Time for the first meeting this fall – the tradition continues: it’s a plant tour!

If you left the March Chapter Meeting inspired by Larry Schwartz’s thoughts and insights on productivity, you should note that Larry has spent time at Steelville Mfg. making suggestions and advising them on how they can implement them.

For sure – you’ll want to schedule time for yourself and your company’s crew to head on down to Steelville Mfg. to see what changes they made and how they did it!

Meeting and dinner will be combined after the plant tour so that you can be on the road back home before the evening is too long!  But you won’t want to miss prime rib dinner at Wildwood Springs Lodge, hosted by Steelville Mfg.

NTMA September 16 Meeting Registration

Bob Roseman

After eight years as president of Ehrhardt Tool & Machine (Granite City, IL), Bob Roseman will retire effective the end of August. During Bob’s tenure at Ehrhardt, the company has doubled in sales and now employs over 150 people in an advanced machine shop that produces stamping dies, special machines, and machined and stamped parts for other manufacturers. The expansion of Ehrhardt continues as they will occupy an additional 18,000 square feet of manufacturing space in October to produce large assembly lines, special production machines and complete sheet metal fabrication lines.

Ehrhardt has been recognized by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for the company’s growth and employee development. Ehrhardt employees have been the single largest supporter of the local Community Center for the last four years.

During Bob’s career, he has produced similar results with three manufacturing companies in ownership and CEO positions. His formal career began with Ingersoll-Rand in the mid-70s following some early adventures in small businesses.

Bob has addressed groups from local high schools to U.S. senators, promoting manufacturing and the value of the skilled trades and STEM based education. Ehrhardt funds scholarships at technical schools, provides training and apprenticeship programs and opens their shop to tours by high schools and political leaders to enhance the image of U.S. manufacturing.

Bob will continue with Ehrhardt as a Board Member and technical advisor starting in September. In addition, he will continue to actively support NTMA and PMA, offering his talents as a speaker and organizational leader to represent the industry and manufacturing. Bob will leave the St. Louis area and join his three children and their families in the Philadelphia area – as, he says “to be a granddad for those five grandkids.”

Details are in place now for Jim Grosmann’s memorial.

Visitation Thursday 8/7, 4-8 p.m. at Schrader Funeral Home
Funeral Service Friday 8/8, 8:30 a.m. at Schrader Funeral Home
14960 Manchester Road, Ballwin, MO 63011

Interment immediately following at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

Lunch for family and friends at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 15081 Clayton Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017 hosted by Jim and Kim’s neighbors – please come join them

Memorial contributions to assist Kim with expenses would be welcome to cover funeral, medical and other expenses resulting from Jim’s long illness. Checks can be written to Grosmann Memorial Account, c/o Midwest BankCenter, 1007 Bowles Avenue, Fenton, MO 63026.

You can see details (and sign the family’s on-line guestbook) at: http://www.schrader.com/sitemaker/sites/SCHRAD2/obit.cgi?user=1371054Grosmann

2014 is St. Louis’ year to host the annual joint meeting of the St. Louis and Kansas City Chapters, scheduled this year for July 25-26 in Branson, MO.

check out the details and registration information here

You can sign up online at click here to register online

Watch what St. Louis Chapter NTMA president Nick has to say about the Joint Meeting!

With the cooperation of Mother Nature, the Chapter snuck in another successful golf event at Pevely Farms Golf Club. Thanks to all who participated and to the many sponsors and donors, without whom this event would not have happened. Rain held off until the last golfers were making their way from the course. They say timing is everything….

For over 25 years NTMA has held National Purchasing Fairs with over 10,000 major customers having participated, resulting in the placement of millions of dollars worth of work to attendees.

The focus of the upcoming NTMA Northern Illinois Purchasing Fair on June 3-4 hosted by Big Kaiser Precision Tooling, Inc. and DMG Mori (Hoffman Estates, IL) is to align OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and large companies with highly competitive and skilled domestic small to medium sized manufacturers that specialize in machined, stamped and fabricated parts, special tooling (dies, molds, jigs, fixtures and gauges) and special machines, ultimately providing a more economical resource for sourcing needs.

Pre-Purchasing Fair Presentation:
Influencing Customers
by Rod Jones, Senior Advisor
Business Development, National Sales DMG MORI SEIKI USA

Effectively selling manufacturing services is all about having a positive influence on the customer’s decision-making process. We try to convince customers of our value through imparting important facts about our company and processes – wondering if it made any difference. If the proper techniques are not used, the customer may reject the very values we are trying to communicate. The reason? It’s about how the human brain processes information and either accepts or rejects the communication. You will be surprised to learn the simple steps that can make a big difference.

Rod is the featured speaker at this year’s Purchasing Fair in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Who in your company will you send to hear that message? Who will attend the Purchasing Fair and perhaps meet your next big

for details on the June 3-4 Purchasing Fair click here

to register online click here

May 13 Plant Tour

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What a GREAT plant tour at host Component Bar Products! 150 people enjoyed seeing their great shop and hearing about their new Training Center (MMTTC). The Chapter welcomed new members Versatech from Effingham, IL. Photos coming soon.


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The application process for 2014 scholarships is now closed. Awards will be announced in May.

No, it’s not an April Fool’s prank – there really was a Chapter meeting scheduled on Tuesday, April 1.

The Chapter offered two events designed especially for manufacturing firms and their associates.

  • Free afternoon workshop for IT/office staff or tech-saavy owner/managers
  • Chapter meeting with Cyber Security expert Mark Eich

The Chapter welcomed new NTMA member Kluba Machine.

The March 11 Chapter meeting was a home run! Featured guest speaker Larry Schwartz, former president and CEO of Okuma America Corporation, delivered an incredible, eye-opening presentation around the issue of productivity.

New member companies Delta Gear (Paul Muckerman) and U.S. Integrity Machine (Ken Unnerstall and Chad Skornia) received their membership plaques.