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New Director of Sales for Wire and Plastic Machinery Corp.

MDNA Member Firm, Wire and Plastic Machinery Corp. hires Erik A. Macs as the erik macsnew Director of Sales of Bristol, CT. Mr. Macs has over 25 years of experience in wire and cable machinery sales. Previously, he had been involved with ebeam crosslinked wire materials research at Judd Wire, blown film packaging manufacturing at Union Camp, extrusion and injection molding processing at Dennison and Teflon film heat sealing and thermoforming research with American Durafilm. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Central New England College. He has been a member of the Wire Association International since 1991 and was the recipient of WAI’s 2013 Donnellan Memorial Award, which honors an individual’s contributions to the Association, as well as WAI’s 2004 President’s Award for extraordinary volunteer service. He served two terms on the board of directors of WAI. He is still a member of the Education Committee, Member Relations Committee, and Paper Awards Committees. A former director of the New England Chapter of WAI, he also served as that chapter’s president in 2000. He developed the seminar “Introduction to Insulated Wire Manufacturing” which was presented by the New England chapter in 2001 and 2002. He has also chaired the Fundamentals of Wire Manufacturing program since 2007, frequently serving as a course moderator and presenter.
Erik and his wife, Laura, have been married since 1986 and have one son, John (24). They currently reside in Natick, MA.

wire and plastic logoMDNA Member Firm, Wire and Plastic Machinery Corporation deals in used and rebuilt machinery around the world for the Wire and Cable and Optical Fiber industries and has 7 US warehouses located in CT, MA, RI, NC and TX.

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T. J. SNOW Donates 2-Axis CNC Retrofit Bridgeport Mill to Benefit Austin D. Lucas Scholarship Fund

MDNA Member Firm, T. J. SNOW will donate 100% of the proceeds generated from the auction of a 2 – Axis CNC Retrofit Bridgeport Mill (this is a surplus mill from their own machine shop) to the  Austin D. Lucas Scholarship Fund. Tom Snow understands the benefits of giving back through the ADLSF and challenges all MDNA Members to be generous and creative in giving to this worthy cause.

The MDNA Austin D. Lucas Scholarship Fund awards grants for college tuition to children whose parents are employed by MDNA member fi­rms. The Fund is a non-profit tax-exempt corporation recognized as a charity by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Contributions to the Fund are fully tax deductible to the full amount allowed by law. Learn more here

T.J. Snow Machine Specs:

  • 2 – Axis CNC Retrofit Bridgeport Mill
  • Anilam 1100 M CNC control
  • Series 1 Mod J head, 9” x 48” table.
  • Head serial #J265957
  • Machine serial #244242
  • Drive serial # 2J-17515
  • Frame: 145TY-4
  • 3 Phase
  • 1.5 HP

The Auction:

The T. J. Snow Charity Auction Item is one of the lots in the current MDNA/Liquidity Services Inc. online auction.  The Auction is live now and closes Tuesday December 15th.

Don’t miss this great buying opportunity. View Sale Here  

The online auction is currently LIVE and closes:

Tuesday, December 15th. Don’t miss this great buying opportunity. View Sale Here  

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The Industrial Manufacturing Equipment Market is a regularly scheduled online auction of Industrial Manufacturing Equipment from leading manufacturing companies. This month’s auction offers over 200 lots featuring:

* Klingelnberg Oerlikon S35 10-Axis CNC Gear Cutting Machine
* Dorries Scharmann Ecocut CNC Boring Mill
* Kuraki KBT-13PDZ 5.12″ Horizontal Boring Mill
* 2007 Makino V77 CNC Vertical Machining Center
* 2000 Bostomatic BD-12G Graphite CNC Vertical Machining Center
* Butler Elgamill CNC Milling Machine
* Mazak Quick Turn Nexus 250-II MSY CNC Turning Center
* TOS Celakovice 26″ x 144″ Geared Head Engine Lathe
* Elb Perfekt CNC Precision Profile Grinders
* Schaffer 66″ Vertical Spindle Rotary Surface Grinder
* Studer S-35 CNC Universal Cylindrical Grinder
* Strippit/LVD 150-Ton x 10′ 8-Axis CNC Press Brake
* Eirich DEV-29 Intensive Sand Mixer
* Large Quantity of CNC Machine Tools, Including: Horizontal/Vertical Machining Centers, Mills, Lathes & Punches, from Manufacturers Including: Enshu, Hardinge, Kitamura, Landis, Mazak, Mori Seiki & Okuma
* Quantity of Lathes, Including: Cincinnati, Mori Seiki, Niles, Royal & South Bend
* Large Quantity of Grinders, Including: OD/ID, Surface, Cylindrical, Universal, Centerless & Multi-Wheel
* Large Quantity Machine Shop Equipment, Including: Presses, Straighteners, Jig Mills, Bridgeport Vertical Mills, Radial Drills, Shapers, Saws, Welders, Hones, Shot Blast Machines, Blast Cabinets, Bar Feeders
* Large Quantity of Machine Accessories, Including: Chucks, Rotary Tables
* Plant Support & Miscellaneous Equipment, Including: Brown & Sharpe CMM, Robot, Extruder, Ovens, Pressure & Parts Washers, Paint Booths, Transformers, Generator, Liebert Cooler, Air Compressors & Dryers
Many more assets to be added

View Sale Here  




MDNA launches new webinar series -“Lunch & Learn”


MDNA is excited to introduce a new webinar series called “Lunch & Learn!” 

MDNA is very proud of the educational opportunities that we have made available through: Convention programming, WWTP, B.O.S.S. and articles within our news publications.

With this new member benefit, you can take advantage of the expanded educational offerings in both industry relevant and general business topics through the use of these online webinars.

AMEA has successfully implemented and used webinars for continuing education for years and even though these webinars have been open to all within the MDNA family they have predominantly been geared toward the Appraiser side of the business. While some of the topics dealing with specialty machines will overlap, the MDNA webinars will also delve into business topics to include marketing and sales. Topics will be determined by feedback from members –so the topics are endless!

We look forward to having you participate in one of the new  “Lunch & Learn” webinars found under Calendar of Events on

If you have a topic you would like us to consider just email


HGR Industrial Surplus to Dedicate Nickel Plate Station in Euclid on October 1: Renovated Former Site of GM Fisher Body Plant in Euclid Gets a $10 million Face Lift

HGR Industrial Surplus (MDNA member firm) will celebrate the dedication of Nickel Plate Station, the gI_121942_HGR_LOGO_W_TEXTformer site of the GM Fisher Body Plant (Source: November 14, 2015 – Crain’s Cleveland Business) and longtime home of HGR Industrial Surplus, Inc. HGR’s ownership group expects to spend $10-12 million on structural renovations and updates during the coming year. To celebrate, HGR will hold a dedication ceremony on Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. until noon.

At the ceremony, an exhibit will be unveiled that shows the history of the site, parts of which HGR has leased since 1998. The dedication is scheduled to coincide with a daylong customer appreciation sale offering discounts of up to 50 percent, as well as drawings for prizes and a free lunch for shoppers.

The Euclid High School Robotics Team will be recognized for its interscholastic achievements. HGR will also unveil a manufacturing resource center to be located inside of its customer lounge. This information center will offer various resources about science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education and manufacturing opportunities.

Company officials also will recognize local leaders for their efforts to keep HGR in the community. According to President and CEO Brian Krueger, -

“We are privileged to have the opportunity to remain in Northeast Ohio. We pride ourselves on the role that HGR plays in extracting the last measure of usefulness out of valuable industrial and manufacturing equipment, while at the same time helping to promote commerce, manufacturing, education and the arts in Northeast Ohio. Nothing thrills us more, though, than the satisfaction of being part of the movement to retain jobs here in Euclid.”

Purchased by HGR last year, the nearly one-million-square-foot plant at 20001 Euclid Ave. is being dubbed Nickel Plate Station in honor of the Nickel Plate Road railway line that steamed through Euclid beginning in 1881, just north of the farmland on which the current building now sits, to connect New York, Chicago and St. Louis.

The site then served as a manufacturing plant for landing gear and rocket shells during World War II and housed governmental surplus goods and offices after the war. By 1948, the Fisher Body Division of General Motors purchased the location to manufacture the bodies for delivery trucks and station wagons. It continued production of vehicles, such as the El Camino, Toronado and Riviera through 1970. Five years later, the plant was retooled as a sewing center, where interior trim and upholstery for autos were made, and by 1992 it closed, after six years of being used to manufacture boat seats.

HGR Industrial Surplus is one of the country’s largest resellers of used and surplus industrial equipment. Located in the former GM Fisher Auto Body Plant, HGR has more than half a million square feet of office and showroom space with at least 15,000 items in inventory that range from mop buckets to vertical mills to Motoman and Fanuc manufacturing robots.

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RESELL CNC in Inc. 500 Magazine

MDNA Member Firm, RESELL CNC Recognized as the 108th Fastest Growing Company


Washington, D.C.- MDNA Member Firm, RESELL CNC was recognized by Inc. Magazine as the #108th RESELL CNC  in Inc. 500 MagazineFastest Growing Company in the US for the second year in a row. As a second time honoree they’ve joined an exclusive group of companies such as Microsoft, Zappos, Under Armor, Intuit, and GoPro.  This year, Resell CNC Auctions earned the #108 spot overall, an increase of 47 positions, and the #7 spot in business products and services.

“We are pleased to have once again been recognized as an Inc. 500 company. We are committed to our customers and to being the easiest, most reliable and trusted platform for buying and selling used manufacturing equipment,” said CEO John Butz.

He continued, “And with our continued expansion of our Phoenix, Arizona location headed by Mike Mills and with the recent addition of Scott Magnuson, Resell CNC is poised to continue on our rapid growth path.”


Media Contact: Matt Horn, Resell CNC Auction, 844.478.8181,

SOURCE Resell CNC Auction

FOR MDNA PRESS RELATED INQUIRIES: Jennifer Gray, Phone: 703.836.9300 Email:


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Joint Ventures with MDNA

A story of how Members work together in ways you would not think

By Mark Robinson, Executive Vice President, MDNA

This mantra proves itself to be true time and time again and sometimes in ways that surprise us.  On a recent trip to Columbus Ohio to follow one of my passions, I attended a large custom car show.  This event draws upwards of 7,000 cars so you can imagine how large the grounds of this show were.  And you can also understand that it is nearly impossible to see all of the unique displays of “automotive art” (at least this is what I tell my wife we are looking at as I drag her along).  As I struggled to take it all in I came across a peculiar, some would say odd, very rare automobile.  This 1957 Isetta has three wheels and was drawing quite a crowd.  As I made my way over to get a closer look at the car, there was none other than Dave Troutman of MDNA member firm ITL Machinery Services.  

It turns out that the Isetta is owned by Bob Yeoman of MDNA member Yeoman Machinery Corporation.  Bob knew that his very rough Isetta would be very valuable to the right collector but Bob, as he will tell you is “not a car guy.”  Dave on the other hand has been in the hobby and doing concourse quality rebuilds for many years.  Enter the MDNA and one of our many networking opportunities.  These two came together and partnered to restore this piece of automotive history.  Bob brought the blank canvas and Dave brought the automotive skill set and together they have created this restored rarity.

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Dave Troutman with 1957 Isetta automobile

This story just goes to show how one benefit can parlay into another after attending an MDNA networking event. So if you happen to be in the market for a very rare collector car, give Bob or Dave a call.  I hope to see you all at more MDNA networking events like the upcoming  2015 Weekend With the Pros event this Fall.

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Young Guns: Meet Mauro Damino

MDNA’s next featured Young Gun is a travel-thirsty, Spanish-speaking machinery dealer who believes his family’s business, MDNA member firm, Tramar Industries, Inc. (based in Novi, MI) has a competitive advantage in the industry due to their Argentine beginnings.

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Mauro says “Our family moved from Argentina to Michigan in 1990, and my father had always worked with machinery in Argentina. When we moved here he started to make a living exporting machinery back to Argentina. From there we expanded to opening two warehouses in Mexico.”

Tramar Industries specializes in CNC machinery like many MDNA dealers, but the thing that sets them apart is their connection to the South American market. Tramar’s newest facility, located in Mexico, recently became a member of the MDNA in April of 2015. Tramar transports, finances, installs, and repairs machinery.

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Mauro and Father Cesar

“With all three Daminos being fluent in Spanish, we do a lot of business in Mexico and South America and are very experienced in importing/exporting machinery,” adds Mauro.

Mauro did not always dream of working in machinery, but his family’s business and father, Cesar Damino, beckoned. And now, after 14 years of working in the industry together, he says

“We’ve made it work and have fun doing it! My mom comes in every once in a while to make sure we’re all getting along!”

Mauro has four major loves away from the “biz” that keep him occupied. First, there’s the upcoming wedding this October to his beautiful fiancé Alexis. The couple is planning to be wed beach-side in Mexico.

A destination wedding helps to quench Mauro’s other thirst for life, which is traveling.

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Mauro with Alexis

Mauro says This past summer, I went to Croatia and Greece, next up on the list is Cuba for our honeymoon.”

Mauro’s other love, or as he sees it, “his daughter,” is a black lab named Lucy who’s an office regular at Tramar Industries and takes her security position pretty seriously.Mauros dog Lucy

And as if Mauro wasn’t juggling enough already with work, international trips, a wedding, and a security officer doggy “daughter,” he’s taken on a new love for home renovating.

“For the past two years, we’ve been remodeling our current home in Royal Oak, Michigan, which has helped me realize my new-found love for renovating. Currently, I am building a front porch with my future father-in- law.”  

Mauro is currently serving as the MDNA Detroit/ Toledo Chapter Chairman.

“Since joining the MDNA, we have met so many great people with whom we have been able to do business. We deal with many of them on a day to day basis. The best part is that the more you put into the MDNA, the more you get out of it. The more you get involved, the more people you meet that you are able to do business with; more often than not, those business relationships become friendships.”

Here’s a sampling of Tramar Industries, Inc. current inventory:

CNC Lathes

CNC Machining Centers

Boring Mills


Turret Punches

Coordinate Measuring Machines

Press Brakes

Bridge/Gantry Mill Options

Machine Accessories/Chucks

CNC Lasers

Rotary Tables


Who are MDNA’s Young Guns? Learn More here


Young Guns: From Hollywood to Machinery- Chuck Radtke

MDNA’s next Young Gun first came onto the machinery scene 5 years ago after leaving Hollywood and the movie production industry behind to start a family.  Chuck Radtke, now with Wisconsin Metalworking Machinery, Inc., reminiscences on his former life…

“I worked in Hollywood on several live action feature films on the production side.  My first job in LA was on the set of the original SAW movie. It really wasn’t that scary… with the lights on.  Then I got into more family friendly movies by working for Disney on films like: Princess Diaries II, Sky High, and Race to Witch Mountain.”    


We know what you must be thinking…”Why would he leave behind that exciting life for working in the machinery industry?” Chuck had other dreams, ones that many of you may relate to. It all started with a young woman named Amy, who he met in college at the University of Wisconsin. Shortly after graduating the pair moved to LA to pursue their post college dreams. Fast forward seven years later, Chuck and Amy get married and they come to the realization that LA, (far from other family) is not where they want to raise their family. So they find themselves moving back to Wisconsin.

Lucky for Chuck his beautiful new bride Amy happened to be the daughter of MDNA Past President Joseph Kraemer (JR) of Wisconsin Metalworking Machinery.

“Amy’s job allowed her to work from home and thankfully JR offered me a position at Wisconsin Metalworking Machinery.

I initially started working on our website, producing videos, and revamping our online marketing strategy.  Then I started to dabble in sales, answering the phone when nobody was paying attention and trying to sell a machine.  Now, 5 years in, I’m doing sales full time and still trying to sell a machine.” – says Chuck


Chuck’s background in video production and marketing has made him a huge asset to the growth of Wisconsin Metalworking Machinery. He is now producing all of the videos.

He says “We’ve found that they are an invaluable way to portray the condition of the machine, and one of the biggest selling tools besides having a customer come in and inspect the machine in person.  Many times a customer cannot travel to inspect, or it is too cost prohibitive.  I’ve sold several machines to foreign buyers simply by answering their questions with a string of videos.”

Chuck’s editing software of choice is Final Cut Pro, and his preferred avenue for distribution is YouTube. He uses the Adobe Creative Suite for his photo editing.

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Chuck says “I’m constantly critiquing our advertising options on all the different equipment websites, mass email communications, SEO of our website, and will use almost every Google tracking website for monitoring.  I also help facilitate our website’s interaction with online Locator (CIMS.)”

Wisconsin Metalworking Machinery recently celebrated their 30th year in business.  WMM is one of the largest stocking dealers of used metalworking machine tools in the country.  They have over 300 machine tools in their 50,000 square foot warehouse in Waukesha, WI.  They specialize in used metalworking equipment, about 1/3 of inventory consists of fabrication (press brakes, shears, rolls) 1/3 CNC chip making, and 1/3 miscellaneous metalworking equipment.

Today, Chuck and Amy are the proud parents of 2 young children. They live in Hartland, Wisconsin, just 7 minutes away from grandparents, JR and Debbie.  Chuck’s passion outside of work is baseball. Chuck plays softball in several leagues, including one with Amy on the local Co-Ed team: “WMMSC”  – Wisconsin Metalworking Machinery Softball Club.

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Chuck adds “I pretend to golf, I’m good enough to be dangerous on the course, I hit my driver far and crooked, as anyone at past MDNA golf outings can attest.

Chuck is currently serving the MDNA Milwaukee / Minneapolis Chapter as the Treasurer and Secretary.

Here’s a sampling of Wisconsin Metalworking Machinery, Inc’s inventory:


Who are MDNA’s Young Guns? Learn More here

Bill Right Forest

Young Guns of MDNA, Introducing Bill Melvin Jr.

Bill Melvin Jr. owner of MDNA member firm, Liquid Asset Partners, LLC is a family man Bill Right Forestwith three young children and baby number four due this coming September. When asked if this was a family business Bill repliesYes, I have grown up in the business helping move around equipment and stirring the pot since I was in diapers.” Bill is second generation in this family business. He grew up in the liquidation industry, assisting his father Bill Sr. in liquidation projects throughout grade school, high school and college.

Bill has given numerous professional testimonies to the liquidation value of assets in U.S. Federal Courts, as well as led the liquidation of many Fortune 500 companies’ assets. His education includes: B.A. Economics/Law – WMU, Certified Professional Auctioneer and AMEA Certified Equipment Appraiser. A member of the National Auctioneers Association, Turnaround Management Association, Commercial Finance Association, American Bankruptcy Institute and Machinery Dealers National Association (MDNA)

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Bill says his “work ethic and conservative decision making skills help him maximize liquidation projects across the USA.” 

Bill has built great contacts in retail, industrial, wholesale, private equity and financial arenas that are a major source of Liquid Asset Partner’s growth.

Since 1975, the Melvin management team has been working with banks, retailers, bankruptcy courts, trustees, manufacturers, and lenders. They make cash purchases or run commission based disposition sales in retail, industrial, wholesale, motorsports and equipment. With over 100 liquidators nationwide, they say they are able to be at any location within 48 hours’ notice.


 “We work across North America, but for MDNA guys we set ourselves apart as the ‘inventory guys.’ We handle large wholesale inventories and factories that have large inventories as a main ‘part of the deal.’ We are the main liquidator of Distribution Centers and Retail Equipment in North America handling Circuit City, Hudson’s Bay Company, Walmart and many more.” – Bill

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Bill and Amy

When Bill is not working he spends most of his days chasing his wife of ten years, and hanging with the kiddos.  His favorite hobbies include old cars, motorcycles, triathlons, waterskiing, snow skiing, hunting, biking, running, and golf.


Check out Bill in the news:


Who are MDNA’s Young Guns? Learn More here

Check out some of the current projects at Liquid Asset Partners, LLC here