Congratulations to our President and CEO Nicole Wolter for becoming a member of the Board of Directors at mHUB! As the nation's largest hardtech and manufacturing innovation center, mHUB offers a multitude of services and opportunities that benefit the manufacturing industry as a whole. Having collaborative work spaces, skills development programs, supportive and knowledgeable colleagues, mHUB spurs advancements and strengthens the industry. With over 12,000+ local manufacturers that employ 565,000 people and generate $103 billion the mHUB ecosystem is a powerhouse for progress. As a board member, Wolter will add to a diverse community of leaders that strategizes ways of improving and developing their craft. We are very proud of Nicole and we’re excited to see what the future holds with this new opportunity. To learn more about mHUB, check out their website here!
Today we are celebrating HM Manufacturing’s 42 year anniversary! Our COO and founder Ken Wolter started this company in his parents garage and since then we’ve kept growing with over 20 employees, a robust apprenticeship and internship program. It’s amazing to see the industry become more innovative each year and being a part of that progress and expansion. We are proud to be a family owned company and we continue to invite the next generation to join the manufacturing community. Thank you to everyone- our team, suppliers, customers, friends and colleagues, who have helped HM become what it is today. Here’s to another 42 years of HM!
HM Manufacturing is eager to announce the addition of the Okuma Genos M560-V 5-Axis Mill to our facility! This new machine allows for vertical production and can handle a variety of materials, from titanium to aluminum, without sacrificing efficiency and high quality finish. With a 32-Tool Magazine, Highly Rigid Double-Column design and 15k CAT40 Big-Plus Spindle, this machine offers incredible flexibility, accuracy and cutting edge performance. We are beyond excited to explore this machine and to complete many new projects with this impressive mechanism. Stay tuned for more videos and pictures at HM Manufacturing on all of our social media pages.
Wauconda, IL— September 22, 2020 — As a leading manufacturer of custom transmission components, we are dedicated to providing our customers with superior services and products. With the foundation of our ISO 9001:2015 standard certification, we have recently completed the AS9100:2016 certification. The AS9100:2016 certifies that HM Manufacturing is accredited to developing and producing products that meet the unparalleled quality and standards for the aerospace industry. Click to read the PDF
The AS9100:2016 certification process has a multitude of benefits that we are looking forward to providing for our current and prospective customers. This certification ensures consistent decision making, increased efficiency, reduced risks and continual improvement within our facility. Seeing our industry is based on constant growth and advancements, it's vital we utilize cutting edge technology and processes in order to stay compatible with customers' needs.
This certification is designed to help organizations working in the aerospace, aviation and defense industries. Although we’ve been in the aerospace and defense industry for decades, there are still continuous improvements being made to advance the automation of aerospace related mechanics. It's imperative that each individual gear, spline, shaft and timing belt pulley, that enters an aircraft, has accurate specifications. As we continue to grow our customer base in the aerospace and defense industries, this certification grants us the appropriate requirements to manufacture the highest quality components.
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"You have to keep pushing through. It’s OK to fail. I have failed plenty. That’s how you improve. I’ve learned to embrace the things I don’t know and never ever give up.” says Nicole. “HM Manufacturing is my family. I’ll do whatever it takes to keep HM Manufacturing strong.”
President and CEO Nicole Wolter has been featured in the most recent IMTS Insider. Wolter and the HM team have been working tirelessly to ensure that their customers are served while staff stay safe and healthy. As this task may seem daunting to some, she hopes to inspire more manufacturers that are weary about the impacts that Covid-19 will have on their business and the industry as a whole. This time is ambiguous and threatens many businesses, large and small, but as manufacturers and Americans, we will continue to persevere and make the most out of this situation. To read more about what HM is doing, click on the link. LINK
President and CEO Nicole Wolter has recently been named to the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers. The NAM was founded in 1895 and is the largest industrial association in the United States. With over 14,000 members, the NAM has an incredible influence over manufacturing and trade industries and advocates for employees, company owners and corporations both large and small. HM Manufacturing is beyond excited to now be an official part of this association. We look forward to having a voice on the board that will advocate for policies that benefit all manufacturers. Both HM and Wolter are working continuously to reduce the skills gap within the industry and encourage manufacturing as a career path for younger generations, which are both common initiatives within our company and the NAM.
“Nicole commands respect as a recognized leader in our industry, and the NAM will be stronger thanks to her service on our Board of Directors,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons.
“I am honored to be a part of the NAM Board and continue to fight for policies that will ensure our continued growth and success as manufacturers,” said Wolter.
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President and CEO Nicole Wolter Invited to USMCA Signing
President and CEO of HM Manufacturing, Nicole Wolter, attended the recent signing of the USMCA deal in Washington, D.C. alongside the President of the United States, Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and many congressmen including Senator Ted Cruz, and Senator John Cornyn. Over the past six months, Wolter has been working with the Job Creators Network, the National Association of Manufacturers and Vice President Mike Pence to advocate for this policy. This Trade agreement with Canada and Mexico is the largest in US history and will be extremely beneficial to companies big and small throughout an array of industries, especially manufacturing. As a smaller manufacturer, policies that help reduce taxes stimulate growth and prosperity. This policy will help reduce regulatory red tape at our borders, reduce costs and make cross-border transactions more consistent and predictable. Additionally, the USMCA will provide the strongest labor and environment obligation in any US trade agreement, making them fully subject to enforcement and dispute settlement. Overall, this policy supports economic growth and stability within all industries and will continue to ensure fair trade throughout our nation. We are very proud to have our CEO represent us and manufacturers across the country by advocating for the USMCA.
Congratulations and happy work anniversary to our plant manager, Adam, who is celebrating his sixth year at HM Manufacturing! Throughout his high school career Adam participated in metals and manufacturing courses that lead him to pursue manufacturing as a career. While his peers would take study halls, Adam would be in the workshop working on his skills and soaking up knowledge from his teachers and older classmates. He competed in a multitude of precision machining competitions at the state and national level. In the Skills USA competitions and NIMS competitions, hosted by TMA (Technology and Manufacturing Association), Adam was awarded 1st place in three out of four categories he submitted.
His eagerness to learn more and create solutions to machining problems drove his passion for manufacturing. “Everything in the world has to be manufactured, it’s an imperative aspect to every industry” says Adam.
Once Adam joined the HM team, he was already skilled with manual machining, CNC Milling and Mastercam. Adam started on the CNC lathe and then transferred to running the prototype department. He studied various CNC machines at HM until he was proficient on every piece of equipment. Adam mentioned that one of his favorite things about working at HM is the opportunity to work in an environment with a great company culture and having the ability to work on interesting and challenging projects for real world solutions. Along with managing the plant and production, Adam focuses on mentoring the interns and apprentices that HM welcomes every summer. He teaches the students about different machines, and what a career in manufacturing looks like. Adam brings interns along by concentrating on their natural talents and implementing positive instruction
Congratulations to Adam on all of your hard work and dedication! We are proud of you and all your accomplishments and we’re excited to see your continued progress as an HM team member.
Nicole Wolter Featured as “Leadership in the Gear Industry” Panelist at AGMA Strategic Resources Network Event
HM Manufacturing President and CEO Nicole Wolter was invited by the American Gear Manufacturers Association to participate as a panelist at the Strategic Resources Network event in Chicago last week. The event spanned two days with a carefully curated schedule that allowed for attendees to network and grow within the gear industry. Day one included open forum discussion on industry hot topics, keynote speakers, demonstrations, and the “Leadership in the Gear Industry Panel”; day two was comprised of three guided tours of manufacturing facilities in the area.
In addition to Wolter, the panel, moderated by AGMA Committee Chairman, Ross Wegryn-Jones of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, included Cory Ooyen (President of Global Gear and Machining) and Zen Cichon (President of Innovative Rack and Gear). Each panelist spoke to common challenges and industry trends including, but not limited to, automation, the increasing impact of social media, and succession.
Widely discussed was automation and how it is changing the gear industry. Wolter, when speaking to its impact on HM Manufacturing, shared that as a custom manufacturer that changes over 10-12 times per day, with lot sizes of 1-1,000 pieces, automation does not benefit them in the way it would a company with large lot sizes. She explained that even with the advances in automation, IIOT, and robotics, the core of HM Manufacturing’s immediate future lies within investing in advanced technology, updated machining centers, and R&D. These investments produce tooling and fixtures that aid in the quick changeover system developed and utilized by HM Manufacturing. This system saves, on average, 45 minutes to one hour per set-up. In support, the company has invested over half a million dollars in new capital equipment in the last year to broaden capabilities.
HM’s social media marketing strategy is reflective of the value placed on highly skilled employees. The purpose, according to Wolter, is to establish high quality as an expected standard, and exceptional company culture as the truly distinguishing feature. “We are intentional about what is posted on social media,” says Wolter, “it isn’t just product after product. It’s people that we want to feature”. She further explains that HM employees are constantly enhancing their expertise through their diligent work and company funded certifications—which deserves to be celebrated, from the HM social media platforms to the company’s “Hall of Fame”.
As a proven industry expert, Wolter had much to contribute to the discussion of succession. She shared her perspective, recommending a mindful, realistic approach.