to Kristin Muschett, who introduced ground support equipment for rotary winged aircraft to the company profile.  After Kristin took over, HABCO went on to win an array of awards.  In 2004 HABCO won the “Fast Fifty Award”, in 2007 they won the United Space Alliance SFA Supplier Award, and shortly after they also won the “Excellence in Manufacturing Award” from the Association for Manufacturing Excellence.  A few years later, in 2010, the decision was made to move HABCO to a larger, more modern facility to allow for future growth.  Two years later, HABCO achieved Supplier Gold Status with UTC for perfect delivery and quality to all UTC divisions as well as exceptionally high scores on the Lean Assessment and Market Feedback Assessment.  In 2012, Kristin sold the business to HABCO Industries.


Commissioner Catherine Smith - Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development

The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is in the business of growing your business.

DECD is the state's lead agency for the development and implementation of policies, strategies and programs that support business growth and innovation. The department offers a wide range of programs and services to help companies prosper in Connecticut

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March 24, 2015 @ 3:48 pm

S3-E20 Want to Know About Exporting? Then You Should Listen To This Show.

LIVE Today at 1PM EST - Buyers overseas love Made in the USA and they’re willing to pay for the quality parts and products your employees produce.  With the help of US Department of Commerce’s Export Assistance Center, many small and mid-sized manufacturers can develop a new revenue stream for their business selling their products outside the country.

Listen to Ryan Hollowell, and Katie Carney, and Christopher Almonte  discuss the financing programs and logistics support available to all US manufacturers to help move your products out of the starting gate and into the hands customers overseas.  If you’re not exporting your products, you are missing a rich and profitable revenue stream.

Special Guest Katie Carney, Director of International and Customs Compliance, Livingston International, has 38 years experience in Customs Regulations and Logistics.  She began her career in 1975 and obtained her customs brokers license in 1980.  She currently sits on the Virginia Port Authority Advisory Conference and the Customs Committee of AAEI.  Katie joined Livingston in 2011 as part of an acquisition bringing fifteen years of FTZ experience to the company.

Currently Ryan is a Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Northern New Jersey Office, as well as the co-lead for the Department’s Renewable Energy Team.  Prior to joining the Northern New Jersey Office, Ryan served as the Director for International Business Development for Lumi•Solair, a New York City based grid-free renewable energy solutions provider.

Christopher Almonte is the International Sales Manager at Spectra Colors Corp (SCC), a small business manufacturing specialty dyes and colorants for a wide variety of applications. Since joining SCC in 2010, Mr. Almonte has engaged with key emerging and developed global markets, creating new business opportunities for the company.


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March 17, 2015 @ 2:20 pm

s3-e19 3D Printing – Is it the Key to Making Manufacturing in America Grow Again?

3/17/15 – 3D Printing has been around for more than 25 years, but how is it being used in manufacturing? How can it be used? Special Guest Terry Wohlers, President of Wohlers Associates Inc. joins us at MFG Talk Radio to discuss new developments and trends in rapid product development and additive manufacturing. In their 28 year history, the Colorado-based independent consulting firm has provided advice to 150 companies in the investment community, most being institutional investors that represent mutual funds, hedge funds, and private equity valued at billions of dollars. In addition to these companies, Wohlers Associates’ past work has involved over 240 client organizations in 24 countries around the world.

Rick Lucas, Chief Technology Officer at ExOne will be on hand to talk about two areas where 3D Printing is currently useful: R&D rapid prototyping and replacement parts. Gain a sense of when/if 3D Printing will become a production line volume technology or will it be limited to R&D and replacement parts. 3D Printing will impact manufacturing in many ways – learn how it might evolve in your shop.

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March 10, 2015 @ 2:24 pm

S3-E18 Rising Stars Supply Chain– A Closer Look at Millennials Success Thomasnet

Co-hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady chat with Kristin Carty, Audience Outreach Manager at Thomasnet a co-sponsor with ISM of the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars program and two of the winners, Jennifer Wolff, Supply Chain Strategy Manager with Masco Cabinetry and Wes Whitney, Sourcing Specialist with Enterprise Products. Kristin will give highlights of the program while Jennifer and Wes will provide their insights about the exciting aspects of a career in the supply chain field, as well as the great working qualities of young workers. In addition, all 30 winners will be named on the show while bios about each one can be found at



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March 3, 2015 @ 4:26 pm

S3-E17 Brad Holcomb, ISM’s FEB 2015 Report On Business - Dr Chris Kuehl, FMA Economist

Mr. Brad Holcomb, Committee Chair of the ISM's Report on Business® will present the latest in-depth information on the PMI® Purchasing Manager’s Index covering February 2015.  Brad offers listeners keen insights into the meaning behind the numbers, and listeners are encouraged to obtain a copy of the report at prior to the show so that they can follow along, especially making notes about their own industry highlighted in the report.

Mr. Holcomb will be joined by Dr. Chris Kuehl, an economist who adds a touch of humor to what is happening and what may be coming in the ups and downs of America’s business engine. Chris also provides his quick wit comments on economies around the globe; what countries are doing well, which ones are blundering, and where the hot spots or soft spots appear.

Brad Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, is chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. In that role, he is responsible for compiling, writing and releasing the ISM Manufacturing Report On Business®, based on the survey results of approximately 350 supply management professionals across 18 different industry sectors. The Report On Business® is released on the first business day of each month, and features the PMI Index as its key measure.

Dr. Kuehl has been the economic analyst for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International for the past eight years.  He is the author of FMA’s twice monthly economic e-newsletter titled Fabrinomics®, specifically designed to aid business decision-making by management and shop owners in the metal forming and fabricating industry.  He also conducts workshops for FMA at major conferences and trade shows.  FMA is a professional organization with more than 2,500 members working together to improve the metal forming and fabricating industry.
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