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TMA Applauds Passage of National Strategic Plan For Manufacturing

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Flanked by Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL-3) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), Technology & Manufacturing Association of Illinois leaders gathered with colleagues at Atlas Tool Works, in Lyons, Illinois on December 22nd to applaud legislation creating a national strategic plan for manufacturers, recently signed into law by President Obama. “I commend …

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An interview with Ideal Carbide Die’s Victoria Van Bortel and Al Kasper

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Victoria Van Bortel and Al Kasper of Ideal Carbide Die in Bolingbrook, function as a team at the 61 year old company.

The company, which was started in 1953, hired Victoria’s father, Jay Hartz, in 1973. With a background as a metallurgical engineer with an MBA from the University of Chicago, …

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TMA Education Foundation donates over $130,000 to Manufacturing Education

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In 2014 the TMA Education Foundation board approved the granting of over $130,000 to High Schools, Manufacturing Education programs, Robotics clubs, and Universities.

The 2014 recipients are:

Austin Polytechnical Academy
Cary Grove High School
East Leyden High School
Evanston Township High School
Inscite Robotics Team
Lake Park High School
National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
Northern Illinois University
Palatine High …

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Meet TMA Instructor Jack Krikorian

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Jack Krikorian began his career as an apprentice tool and die maker at MIK Tool and Die. After graduating from the TMA Related Theory Apprentice Training program, he left MIK and began working at Sarcol Mold where, for 8 years, he built rubber molds for the automotive industry. He later …

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