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PMA Member Spotlight -- Julius Feitl, Progressive Machine Die, Inc.
Each month, the PMA Member Spotlight features outstanding members sharing their insights into the latest industry trends and technologies.
PMA is pleased to introduce Julius Feitl, President of Progressive Machine Die, Inc, Macedonia, Ohio.
Julius Feitl, President, Progressive Machine Die, Inc.
Q: Which job classifications are the most challenging
to find skilled workers?
A: Press Operator and
Setup Person – Most schools tend to focus on CNC operators, machinists and
laser cutting, but there aren't any programs in schools specifically designed
for press operators and setup people. At this point, the best way to find a
skilled press operator or setup person is to hire them away from a competitor.
This position is essential to stamping. I hope that in the future, schools
start to offer training programs to develop these roles.
Q: What is the biggest technology challenge
metalformers face today?
A: Understanding the
benefits that servo presses offer by way improving efficiencies.
Q: What is on your wish list for your shop, next year (i.e.,
a new piece of equipment)?
A: To buy a new servo press or potentially some feed
Q: What is the best conference or seminar you or your
employees attended in the past year and why?
A: The CEO Roundtable hosted by PMA. This particular
roundtable promoted great discussions that were very pertinent to me as a
company owner. The conversation was focused, and I spent quality time
interacting with peers that face the same challenges and issues I do.
Q: What conference topic (related to the
metalforming/manufacturing industry) would you be most interested in attending?
A: Succession planning would be a great topic of interest to
Q: Minivan, SUV or sedan?
Q: What are the top three songs on your play list right now?
A: I don’t have a play list per se, but I like to listen to
Eric Clapton, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, the Allman Brothers, and just about
any classic rock.
Guest Blogger Kelly Barner, Editor, Buyers Meeting Point Think globally, act locally. – Paul McCartney …except when to do so causes more harm than good. – Kelly Barner As consumers of goods and services, we are constantly bombarded with feel good messages about the companies we buy from. Green production, sustainability, and local sourcing: it is easy to take for granted that these programs are in everyone’s best interests. After all, why wouldn’t we want the companies we patronize to keep the bigger picture in mind and take every opportunity to do a little bit of good in the process of making a profit? Business to business operations have to take a different kind of approach to such initiatives as their immediate customers are usually more motivated by efficiency and innovation than socially-oriented programs. Procurement and purchasing professionals play a unique role in B2B local sourcing; we have to outline the pros and cons and help the rest of the company dec
President Trump announced via tweet on Monday that he was imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Brazil and Argentina due to both governments devaluating their currencies. These two countries previously had reached a deal with the Trump administration to avoid Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs by agreeing to quotas. Both Argentina and Brazil were exempted from the 232 steel and aluminum tariffs in May 2018. The tariffs can’t be “restored” because the two countries were not subject to tariffs in the first place. The exemptions for both countries required Presidential Proclamations, and to change the quotas to tariffs would require new proclamations as tariffs can’t be re-imposed by a tweet. At this writing, we are still awaiting these proclamations. If the President does move forward with these tariffs, it would likely lead to an immediate legal challenge. A current U.S. Court of International Trade case (Transpacific Steel v U.S.) is focused on this exact issue of
On September 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its final overtime exemption rule issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act, increasing the minimum salary threshold for workers to qualify for overtime pay when working more than 40 hours per week. By increasing the threshold for employers subject to the federal standard to $35,568, up from the current threshold of $23,660 set in 2004, the agency claims 1.3 million more American workers will be eligible for overtime pay. The DOL’s final rule, which goes into effect on January 1, 2020, includes: Increasing the minimum salary required for an employee to qualify for exemption from the currently enforced level of $455 to $684 per week ($35,568 annually); Increasing the total annual compensation requirement for “highly compensated employees” (HCE) from the currently enforced level of $100,000 to $107,432 per year; Allowing employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) that are paid