Rocky Mountain Tooling & Machining Association (RMTMA) is a local chapter of National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA)
We represent the precision custom manufacturing industry. Our membership is comprised of companies both large and small. Nationally (NTMA) has over 1,300 member companies, representing over $30 billion in revenues. We believe the important role manufacturing plays in our local and national economy. To our members we can provide education and training, networking, business and health insurance, market research, business development and advocacy.
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Our mission is to help members of the U.S. precision custom manufacturing industry achieve profitable growth and business success in a global economy through advocacy, education, networking, information, programs and services.
We are very proud of our member companies. Their services and capabilities serve as the manufacturing bedrock for the production of American manufactured goods. Our local and national member companies provide products vital to our economy, and meaningful well paid employment to thousands of employees and their families. We salute their commitment and entrepreneurial spirit. One of the ways RMTMA says thank you to our members is featuring a different member company every month. This month's our featured member company is:
Focused On Machining
Focused On Machining
RMTMA Member Spotlight
Justin Quinn, former banking executive recently acquired Focused On Machining.
This south-metro contract machine shop was founded in 2008 by Rich and Kim Pollmiller. Quinn a former banking executive with Centennial Bank, worked with many manufacturing companies during his banking career. Through his banking/manufacturing affiliations, he was inspired to get into the manufacturing business. "While I was in the Air Force, I worked with my hands all the time, and look forward to the opportunity to get back into that".
Justin was born and raised in Longmont, Colorado. After high school he joined the Air Force, where he spent his next six years. He finished his service career at McChord Air Force Base, as a C17 Flying Crew Chief. He then made his way back to Colorado, where he attended the University of Northern Colorado. There he completed his Bachelor of Finance degree in 2011. He then began as an intern at Centennial Bank, where he spent the next five years. During this period he also earned his MBA. He ended his banking career as Assistant Vice President of Commercial Banking.
Justin's military and banking careers were not the only exposure to machining and contract machine shops. He has three uncles that pursued careers in machining and influenced his decision to enter the contract machining world. His focus at present is on "streamlining operations and implementing new technologies". The company services multiple markets. The shop has experience with a diversity of different materials. They have 3-4-5 axis machine capabilities. Focused features multi-axis Mori Seiki turning and milling machines, a Master Cam programming system and Brown & Sharp CMM.
When asked what he sees as the biggest challenge, as a contract manufacturer Justin's response was " the skilled labor needed are a big challenge for all shops in the US right now. Unfortunately the industry has not done a good job bringing young people into the industry over the past 10-15 years".
On the opportunity side, Justin is encouraged by "the strength of the overall economy". Focused has also "brought in several new customers that are growing rapidly. I'm really excited to serve and grow with these new customers".
We at RMTMA wish Justin and Focused On Machining, a successful 2018.
If you would like more information about Focused On Machining, please contact them at:
8230 N Cora St
PO Box 129
Louviers, CO. 80131
Discipline is required to create positive change
The Precision Machining Industry is thriving along the Front Range, and it seems like most of our shops are busy or have at least seen an uptick in business since this time last year. I believe there’s plenty of work to go around, and that the upward trend we currently enjoy will continue for the foreseeable future.
In the last newsletter, I mentioned that NTMA’s Benchmarking Reports were one of the top 3 benefits I receive from my NTMA membership (click HERE if you missed our January newsletter). The deadline to complete the single page Executive Compensation Survey is this Wednesday, February 28th, and all the details about the survey (including the customized results report) are HERE.
We’ve heard the words, “Hindsight is 20/20” and all would agree with the premise that you can see the wisdom of past decisions (or lack thereof) more clearly when viewing them from the present. Yet we often miss the practical lesson that’s being communicated - namely, that we must intentionally plan for the future if we hope to change it. For many folks, the effort to set personal or professional goals and to make/keep New Year’s resolutions has already passed without much fanfare, accountability, or consequence. Before you throw in the towel on your goals and return to business as usual, I’d like to encourage you to make one more attempt to create positive change in 2018.
First, write down ONE specific outcome that must be completed by the end of the year. A huge laundry list of goals is doomed from the start – so just pick ONE. Then, break it into smaller, measurable milestones – perhaps monthly, followed by weekly, then daily, etc. Since none of us have time to do everything, the key to effective change is focusing on (and completing) the most important tasks first, then moving on to the next. Our brains work best in the morning, so remember to prioritize the mentally difficult tasks accordingly.
I set a personal goal to visit each of the member companies in our chapter this year. While my progress toward the goal is “okay” (I’m a little behind schedule), the opportunity to meet with our precision machining leaders has been off-the-charts awesome! I continue to be amazed at the passion, ingenuity, creativity, and pride of the people that make Colorado’s manufacturing industry GREAT!
Did you know: there are 143,100 manufacturing employees in Colorado at 4,834 manufacturing firms, representing 5.5% of the states’ workforce (14,100 are Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing employees)? Manufacturers in Colorado account for 7 percent of the total Gross State Product. This is a great time to be in manufacturing, and I am truly honored to serve alongside you as chapter president.
President, Rocky Mountain Chapter – NTMA
President - Hirsh Precision Products, Inc.