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    Cutting Edge April & May 2017 Print

    Calendar of Events

    BTMA Wicked Fishing Trip!


    BTMA Wicked Fishing Trip! Summer is almost here, and we are all eager to get outside and enjoy the warm weather of the last spring! Come join in the fun while helping us fundraise for our educational efforts.

    Friday June 16th,2017

    Checkin by 8:30am, cast off from dock 8:45 am estimated return time 3:30pm.

    Cost is $125.00 per person and deadline to register is Monday June 12th,2017 Join your fellow BTMA members out on the high seas for a day of fun and fishing.

    We will start check-in around 8:00 am and cast off will be at 8:45 am sharp. Our host for the day is Captains Fishing out of Newburyport, MA. Captains Fishing is owned by the Charo's Family and has been in operation for over 39 years. We invite you to visit their website,

    As we steam out to the fishing grounds a lite continental breakfast will be served while our captain provides the latest intel on our fishing grounds for the day. The galley will be open to provide refreshments during our trip and you will also be able to purchase any additional snacks you may want. A buffet lunch will be served later in the day as well. 

    Need some gear to go? Not a problem, we have made arrangements to take reservations for the gear to go. Captains Fishing provides fishing rod rentals for $8.00. When booking your ticket, please select the fishing rod rental option just prior to completing your ticket. Please be sure to arrive early to pick up your fishing rod rental.

    Once you land your fish cleaning services are available along with burlap bags for additional small fees. So not only have we thought of just about everything you might need to have a good time, we are also taking reservations for bags of ice for the drive home. Again just prior to checking out, please reserve your bag if this is of interest to you.All charges for fishing pole rentals, cleaning services, burlap bags and ice need to be paid directly to Captains Fishing. There is no ATM available on site so please plan accordingly. .


    Eventbrite - BTMA Wicked Fishing Trip




    Success at the Emerging Leaders Night at


    First and foremost, we need to thank the Student Chapter of SME for their hospitality. They did a fabulous job organizing the entire event. We had a magnificent of both students and members! The evenings events started with a welcoming presentation by Sabrina Pascuito, who talked about the program and the different classes. During dinner students and members shared tables and talked about their interests. This provided a valuable opportunity to learn more about the school’s clubs and activities. After dinner, everyone visited the machine tool labs to see what students were working for projects and to speak with the college professors. All agreed the lab area was very impressive and the students seemed to be making some fabulous projects. This was a unique event to be sure. It is not often that we can find the time in our business schedule to go visit a college campus, however the rewards in the long run are well worth it!





    Yes, it is about that time of year! Time for SkillsUSA competitions here in Massachusetts. We are very pleased to report that last year Levi Strzpek took 5th at Nationals in the milling competition. Levi has graduated from Whitter Regional Vocational Tech and is working at Wilcox Industries. But    before Levi even went to nationals he competed locally within his region to move on to the state  level. What is the state competition like? Well, we have several members who just don’t volunteer the day of the competition, they put together the actual competition! They write the tests, develop projects, and determine the flow of the competition. Karen Ward, state executive director for MA SkillsUSA reports there are 101 different competitions held here in Massachusetts to determine who will attend  nationals. The state competition is a three-day event, and their opening ceremony night draws over 3,000 attendees! There are three competitions related to our specific industry. CNC Mill, CNC Turn and CNC Technician.  However, none of this would happen if it was not for the dedicated group of “volunteers” who shape and drive the competition for the students. The board would like to thank all those individuals and companies who donate prizes, time and funds to support the students


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    Training Resource Updates




    Center for Manufacturing Technology is a full service hands on training facility, located in Woburn, Massachusetts. They offer a wide range of certificate based training programs and specialized programs designed to tool up your employees. They have training dollars you can use for your employees! We offer CNC Programming, Basic Shop Safety, GD&T, and QC.

    •Available right now 50 hours of training per employee –FREE! We do the paperwork!
    •We can custom develop your training class based on your specific needs.

    For more information, please contact:
    Joanna Dowling
    The Custom Group Center for Manufacturing Technology, LLC
    781-935-4940 x 116





      General Machine Shop Practices Class being offered!

    The Center for Manufacturing Technology (CMT) is a full-service Machine Shop training facility, founded in 2008 in response to an unprecedented demand for qualified personnel in the precision manufacturing   industry. For the FY16 Advanced Manufacturing Training Program, CMT proposes to address the manufacturing skills gap in eastern Massachusetts by partnering with Career Centers to target veterans and recruit two cohorts of unemployed and underemployed workers for Introduction to General Machine Shop Practices. Workforce and employer partnerships developed for this initiative will provide job placement services for program graduates.To support EED” objectives for employer engagement and incumbent worker training, CMT will also offer two classes of Manufacturing Best Practices for Success for Boston Tooling & Machining Association (BTMA) members, for employer partners, and for additional precision manufacturers in the region.

    To learn more please contact, Joanna Dowling at the Center for Manufacturing Technology at 781-935-4940 x 116 or by email at Please feel free to visit their website,

    Labor and Workforce Development Grants! Safety Is Everyone's Business!

    Safe Places Don't Happen by Accident.  Creating A Culture of Safety Costs Money. Learn to Take Advantage Of Grants Up To $25,000 From The Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA).  A DIA Representative Will Tell You How. For more information please contact,

    Department of Industrial Accidents Office Of Safety
    1 Congress Street, Suite 100 Boston, MA 02114-2017
    617-727-4900 or 800-323-3249
    Email: or visit their website,

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    Important Reminders!

    • All event registrations will now take place through Eventbrite web based program. We welcome our members to share the links provided to their social networks.  If you are not receiving the emails, please let us know so we can resolve any spam mail conflicts with your system. Members may pay by credit card through Eventbrite or if you wish we can direct bill you once your order has been placed.  

    • Interested in serving as a director on the board of directors? Ever consider participating on the operations or educational board? If so, please contact any member of the board or Sally Monroe at

    • Election of the board will take place in March. Designees for each member company will receive a ballot via email. Designees are asked to complete the ballot and return it via email to Sally Monroe

    • Membership Renewal Forms. We are asking all members to update their company profiles.  In the event you have any specific questions please feel free to ask any board member.

    • Interested in helping with SkillsUSA? Please contact Michael Pasciuto at The Skills Team can always use a helping hand!

    • Coming Soon, a new member survey.  Stay Tuned for more information.

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    Worthy Of Note..

    Congratulations to the students who participated in the Rally in the Valley Competition at  Blackstone  Valley Regional Vocational Technical  High School!  For our new members, The National Robotics League (NRL) is a manufacturing workforce development program of the National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) where students design and build remote controlled robots (Bots) to face-off in a gladiator-style competition. Through the manufacturing process of Bot building, students’ imaginations are captured as they design, build and compete with their own robotic creations. Through this hands-on effort along with industry partnerships, students gain practical knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – all essential skills for manufacturing. If you are interested in learning more please contact Steven Tamasi at     

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    Members in the News


    On April 3rd, 2017, JTEKT Toyoda Americas Corporation was announced as a winner of the 2017 Automotive News PACE Award for its High-Speed Axis Synchronization technology found on the Gear Skiving Horizontal Machining Centers.

    Established in 1994, the PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) Award, presented by Automotive News, EY, and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), recognizes organizations that set the industry standard for excellence through superior innovation, technological advancement and outstanding business performance.

    The program, open to any supplier that contributes products, materials, processes, capital equipment or services directly to the manufacture and sale of cars or trucks, is accepted around the world as the industry benchmark for innovation.

    Through on-site visits, finalists had opportunities to present their innovations to a distinct group of judges, composed of an independent panel of industry leaders, who looked for innovations that

    • Changed the way vehicles will be designed or produced.
    • Developed the next "gotta have it" technology for automotive OEMs and/or consumers.
    • Defined new quality, cost, time-to-market, safety, or environmental performancebenchmarks.
      For more information please visit their website: 






    Boston Centerless Receives Nadcap Accreditation

    Woburn, MA – January 19, 2017 --Boston Centerless is pleased to announce that it has received Nadcap accreditation for Nondestructive Testing. The accreditation applies to Ultrasonic Testing (UT) services. Boston Centerless is now on the Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) of Nadcap accredited suppliers.

    “Receiving Nadcap accreditation is an important milestone for Boston Centerless,” said Steven Tamasi, CEO of Boston Centerless. “We have made a significant investment in state-of-the-art testing equipment for our Material Validation Center, which performs Nondestructive Testing on bar materials. Nadcap, along with our ISO 9001 and AS9100 certifications, will help us better support our aerospace and defense sector customers with a wider range of service capabilities.”

    Nadcap is an industry-managed approach to conformity assessment that brings together technical experts from both industry and government to establish requirements for accreditation, accredit suppliers and define operational program requirements throughout the aerospace and defense industries.

    The accreditation underscores Boston Centerless’ continued commitment to the highest quality standards and processes in order to provide customers with superior products and services. The Nadcap program is administered by Performance Review Institute (PRI). 

    About Boston Centerless

    Boston Centerless supplies customers worldwide with precision ground bar materials for close tolerance CNC Swiss machining applications. The company also provides grinding services, material testing and validation for bar products, CNC Swiss consulting services, and manufactures a line of ultra-precise gages. For more information, visit


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    PO Box 95 Dracut, MA 01826 
    Phone: 978-457-5881