Chris Kaiser, President/CEO of BIG KAISER, presented a donation of $4,100 to benefit the National Tooling & Machining Association’s (NTMA) National Robotics League (NRL) during the association's annual meeting in March. The donation was the result of a promotion by BIG KAISER, giving back to the association a percentage of every order by an NTMA member company. The NRL is a manufacturing workforce development program of NTMA where students design and build remote controlled robots (Bots) to face-off in a gladiator-style competition. Learn more at

Cleaning Technologies Group has announced the promotion of Chris Whittaker to Vice President Business Development & Marketing. He formerly served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. In his new role, he will be responsible for global business growth of the Ransohoff Division of products and services. He will retain the global marketing responsibilities for all of the CTG divisions.

CNC Software, Inc., President Meghan West, recently joined the Workshops for Warriors Board of Directors. She will bring a new level of expertise and energy to the team, and Workshops for Warriors is excited to have her on board to keep their organization growing and at the cutting edge of industry technology. West joined CNC Software, Inc., in 2009 and was named President in April 2015. In 2014, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers named her one of the “30 Under 30 Future Leaders of Manufacturing.”

Knox Machinery, Inc. owner and president Greg Knox recently met with President Trump at the White House to discuss healthcare solutions. Knox had been selected by Vice President Pence to attend a business roundtable in Cincinnati, Ohio. The roundtable had provided valuable feedback about corporate healthcare issues and challenges from a small business perspective. Knox was subsequently invited to share his personal story in the West Wing of the White House. The meeting took place on March 13, 2017. President Trump listened to Mr. Knox share his thoughts on the failed healthcare system and its impact on small business owners. Knox stressed that the government should not be in the “healthcare business” and free market solutions should be made available. 

LVD Strippit announces the opening of LVD Strippit Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V., a dedicated sales and service subsidiary in Querétaro, Mexico. LVD Strippit Mexico offers readily accessible, locally based sales and technical support for the complete range of LVD Strippit laser cutting, punching, bending and software products. The new subsidiary will strengthen LVD Strippit’s already established operations in Mexico and provide the company a more active presence in this growing market. 

The subsidiary will offer the full LVD Strippit product portfolio, as well as provide complete after-sales assistance. Sylvain Lefebvre will lead operations for the Mexico office. He was most recently marketing manager for North America. 

Methods Machine Tools is launching a new Automation and Integration Center in its Charlotte, N.C., facility. The center, slated to open this spring and already ramping up, is staffed by systems integration engineers and will have a full range of equipment and capabilities from customer consultations to building cells and performing run-offs. The 10,000-square-foot center will expand Methods’ existing automation program and provide innovative, state-of-the-art systems for customers throughout the United States.