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The MDNA Board of Directors has authorized a change to the MDNA Constitution be sent out to the general membership for vote. This was reported in the January 2018 Board Report and in an email from MDNA Membership Chairman Dan Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler has reported that feedback from his email has been overwhelmingly in favor of this change. Read more about this here.
Below are companies who have applied for membership in the MDNA. If approved at the chapter level, the board of directors will vote on them at an upcoming meeting. If you have any questions or comments, or if you have done business with them, please contact MDNA at 1-703-836-9300.
M & M Equipment Corp. — Regular
Address: 7355 N. Monticello Ave., Skokie, IL 60076
Principal(s): Marty Zak and Marc Newman
Specialty: Meat and Food Processing
Sponsors: Aaron Equipment Company and PPL Group LLC
Toledo Press Industries — Regular
Address: 4935 Hannan Road, Wayne Michigan 48184
Principal(s): Andy Blakely, President
John Cauffiel, Partner
Specialty: Stamping Presses
Sponsors: D&D Industries, Yoder Machinery Co.
See who is going to the Big Apple for Convention.
MDNA's 77th Annual Convention & Business Meetings will be from April 26 to April 29 at Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.
Book here, limited rooms still available.
If your name is not on this LIST then we don't have your registration yet.
Register online here for convention.
Get the optional Broadway tickets here.
For all links and more information on MDNA's Convention as it develops, please visit this page on our Calendar of Events.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the MDNA 77th Annual Convention. Whether you contribute $1,000 or $10,000 your company will be helping to make this year's convention special for all attendees. Contact Mark Robinson at 1-800-872-7807 or at email@example.com or Convention Committee Member Jean Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See early convention sponsors online here
In the Member's Only Back Office
2018 1st Quarter Auction Report is available to view in the back office.
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The Scholarship Fund is selling raffle tickets as their primary fundraiser for 2018. Only 300 tickets are sold at $100 each. The winner receives $10,000. Other monetary prizes are given totaling $15,000. The drawing will be held at the MDNA Convention in New York City, NY. See who in your Chapter has been selected to sell Raffle Tickets here.
MDNA Member Benefit
The Austin D. Lucas Scholarship Fund was created as a benefit to children of MDNA member firm employees. Learn more here.
The scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 academic years have been mailed. Completed applications must be received by May 15, 2018 at the MDNA headquarters for consideration for the following Fall Semester.
Get the 2018-2019 Scholarship Application here!
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:
Cleveland Chapter Meeting — April 11
Chicago Chapter Meeting — April 12
Detroit/Toledo Chapter Meeting — April 18
Cleveland Chapter Meeting — May 16
Ohio Valley Chapter Meeting — May 18
Southern Regional Chapter Meeting — May 18
Southern Regional Chapter Meeting — Nov. 7
See Full Events Calendar Below
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|Get Published! Be Heard as an Industry Expert
The MDNA Public Relations Committee is looking for talented writers to submit useful technical style articles aimed at MDNA customers on used machinery & equipment to be published on MDNA.org. All members with any experience writing are encouraged to participate. You and your company name will be credited in the byline and linked back to your website. Learn More Here.
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President Donald Trump argues that he's getting tough on China's trade practices to keep domestic manufacturers from dying. One hole in that argument: American factories are coming back to life on their own. U.S. manufacturers added 22,000 jobs in March, a Labor Department report showed last week, making the six-month hiring spree the strongest since 1998.
The manufacturing industry led job gains for the month of March, adding to the sector's streak of solid employment numbers over the past year under President Donald Trump. The manufacturing sector added 22,000 jobs in March bringing its 12-month gain to 232,000 jobs, the Labor Department said last week.
According to the 2018 Intelligent Manufacturing survey, 43 percent of manufacturers are reprioritizing and focusing investments in technology on inventory optimization solutions, with 41 percent targeting more integrated planning and execution technologies. Manufacturers are turning toward these investments in response to the "Amazon effect" and current consumer demands.
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U.S. manufacturing technology orders for the first two months of 2018 climbed 27 percent higher than the same period in 2017 signaling continued strength in the recovery initiated in June 2017, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report from AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Orders totaled $354 million in February, down 5 percent from a 22-year high in January.
Job growth stumbled in March, with only 103,000 Americans finding new jobs, according to data released by the Department of Labor. The number was a marked change from February's blockbuster figure of 313,000 new jobs — which the Bureau of Labor Statistics just revised upwards to 326,000.
President Donald Trump said the current trade spat with China may hurt the markets in the short term but that America will emerge stronger from it, as a confrontation that has roiled global equities heats up between the world's two largest economies.
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