“Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” We all have almost certainly heard this phrase before and most often remember it as a witty adage about the obscurity of life with only two exceptions: everyone at some point will move on (die) and everyone will have to pay taxes. And while I am forced by nature to maintain the truth of the former part of this saying, the latter is a bit more involved. Yes, we may all have to pay taxes, but there is a sizeable difference as to how much we will pay and to whom will we pay those taxes to.

A lot of talk has been passed around lately about the on going corporate inversions that a lot of U.S. corporations are seeking to undergo. An inversion is the process that a domestic firm (in our case a U.S. company) undergoes when they merge with a foreign company and reincorporates themselves in the foreign country in order to reduce the amount of taxes it would pay on its earnings. While this behavior is not exactly new, it has been pushed to the forefront of today’s debate floor and leaves the rest of us asking what to do about it.

The world of corporate tax law is more complex and twisted then just about any other area of government regulation. Corporations are taxed on their earnings made here at home and abroad. Tax credit is often awarded to companies Continue Reading…

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Bench-Drill-Press2I’m a bowler. I’ve been bowling in leagues for about 9 years now, and while, I have yet to bowl a perfect game (although I have come pretty close) or pick up that unforgiving 7-10 split (I have never come close at all), I have had my own custom ball since I’ve started. As with all things custom, personal bowling balls can come fitted to your hand and are drilled, often on site, to meet your hands’ specific dimensions. When I recently went to buy a new ball, imagine my surprise as I watched the pro shop owner drill the holes in my new bowling ball using a carbide tipped Silver and Deming drill.

The advantage to a Silver and Deming drill is the smaller shank size. These large diameter drills have reduced shanks that can easily fit into a drill press, such as the one a bowling alley pro shop would have. Did we sell this specific pro shop owner the drills he is using on my ball? Probably not. But we have sold a lot of drills to bowling ball manufacturers for the very same purpose. This got me thinking about the various jobs and projects that our tools have been used in.

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In most cases, we do not know the purpose that the tools we are making will be used for. But every so often we do learn about the job, and often times out tools help make some really cool stuff.  One that stands out the most, and perhaps the one that I am most proud of, was back in 2009 when we were providing drills to our armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The drills were being used to help re-armor our Humvees to better protect against IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices).  These bombs were devastating to our troops, and are responsible for a large percentage of the deaths and wounded.

At the start of the war, the armor protecting the Humvees was flat on the undercarriage, horizontal to the ground.  When an IED exploded underneath the vehicle the force from the explosion was absorbed directly into this flatness with deadly results.  The creative minds of our armed forces came up with a new design Continue Reading…

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The United States was founded by a group of people who were by and large do-it-yourselfers. It comes as no surprise that over the decades the American people have only grown in that same attitude and because of it we have created one of the world’s most powerful economies and one of the best environments for innovation and creativity. Although recent years may have shown a decline in the DIY mentality of the general population, there are those among us that still love making things. And in the wake of the recession, manufacturing has been reborn in the American heart.

National Manufacturing Day this year is Oct. 3 and already companies all over the nation are gearing up for it. With co-producers like The National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute, and the Science Chanel, MFG DAY is a time for manufacturers to open their doors to the public and show them what manufacturing is all about. It is a chance for people to see how manufacturing can drive the economy, improve technology, and –perhaps the most important- how cool it can be to make things.

How will your company celebrate MFG Day?

From MFGDAY.com:

MFG Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

“Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.”

 Chadd Brown
Super Tool, Inc. 

For more information and other videos please visit: http://www.mfgday.com/

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education-and-training-610x250In a time where the American economy is beginning to sprout new growth and get the wheel rolling again, manufacturing is loudly showing how important it is to a strong and stable economy. However, there is one problem: where are all the workers? In a time when people are desperately looking for work, and manufacturers looking to hire more laborers, you would think this is a no-brainer. Well think again. My friends, we have fallen into the skills gap.

There was once a time when going to college was for a select group of people. I don’t mean a certain gender, or specific race, or even just for a person of means. It was for those who wanted to further their education and dedicate their life to academia. The common worker was one who Continue Reading…

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reamer_tech_infoThere seems to be some deal of confusion when it comes to the depth of cut and the flute length of a reamer. In most cases, a machinist who is reaming a deep hole needs additional overall length in the reamer, however, they all-too-often ask for additional flute length as well. “I want a 13” overall length and 6” of flute. My immediate thought every time is simply: Why?”

On a standard carbide tipped reamer only the chamfer portion of the tool is doing the cutting. The main function the flutes play Continue Reading…

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gm_2098623bAmid all the recent talk of manufacturing resurgence and growth in the United States, we can see that there just may be hope for middle class America yet. Getting back to what made the U.S. so dominate during the twentieth century will take hard work from every laborer in the country, at all levels. And it can be done. It is being done. People are starting to get back to work. But something that has me concerned is what comes after this resurgence begins to level off? What will we do with the American factory worker once the peak passes?

Continued growth and expansion is something that every business strives to obtain. The adage that “if you’re not growing you’re dying” tends to come to mind. While there is a good deal of truth to this saying, Continue Reading…

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