Production Machining

JUL 2018

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Carina Nehring Human Resources Manager Harmonic Machine Inc. Carina moved to Canada about 10 years ago from Germany, and since then, her career path has led her to Harmonic Machine Inc., where she has created a company culture and work atmosphere that is positive and motivating. Carina has managed to hire, train and lead a group of about 50 people through some challenging years. She has developed several HR policies and is currently working on an aggressive plan to roll out a leadership training program. She has also brought together diverse individuals with various skills and backgrounds to create a cohesive team that works together smoothly. Carina enjoys learning more about leadership and management in her spare time. Jim Preston Jr., V.P., Meier Screw Products and Manufacturing Co. As a fourth-generation machin- ing industry family member, Jim has a passion and energy for the industry. Working in a small shop with 10 employees, Jim assumed leadership at Meier Screw Products in many areas when he began working there 13 years ago. The company was once a Brown & Sharpe machine shop, but through his leadership it has upgraded to faster CNC Swiss, HMCs and VMCs in only a few years. Jim is currently on the PMPA board of directors, has served on the PMPA information technology committee and is a founding member of the association's NextGen committee. He finds great satisfac- tion in giving back to his employees and community. Nate Ruhenkamp Director of Sales and Marketing Ashley Ward Inc. During his junior year in college, Nate worked as an intern at Ashley Ward Inc. He distinctly remembers the smell of cutting oil as he walked through the door for his interview, and he was im- mediately hooked. He was hired at the company after he graduated and has been there for seven years. Having no formal engineering or technical training, he has learned about manufactur- ing through mentoring and industry engagement. He is a member of the PMPA and is involved in initiatives such as program development for National MFG Day. Nate has a goal of leading a machining company, while educating youth about manufacturing careers. Andrew began working at Global Precision Industries (GPI) in 2010, as a senior in high school. His first job was to run production on a CNC vertical mill. He learned to operate multiple machines, use measuring instruments, change tools, read prints and so on. He went to college during the days and worked part time at GPI during nights and weekends. After he re- ceived his bachelor's degree, he was promoted to the com- pany's sales and marketing manager in 2014. Since then, GPI has increased revenue by more than 300 percent, has grown from 11 to 48 employees and has purchased multiple pieces of new CNC equipment. Ryan's career started at Hardinge 12 years ago after earning a degree in business administra- tion. His first position with the company was in marketing, focus- ing his efforts on e-commerce solutions, digital marketing and website management. Now in his sales position, Ryan is customer- focused, driven to provide good quality products and services. He understands how important customers are, and he knows how to keep them happy. He works through processes and proce- dures to streamline the most efficient process. Ryan is actively serving on multiple committees for PMPA and attends AMT con- ferences regularly to stay abreast of the latest happenings in the manufacturing industry. Ryan Ervin, Manager, Direct Sales – Americas Hardinge Inc. Andrew Prestigiacomo Sales and Marketing Manager Global Precision Industries :: 31 SPECIAL COVERAGE

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