New England Chapter Meeting – Testimonials/ Recap

On February 16th MDNA’s New England Chapter met in Putnam, CT for a manufacturing tour of Phillips-Moldex Company followed by a chapter dinner meeting with special guests from The Smaller Manufacturers Association of CT: Doug Johnson, President of Marion Manufacturing, Board Member of the SMA, Chairs the SMA Education Committee, Ronald Turmel, Vice President and General Manager, H&T Waterbury, Inc., Board Member of the SMA.

View a full photo album from this meeting on the MDNA Facebook page here

Here’s what some of our MDNA Members who attended had to say about this meeting:

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(R TO L) Kevin Brewster, NE Chapter Chairman, President of On Target Machinery; Tim Barry of Phillips-Moldex; Phil Dalrymple, Owner of Northwest Shippers Inc.; Doug Johnson, President of Marion Manufacturing; Ronald Turmel, VP of H&T Waterbury, Inc.

I am so glad we were able to put this meeting together. Invitations went out last minute, because it was difficult to get all the pieces into place. As hard as this was, we could have never pulled this off without the help / support of Nate Smith, Stephen Papillo and Julie Brewster. We have so many to thank for this meeting, our sponsor Phil Dalrymple President of Northwest Shippers Inc., and our company tour guide Tim Barry, Vice President of Phillips-Moldex Company; Doug Johnson, President of Marion Manufacturing, and Ronald Turmel, Vice President H&T Waterbury, Inc.  Both Doug, and Ronald are Board Members of The Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut, SMA-CT.

I think our chapter members had very eye opening experiences as they heard 3 separate manufacturing companies convening the same concerns about the future of manufacturing. I also feel we took big steps to bridge a gap that night between Manufacturing End-Users and MDNA’s New England Chapter. We are on common ground with the fact that we need to cultivate our future incomes. In the process of the night I saw our members realize that this could be achieved by working together to inspire future careers into the trades. We heard several times throughout the night how young tool makers are needed, but do not exist. This is a very valid concern because the average tool maker is in his late 50’s to early 60’s at best. This is a skill that needs to be learned, or it could be lost forever. Helping repair this will insure our future sales income. I definitely will be moving forward to help the technical schools within Connecticut and around the country as much as we can.

–Kevin Brewster President / AEA, On Target Machine Brokers LLC., New England Chapter MDNA Chairman and Board Representative


“Great New England Chapter Meeting the other night. We were introduced to two members of a sister metalworking organization right here in Connecticut that I didn’t know existed. We will be working with them on common goals in the future. Also met a new Premier Vendor freight company, Northwest Shipping, who sponsored the meeting and had a rep fly in from the west coast. Well worth the time and the drive.”

–John W. Conroy, CEA, MDNA Past President, Machinery International Corp.


That was a great meeting.

Really appreciate all of your hard work to put it together. It was very successful. Thanks!

–Kristine Conroy, Machinery International Corp., Austin .D. Lucas Scholarship Fund President


The Boston/NE Chapter of MDNA featured a plant tour of Phillips-Moldex CO in Putnam, CT, 06260 on February 16, 2017.

The tour was led by the VP of Manufacturing, Timothy J. Barry, accompanied by MDNA members and guests. The tour featured late model electrically controlled plastic injection molding machines in operation and they were equipped with robotic pick and place, largely for automotive parts, such as, steering column levers with knob add-ons. The machines and plant were exceptionally well maintained with state-of-the-art plastic fiber dispensing system.

The tour included the entire facility, approximately 50,000 sq. ft. nestled within a modern manufacturing area in a small town…an impressive layout suited for growth of manufacturing in a historic political and economic time in the USA where the political emphasis is bringing jobs back to America. Phillips-Moldex is ready for the challenge.

Kevin Brewster, Chapter MDNA Chairman and Nate Smith, Membership Chairman were responsible for the exciting chapter meeting program with dinner and meeting presentation in Sturbridge Village, MA.

Special meeting guests Doug Johnson, President of Marion Manufacturing and Ronald Turmel, VP H&T Waterbury, Inc., both board members of the SMA-CT gave a presentation to the group.

All who attended had a meaningful tour, learned about the state of plastic injection molding machinery and tooling and had a chance to ask questions and increase knowledge and challenges. Northwest Shippers provided drinks and event sponsorship.

–David Gold, ASA, AMEA, Gold Machinery Group

View a full photo album from this meeting on the MDNA Facebook page here