Meet Pentaflex at FABTECH 2016

It’s that time of year again when the leaves fall, the weather cools, and those in the metal forming, fabricating, finishing, and welding industries get together at FABTECH, a leading event for metal manufacturers.  Attending FABTECH is a yearly event for us where we look forward to connecting with other industry professionals as well as customers and suppliers.

Taking place Nov. 16-18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, the show will host 30,000 attendees and 1,500 exhibitors in over 550,000 net sq. ft of floor space. It offers the opportunity to explore the newest technologies and view innovative products designed specifically for the forming and fabrications industries.

The value of FABTECH is wide ranging–From the educational seminars and expert-led presentations to the high level of technically advanced tools that solve today’s challenges. In the competitive atmosphere that is manufacturing, an event such as FABTECH brings a high level of technology and new ideas to help manufacturers keep a competitive edge on their business.

Since 1981, FABTECH has been growing to offer a comprehensive event to serve all aspects of metal fabrication. With live product demos and peer-to-peer networking opportunities FABTECH is on the cutting edge of the industry’s next big innovations to help all of us broaden our perspectives and prepare to take on the future.

With over 40 years in manufacturing metal components, we truly know the benefits of attending a show such as FABTECH.  With customers in industries such as agriculture, automotive, commercial trucking, energy, and medical equipment who rely on the highest quality metal stampings, Pentaflex is committed to a future-based concept of seeking out the best information and tools to continue providing our customers with the best the market can offer.

We hope to see you at the show!

Recapping Manufacturing Day Events This October

We aren’t just a company. We are a part of the communities we serve—the local community and the manufacturing community. It isn’t often that those two groups come together but they do on Manufacturing Day. We feel it is important to participate and open our doors to show off our skills and what manufacturing means to us.

This year Manufacturing Day took place on Oct. 7th. Since its inception we have been involved in hosting events and showing the community what we do. There is no better way to explain something than to demonstrate it. That’s what Manufacturing Day is all about—onsite experiences. Manufacturing is an important industry and Manufacturing Day lets us showcase our skills and abilities.

Manufacturing Demonstrations

Machinery Demonstrations for MFG Day 2016

This year we hosted 270 middle schoolers at our facility. They were given a tour of the plant, demonstrations of the machinery and equipment, and an opportunity to discuss manufacturing’s importance to our local and national economies. As manufacturing is ingrained in our Ohio history and culture, this is a way to celebrate all that has made our state a leader in innovation and industry.

By opening our facility to middle school students we hope to influence them and show them what a career in manufacturing is all about. Many students, and adults, haven’t seen the technological influence that has shaped the current industry. Hi-tech computers and automation are integral factors in today’s manufacturing operations.

We believe in events such as this to promote our industry and its benefits for our country, while (hopefully!) inspiring the next generation of manufacturing professionals.

Manufacturing Voices Were Heard By U.S. Senators and Congressional Representatives In April

Manufacturing advocates met with legislative representatives at the eight-annual NTMA/PMA One Voice Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Unified as One Voice, the PMA (Precision Metalforming Association) and the NTMA (National Tooling and Machining Association) took advantage of this opportunity to be heard on Capitol Hill.

Pentaflex President and PMA Vice Chairman David Arndt was in attendance at the conference and helped to convey important messages about the major issues facing U.S. manufacturing interests right now to representatives from the U.S. Senate and Congress. Dave met with Senator Rob Portman and Congressional Representatives Jim Jordan, Brad Wenstrup and Marcy Kaptur. The three key messages that were promoted by the PMA representatives and other manufacturing advocates at the meeting were related to tax reform issues, training and recruitment for manufacturing jobs, and regulatory issues.

According to the One Voice newsletter published by the NTMA and the PMA, the specific message to Congress about regulatory issues was, Federal regulators must comply with small business review procedures and honestly analyze how their rules impact the economy. Congress should work to block or repeal unnecessary, ineffective, and harmful EPA, OSHA, and NLRB regulations while working to reform and make transparent the regulatory process. The detailed requests related to regulatory issues were designed to stimulate manufacturing in America, including a request for the EPA to withdraw ozone, power plant and water rules, plus a request that regulators should comply with the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA), Administrative Procedures Act, and Regulatory Flexibility Act.

The message to Congress about manufacturing jobs was a request to support manufacturing in America by supporting workforce development, job training, recruitment, and placement programs. Additionally, the manufacturing representatives and advocates asked Congress to support skills certifications and national industry-recognized employee credentialing, in addition to expanding the local involvement of small/medium sized manufacturing in the implementation of WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

Regarding tax reform, the main message was, Dont leave small businesses paying the bill! Tax reform is requested for all manufacturers both C-corporations and pass-through businesses. The One Voice newsletter reports, The only way to grow the economy is through a simplified code that encourages domestic investment with a globally competitive rate.

Please stay tuned to this blog in the upcoming months. Well continue to keep you posted about any progress made as a result of the One Voice Legislative Conference. As a contract manufacturer of metal stampings and assemblies, Pentaflex supplies the commercial truck, automotive, medical and off-road industries, in addition to other manufacturing industries, and were directly impacted by — and invested in — the future of manufacturing in America.

Open House Celebrates Our Expansion and New Equipment

In a technical industry like ours, it is often difficult to explain to others what it is we do and how we do it. We can get the major points across (we make things) but it is hard to explain the full scope of how involved manufacturing is and how that component goes from raw materials to a finished product. To help bring our work life together with our home life we decided to host an open house so that we could show family and friends the completion of our facility expansion project and our new press line. So, on a bright Sunday in December, we opened our doors and threw a party!

This opportunity lets each employee bring their loved ones to the shop, a sort of Bring Your Family to Work day, to show them what it is they do and the types of machines they are responsible for running. It was fun to demonstrate how selected machines work and we were proud to show off the newly expanded shop.

It was a tremendous success! We hosted 80 employees and their guests (over 200 in total) and we ended the day with a buffet meal and a raffle drawing with prizes generously provided by the company and our suppliers. Everyone enjoyed the relaxed, fun atmosphere.

We are very thankful to all of our dedicated employees who have contributed to the success we have achieved in 2015. We are looking forward to another successful year in 2016!

Happy New Year!
   

 

Pentaflex Will Be Attending FABTECH 2015

FABTECH, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event, is the industry’s premier show and conference. Drawing over 40,000 attendees with over 1,500 exhibitors, this is the place to see the newest products and innovations, find the tools you need to be productive, and to meet with industry professionals for technical seminars and expert panel sessions.

Pentaflex will be attending the event again this year, which will be held on Nov. 9th to the 12th at McCormack Place in Chicago. We have attended the show for many years as it is a time for us to connect with others in the industry and with past, present, and future customers. It is here that we get to see the latest trends and newest technology going on within the metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing industries.

One of the most exciting events is the awards ceremony. The industry recognizes manufacturers who have excelled in certain areas over the past year. For two years in a row Pentaflex has been the recipient of numerous Precision Metalforming Manufacturing Excellence Awards! In 2014 we were selected as the winner in two of seven categories, Safety and Education-Training. In 2013 we were awarded the top prize in the categories of Productivity and Quality Systems. It is truly an honor to be recognized by our peers for the work that we do.

We are looking forward to another year of immersing ourselves in the world of manufacturing outside of our facility. From the exhibits to the panel discussions, the hottest topics in manufacturing are on the table and we are eager to experience all that is new at the event.

For more information on Pentaflex’s capabilities and services, please contact us! If you are interested in attending this year’s FabTech event, please click here.

Pentaflex Launches a New Website

Pentaflex Launches a New Website

In over 40 years in business, Pentaflex has continually grown and has always embraced changes that help us maintain leadership in the metal stamping industry. Our most recent change, a newly redesigned website, highlights our outstanding capabilities and services in an easy to navigate format.

As a specialist in metal stampings for a wide range of industries, we have set up the new website to highlight our innovative capabilities and offer real-world examples of our work. These sections make it simple to see precise components that we have fabricated for specific industries. It’s our goal to make the fabricating process as easy as it can be for each customer and believe this new site, with more user-friendly features, will improve each customer’s experience with Pentaflex.

What will you find on our new website? We have expanded the information on services we provide which include:

Within each category we detail and explain what the service is, how we get it done, and how it is utilized for the best possible manufacturing outcome. As a look inside the workings of all of us here at Pentaflex, this new website reflects the expertise, skill, and reliability we consistently deliver to each and every customer.

Although the look of the site has changed, the people behind the site are still the same dedicated professionals you have depended on in the past. This new format showcases our abilities to produce the top-quality, complex, precision components that Pentaflex is known for throughout the industry.

We hope you will check out the new website and contact us with any questions or comments. As always, we are looking forward to working with you on all your future projects.

Manufacturing Day At Pentaflex

In honor of Manufacturing Day Pentaflex will be hosting Shaefer Middle School and
Springfield-Clark County Career Technology Center for a full tour of our facility. At Pentaflex, we find it our duty to embrace any opportunity that helps us connect today’s youth with modern-day manufacturing. During these tours, we hope to spark interest and answer any questions about what it means to have a career in manufacturing.

The event is schedule for both schools on Friday, October 2nd
, as it’s nationally recognized as Manufacturing Day.

Manufacturing Day is an occasion to boost the public’s awareness about manufacturing as well as promote it as a fulfilling career path for younger individuals. It encourages educational institutions and those within the manufacturing industry to host events that will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs in manufacturing fields. Pentaflex participates in Manufacturing Day annually and encourages all other manufacturers around the country to do the same.

We find it important to participate and hope other manufacturers do too. The true message of manufacturing needs to be recognized as manufacturing is all about ingenuity, innovation, and teamwork. We know many young people would enjoy working within engineering and manufacturing but often aren’t given the right information about it or how to pursue it. It is up to those of us within the field to promote its advantages and benefits to the youth in the effort to have modern manufacturing advance even further.
If you would like to host an event or learn more about this important day, please visit www.mfgday.com as they have many helpful tips and information about this initiative.

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Pentaflex’s President, David Arndt is Elected Second Vice Chairman for PMA

The Precision Metal Forming Association (PMA) has elected,Dave Arndt  Pentaflex’s very own president, David Arndt into its three year rotational Chairman process.   As a long time member David has seen the work that has made this organization successful and is thrilled to contribute towards its progress.   David looks forward to collaborating with the board and the organization’s members to propel this full-service trade association even further.

PMA ASSOCIATIONPMA mission is to create an environment where those involved in the metal forming industry can turn to for the best industry insight, networking events, and community for valuable connections.  PMA’s purpose is to join and connect leaders with other like-minded individuals or companies within the metal forming industry.  Overall, the entire industry benefits.

As president to Pentaflex, David is no stranger to being a leader, encouraging others, and pushing the limits to achieve success. The values of PMA is one in the same as David’s and he is happy to play a major role in this dedicated association.

If you would like more information on how to join PMA or have a company that may benefit, please visit the PMA website.

Expanding the Pentaflex Team – and the American Workforce

At Pentaflex, we pride ourselves on our dedicated team to which we know are the backbone to making us a great success. Recently, we took on two bright, eager, driven summer interns, and we’re happy to welcome them. Carissa Myers and Joseph Lacey are excellent examples of how we bring in young people from our community who want to learn and grow and make a difference in the American workforce.

Carissa is a senior at Southeastern High School, and Joseph just graduated from Kenton Ridge High School this past May. They both came to us through our partnership with the Greater Springfield Career ConnectED program, which organizes summer internship opportunities for high school students in Clark County who are looking for hands-on experiences with local businesses.

Students who wish to participate in the program must submit an application prior to acceptance, and once accepted, they undergo several training programs, which help them develop their soft skills and safety awareness. Once the training is complete, they are then interviewed by businesses like ours.

We are proud to participate in this exceptional program, helping to develop the next generation of the manufacturing workforce, including participants like Carissa and Joseph. They will both be working for our engineer, Bob Mayberry, helping to analyze setup time reduction, 6s activities, design of experiment programs, and ppap data collection.

We’re very happy to welcome them to our family for the summer, and look forward to providing them with an educational opportunity that will surely make a difference for their future.

Celebrating the Extraordinary Women of the Pentaflex Community

A company is only as good as the people it employs; great products and service don’t exist without great people.

At Pentaflex, we know this well—and we’re more than a little proud of the 100+ team members who have made us who we are. We like to celebrate them all, individually and as a group.

Recently, we chose to celebrate the contributions extraordinary women make and have made to our company and our industry.

This is why we recently sponsored the Springfield Foundation’s Extraordinary Women’s luncheon. This event was organized by the Women’s Partnership Fund, an affiliate of the Springfield Foundation.

 

Chairwoman of the Partnership Fund, Cathy Crompton called it an “uplifting, powerful event.” Over 300 guests attended the luncheon to celebrate the hard work and commitment of women and their invaluable contribution to the community.

It was also a chance to focus on the importance of encouraging young women to pursue personal and professional success in any field that interests them, regardless of traditional gender roles, stereotypes, or norms. The message was certainly clear- young women should be encouraged to fulfill their dreams regardless of cultural stereotypes. After all, there are many opportunities out there in fields that are not “typically” filled with females—including manufacturing—and there’s no reason why more women can’t benefit from them.

In attendance from Pentaflex were David Arndt, our President, Julie McGregor, our owner, Ross McGregor, Executive Vice President, and Debbie Kidd, our accounting whiz, and Laura Ark, Customer Service representative. Each thrilled and delighted to celebrate the cause and message on which Pentaflex embraces.

Everyone who makes Pentaflex so successful is indeed extraordinary. The women who make us and our community so great are certainly no exception, and it was an honor to celebrate them.