Member Spotlight - Randy Bennett

January 2016

Each month, the PMA Member Spotlight features an outstanding member sharing his/her insights into the latest industry trends and technologies.

Randy Bennett

PMA is pleased to highlight Randy Bennett, vice president of Automation Tool & Die Co., Inc., Brunswick, OH. Automation Tool & Die began producing high-quality custom tooling solutions in 1974. Its entry into the metal stamping industry in 1989 was in direct response to the need the company recognized for expert involvement at every level of the manufacturing process. Since then, Automation Tool & Die has introduced value-added services ranging from plating and tapping to assembly and distribution.

Hear Randy's thoughts about what’s on his wish list for his plant in 2016, what keeps him up at night as a metalformer and more!

Q: What is on your wish list for your shop this year (i.e., a new piece of equipment) and why?
A: 1.) A smooth and complete transition into our new facility.  2.) Manufacturing infrastructure that is not only rebuilt but better than before.  3.) In 2016, we are adding three new presses, robotic weld cells and robotic press tending to meet increased demand. That is a good start.

Q: What do you see as a technology game-changer for metalformers?
A: 1.) Young people understanding the really great opportunity for a fun and great life in our sector. 2.) Servo press and robotic technology. 3.) Advanced manufacturing coupled with digital communication and reporting tools

Q: What would be on the agenda of your ideal metalforming conference?
A: A true workforce summit—meeting of all stakeholders to gain a true perspective and identify all business models that undermine the image of manufacturing and/or feed negative perception. Identify all selfish, self-serving and self-centered models that exist and state our commitment to not adopt them.

Q: As a metalformer, what keeps you up at night and why?
A: 1.) Skills Gap: Longstanding and unfilled job openings for skilled labor positions. 2.) Increased demand of manufacturing demand versus capacity and capability. Our ability to produce is predicated by the availability of people that can make it happen. 3.) Misinformation about a manufacturing career path. 4.) Misinformation and negative perceptions of manufacturing. 5.) Insufficient commitment to overcome negative perception, rebuild and improve the manufacturing infrastructure. That said, awareness and commitment seem to be increasing.

Q: What was the best piece of business advice you were ever given?
A: There are several, but the one I connect with most is: Align who you are with what you love, who you love, and those who love you. Love is always the answer. Then, follow your passion and purpose to achieve meaning, be helpful, supportive and loving to many others while living a great life along the way.

Q: If you could have a dinner party with three famous people (living or dead), who would you invite?
A: James E. Bennett (Dad), Abraham Lincoln and George Patton

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