December 7, 2010
Graphicast was again named among the 10 Best Small Companies to work for in New Hampshire by Business NH Magazine. For the fifth year in a row, Graphicast’s culture and employee benefits made it one of the prime employers in the state. “Even in these tough economic times and with the sluggish recovery, I think we’ve maintained a consistency that resonates with our employees. Our employees are loyal and recognize the efforts we’ve made to keep things as normal as possible.'”
July 30, 2010
Dave Gregory, whose experience includes over ten years of quality management and twenty years of machine design, has joined Graphicast as our Manufacturing Process/Quality Engineer. Dave’s focus and methodical approach to manufacturing will help us move to the next level of capability and quality, including our effort to become an ISO 9001:2008 certified facility within the year.
June 15, 2010
We’re closing in on the end of our fiscal year. This year was about the same as last year from a sales volume standpoint. However, the level of activity and optimism we’re seeing indicates that we should be off to a good start for fiscal year 2011. Here’s a snapshot of views from our sales reps around the country:
“Business is good now. Economy is good and seeing a lot of projects to bid.
I know already that I’m losing some business, so I need to replace that with new business.”
“The pipeline for next year is getting filled with five new die castings, three permanent mold jobs, six new sand castings, and three new powdered metal parts all so far this year. All this work should get me back to fiscal 2008 level. It’s been a roller coaster couple of years but it looks like a nice upswing right now.”
“Customers seem to have a more positive outlook than in the past year and we are seeing orders from customers that have been quiet for some time. It appears that they are willing to consider new ideas and ways to manufacture parts but we are also seeing orders for parts that have been basically stagnant for a long time.”
So there you have it. Real news from real people. I hope the rest of you are seeing similar optimism.
May 3, 2010
Dennis Munsinger, our friend and colleague, passed away on April 24, 2010. Last week was a sad one at Graphicast, as we tried to deal with the sudden and unexpected death of our friend. Dennis was an exceptional engineer who freely shared his knowledge and experience with everyone at Graphicast. We all relied on him for some sort of help or assistance every day. He will be missed as an important part of the company, and as a friend and generous person.
April 22, 2010
Interzinc, the zinc casting market development organization (www.interzinc.org), made a swing through Texas with seminars in Dallas, Austin and Houston. The seminars received enthusiastic response from attendees who learned how zinc castings can produce lower cost and better performing parts due to the excellent mechanical properties of zinc alloys and the efficient casting processes
Doug Rourke – International Zinc Association
April 22, 2010
I recently heard from a contact in Europe about an opportunity for ZA12 castings. One of our customers in the United States suggested to an affiliated European company to look into ZA12 castings for some of their component needs. Through a nationwide search effort for a supplier, my contact saw the inquiry and quickly directed the European company’s buyer to our website and our videos on YouTube. Interest is growing and there may be opportunities for both Graphicast and my contact to supply this need.
Having content about Graphicast on various sites on the web is one of the benefits of using social media outlets. Through the many networks of contacts you can establish, and a little dedication to keeping those networks updated, a company can achieve a global presence through social media.
April 16, 2010
The New Hampshire MEP is sponsoring a forum from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on April 23, 2010 for Monadnock area manufacturers to discuss topics of mutual interest. The host company for the forum will be Smith Medical of Keene. The MEP has conducted several forums this year in other areas of the state. The purpose behind these regional meetings is the realization that there are regional differences and regional problems that are best addressed by those company’s affected by them. You can register on-line at http://www.nhmep.org/events.html.
April 13, 2010
This must be the week for good news about education. Besides my always uplifting experience speaking with Dartmouth graduate students, I heard today that the Manchester (NH) School of Technology will be featured on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 11:30 PM. According to MST principal Karen White, ” It is about how the state of NH has done better than other states in the country on dropout prevention and we were chosen by the Dept of Ed to showcase our efforts. One of the highlights is that technical education is what is attracting students and keeping them in”.
I’ve been working with MST as part of a advisory group that has helped them institute a manufacturing technology program for their students. This is a comprehensive program that provides hands-on education in all aspects of technologies involved in manufacturing. The program features a well equipped training area and an experienced teacher focused on this curriculum. Part of the training includes introductions to lean manufacturing, statistical techniques, and the many people skills required for a successful career. Students come out of the program ready to go to work, or to enter a more in-depth continuation of the training at Manchester Community College. Either way, manufacturers are getting new workers ready for successful careers in industry.