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  • Convention
  • CHAPTER MEETINGS
  • PROSPECTIVE PREMIER VENDORS
  • SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
  • LOCATOR
  • Good and Welfare
  • New in the NEWSROOM
  • Calendar of Events

  • Industry News
  • Can creatives help manufacturing reinvent itself In America?
  • The state of sustainable manufacturing
  • Technology could fuel a 'Made in the USA' renaissance
  • Nature-inspired factories are the future of manufacturing
  • Jobs, manufacturing reports show weaker economy



  • MDNA NEWS

    Convention

    Networking and deal making at its best!

    The MDNA Annual Convention is always a great Networking and Deal Making event. Click here to see a list of the people and Companies currently registered to attend. Is your company represented? Don’t miss out. If we do not have your name on the attached list we do not have your registration. Please contact us immediately.

    Click on links below to see:
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    CHAPTER MEETINGS

    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 that are scheduled. Click on the Chapter meeting for more details:

    Detroit/Toledo Chapter Meeting & Tour – April 15

    Chicago Chapter, Trackside – April 16

    Chicago Chapter, Day at Races – May 22
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    PROSPECTIVE PREMIER VENDORS

    The Premier Vendor networking and marketing program is designed to strengthen and broaden the relationships between MDNA Members and our key industry supporting vendors. Below is the applicant. Please review the information below to see full details. The Review Committee will be considering this company next week. If you have any concerns about this Premier Vendor Applicant, please notify the MDNA National Office by Friday, April 17.

    Absolute Worldwide Logistics
    Address: 135 W. South Boundary Ste L
    Phone: 419-873-6262
    Email: bob.gergich@absolutewl.com
    Website: www.absolutewl.com
    Year Established: 2010
    Name of Principal(s) or Owner(s): John Hart
    Name of Active Manager: Bob Gergich
    Name of Customer Contact: Bob Gergich
    Phone: 419-873-6262
    Email: bob.gergich@absolutewl.com
    Sponsor: Yoder Machinery Co. , F.P. Miller Co.
    General Description of Business: Absolute Worldwide Logistics is engaged in mode neutral transportation services up to and including LTL, TL, Air, Ocean and Rail services as a non-asset-based transportation provider. Core competencies come with over 150 years of combined transportation experience.

    FIND Premier Vendors here
    To learn more about becoming a vendor please visit us here.
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    SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
    2015-2016
    The Austin D. Lucas Scholarship Fund was created as a benefit to children of MDNA member firm employees. The scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year have been mailed. Completed applications must be received by May 15, 2015 at the MDNA headquarters for consideration for the following Fall Semester. Download the 2015-2016 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 2015. Only 300 tickets are sold at $100.00 each. The winner receives $10,000. Other monetary prizes are given totaling $15,000. The drawing will be held at the MDNA Convention in Washington, D.C.
    Contact the person within your Chapter selling Raffle Tickets here
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    LOCATOR

    Is your current system still keeping you up at night?

    Are you concerned that one day soon you will not be able to access your data and it will be trapped in your system never to be seen or heard from again? Are you worried that day could be tomorrow? Are your support calls going unanswered, unreturned or unacknowledged? Chances are that if you are using outdated technology you answered "Yes" to many of these questions.

    Don't let aging technology and non-existent customer support keep you up at night. At Locator Services, we have successfully migrated data from marginally supported systems for years. Whether your system is an in house legacy system or built on archaic technology that is no longer supported we can help you.
    • Use a web interface that works like a website, using the same navigation logic so it's easy to learn and is accessible from ANYWHERE you have internet connectivity!
    • Capture customer information, including contacts, contact information, machinery types, machines owned, quote history, custom search codes and more.
    • Record inventory details, location, photos, video link, quote and advertising destinations.
    • Quote machines with photo links directly in email messages.
    • Quote one or several people, or send information to a distribution list.
    • Add custom fields for customers, inventory and wants, as well as manage administrative settings and users.
    • Use Web Services to populate your website and send information to advertising destinations like Locator.
    If you are still using an in-house application or older technology system and would like to migrate to a newer state of the art system simply call Jim Bowman at 703-683-5957 or email JBowman@locatoronline.com. He would also be happy to schedule an online demonstration of the software for you at your earliest convenience. MDNA members may qualify for a 10 percent discount!
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    Good and Welfare

    It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Robert Joseph Blazek, father of Mike Blazek of MDNA member firm SOMINN Machinery Sales, passed on April 8. Robert was born on January 3, 1942.

    The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 18th at Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 1st Street SE, Hayfield, MN. Visitation will be from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at the church.

    Click here for more information.

    Please extend your thoughts and prayers to the family.



    It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Ralph Gustav Mendenhall born on Sept. 28, 1921, the father of Jack Mendenhall of MDNA member firm Used Machinery Sales LLC, passed on March 30.

    Services were held at Hope Lutheran Church on April 3.

    Please extend your thoughts and prayers to the family.
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    New in the NEWSROOM

    MDNA RECEIVES GENEROUS CONVENTION SPONSORSHIP
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Machinery Dealers National Association recognizes the MDNA
    Philadelphia Chapter for their generous contribution to this year's upcoming ...
    Read the full Press Release here

    MDNA and Direct Capital: A Well-Tooled Relationship
    A special message from Direct Capital (MDNA Premier Vendor) to MDNA members ...
    Direct Capital's relationship with the MDNA goes way back. Since 2005, Direct Capital has been the company most MDNA dealers have turned to when their customers have ...
    Read full article here
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Please visit our Calendar of Events page here!

    Date Event Location
    April 15, 2015 Detroit/Toledo Chapter Meeting & Tour Novi, MI
    April 16, 2015 Chicago Chapter, Trackside Arlington Heights, IL
    April 23, 2015 MDNA 2015 Convention Washington, D.C.
    May 22, 2015 Chicago Chapter, Day at Races Arlington Heights, IL
    June 24, 2015 75TH EAMTM Convention Anniversary Edinburgh, Scotland


     Industry News


    Can creatives help manufacturing reinvent itself In America?
    Fast Company
    Our ambivalence towards factories is part of the reason why the loss of manufacturing jobs in the '90s was often met with a shrug. No one welcomed the collapse of industry, but in the midst of the dot-com boom, we imagined something better. We didn't get it. As a result, manufacturing advances lagged behind the remarkable breakthroughs in information technology. America's industrial base migrated overseas. But now, a younger generation of entrepreneurs have started to emerge with bold ideas and an ambition to reinvent manufacturing.
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    The state of sustainable manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    As concerns regarding the environment continue to rise, the importance of sustainable manufacturing follows suit. Check out why it's important and what manufacturers and consumers think.
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    Technology could fuel a 'Made in the USA' renaissance
    U.S. News & World Report
    An Atlanta-based company has developed an automated clothing and fabric production line that could help bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. Reddy says his company's technology, which was developed at Georgia Tech and commercialized last year, can help in the production of "anything that has a thread in it," including clothing, sleeping bags, flags and rugs.
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    Nature-inspired factories are the future of manufacturing
    Live Science
    A new type of foundry has moved into Boston Harbor, but it has no metal cutters or molten steel. In the 18,000-square-foot (1,672 square meters) facility, engineers churn out products ranging from scents and flavors to probiotics that fight antibiotic resistance. All of the custom-designed products come from an unlikely source: microorganisms.
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    Jobs, manufacturing reports show weaker economy
    USA Today
    Reports portray an economy whose key pillars — manufacturing, construction and jobs — weakened recently, reinforcing estimates of sluggish first-quarter growth. While economists say milder weather and the fading aftereffects of a West Coast ports labor slowdown should spark a rebound in the months ahead, the impact of a strong dollar and reduced energy company investments are likely to linger.
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