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|MDNA CONVENTION — Hotel Rooms Are Almost Gone!
The 2017 MDNA 76TH Annual Convention & Business Meetings will be held at the BoardWalk Inn at Disney World, Orlando, FL, May 4th-7th.
Our Hotel for this year's convention is filling up fast!
If you are planning on coming and have not booked do so immediately. Do not miss out on convention because you waited too long to book.
Book your hotel reservation by clicking here. MDNA Room Rates are $239. Please be aware that the Disney's BoardWalk Inn and most of the other properties on Disney operate at 100 percent capacity. This means that it will be difficult to book as we get closer to the cut-off. Hotel cut-off is April 1st.
To Register for MDNA's Convention quickly go online here
or you may also print the PDF form and fax/mail it in to the MDNA office.
View the Schedule of Events here.
For all links and more information on MDNA's Convention as it develops, please visit this page on our Calendar of Events.
|Scholarship Application 2017-2018
The scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 academic year have been mailed. Completed applications must be received by May 15, 2017 at the MDNA headquarters for consideration for the following Fall Semester.
Download the 2017-2018 Scholarship Applications here.
Ray Roberts Raffle for the Austin D. Lucas Scholarship Fund
The Scholarship Fund is selling raffle tickets as their primary fundraiser for 2017. Only 300 tickets are sold at $100 each. The winner receives $10,000. Other monetary prizes are given totaling $15,000.
Contact the person within your Chapter selling Raffle Tickets here
Get your tickets today!
The drawing will be held at the MDNA Convention in Orlando, FL.
All members are encouraged to attend Chapter meetings and are invited to attend not only local meetings but any Chapter meeting or event of interest when convenient.
The following are upcoming Chapter events. Click on the Chapter meeting for more details:
Detroit/Toledo Chapter Meeting — March 8th
Chicago Chapter Meeting — March 16th
West Coast Chapter Meeting — March 29th
Philadelphia Chapter Meeting — March 29th
Ohio Valley Chapter Meeting — March 31st
Save The Date- Detroit/Toledo Chapter Meeting — April 19th
Chicago Chapter Meeting — April 20th
See Full Events Calendar Below
Update your listings today and they'll update on the MDNA site too! April directory closing is March 10th.
Have you updated your listings yet for the Locator April 2017 print directory?
Did you know that your listings at LocatorOnline can also be found on the MDNA website under find machinery? It's exclusive and only MDNA member machinery can be found there, so it's another great advantage for not only being in the MDNA but also advertising with Locator Services. Machine listings on both sites for the price of one! To update your listings, simply follow this link and login through your Dealers' Back Office. Click on Add Listings and add the machines you would like to include in the April Edition and online at both sites. Don't miss out! Deadline for the Locator Print Directory is close of business March 10th.
- Over 100,000 in hard copy distribution!
- Current "Specialty Section" is focusing on Grinders! Contact us if you would like to put a display ad in an upcoming specialty section.
- Like to see the machines you specialize in on the cover of an upcoming edition of our directory? Contact us and let us know what machine categories you would like to see in our "Specialty Section!"
If you would like to discuss the advantages of putting a display ad in our directory and online or have never advertised with Locator Services before, simply call Jim Bowman at 703-683-5957 or email JBowman@locatoronline.com. He would be happy to help you round out your sales and marketing strategy and discuss which products and services would work best for you. MDNA members may also qualify for prompt pay discount of up to 10 percent.
New England Chapter Meeting — Testimonials/Recap
"I think our chapter members had very eye opening experiences as they heard 3 separate manufacturing companies convening the same concerns about the future of manufacturing. I also feel we took big steps to bridge a gap that night between Manufacturing End-user's and MDNA's New England Chapter. We are on common ground with the fact that..." Read More here.
View a full photo album from this meeting on the MDNA Facebook page here.
It is with deep sadness that I inform you that John Stencel, Jr., the father of MDNA Past President John Stencel III and the grandfather of John Stencel IV of Frank Bacon Machinery Sales Co., passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017.
John, Jr. was the beloved husband of the late Carol for 59 years and the father of John III (Kim), Gary (Ronna) and Michael (Sharon). He had 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a brother to George (Shirley) and Brother-in-law of Kate Stencel and Ron Pries. The Funeral Mass was held on February 24. Please extend your thoughts and prayers to the family.
It is with deep sadness that I inform you that Ellen Beige, the sister of Lisa Lashin of MDNA Member Firm Prestige Equipment Corp., passed away on Saturday, February 18th, 2017. She was 60 years old and leaves two daughters, Tova and Danielle Beige. The Funeral was held February 22nd. Please extend your thoughts and prayers to the family.
Please visit our Calendar of Events page here!
The New York Times
Nestled at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains here, the IM Flash plant is a paragon of American high-tech manufacturing.
Robots glide along the ceiling, moving silicon wafers the size of dinner plates between hulking machines that deposit and etch microscopic layers of material to build the most advanced memory chips in the world.
President Trump met with the heads of two dozen manufacturing companies, including Dell, Ford, GE, Emerson Electric and Johnson & Johnson.
Several of Trump's key economic advisers, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, attended event, which the White House is calling a "listening session."
Vice President Pence, several other Cabinet members and top advisers were also in the room with the 24 manufacturing CEOs.
By Delany Martinez
Once considered a static "cost of doing business," the high price of energy in manufacturing is no longer a given. There is now considerable financial negotiation room thanks to renewable and alternative energy sources. No longer the pipe dream of off-the-grid cabin owners, devices like solar panels and even wind energy are being seamlessly incorporated into the warehouses of Fortune 500 companies and even the logistics providers that keep those warehouses working.
President Donald Trump has sounded a note that resonates with many Americans: good middle class jobs are disappearing. He's right. Adjusted for inflation, the incomes of the bottom 60 percent of the income distribution are not much higher today than they were 30 years ago. President Trump blames globalization, and in particular the liberalization of trade which has allowed manufacturing jobs to migrate overseas.
The Washington Post
When it comes to families and communities that have been hurt by global competition, a few things seem clear. Thanks, in part to the campaign of President Donald Trump, their plight is finally very much out in the open. The problem, however, is not simply that he's unlikely to actually help these communities. It's also that his policies, and those of the Republican congressional majority, will hurt them. From the repeal of healthcare reform to environmental degradation to wasteful, regressive tax cuts, it is increasingly clear that all that rhetoric was for the campaign, and Trump is a faux populist.
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