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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.
Blogger: Kathy Kiernan Senior
Vice President & Managing Partner, APPI Energy Retail electricity prices are largely driven
by natural gas prices. Even though your
system operator (PJM, ERCOT, MISO, NEPOOL) is procuring power from a variety of
sources—hydroelectric, wind, solar, nuclear, coal, gas—the way system operators
pay generating plants is based on the last fuel used to meet demand, which is
almost always natural gas. Therefore, the amount you pay per kWh is determined
primarily by the current price of natural gas in your region. Retail electricity prices tend to follow
trends in natural gas prices. Gas prices, however, are significantly more
volatile than electricity prices. For example, when we see gas prices
fluctuate by as much as 70% in a single month, corresponding electricity prices
will generally move in the same direction, but by only around 10%. The change
in electricity prices will also typically lag behind gas prices by a couple of
the financial secto…
Guest Blog: Laurie Harbour President and CEO, Harbour Results, Inc.
In 2016 the U.S. manufacturing industry was relatively stable with overall production slightly up from previous years. Specifically, the automotive tool and die industry was predicted to be busy with forecasted tooling spend on the rise. However, taking a closer look, the year proved to be a bit more challenging. Data collected through the Harbour Results’ Harbour IQ pulse survey (a business intelligence tool for performance, financial, operational, trend and market data), which was completed by more than 100 tool shops globally in the second quarter of 2016, has shown that capacity reached a low of 81 percent among die shops in late 2015 and early 2016, but was expected to rebound to 78 and 86 percent respectively by year end.
So what caused the slow down? Program delays—on average, just over 20 percent of vehicle launches were delayed in 2015 and 2016. Work on hold—in early 2016, 18 percent of all work that had been …
Bill Gaskin, shares his memories and experiences as PMA celebrates our 75th
anniversary. Q: How long have you been at PMA?
A: I am closing
in on 40 years. Jon Jenson, who was president of American Metal Stamping
Association (AMSA) from December 1975 through August 2000, hired me in February
1977 with an official “start date” of March 1, 1977. (See below for more on this) Q: What is your current role? Have you
held any other positions at PMA previously?
A: My current
role includes being President of three separate, but related entities:
Metalforming Association, which is a 501 (c) (6) not-for-profit trade
Educational Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charitable organization
supporting training and education· (3) PMA
Services, Inc., a for-profit company (owned equally by PMA and PMAEF) engaged
primarily in publishing and management of other associations, such as Women in
My first job
title was Staff Repres…