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Young Guns of MDNA, Wheeler

Meet the first of our featured Young Guns, Dan Wheeler of Wheeler Machinery Sales, Inc.young guns text 1

A west coast family man, President of Wheeler Machinery Sales, and walker to a furry dog named Elvis, Dan is a car loving, motorcycle riding, boar & bird hunting, football & little league coaching, father of 3 ranging in age from 3  to 11 and reports daily to the lovely Mrs. Gina Wheeler.

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Mr. Wheeler is undoubtedly someone to keep an eye on with 20 years’ experience in machinery sales already and he’s got plenty of years ahead being just 40 years young.

His talents advanced at a young age while obtaining his BS in Engineering from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo. Dan is also an AMEA Certified Equipment Appraiser and (ASA) American Society of Appraisers certified.

Dan came into the family business in the mid 90’s to help his dad out.  Eventually he became a full-time salesman, selling a wide variety of machines ranging from fabrication to general machine tools.  At his dad’s passing in January 2012, he purchased the company from his mom and sister.  He is a third generation machinery dealer.

“Many years ago I asked my grandfather what led him into getting involved in the business and he said he met Milton himself on Pacific Blvd in Los Angeles and he use to polish his shoes.” 

His grandfather got his start as a set-up man for Milton Wershaw Auctioneers – based out of Los Angeles, CA.  He was 16 years old at the time.  His grandfather eventually broke away and started Wheeler Machinery Co. on San Pedro St. in Los Angeles.  Dan’s father worked for his grandfather, but would eventually go on his own, hence the name Wheeler Machinery Sales.

Wheeler Machinery Sales, founded by Dan’s father Crist Wheeler, opened its doors in 1969.  For many years they were located on Santa Fe Ave. (Machinery Row) in Los Angeles, CA.  Recently, their business moved into a newer more modern structure in Pomona, CA, approximately the same size as their facility in Los Angeles.

Dan says “We concentrate mostly on Fabrication Equipment and General Machine Tools, from small to very large.

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“Our staff holds a lot of experience with the low man on the totem pole having minimum 10 years’ experience.  We employ 4 full time staff members and we all participate in sales and repair.  We have a great reputation and concentrate on quality and customer service.”

Dan is an active member within Machinery Dealers National Association and is passionate about the success and development of the used metalworking and capital equipment industry.

If you are interested in this incredible “Young Guns” sponsorship opportunity, please reach out to the MDNA office - and stay tuned as we introduce you to the new breed of MDNA members and future leaders of the industry –  at this year’s Convention and throughout the coming year.

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ReSell CNC Growing Fast

Machinery Dealers National Association (MDNA) Member Firm, ReSell CNC was recognized in The 2014 Inc. 5000 Magazine as the #155th fastest growing privately held company in the United States and the #8th fastest growing Business Services Company.

ReSell CNC was established in 2008 and is headed by MDNA member, John Butz. ReSell started as a small one man shop and has grown into a full stocking dealer with twenty employees and representatives across the United States.


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ReSell CNC stocks all types of used CNC machine tools while focusing on metal cutting machinery such as Mazak, Haas, Mori Seiki, Okuma, Makino, Fadal, Daewoo, Kitamura, Citizen, Star and many more CNC machine brands. ReSell resells manufacturing equipment through auctions and liquidation sales.

John Butz, the founder and president of ReSell CNC and Mike Mills who joined the company this year and runs ReSell CNC West, the office in Scottsdale, AZ, have worked in the CNC business for over twenty years and bring the knowledge and experience that was needed to grow the company so fast.

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Mike Mills, RESELL CNC








Matt Horn, Vice President of Operations, ReSell CNC remarks on how they were able to get here-

“Our rapid growth has been propelled by the addition of auction capabilities to the already extensive retail services we can provide to customers and by the addition of our Western US office in Scottsdale, AZ. These two additions have allowed us to bring more comprehensive solutions to our customers and to expand our customer base into the Western US.”

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Radio DJ Turned Machinery Dealer

MDNA Member Jon Arnold celebrates his 20th Anniversary with Arnold Equipment Company, and shares his interesting beginning

Written by Jon Arnold, President, Arnold Equipment Company                                                                                                  Published 12/16/2014

Flash back

It’s the fall of 1994.  There I was, working as the afternoon drive DJ for Mix 96 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Being heavily involved with station promotion and live remote broadcasts, I helped bring the station’s ratings up in the market for my time slot.

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Time For A Change

Unfortunately, the ownership group decided to go in a new direction and change music formats.  They blew up the staff and I was out of a job.  Immediately, I was hired by the top station in town (Z-93) on a part-time basis.  It was at that time that I reassessed my career and decided to go in an entirely different direction.

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Growing up

I spent summer’s cleaning machines, driving the forklift, answering phones and not really paying much attention to what dad did for a living other than what time I was done working so I could hang out with friends or go play 9 holes before dark.  Looking back, I wish I would have shown more interest in dad’s business which I often said “I would never get into.”

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Never Say Never

My dad, Nate Arnold, gave me the option in November of 1994 to join him in the machinery business.  He told me “If you don’t like it in 3 months, go do something else.”  20 years later, I’m happy to say I’ve stuck with it and have really enjoyed meeting and working with people from all over the world.  Nate is now happily retired and I’m continuing to move forward with the business, keeping it alive and thriving in a fast paced world.  I have made many friends in the business and look forward to what the next 20 years will bring.

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Nate Arnold with Used Machinery

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NOV 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bruce Redenz of MDNA Member firm Madison Tool Inc. Bruce Redenz and Amy Matthewsreceived the Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, Wisconsin ‘Volunteer of the Year’ 2014 Award. In October of 2014 Bruce and other award recipients were honored at a special banquet that featured keynote speaker Amy Matthews, Host, HGTV’s Renovation Raiders.

On earning this achievement Bruce stated “Habitat is a really special organization that makes a huge difference each day in the lives of the families it serves and the communities it builds. I have witnessed first-hand the stability and quality-of-life which the opportunity to own simple, affordable, livable housing brings to our Habitat homeowners. With volunteers working alongside homeowners and their future neighbors, we become a family. Receiving this award is an honor which I am humbled by, but frankly, the excitement I see when a future Habitat homeowner tells a group of volunteers, “This is going to be my family’s home” is the greatest reward I could hope for.”

The Machinery Dealers National Association congratulates Bruce on this great achievement. MDNA Executive Vice President, Mark Robinson says “I’m thankful for this kind of dedication and drive from Bruce and from all of our members. MDNA is a volunteer run non-profit and our members serve not just our association but those less fortunate, in our communities and around the world and people like Bruce Redenz are setting a great example for the future leaders of MDNA.”


Habitat for Humanity of Dane County provides simple, decent, affordable housing for families who might not otherwise become homeowners. Eligible families pay monthly mortgage payments on a 0% interest loan, and contribute from 325 to 375 hours of sweat equity in the building of their homes. Habitat for Humanity has served more than 225 families in Dane County. For more information on Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, call 608-255-1549 or visit



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Phone: 703.836.9300



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Jerry Blumberg

Q&A With Jerry Blumberg

Member Spotlight Interview
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Jerry Blumberg, President of Blumberg Machinery Co.

Get To Know Your Fellow Members 

Jerry Blumberg is the President of Blumberg Machinery Corporation, a family owned and operated stocking dealer located in the small town (est. population of 1,583, 2010 census) of Bannockburn, Illinois which is just under an hour’s drive from the city of Chicago. Some of you may also know Jerry as the father of Ryan Blumberg, CEA, (MDNA Director at Large/ Locator Services, Inc. Past President). Jerry Blumberg has been a member of MDNA since 1972.

To help us get to know the man behind the Blumberg name MDNA Member, John A. Josko, CEA, Industrial Asset Appraisals & Consulting, Inc. caught up with Jerry as part of his assignment on the MDNA PR Committee and asked him questions like how he started out in the biz, advice he would like to pass on, what challenges he faces in the industry today and what he likes to do for fun…

What was your first Job with the company and how did you get it?

“I started as a salesman in the used machinery business for Adams Machinery Company.” (Adams Machinery Company- An MDNA Founding Member Firm)

What is the biggest challenge for your company in the next 5 years and do you have any tips on how you will conquer it?

“Staying up to date with the technological changes to both business and the Machine Tool Industry. You must keep an open mind and always be looking at the future.”

What is one thing you would you pass on to MDNA’s younger next generation leaders about this business or industry?

“Get involved, develop good communication skills with old and new association members, learn your job and your industry, try to improve your skills every day.”

What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

“Spending time with my family, playing a little golf and interacting with people.”

What would be your best achievement to date?

“My family and the interaction and time spent with my fellow dealers.”

What is your favorite type of machinery or machine tool and why?

“Large CNC Machine Tools. I love all aspects of the buying and selling of the big machinery.”

What do you like about your job?

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“Working with my son Ryan. The diversity & interaction with my fellow MDNA Members…and I love the thrill of the chase in this industry.”

What is the most useful thing you have participated in or attended that you can apply to your job or has helped your career?

“During the MDNA Weekend with the Pros, seeing the interaction with the other dealers, their warehouses, touring the manufacturing facilities and networking.”

If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?

“Cell Phone, MDNA Directory, Food.”

What’s your first thought upon waking up?

“What do I have to do today?”


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Q&A With Troy Clark

Member Spotlight Interview

troy clarkInterview Conducted by: Kim Khoury
Person Interviewed: Troy Clark
Title/Position: Owner/President
Company: Clark Machinery Sales
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What year did you join the MDNA: 2007

Q: What was your first Job with the company and how did you get it?

A: I was living in Chicago looking for part time work and answered an ad in the Chicago Tribune.  I started working for Machinery Marketing Incorporated in 1997 doing telemarketing and then moved onto a position in sales.

Q: What is the biggest challenge for your company in the next 5 years and do you have any tips on how you will conquer it?

A: Maintaining our Diligence at doing the mundane -Having employees stay sharp, being engaged, inspired and diligent in tasks in down markets.  If the Clark Machinery team is constantly improving their process they hope to stay busy when the market isn’t hot.

Q: What is one thing you would you pass on to MDNA’s younger, next generation Chicago-Tribune-10-11-2012leaders about this business or industry?

A: When selling and buying machinery- sincerity with your customer and acting in a timely manner goes a long way

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

A: Exploring and dining at great restaurants with my wife.

Q: What would be your best achievement to date?

A: Finally developing the Desire for Endless Process Improvement

Q: What is your favorite type of machinery or machine tool and why?

A: Any type of Haas equipment.  It’s refreshing that a manufacture is transparent.  They take the guesswork out of the replacement cost.  They are willing to show how their machines are originally equipped.  They have great tools for used machinery dealers in the secondary market.haas-2010-machines

Q: What do you like about your job?

A: Coming to work and solving problems with employees and for customers.

Q: What is the most useful thing you have participated in or attended that you can apply to your job or has helped your career?

A: The last weekend with the Pros put on by the Cleveland and Ohio Valley Chapters.  From the manufacturing tours, to visiting the dealer’s warehouses and most importantly the networking with other dealers, the event was first class from start to finish.

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Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?

A: To sing bass in a gospel quartet.   I remember thinking as a child, “now that’s a real man.”

Q: If you had a year off, what would you want to do?

A: If money was no object, I would love to travel through Europe with my family, refining my foreign language skills, reliving history.  And of course, lots of eating and drinking.

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New Officers Elected for New England Chapter

Reported 10.10.2014

The New England Chapter met on October 9th, 2014 at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston, MA for a private plant tour, catered dinner and a significant meeting, where a new slate of officers was voted in to represent their chapter.

Event Sponsor Ross Finn with brother Paul Finn (pictured left) of Joseph Finn Co., Inc. expressed how much this event meant to them and how excited they were to be involved and supporting this group.

Nate Smith of MDNA member firm, Absolute Machinery Corp. (outgoing New England Chapter Chairman) was thankful for the great turnout and participation of his fellow chapter members. He stated that he is “prepared and eager to pass the reigns of leadership over to the new Chapter Chairman, Kevin Brewster of MDNA member firm On Target Machine Brokers.”

Kevin Brewster remarked I am very much looking forward to serving to the best of my ability. I am very proud to be part of the organization and look forward to being involved for many years to come.” 

Kevin Brewster (pictured below) “leading the pack.”

Newly Elected New England MDNA Officers:

Chairman:  Kevin Brewster, On Target Machine Brokers, LLC

Treasurer: Ross Finn, CEA Joseph Finn Co., Inc.

Board Representative: Kevin Brewster, On Target Machine Brokers, LLC

Membership Chairman: Nathan Smith, CEA, Absolute Machinery Corporation

Alt. Board Rep.: R.F. “Casey” Mulqueen, CEA, Strategic Solutions for Industry

For More Pictures of the Event See Album Post

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Absolute Machinery team to walk for cancer research

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MDNA Member firm Absolute Machinery Corporation will walk for cancer on September 28th, 2014 in honor of Don Detenber, who passed away this year after battling multiple myeloma.

Nate Smith, President of Absolute Machinery said  “Don, a dear family friend…was my mentor when I was a very young child, had me clean machines for him when I was a teenager sometimes in subzero warehouses and when I would complain he said it was character building- “just get it done.” When I was in college he arranged an internship for me for several years at a plastics factory where I was able to hone my machinery skills. 

Eventually I went to work for Don at Yankee Machinery Sales (a manufactures representative firm & used equipment trader in the plastics industry) and attended several local MDNA meetings in the early 1990’s and he claimed at that time that is was the only organization where the folks are interested in networking and making money together!  After retiring he was redeployed here at Absolute to mentor the up & coming young guns to make sure they abided by good business practices and then he became the ‘Absolute Oracle’ for 10+ years in addition to selling equipment. He was a gentlemen and wonderful person and we all miss him.”

Every year the Absolute Machinery team strives to make a difference by participating in the Annual UMass Medical Cancer Walk. They said for them it is a privilege and an honor to raise money for cancer research with the goal of developing better treatments and ultimately eradicating this horrible disease.  Absolute Machinery also states that this is a personal cause for their employees, many of whom have had family or friends touched by cancer. Of equal importance to them, the UMass Medical Cancer Walk lets their team come together with others to remember those who have lost their fight with cancer, to support those who continue their fight, and to celebrate those who have fought and won.

To learn more or to pledge with the Absolute Machinery Team, visit First Giving online


Chicago Chapter Reception/ IMTS 2014

MDNA GOES TO IMTS 2014/ 9.8.14

Over 200 people were on hand including MDNA Member firms, Premier Vendors, Prospective Member Companies and their guests for what many have described as “the best MDNA Chicago Chapter Reception and Dinner ever held.” We would like to thank the Chicago Chapter leadership team and the sponsors for making this evening such a success. Chapter Chairman Bob Yeoman, the leadership team of John Josko, Joe Lundvick and Ronnie Graff all worked tirelessly to put this event together.  Without our sponsors (listed below) we could not have had this outstanding networking event at the new Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, in the great city of Chicago during IMTS 2014.

In addition to the networking and camaraderie, the attendees participated in a silent auction to raise funds for the Austin D. Lucas Scholarship Fund.

The MDNA would also like to thank the people who volunteered their valuable time at the MDNA booth at IMTS.  Our booth space, provided by Allways Precision Inc. was staffed the entire week by both MDNA member volunteers and MDNA staff who represented the Association and collected leads on behalf of all members.  In a sea of shiny new machinery we were proud to offer a viable alternative and our volunteers made this possible.  Leads will be posted throughout this week in the Member’s Only Back Office. [Not a valid template]

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Exhibiting MDNA Member Companies

Published in the MDNA News, 2014 Summer Edition- Written By Jennifer Gray, MDNA

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) is from September 8-13, and anticipates to see over 100,000 people from countries all over the globe marching their way into Chicago’s McCormick Place to view the latest technology, tools and services, of close to 2,000 exhibitors, network with the industries power players, and meet the faces of their competitors. Among those exhibitors will be a handful of proud MDNA member companies who welcome you to stop by and visit their booth during the show.

We contacted those member companies to find out some of the cool things they plan to exhibit and also asked them to explain what IMTS does for their business.

Broaching Machine Specialists Co. fElectromateBMSirst became a member of MDNA in 1951 and re-established membership again in 1973. This year BMS will be exhibiting a machine they manufacture themselves called the BMS ELECTRO-MATE Electric Drive Vertical Table-Up Internal Broaching Machine. The machine has 15 ton pulling capacity with 54 inches cutting stroke. The machine is electro mechanically powered (not hydraulically powered which is traditional for most). It is an ideal machine for high volume internal broaching operations such as splines or other internal forms.

BMS has been building table up broaching machines since 1994 and they have over 50 of them operating in manufacturing facilities throughout the world. These machines are available in capacities ranging from 5 tons to 50 tons and 36 inches to 90 inches. BMS has been exhibiting at IMTS since 1996.

“It is a great way to get exposure. IMTS is attended by manufacturers from all over the world and the exposure lasts a long time. We’ve had the occasion of a customer calling and saying, ‘I picked up your literature at IMTS 6 years ago and now I am in the market for a broach.’ ” —Matt Egrin, President BMS
BMS Booth: N-7229 Pavilion: Gear Generation

IMG_0281 (2) RP Machines editRP Machine Enterprises, Inc., a gear machinery dealer, with both used and new gear machinery has been a member of MDNA since, 2003. RP also reconditions and services gear machinery as well as retrofit gear machines with CNC controls. RP represents several new machine lines including G&E (Gould & Eberhardt), Hera, and TTi. G&E are large capacity gear gasher and hobbers, Hera is a large line of CNC gear hobbers, TTi has a large line of gear inspection machines. Mitch Springer, Business Manager for RP Machines says “We have been exhibiting at IMTS since 2000 and every show since. At our booth this year, we will have a TTi 600H gear inspection machine and a Hera 350 CNC gear hobber.”
RP Booth: N-7030 Pavilion: Gear Generation

SUM2, Midwest Tool booth imageMidwest Tool Inc., an MDNA member company since 1997 is proudly celebrating 25 years in business this year and have been exhibiting at IMTS every year since 1992. President of Midwest Tool Inc., Mitchell Zamost says “It’s all in the buy” for them and “We want end users surplus machinery.” He speaks about how beneficial the IMTS show has been for their business stating that they “walk away with a lot of leads by being exhibitors there.” He says his secret is the pounds and pounds of brightly colored M&M candies he keeps stocked at his booth and that “people fight their way to get there!” If you are looking to meet Mitchell during IMTS this year you probably won’t find him under the name Midwest Tool Inc. as he focuses on marketing the name “”
MT Booth: N-6337 Pavilion: Fabricating / Laser / Additive

IMG_2514prestiguePrestige Equipment, Corp. an MDNA member company since 1992, started exhibiting at IMTS in 2004. This year they will have video monitors and computers for visitors to browse extensive inventory and learn about their full scope of industrial services. They plan to bring many Prestige team members to staff their booth, in order to give potential buyers the opportunity to meet them. They exclaimed that they “feel this is still an important way of communicating as opposed to simply being on the other side of an email or phone conversation. “

“We feel it’s important to keep the Prestige Equipment brand shows…this give us an opportunity to offer an affordable alternative to the new machinery on the show floor. IMTS in particular attracts thousands of potential machinery buyers, many of them decision-makers, under one roof and provides us with a great opportunity to introduce ourselves to new customers as well as reestablish a personal connection with familiar ones. In addition, it allows us to meet with business partners in an environment that fosters collaboration and long-term relationships. The show gives us the chance to receive direct feedback from both current customers and potential prospects.” – Paul Lashin, Vice President
PE Booth: N-6470 Pavilion: Fabricating/ Laser/ Additive

Other MDNA members who will be exhibiting that you should stop by and see are: DiPaolo Machine Tools Ltd. at booth: S-8384 Pavilion: Metal Cutting , Allways Precision, Inc. at booth: N-6651 Pavilion: Abrasive Machining/ Sawing/ Finishing And due to the generosity of Allways Precision, Inc. the Machinery Dealers National Association will be exhibiting at IMTS 2014! MDNA Booth: N-6651 Pavilion: Abrasive Machining/ Sawing/ Finishing

We look forward to seeing you all at IMTS!