The Boston Tooling & Machining Association, Inc​​

​​Affiliate Chapter of The National Tooling & Machining Association

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

Welcome to our Newsletter & Events Calendar

Did you know January is National Mentor Month?
Learn about The National Mentor Partnership..
We celebrate Career & Technical Education,(CTE), in February
National Inventor Day is on February 11th, in honor of Thomas Edison!
Let's not forget...


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MA SkillsUSA CNC Competitions, What’s all about?​

To provide our members with some context of how large MA SkillsUSA is here in the state, there are approximately 34,000 student members within 51 high schools and college programs. Before the state competition is even held students compete within their local regional competition. There are 9 regional competitions for within state of Massachusetts. The students are provided with a competition which will mirror the state competition with the addition to a written examination that covers, general machining knowledge, math, and safety standards as outline in the OSHA 10 Card certification. The contest itself is based on off the NIMS standards of Machining Skills Levels I and II. The 1st place winner from each regional competition then moves onto the State Leadership & Skills Conference competition. There are 86 occupational and leadership skill areas in which students compete, representing 2,500 students.

                                                         During the last year’s competition, 36 competitors arrived a Black Stone Regional Vocational Center to test                                                            their individual abilities knowing that only (1) from each competition would move forward to the national                                                                  competition. It was interesting to note that as the competitors arrived, they all were looking around trying to                                                            size up the competitor beside them. You could feel the “stress” of, “Yikes, look at all these people!”  After the                                                          safety presentation was completed students were broken up into their individual competitions. CNC Turn,                                                                Mill and CNC Technician. At that point in time it’s all hands-on deck to make the competition a success.                                                                  Each component of the competition is timed, and students rotate between the competition stations to test                                                                their skills and knowledge. For the CNC Technician the students must complete the following stations:

1. Write a program for the CNC Lathe and execute the part.
2. Write a program for the CNC Mill and execute the part.
3. Set up a disassembled pedestal grinder
4. Set up a vise on a CNC Mill indicate and tram in a pin.
5 Complete an inspection process report
6. Complete a job interview.

Recapping our winners from last year.
CNC Technician 2017 Left to Right
Silver Medal: Samuel Brindle, Whittier RTHS
Gold Medal: Tyler Fernandes , Diman RTHS
Bronze Medal: Alden Vedder, Assabet Valley RTHS

                                                                                                                         CNC Milling Specialist 2017  Left to Right
                                                                                                                         Silver Medal: Jacob Shepard, Montachusett RTHS
                                                                                                                         Gold Medal: Raymond Parent, Diman RTHS
                                                                                                                         Bronze Medal: Joseph Petrosino, Essex Technical HS

CNC Turning Specialist 2017 Left to Right
Silver Medal: Cameron Lebeau, Greater New Bedford RTHS
Gold Medal: Hope Blake, McCann Technical School
Bronze Medal: Jacob Sarza, Diman RTHS

SkillsUSA National Conference in Louisville, KY takes place annually.  The attendance for the event runs around 16,000 of which 6,000 are students who compete in 100 individually titled competitions. The 2018 Conference will take place over 4 days, the 1st being opening ceremonies, orientations, (2) days of competitions, and closing ceremonies on the last day.To learn more about the national competition please click on the box.

How did our state competitors measure up at the national conference in 2017?

Tyler Fernandes , (Diman RTHS), placed 13th overall as CNC Technician Specialist 

Raymond Parent, (Diman RTHS), placed 7th overall as CNC Milling Specialist 

Hope Blake, (McCann Technical School), placed 13th overall as CNC Turning Specialist

                                                           So as you can see SkillsUSA is a pretty large organization here in MA and across the nation. What does                                                                make the program so awesome is education and industry working together. It is a team effort to deliver a                                                                competition, from development of the competition itself, set up of the lab, technical support and judging the                                                            day of, to coaching those who move forward. The board would to thank everyone who has supported in the                                                            past from our associate members, to regular plus community assistance. We would like to ask if you would                                                            consider supporting the program this year. The are various ways to assist, you can donate cash to be used                                                            for the BTMA SkillsUSA Travel Scholarship program. All monies donated for travel will be split based on the                                                             number who apply for the scholarship, so an equal share will be provided to all. Or perhaps you might consider donating one the items we are seeking for our prize packs or competitor participation gift bag. Maybe you want to volunteer to be a judge or competition support person. If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know. We have attached a MA SkillsUSA Pledge form for your review

SkillsUSA Nationals
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Calendar of Events from NTMA

3/7-10/18  The MFG Meeting 2018, hosted by NTMA & AMT,                                                                                                                          Building Bridges.
Accelerating Connections.                                                                                                                                                                                     Trump National Doral Miami, Florida  ​​

3/19 NTMA Plant Managers Roundtable- Chicago

4/16 NTMA's Legislative Conference, Washington, D.C.                                    ​Deadline to register is March 16,2018

4/22 NTMA Japan Tour                                      ​Deadline to register is March 23rd,2018

​Save The Dates for the following! 

4/30 NTMA Emerging Leaders Conference,Pittsburgh, PA

5/10 NTMA Software Bootcamp

5/18 NTMA NRL Competition,California, PA

8/21 NTMA Emerging Leaders Roundtable, Nashville, TN

9/24 NTMA Plant Managers Roundtable,Cleveland, OH

10/23 NTMA Fall Conference,Denver, Co.

11/7 NTMA Financial Managers Conference
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NTMA Foundation Scholarships

Last year, the NTMF granted over $20,000 in scholarships — and is looking for even more deserving students in 2018!

Students that apply for either scholarship must have a letter of recommendation from an NTMA member in good standing. Please share the scholarship information below with your employees, interns, co-ops, and others in your community to help connect people with financial assistance for their educational pursuits in the machining, tool and die, and other related industries.

Brock Babb Memorial Scholarship (Applications due April 1, 2018)
The Brock Babb Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by the National Tooling and Machining Foundation (NTMF) in support of students advancing their education and pursuing careers in manufacturing. The scholarship is named in honor and memory of Sergeant Brock A. Babb who gave his life defending our country and our freedom, the son of one of our long time members Terry Babb, Apex Tool & Manufacturing, Inc. in Evansville, IN. Successful scholarship applicants will receive a minimum of $1,000, with typical awards of $2,000.
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Students are able to re-apply for this scholarship annually, for as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

                               outlining the purpose, eligibility requirements, and the selection process, as well as an application. The deadline to submit an       application is April 1st of the applicable year.

Edwin Vobeda Memorial Scholarship (Applications due April 1, 2018)
The Edwin Vobeda Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created through a charitable donation to the National Tooling and Machining Foundation (NTMF) from the Edwin F. and Mildred Vobeda Charitable Remainder Trust in support of students residing in the Central Time Zone advancing their education to pursue a career in the tool and die industry. Successful scholarship applicants will receive a minimum award of $1,000 and a maximum award of $5,000, with a typical award of $2,000.

Students are able to re-apply for this scholarship annually, for as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

                                outlining the purpose, eligibility requirements, and the selection process, as well as an application. The deadline to submit an application is April 1st of the applicable year.

For more information, please contact the Stacey Schroeder, Director of Workforce Development at 216-264-2834 or click on the button to email her directly.

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The 2018 AMT
Technology Award

Submission Deadline 1/31/18!

AMT provides two $2,500 cash awards to NTMA member companies that demonstrate advanced thinking in the use of technology and best practices.
An award is given for each of the following categories:
•       Technology
•       Business/Cultural Practices
The intent of the award is to recognize NTMA member companies that are working to advance their company with technology and best practices.  This might involve advanced manufacturing technologies that have a business impact (process improvement, reduced scrap, etc.) or developing people (new skills, more valuable contributions).
The following pages provide more information and examples on the award categories.  It also lists the questions that a member company needs to complete to be considered for an award nomination.
Award winners will be recognized at the MFG Conference in Miami, Florida March 7-10.  Winners are given the opportunity to present their winning initiative in a breakout session to conference attendees.

Any potential nominee would select category 1, 2, or both and provide to the NTMA Technology Team responses to the questions for that section.  All responses should be submitted using Section 3 or Section 4 of the downloabable document below. We have loaded the application in both Word and PDF formats. 

Deadline for submission is January 31,2018. All submissions must be sent to Candy Davis at NTMA. Submission information is detailed in document. 
Application Word 
Application PDF 

Welcome New Members!

Please join the board of directors in welcoming our newest members listed to the right. We have provide a link from their logo to their individual websites. we invite you to visit their websites! 

presented by Fred C. Churc h

                                                High-profile cyber attacks on companies such as Target and Sears have raised awareness of the growing threat                                                 of cyber crime. Recent surveys conducted by the Small Business Authority, Symantec, Kaspersky Lab and the                                                   National Cybersecurity Alliance suggest that many small business owners are still operating under a false sense                                                 of cyber security.

                                                The statistics of these studies are grim; the vast majority of U.S. small businesses lack a formal Internet security                                                 policy for employees, and only about half have even rudimentary cybersecurity measures in place. Furthermore,                                                 only about a quarter of small business owners have had an outside party test their computer systems to ensure                                                   they are hacker proof, and nearly 40 percent do not have their data backed up in more than one location.

Don’t Equate Small with Safe
Despite significant cybersecurity exposures, 85 percent of small business owners believe their company is safe from hackers, viruses, malware or a data breach. This disconnect is largely due to the widespread, albeit mistaken,
belief that small businesses are unlikely targets for cyber attacks. In reality, data thieves are simply
looking for the path of least resistance. Symantec’s study found that 40 percent of attacks are
against organizations with fewer than 500 employees.

Outside sources like hackers aren’t the only way your company can be attacked—often, smaller companies
have a family-like atmosphere and put too much trust in their employees. This can lead to complacency,
which is exactly what a disgruntled or recently fired employee needs to execute an attack on the business.

Attacks Could Destroy Your Business
As large companies continue to get serious about data security, small businesses are becoming increasingly attractive targets—and the results are often devastating for small business owners.

According to the Kaspersky Lab, the average annual cost of cyber attacks to small and medium-sized businesses was over $200,000 in 2014. Most small businesses don’t have that kind of money lying around, and as a result, nearly 60 percent of the small businesses victimized by a cyber attack close permanently within six months of the attack. Many of these businesses put off making necessary improvements to their cyber security protocols until it was too late because they feared the costs would be prohibitive.

10 Ways to Prevent Cyber Attacks

Even if you don’t currently have the resources to bring in an outside expert to test your computer systems and make security recommendations, there are simple, economical steps you can take to reduce your risk of falling victim to a costly cyber attack:
1.     Train employees in cyber security principles.
2.     Install, use and regularly update antivirus and antispyware software on every computer used in your business.
3.     Use a firewall for your Internet connection.
4.     Download and install software updates for your operating systems and applications as they become available.
5.     Make backup copies of important business data and information.
6.     Control physical access to your computers and network components.
7.     Secure your Wi-Fi networks. If you have a Wi-Fi network for your workplace make sure it is secure and hidden.
8.     Require individual user accounts for each employee.
9.     Limit employee access to data and information, and limit authority to install software.
10.     Regularly change passwords.

In addition to the listed tips, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides a tool for small businesses that can create and save a custom cyber security plan for your company, choosing from a menu of expert advice to address your specific business needs and concerns. It can be found at

Your Emerging Technology Partner

A data breach could cripple your small business, costing you thousands or millions of dollars in lost sales and/or damages. Contact Fred C. Church, Inc. today. We have the tools necessary to ensure you have the proper coverage to protect your company against losses from cyber attacks. If you would like to learn more please contact Adam Fallon by clicking on the Fred C. Church logo below.

We are pleased to extend an invitation to you from Minuteman High School…

Ribbon Cutting/Open House
Thursday, February 15, 2018
You’re invited to join us and celebrate the opening of
Minuteman’s brand new Advanced Manufacturing Lab

After almost a decade of planning, Minuteman broke ground in June of 2017 for the construction of a new high school.  The new school is designed for 628 students who will spend their Minuteman “careers” in one of two Career Academies:  a Life Sciences and Services Academy and an Engineering, Construction and Trades Academy.  The new school will open in the fall of 2019 and will include 16 career and technical education programs, including two new ones. 

One of the new ones -- Advanced Manufacturing – was launched this past fall with the help of two major state equipment grants totaling nearly $1 million.  The new Advanced Manufacturing program is designed to train high school students – and adults – for high-wage, high-demand jobs in our industry. 

This initiative is strongly supported by a business-led Program Advisory Committee, the Governor’s Office, and the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet.

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta are among those who have been invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of this exciting new program. 

We encourage all BTMA members to consider attending and learning more about Career and Technical Education Programs!

The Open House will run from 10 am – 2 pm
10:00 – 11:00              Welcome and Event Kick-Off – Secretary Rosalin Acosta
11:00 – 12:30              Ongoing tours and student demonstrations in the Advanced Manufacturing Lab
11:00 – 1:00                Ongoing tours and demonstrations in Minuteman’s MakerSpace Lab
1:00 – 2:00                  Ribbon Cutting – Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

Pre-Registration is required for the event. Please Register by clicking on the link below.

Please register for the Ribbon Cutting/Open House please click on the registration button   

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Webinar: The Next Big Thing in Manufacturing Software: Your path to the Cloud.
Tuesday February 27,2018 11:30 to 12:30

Is your operation ready for the next disruption to hit manufacturing? As the internet of things and other digital trends continue to affect custom manufacturing, it’s become a business imperative to find a way to the cloud – and that can be a very bumpy path for manufacturers who rely on legacy, on-premise software solutions.

Attend this webinar, sponsored by KeyedIn, to see firsthand how moving to the cloud is now a foregone conclusion for manufacturers who want to stay competitive.

Learn how the cloud is affecting core manufacturing processes and how your ERP solution will need to adapt.  Gain valuable insight and take away practical ways that you can begin leveraging the benefits of the cloud to enable your company to get closer to your existing customers or even attract new customers, and in turn, boost your revenue and margins.

To learn more about KEYEDIN, please click on their logo.

This event is for members only. To register for the event, please click on the box! 

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We regret to announce that due to the impending storm on February 7th,
our event has been cancelled.

Navigating Tax Reform: Here's What You Need to Know
Face to Face Webinar

CliftonLarsonAllen, (CLA), is holding a webinar on February 7, at 2 p.m. and run for an hour. CLA Massachusetts offices are providing an opportunity to attend a face to face Webinar at CLA’s offices in Lexington MA.  Once the webinar has conclude CLA’s staff will discuss changes in the Massachusetts business tax codes that will not be covered in the webinar. This unique opportunity also provides each participant the time to ask additional questions onsite.

Content provided via the webinar:
Join CLA’s tax leaders for a breakdown and analysis of tax reform and how it could affect you and your business. We’ll explain the status of the legislation, how it changes current law, and planning strategies to maximize benefits under the new law. At the end of this session, you will be able to:
• Recognize the status of tax reform
• Identify key points related to the new tax plan
• Gain an awareness of planning strategies and impacts for your business
• Communicate the positive impact that tax reform will have for your employees

Who should attend - This session is designed for business owners who want to learn more about the tax reform legislation and how it will impact them going forward, both professionally and personally.

BTMA & Bruins Score A Win!

Our beloved Bruins came out on top against the Golden Knights of Las Vegas final score being 2-1. Click on the link to see the recap!

Of course, we cannot forget to thank our sponsors for their outstanding support of the night!

The Stanley Cup Sponsor

The Team Play Sponsor​ Intermission Raffle

​​​YG-1 Tool Company sponsored our Intermission Raffle and our winners were:

Michael LaFrance
Sebastian Ricketts
Dave Shaby

Team Assist Sponsor providing our raffle prize to raise funds for SKILLsUSA.

And our winner was: LeeAnne Malo

We were able to present Our Members of Distinction Award that was presented
to M & H Engineering and the Martens Family. For their service and dedication
of over 50 years to the NTMA & BTMA. Congratulations to M & H Engineering

We would like to thank the following companies for attending the event with their families and friends.
CliftonLarsonAllen, Custom Machine, COMPUMACHINE, D & S Machine, F.H. Peterson, Fall Machine
Fred C. Church, Globe Composites, KB Page, Lockhart Machine ,M & H Engineering, Millennium Machinery,
NTMA, OD TOOL & CUTTER, INC, Toyoda Tool Technologies, YG1 and Yarde Metals.

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WIT’s Meeting the Manufacturer’s Night was a huge success!

                                               And they plan on growing it!

In late November, the student chapter of SME on WIT’s campus held a Meet the Manufacturer’s Night. The event was attended by over 70 students from the program. Students were there to engage manufacturer’s from across the state to learn what potential openings they might have for either internships or jobs after graduation. Students were eager to learn of not just of openings but what folks made. They wanted to learn about the diverse manufacturing base and what specifically employers were looking for as far as skills sets and experience.  This program was for many the first time they could put their networking skills to the test, and the students did a fabulous job!  One student even came with his own business cards, stating what type of employment he was seeking!
How does an event like this happen? Well through hard work on behalf of the students of SME, and their professor mentor, who in this case is a fabulous man by the name of Peter Rourke. Peter was thrilled with the turn out from the event and looks forward to growing the event even larger next time around. We endorse the effort to grow the program. We believe it is important for students not just to gain a valuable education, but be afforded the opportunity to develop key business & social skills.

We would like to thank our members who also participated, Custom Machine, ECM, and Methods Machine. If you are interested in learning more about the students or about participating in the next Manufacturer’s Night please contact us by sending us a email.
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Boston Centerless Launches New Website

Woburn, MA – November 1, 2017 -- Boston Centerless, a leading manufacturer and distributor of precision raw materials and preparation services, announced today the launch of its newly designed website, The completely revamped website features a streamlined and simplified design, improved functionality and enriched content areas to help customers fulfill their raw material needs.

“We are thrilled to debut our new company website to our customers, partners and suppliers who are looking to understand the scope of our products and services,” said Steven Tamasi, CEO of Boston Centerless. “The redesign of our website is yet another way Boston Centerless is committed to creating the best overall customer experience for our customers”.

The website includes videos regarding the importance of straightness, diameter tolerance and roundness on Swiss screw machining operations as well as a variety of tools to assist with material selection. Visitors are encouraged to explore the new website and join the Boston Centerless mailing list to receive important product and service information as it becomes available.

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 To visit their website, just click on the logo below.

New Working Partners of the BTMA

Some of our members are already involved with MASSMEP, however many are not. The Board of Directors is pleased to announce our new working partnership with MASSMEP. MASSMEP has regional staff to assist in training programs to meet our member’s needs. MASSMEP supports for MACWIC. The mission of the MACWIC is to preserve manufacturing knowledge and to execute the transfer of knowledge and critical skills to the current and future workforce. This will be done through the development of relevant deployable curriculum in partnership with Workforce Training Providers, Vocational Technical High Schools, Community Colleges and Universities. Wondering about grant opporunities, MASSMEP can help with that process as well. To learn more about MASSMEP please click on their logo above.

MASSMEP also has a unique training tool which is FREE to use. is free to use and provides entry level training online, with documented results which can be reviewed. We have loaded their brochure for your review all you need to do is down load your copy to learn more! To visit their LearnCNCskills site, just click on the "learn CNC Skills" logo or down load their brochure on this fabulous free training! 
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Free Training from Microsoft on the next generation of computer programs and cloud computing!

We all depend on computers and various programs to manage our operations. We are partnering to provide training on the latest software applications that Microsoft offers. Perhaps the bigger question is, are we leveraging the software to our greatest advantage? Do we really understand the risks of cyber breaches? We believe in partnering with Microsoft we can all learn the best practices available. We are working closely with Microsoft so that we can provide onsite training for our members or even possible regional training sessions to cut travel time down. So, as the saying goes, stay tuned for more exciting details, you won’t want to miss out on FREE Training. If you would specifically like to be connected to Microsoft Small Business Training please click on the box to send off an email now! 

  • Fundamentals of Office 365: These workshops are designed to help you discover the skills and tools to get the most out of your Office subscription or show you how Office applications can help you improve productivity and get things done.

  • What’s New with Office 2016: Small Business Edition: Dig deep into the key features to help your business achieve more with Office 2016. Learn more about the enhanced security features build into Office 2016 to protect your data anymore, and the new tools to allow teams to simultaneously work on documents anywhere and at any time.

  • Cybersecurity for Small Business: Explore key cybersecurity risks facing small and medium businesses and the steps you can take to avoid and prevent them, financial and legal implications of data breaches to business owners, common tactics used by criminals and the red flags that can help you identify them, and how to develop a proactive strategy to protect your business.
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