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  • January 27, 2017 4:27 PM | Anonymous



    The NTMA board has been working to provide valuable training to the NTMA Members.  The initial trainings offered will be in February and held at De Anza College with instructor, Mike Appio. 

    2-Day Trainings are FREE
    To NTMA Members & Their Employees

    The initial trainings offered will be in February and held at De Anza College. Each class will be two 8 hour classes with morning refreshments and lunch will be included courtesy of the Chapter. There was a sign-up sheet at the meeting for the trainings. Classes are limited to 12 participants. 

    February Classes for NTMA members, Mike Appio, instructor:
     Intro to CNC Programming and G-Codetwo Fridays on 2/10 & 2/17
     Intro to CMM – Manual and Automated – two Saturdays 2/11 & 2/18 

    There are a few spots still open. For more information or to sign-up for a class, please call Mike Appio at 408-864-8283 or email him at

  • November 21, 2016 9:38 PM | Anonymous

    Here's what you missed
    at our last Chapter meeting: 
    3D Access Industries Shop Tour

    3D Access Industries, based in Fremont CA USA, provides leading-edge engineering solutions, including product development and life-cycle support, process, network and content engineering to major organizations worldwide. Over a decade, 3D Access has established an excellent track record of designing and optimizing parts for a wide variety of products that range from toothbrushes to complex aircraft engines. 3D Access customers include LAM Research, Jet Propulsion Laboratories, Lockheed Martin and Tesla. 

  • August 30, 2016 9:40 AM | Anonymous
    Annual Recognition Program Acknowledges True-Tech’s
    Exemplary Capacity Readiness and Responsiveness

    FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 23, 2016

    True-Tech has been recognized as one of ten companies receiving a 2016 Supplier Excellence Award from Lam Research Corp. (NASDAQ: LRCX), a major global supplier of innovative wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry. The awards, presented annually, acknowledge their commitment to exceeding performance standards. True-Tech earned Lam’s Supplier Excellence Award for exemplary Capacity Readiness and Responsiveness.

    “True-Tech Corporation is a recognized industry leader providing precision, process critical machined components and assemblies supporting the semiconductor capital equipment industry,” said Doug Hill, President & CEO of True-Tech Corporation. “True-Tech Corporation has a twenty-two year relationship with Lam Research and is honored to be recognized for supplier excellence, as this represents teamwork, innovative thinking, and a combined effort in the relentless pursuit of world-class performance.”

    The Lam Research Supplier Excellence Awards were announced on August 22 at the company’s Supplier Day, during which Lam Research focuses on enhancing collaboration and renewing opportunities for mutual success with its customers and suppliers. Executives from suppliers around the world attended the event, and True-Tech was among the companies honored for its achievements.

    "We applaud the contributions of True-Tech as one of Lam’s preferred suppliers, and appreciate the important role they play in delivering industry-leading products and services to our customers,” said Tim Archer, chief operating officer, Lam Research. “We are pleased to present True-Tech with a Lam Research Supplier Excellence Award for Capacity Readiness and Responsiveness and we look forward to continuing our success together.”

    About True-Tech

    True-Tech Corporation is a contract manufacturing firm located in Fremont, California, for the past 30 years. True-Tech specializes in machining and assembly of critical components for the semiconductor equipment industry. The machined components that True-Tech produces are used in equipment that manufacture semi-conductors used in most of today’s high-tech devices. If you have a cell phone, drive a car, watch television, or fly on an airliner, most likely the components were made with equipment that includes parts made by True-Tech.

    Since 1994 we have been committed to helping our customers maximize their potential and achieve their goals by reducing lead times, improving quality, and reducing cost. High quality and customer service set True-Tech apart from all the rest!

    True-Tech Company Contact
Kristin Strait

  • August 22, 2016 1:45 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Industry Colleagues,

    I wanted to let you know that the community colleges in the Bay Area offer a range of training opportunities in manufacturing (and manufacturing-related) programs that might be a great fit for your existing employees.

    If you have employees who are looking to upgrade their skills, please let them know about these opportunities. You can find more details about the programs being offered at:

    Classes for the Fall are still available, and at just $46/unit (which is $138 for a 3-unit class), it’s training that’s very affordable. And besides the specific programs in welding, machining, electronics, etc. that are offered - you can look for classes on such topics as blueprint reading, hydraulics, PLC’s, etc. So check it out.




    Mark Martin, PhD
    Regional Director (DSN), Bay Area
    Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development

    California Community Colleges
    (650) 248-7728

  • June 14, 2016 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    Dear SFBA NTMA Members:

    Effective June 30, 2016, I will be resigning my position as President and Trustee of our Chapter.

    I have enjoyed working with and meeting all of you as we gave back to an industry that has been very good to me.

    I leave the Chapter in the very capable hands of our current Board Members; Michelle, Myhre, Glenn VanNoy, Pat Hayes, Jim Selway, Liza Freiberger and our newest member and President Tim Rohr. All of these Board Members will continue to work diligently to enhance the Chapter.

    I wish the NTMA and all of its members the best of luck as they continue to grow the Chapter.

    Warm Regards,

    Doug Hill

    True-Tech Corporation

  • May 16, 2016 4:11 PM | Anonymous


    At our last chapter meeting, Ken McCreight and John Betts introduced NTMA-U to SFBA Chapter members. The online journeyman training program is being offered to California NTMA members at no charge for a limited time only. This is a unique opportunity to Power Up Your Workforce! Download more info here.

    Ken McCreight speaks to the group (left of screen, facing the group), with Doug Hill, True-Tech (center, standing) and John Betts, instructor at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education.

  • April 16, 2016 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    Bridging the Skills Gap

    Ken McCreight, Vice President of the NTMA National, and creator of the NTMA-U Online Journeyman Educational Program, will speak at the April 26, 2016 Chapter meeting. Ken McCreight developed the NTMA-U program to add value to the to the association’s national membership programs. Prior to joining the NTMA, Ken was the Dean of Science Technology Engineering & Math / Workforce Development at North Central State College and Program Manager, Workforce & Economic Development at Cuyahoga Community College. Prior to joining the NTMA, McCreight was the Dean of Science Technology Engineering & Math / Workforce Development at North Central State College and Program Manager, Workforce & Economic Development at Cuyahoga Community College.

    John Betts, instructor at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education for over 12 years, teaches Introduction to CNC Theory instructor and Manual Precision Machining course. Mr. Betts has more than 35 years of combined experience in both mechanics and machining and has worked in a variety of industries including automotive, electronic, agriculture, and medical devices. Mr. Betts earned a certificate in Machine Tool Technology at NASA/AMES Research Center. In addition, Mr. Betts attends seminars, and continuing education courses to stay current with today’s technology.

  • March 15, 2016 10:35 AM | Michelle Myhre (Administrator)


    Friday, February 19, 2016

    CLEVELAND, OH—February 19, 2016—According to the February 2016 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect a slight uptick in business conditions during the next three months. Prepared monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 123 metalforming companies in the United States and Canada.

    The February report shows a minor improvement in economic activity, with 30% of participants predicting that activity will improve in the next three months (up from 29% in January), 57% expecting no change (compared to 52% last month) and only 13% believing that economic activity will decline (down from 19% in January).

    Current average daily shipping levels increased in February. Thirty-one percent of participants report that shipping levels are above levels of three months ago (compared to 19% in January), 41% report that levels are the same as three months ago (down from 44% last month) and 28% report a decrease in shipping levels (down from 37% in January).

    Metalforming companies also forecast steady incoming orders during the next three months, with 49% anticipating an increase (up from 46% in January), 37% predicting no change (compared to 41% in January) and 14% expecting a decrease in orders (up from 13% last month).

    The percentage of metalforming companies with a portion of their workforce on short time or layoff increased to 14% in February, up from 12% in January. The February 2016 figure is higher than this time last year, when only 8% of companies reported workers on short time or layoff.

    "Expectations of PMA member companies for modest increases in the general trend of the economy, incoming orders and for current average daily shipping levels over the next three months continued to keep PMA's outlook fairly positive through April 2016, after falling in Q-4 2015," said William E. Gaskin, PMA president. "Rising concern over the global economic situation, along with continued disruption in global energy, mining, steel, agriculture and heavy construction markets all negatively impact manufacturing. However, the U.S. ISM Index continues to hover just below 50, which is still above the level indicating the onset of a recession. The PMA index may well be modestly higher than the general underlying economic situation warrants, because some 40 percent of PMA members are automotive suppliers, a market that continues to ship product at high levels."

    The monthly Business Conditions Report has been conducted by PMA since 1979. Full report results are available at PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes. Its nearly 900 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry. PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM Mexico tradeshows, and MetalForming, Fabricating Product News and 3D Metal Printing magazines.

  • March 15, 2016 10:34 AM | Michelle Myhre (Administrator)


    Sunday, March 06, 2016

    Manufacturing industry groups are tracking a number of key policy issues this year that could have a variety of implications on their West Michigan members.

    Those issues range from overarching concerns about health care costs to industry-specific issues such as the use of fire retardants in the office furniture industry to unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) legislation.

    In particular the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) is focusing its efforts on the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) tax.

    The HICA levies a tax on health insurance claims in Michigan and is used to support Medicaid coverage for low-income residents. However, Mike Johnston, vice president of government affairs at MMA, said the legislation unfairly impacts manufacturers and makes Michigan less competitive compared to surrounding states.

    The law was set to expire in 2018, but lawmakers extended the HICA sunset date to 2020 as part of a recent set of bills that were spurred by the federal government’s push for states to stop the practice of applying use taxes on managed care organizations, which had contributed to Medicaid funding.

    As this story went to press, the legislation was headed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk for approval.

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