Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Old Town Beer Hall & Bier Stube, N116W15841 Main St, Germantown

    Take time to connect with your friends from TDMAW!  It's so important, but these days with business of work & the technology available to us, sometimes we forget to make time to get together, relax and be social.

    TDMAW members, member employees, sponsors, partners and significant others are invited to this casual TDMAW  September Social at Old Town Beer Hall in Germantown. Come reminisce with old friends and make a few new ones.


    6:00 PM - Relaxing and networking in the beer garden or at the bar

    7:00 PM - Sit-down dinner with your choice of:

    • Rack of pork ribs, whipped potatoes, chef's choice vegetable
    • Salmon, whipped potatoes, cucumber salad
    • Sauerbraten, red cabbage, sauerkraut, potato dumpling
    Cost per person: $45 per person |Registrations include two drink tickets.
      Thank you to our Drink Ticket Sponsor:

    Registration Deadline Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    • Friday, October 05, 2018

    What is Manufacturing Day?

    Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day occurs on the first Friday in October — this year Manufacturing Day is Oct 5, 2018.

    While Manufacturing Day is officially Oct. 5, companies and community organizations should plan their events on the date in October that works best for them. Whatever date you choose, please join the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute, and thousands of manufacturers across the country this year to open up the minds of the next generation — and to open doors to great career opportunities!

    • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • N27 W23750 Paul Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072
    • 10

    Join TDMAW for breakfast, a tour of Acieta's new location in Pewaukee and a Robotic Automation presentation: Your Path to Survival. TDMAW members, member employees, partners & sponsors are invited to attend.

    Space is limited to 20 attendees, so register early to save your spot.

    Topic: Robotic Automation: Your Path to Survival

    Maintaining the status quo is not an option for manufacturers who struggle to secure quality labor. Join us to learn how robotic systems enable manufacturers to deliver higher quality parts and maximize throughput, all while keeping their workforce numbers consistent and employees safe.


    Thomas "Hoz" Tanner is a Regional Automation Manager for Acieta. He is responsible for working closely with customers to identify robotic solutions that keep companies growing in an increasingly competitive market. Tanner has a degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Miami University. With a career background in engineering and a life-long love of all things mechanical, Tanner takes a special approach to working with customers because he has in-depth understanding of the technical aspects of manufacturing and robotics.

    Steve Apel is a Regional Automation Manager for Acieta. In this role, he helps solve customer challenges through the adoption of new robotic automation technologies. Apel has years of work experience in metal fabrication as an operator in a variety of machine shop functions, including press brakes and welding. From a young age, he grew up in metalworking by building race cars with his father, and later becoming a stock car driver who competes throughout the Midwest. Apel’s life-long first-hand experience in fabrication gives him a special understanding of the real nature of machine shop technology and automation.


    7:45 AM check-in

    8:00 AM Breakfast & Networking

    8:30 AM Tour

    9:00 AM Presentation

    Cost: $20 per person

    • Tuesday, December 04, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Alioto's 3041 North Mayfair Road Wauwatosa 53222

    TDMAW Members, Partners & Sponsors are invited to Alioto's Restaurant for dinner and presentation by Keynote Speaker, back by popular demand, Historian John Gurda.  John will present: Milwaukee: A City Built on Water.  Learn about Milwaukee's use and abuse of Lake Michigan and the rivers that feed into it.

    Telling tales of brewers, brickmakers, ecologists, and engineers, Gurda explores the city’s complicated connection with its most precious resource and greatest challenge. You’ll meet the generations of people, from a Potawatomi chief to fur traders and fishermen, who settled on the small spit of land known as Jones Island; learn how Milwaukee’s unique water composition creates its distinct cream-colored bricks; visit Wisconsin’s first waterparks; and see how city leaders transformed the Milwaukee River—once described as a “vast sewer” with an “odorous tide”—into today’s lively and lovely Riverwalk.

    Still have Christmas shopping to do?  John will have his book, Milwaukee: A city Built on Water, for sale for $30 including tax.


    5:30 PM (Pre- dinner meeting MEMBER meeting): Members only meet in the bar for networking, committee reports and vote for the 2019 Board of Directors.

    6:30 PM: Members, Partners, Sponsors and guests join together for dinner and presentation by Historian John Gurda.

    8:30 PM: Meeting adjourned

    If you plan to attend the 5:30 member only meeting ONLY, there is no cost and you may RSVP by emailing headquarters: ToolMaker@TDMAW.org.

    • Monday, December 31, 2018

    The Surgeons of Steel magazine distribution list includes TDMAW members and others with a vested interest in Wisconsin manufacturing. Your ad will reach hundreds of people who are directly connected to the Wisconsin manufacturing industry.  The Surgeons of Steel prints quarterly; spring, summer, fall and winter issues are mailed and posted on the TDMAW.org website.

    Annual Advertising Rates:

    Large Ad (Member, Partner, Sponsor): $875

    Large Ad (Non-Affiliated): $1,150

    Medium Ad (Member, Partner, Sponsor): $500

    Medium Ad (Non-Affiliated): $700

    Small Ad (Member, Partner, Sponsor): $275

    Small Ad (Non-Affiliated): $400

    Ad Sizes:

    Large: 7.5"w x 3.125"h or 4.95"w x 4.8"h

    Medium: 4.95"w x 3.125"h

    Small: 2.25"w x 3.125"h

    Advertisements are full color and require the following:

    300 dpi, PDF or JPG format, camera-ready art                                                    

    • Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    Registration is closed

    The Edward  L. Simeth Scholarship

    Awards up  to $500 per semester for students enrolled in a Machine Tool Operations Program  or Tool & Die Program at any accredited Wisconsin technical college. To qualify,  applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • Applicant must be resident of Wisconsin
    • Must complete the top portion of the application
    • Must complete an essay as directed on the  application form

    To be considered for the EL Simeth Scholarship, please complete form, which includes a field for your essay,  which should include:

    1. Why you are interested in precision metalworking
    2. Why you chose this occupation
    3. Your goals
    4. You may also include any information or special circumstances you wish to be considered when we evaluate your essay (i.e. how this scholarship will assist you).

    • Monday, August 12, 2019
    • 2:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Waukesha Gun Club


    TDMAW's Annual Sporting Clays Outing at Waukesha Gun Club

    Check-in 2:30: PM

    Shotgun Start: 3:00 PM

    Dinner & Door Prizes: 5:30 PM

Past events

Monday, August 13, 2018 TDMAW Summer Outing
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 TDMAW June Outing
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 2018 June Outing Sponsorship
Tuesday, May 08, 2018 Succession Planning Dinner Meeting
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 The Face of Work | Understanding A Multi-Generational Workforce
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 Wisconsin Sourcing Insights & the Four Biggest Challenges Facing Manufacturing Today
Tuesday, January 09, 2018 Sussex IM Plant Tour

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