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
RMTMA - Take advantage of our offerings
The Events Team for NTMA’s Rocky Mountain Chapter has been working hard to create networking events that are also educational. Since many of our members have been asking about the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act legislation, and the impact it has on businesses classified as sub-chapter S or C, we have invited our friends from Clifton Larson Allen to host a lunch-and-learn on Wednesday, May 2nd from 11am to 1pm in Greenwood Village (lunch is included). CLA has been a partner and supporter of the RMTMA for many years, and they are always quick to step forward any time we ask. HERE is a link to the latest list of events for 2018, and to the registration site for the tax workshop presentation. While there’s a number of networking events to choose from, I want to make sure you save the date for NTMA’s Fall Conference. It’s being held in Denver this year Oct 23rd thru 26th. This is the granddaddy of all the national events – a must attend for all!
As spring gives way to summer, we all begin to think about taking a family vacation – if we only had a well-trained staff to cover us… Whether you’re hiring a summer helper that needs to be fully immersed in shop safety, basic math and other entry-level skills of the trade; or you just need to brush-up on how to interpret and apply GD&T symbols, you need to look at NTMA-U. With over 35 modules, this online learning program is a great resource that was specifically designed to address the workforce development challenges that many of our members are facing. The Rocky Mountain chapter has purchased a “Portal” which gives our member companies unlimited access to NTMA-U training at a cost of $25 per module (normally $199). I’ve asked a couple of my own team members to share their testimonials:
“The online user interface was very comfortable and easy to navigate. The course corresponded very well with the textbook making it easy to learn.” – Ben Nikkel
“The NTMA-U training modules have challenged me and expanded my knowledge of the machining and metalworking industry.” – Nathan Clark
I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate member company, Tecomet (formerly Mountainside Medical), for being selected as a finalist in the Outstanding Contract Manufacturer category at the Colorado Manufacturing Awards event held April 5th. Tecomet’s General Mgr, Dave Capkovitz, serves on our chapter’s board of directors, and provides guidance and leadership to our workforce development committee. Congratulations to Dave and the entire Tecomet team for this outstanding accomplishment!
Lastly, I want to ask you for a referral. Is there an owner or leader in your network of precision custom machining companies that is struggling with new business development, or has trouble implementing shop floor best practices? Or do you know someone that has mastered the art of developing leaders or that has created a vibrant company culture? I believe that the future of U.S. manufacturing is bright, and that we are better, stronger, and more profitable when we work together. If you know someone that should be a member, please take a minute to share their contact info. This is a great time to be in manufacturing, and I’m honored to serve as your chapter president.
President, Rocky Mountain Chapter – NTMA
President, Hirsh Precision Products, Inc.