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Monticello, Minnesota, April 7, 2015 - Ultra Machining Company (UMC) has been named the recipient of the 2015 Category 1 Technology Award by The National Tooling and Machining Association, for innovative advanced technology development and integration.
UMC was selected for the award for developing and implementing a process for automated real-time offsets based on information that goes seamlessly from coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) to CNC (computer numerical control) machine tools. UMC’s internally developed computerized dimensional assist (CDA) process has allowed the company to increase speed to market for complex products while maintaining the exacting standards and zero defects required in the highly regulated industries in which it serves. UMC has integrated this technology into 15% of its production and has plans to expand the use of CDA to 50% within the next 18 months.
NTMA’s Manufacturing Technology Team was impressed with how UMC developed the CDA software interfaces internally. NTMA’s Tech Team leader, Mike Hirsh, said, “It demonstrates their ingenuity in leveraging CNC and CMM technologies to create superior manufacturing results. UMC's technology is innovative, unique, and unusual for a firm of their size (actually, for a firm of any size). Congratulations to UMC!”
“We are honored to receive recognition from such a highly-respected industry organization,” said Don Tomann, Chief Executive Officer, at UMC. “This acknowledgement reinforces our continued commitment to staying on the cutting edge of technology and investing aggressively in equipment and processes that help us meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.”
UMC received the award on March 4 at the MFG Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council today honored 100 world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders as winners of the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards (ML Awards).
In a world of intensifying global competition and accelerating change, recipients of the ML Awards have distinguished themselves by embracing breakthrough innovation and enabling their companies to anticipate and respond to customers with unmatched agility.
Now in their tenth year, the Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor companies and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Nominations are entered into 11 categories and are evaluated and scored by a panel of expert judges. Nine of the ML Awards categories are for outstanding projects undertaken and completed by a manufacturing company. Two categories recognize the achievements of individual manufacturing leaders.
Manufacturing Leadership Award winners and their technology partners will be honored on June 5 at a gala celebration that follows the tenth annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit in Palm Beach, FL, a unique gathering of manufacturing leaders from around the world. The theme for the 2014 Summit is "The Next Industrial Revolution: What Will Your Company Look Like in 2030?" Featured speakers include Marco Annunziata, Chief Economist and Executive Director, Global Market Insights, General Electric; Dr. Stephen Hoover, CEO, Palo Alto Research Center; Ralph Resnick, Founding Director, America Makes; and Catherine Clegg, Vice President, Global Manufacturing Engineering, General Motors.
Expert judges for the 2014 ML Awards were Jim Davis, Vice Provost, Information Technology and Chief Academic Technology Officer, UCLA; Sath Rao, Vice President, Research, Industrial Automation and Process Control, Frost & Sullivan; Morris Lenczicki, Vice President, Communications and Social Responsibility, L'Oreal USA Inc.; Val Zanchuk, President, Graphicast Inc.; Brad Heath, CEO, VirTex Enterprises LP; David R. Brousell, Global Vice President and Editorial Director, Manufacturing Leadership Council; Bob Macintosh, CEO, Nicolet Plastics; Peter Antoinette, President and CEO, Nanocomp Technologies Inc.; John Gagel, Corporate Manager Sustainability, Lexmark International; Miguel Angel Lozano, Innovation Director, CEMEX; Brad Martin, Vice President Engineering Operations and Quality, Extreme Networks; George Nickel, Director Global Process Architecture (retired), Johnson & Johnson; Jill O'Sullivan, Professor, Farmingdale State College; and Terry Smith, Senior Vice President and Executive Leader, Lion-Vallen Industries.
IBM Corp. (Design and Operational Excellence in IBM China)
Merck & Co. Inc. (Virtual Technical Network)
Peterbilt Motors. Co. (Human-Centered Design)
Ultra Machining Company
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MONTICELLO, MN November, 30 2012
CEO Don Tomann announced today that Ultra Machining Company (UMC), a 45-year-old precision manufacturing company based in Monticello, Minnesota, has named Eric M. Gibson, formerly vice president of channel marketing at Medtronic, as its new president.
CEO Tomann, son of Terry and Mary Tomann who founded the company in 1968, says “We’re excited to have someone with Eric’s background and experience to help take the company to the next level. Eric is a seasoned business executive with over 28 years of leadership experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. His background and expertise in medical device production fit perfectly with the direction and aggressive, customer-driven growth goals UMC has set for itself.”
Randy L. Hatcher, UMC’s Director of Manufacturing concurs, “In the thirty plus years I’ve been with the company, I’ve seen the company go through three economic downturns, a major management transition, and the need for a new facility to accommodate the company's growth. I think Eric will be a perfect strategic and cultural fit—strategic because of his experience in our industry and cultural because he understands that we are a family company in the broadest sense of the word and we are absolutely dedicated to precision quality in our products and team work in our processes.”
In his new role, Eric will be responsible for leading the company’s six-person management team, helping grow and maintain relationships with UMC’s existing client base, and developing new markets for the company’s five divisions—medical, aerospace, industrial, commercial, and energy. Don Tomann will continue in his role as CEO which, as he says, “includes strategic planning, customer relations, and helping to bring in the talent that will maintain and strengthen UMC’s position as a vital part of the supply chain.”
Enterprise Minnesota Magazine - June 2012
Enterprise Minnesota’s Pathways to Business Growth program enters its second year with three new companies and a multitude of past-year successes.
Enterprise Minnesota kicked off year two of its Pathways to Business Growth program on March 14 with a celebration of Enterprise Minnesota business growth advisors and program participants at Padilla Speer Beardsley in Minneapolis. Pathways “is about assessment, discovery, where to start and what can really help an individual company the most,” said Enterprise Minnesota President Bob Kill, speaking to kickoff attendees. “Pathways to Business Growth really does represent the entire state of Minnesota. It’s a great connection, which I think shows the power of the public-private collaboration.”
Enterprise Minnesota administers the Pathways program with a $515,000 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST/MEP). Its mission is to help participating companies achieve profitable growth by working with Enterprise Minnesota advisors on training initiatives such as strategic planning, innovation and idea mining services, business assessments, organizational and leadership development, and marketing strategy. As part of the grant, Enterprise Minnesota is also using lessons learned from working with each company to develop industry-wide best practices for helping manufacturers drive growth within their companies, which NIST/MEP will share with MEP centers nationwide.
In 2011, Enterprise Minnesota worked with 10 companies on the Pathways grant, including The Aagard Group, Absolute Quality Manufacturing, Alexandria Pro-Fab Company, Akkerman Inc., Automated Equipment, Fiserv Solutions Inc., Ideal Aerosmith, Innovance Inc., Pequot Tool & Manufacturing and Ultra Machining Company. This year’s companies include Jones Metal Products, Harmony Enterprises and Hutchinson Manufacturing.
Jason Zoubek, sales manager at Absolute Quality in Minneapolis, says Pathways has reinvigorated his company with a new web site, new marketing plan, and newfound clarity around its mission and vision. It has also transformed Absolute Quality’s perspective on employee empowerment. “Now, what we’re seeing is more interaction between our employees and management. They’re not as afraid,” Zoubek says. “We’re really drilling down to the lowest appropriate level to make decisions within the organization.”
Thomas Norman of Norman Consulting, who serves as the independent evaluator of the program, considers the program “uniquely effective, and uniquely trusting,” and commends its focus on individually tailored solutions. Kill agrees: “I think this program plays a part to make companies better suppliers and better partners, and we’re really proud of all of the companies that were in it, and pleased with the three companies that are coming into it this year.”
February 24, 2011
By Amy Klobuchar
Innovation is key to Minnesota’s private-sector job creation and economic success in the years ahead.
Take the Center for Applied Mechatronics at Alexandria Technical College, for instance. It provides
education for the technologically advanced fields of manufacturing automation and motion control,
especially in the packaging industry.
In a time when too many people are out of work, the program has a job placement rate of 96 percent. It
prepares students for high-tech positions that do not require a Ph.D. or even a four-year college degree,
but nonetheless demand specialized training and experience.
What’s going on at Alexandria Tech and at so many other universities, colleges, and technical schools
across Minnesota builds on our state’s long history of innovation. Ours is a state that has given the world
everything from the pacemaker to the Post-It Note.
Innovation has been our strongest competitive advantage, both as a state and as a nation. In recent
years, however, America’s position as the global leader in innovation has been challenged.
According to a recent study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the U.S. now
ranks sixth out of 40 industrialized nations for innovative capacity and international competitiveness,
and ranks last in efforts to improve either of those capabilities.
If the U.S. economy is to recover fully, I believe we need to adopt a comprehensive competitive national
agenda to spur innovation.
That is why I hosted an innovation summit in January at the University of Minnesota. Attended by
hundreds, the meeting was an opportunity for business leaders, educators and policy experts to discuss
the strategies needed to sharpen America’s innovative edge and ability to compete in the global
And building upon this summit, this month I introduced the Innovate America Act with Scott Brown,
my Republican colleague from Massachusetts.
This legislation would deliver a series of targeted tax incentives to stimulate more private-sector
research and development; cut excess red tape that strangles innovation by small businesses; expand
opportunities for science, technology, engineering and math education; promote exports by small and
mid-sized businesses; and encourage higher education institutions to convert their research into products
Many of the ideas included in our legislation came from meetings and discussions I’ve had with
business owners, workers, teachers and students across our state about how we can best move our
In January and February, I visited more than 20 Minnesota communities to meet with local
entrepreneurs; see the schools that educate them; and hear from local leaders who want to do everything
they can to promote economic development.
I went to the University of Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota State University Moorhead as well as
technical colleges in Rochester, Alexandria, Anoka, and Brooklyn Park.
In Rochester, the Mayo Clinic and Rochester Community and Technical College have partnered to
develop a training program that will prepare nursing students to become a part of Mayo’s pioneering
patient care system.
I also visited successful homegrown businesses like Minnesota Rubber & Plastics in Litchfield, SJERhombus
in Detroit Lakes, Ultra Machining Company in Monticello and Wells Technology in Bemidji.
They have all increased their number of employees during the past year.
For example, Ultra Machining has steadily grown into one of the premier manufacturers of precision
machined parts and assemblies, especially for the medical device and aerospace industries. It is a great
example of a business that has been able to expand and add new jobs even during very difficult
There are many gems of innovation like this in Minnesota communities, large and small. They are
already producing the jobs of tomorrow - today. We need more like them.
With countries like China and India moving full-steam ahead, neither Minnesota nor America can afford
to rest on our laurels. We have been an innovation leader before, and that is what we need to be
Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, is Minnesota's senior U.S. senator.
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