Huron Automatic Screw Company Supports Education Efforts in the Industry

Huron Automatic Screw Company Supports Education Efforts in the Industry

Huron Automatic Screw Company stands behind the Precision Machined Products Association as their Education Foundation encourages youth to explore opportunities in the industry.

The Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) is one of the major networking associations for our industry. They help to connect manufacturers so that we can share new methods and machinery to continue pushing the industry forward as a whole. Within the PMPA is their Education Foundation whose mission is “To promote and fund education, training and career opportunities in the Precision Machining Industry.” Recently, the Education Foundation released an inspirational video showing the industry’s overwhelming, but discrete, function in society. To watch the video click here.

A Look into the World’s “Best Kept Secret”

What most people visualize when they think about the precision machining/manufacturing industry is a row of warehouses with loud machines and assembly lines producing a lot of smoke. However, that hasn’t been the case for decades. Nowadays, jobs in the precision machining/manufacturing sector are quite complicated and technical with never-ending opportunities to learn, apply, and innovate. In the video released by the PMPA, industry professionals explain the immense responsibility the industry holds when it comes to providing parts for nearly every other industry. The precision machining industry transforms great ideas into applicable products, using brilliant minds and cutting-edge technology.

In the video, Barry Butters, from Gateway Technical College, refers to precision machining as possibly the “…world’s best-kept secret.” Most people don’t realize how much precision machining contributes to some of the most important global industries. From the arts to the sciences, precision machining provided the parts for Jimi Hendrix’s Fender Stratocaster as well as the parts for NASA’s latest space mission. The video, which runs less than three minutes, does a great job of defining the importance of precision machining while providing some truly incredible visuals of the latest technology used in the process.

Spreading the Word

The PMPA’s Education Foundation has three essential goals:

  • Establish partnerships with high schools and technical colleges to develop training programs.
  • Collect, maintain, and communicate information about training programs to the public.
  • Support and communicate the development and revision of standards within the industry.

In addition to this, the Education Foundation has grant funds available to assist individuals, schools, and companies for education and training activities in precision machining. It’s very important to spread awareness to youth that precision machining is a great industry to be a part of. Huron Automatic Screw Company joins the PMPA in encouraging people to spread the word about one of the most fascinating industries in the job market.

About Huron Automatic Screw Company

With over 85 years of experience, Huron Automatic Screw Company is highly regarded in the fastener manufacturing industry for product excellence and quick turnaround, making us an ideal partner to handle your prototype through production quantity jobs. Our precision-machined threaded fasteners, pins, spacers and other parts are purchased by fastener distributors, component manufacturers and OEMs across the United States and go into a wide variety of components such as axles, powertrains, suspensions, engines and steering components.

Our tradition of quality and our use of innovative modern manufacturing practices have been our company’s competitive edge in manufacturing precision machined products.  Add to that our reputation for on-time delivery and competitive prices, and you’ve got every answer you need to give us a try on your next project.

Huron Automatic Screw Company
4918 Gratiot Ave
St Clair, MI
48079
US
Phone: 810-364-6636
Huron Automatic Screw Company Supports Growth of Manufacturing Apprenticeship Programs

Huron Automatic Screw Company Supports Growth of Manufacturing Apprenticeship Programs

The Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) was selected as National Partner to grow apprenticeships in manufacturing.

Huron Automatic Screw Company has been a proud member of the PMPA since 1933. We recognize that it is important to support the machining industry by being an active participant in organizations like the PMPA that push for progress, innovation, and collective benefits for everyone involved in the industry. The PMPA is an international trade association representing the interests of the precision machined products industry and encouraging the on-going involvement of its members in order to create strong trade associations.

The objective of the PMPA is to build a cooperative foundation for North American manufacturers that provides an edge over global competitors. One contributing factor to gaining the edge over competitors is to provide accessible and rigorous apprenticeship programs that produce well-trained, hard-working employees.

Supporting Education in Metalworking

One of the PMPA’s greatest investments thus far has been to partner with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). NIMS was formed in 1994 by metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a competent and globally competitive labor work force. They set skill standards for the industry, certify individual skills against the standard, and accredit training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements.

Recently, NIMS was selected by the U.S. Department of Labor as an industry intermediary to support the expansion of registered apprenticeships within manufacturing. The PMPA will be assisting NIMS in providing more accessible apprenticeship programs and helping employers to develop more inclusive programs that reach a more diverse talent pool. NIMS was granted $500,000 to support manufacturers that want to establish a registered apprenticeship program with the Department of Labor.

“This contract gives us the unique opportunity to create more impact in our industry by expanding apprenticeships to underrepresented populations and to new companies looking to establish a sustainable talent pipeline,” said Jim Wall, Executive Director, NIMS

What this Means for Huron Automatic Screw Company

As a company who owes a great deal of its success and reputation to hard-working employees, Huron Automatic Screw Company understands the value of these programs. We’re excited to see that our industry is receiving recognition from the government. In an economy where the price of education continues to rise, there is a noticeable shift toward learning a trade, and we are happy to be a part of it. Huron Automatic Screw Company looks forward to seeing, and hopefully hiring, the employees produced by the new programs that will come from this contract.

About Huron Automatic Screw Company

With over 85 years of experience, Huron Automatic Screw Company is highly regarded in the fastener manufacturing industry for product excellence and quick turnaround, making us an ideal partner to handle your prototype through production quantity jobs. Our precision machined threaded fasteners, pins, spacers and other parts are purchased by fastener distributors, component manufacturers and OEMs across the United States and go into a wide variety of components such as axles, power trains, suspensions, engines and steering components.

Our tradition of quality and our use of innovative modern manufacturing practices have been our company’s competitive edge in manufacturing precision machined products.  Add to that our reputation for on-time delivery and competitive prices, and you’ve got every answer you need to give us a try on your next project.

Huron Automatic Screw Company
4918 Gratiot Ave
St Clair, MI
48079
US
Phone: 810-364-6636
Huron Automatic Screw Co. Recognized by Production Machining Magazine

Huron Automatic Screw Co. Recognized by Production Machining Magazine

The PMPA recounts the history of Huron Automatic Screw Co. and its major turning points that have led to its great success.

In the 2016 article written in Production Machining Magazine, the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) recognizes Huron Automatic Screw Co. for its longtime dedication to the industry and its major turning points toward success along the way. Keith E. Brooks, a lifelong journeyman, started what would become Huron Automatic Screw Co. out of a small barn in Port Huron, MI in 1931. Mr. Brooks would run machine parts, mostly threaded fasteners, to leading car manufacturers in Detroit, while his wife, Lucy, kept the books. Almost thirty years after the company’s opening, and a transfer of ownership to Keith’s sons, Allen and Walter, the company relocated to their facility in St Clair, MI. Huron Automatic Screw continues to uphold a well-respected reputation in that same facility today. Edward Brooks, President of Huron Automatic Screw Co., was interviewed for the article:

“We are well-known in the marketplace for our quality and reliability,” Mr. Brooks says. “Although, there are many that say, because there are so many different certifications, quality is an equalizer. I still think it’s a differentiator for us, because we have seen numerous occasions with other companies where parts have been offshored and have lost their quality.”

A Notable Turn Toward Present Success

Production Machining Magazine pointed out that in the mid-1990’s Huron Automatic Screw Co. made significant changes to the business that would uphold their reputation of quality and reliability, and ultimately lead to greater success in the industry.

In the 1990’s, ownership was handed down to Walter’s sons and the current owners Warren, David, and Edward Brooks. Finding the auto industry to be too volatile, the brothers shifted focus toward the heavy truck, off-road and agricultural industries. This shift sparked a five-year investment plan centered on the facility and equipment that would eventually prove to be highly beneficial for the companies stakeholders. The Brooks brothers rearranged the facility to maximize space, replace outdated equipment, and positioned the quality center in the middle of the plant. These modifications to the plant led to higher efficiency, increased productivity, and shorter cycle times.

The financial gains from these changes led to the biggest machinery investment in the company’s history: a six-spindle, full CNC controlled machine. The machine provides quality and capabilities that sets Huron Automatic Screw apart from its competitors, and it has become a “showpiece” for the business. Now, the company is recognized for its quality, reliability, and versatility, offering services to multiple industries including the auto-industry.

Loyalty and Participation in the PMPA

Huron Automatic Screw Co. has been a proud and active member in the PMPA since 1933. Being involved with this organization has been beneficial to Huron Automatic Screw Co. by offering networking opportunities and creating an avenue to exchange ideas with other businesses in the industry. Mr. Brooks was asked about the company’s involvement with the organization by Production Machining Magazine.

“Almost since its inception, we have been very involved in PMPA meetings, and my family has held numerous leadership positions and has been a part of several different committees,” Mr. Brooks says. “One of the core benefits of the association is open sharing, and we have come home from meetings and conferences with so many new ideas about cutting tools and machines, but we’ve also been able to contribute many ideas as well. We’re all competitors, but we’re friendly competitors.”

So, when choosing your supplier for threaded fasteners and precision parts, choose Huron Automatic Screw, a company that has a proven reputation for quality and reliability and has earned a permanent position in the industry through decades of service.

About Huron Automatic Screw Company

With over 85 years of experience, Huron Automatic Screw Company is highly regarded in the fastener manufacturing industry for product excellence and quick turnaround, making us an ideal partner to handle your prototype through production quantity jobs. Our precision machined threaded fasteners, pins, spacers and other parts are purchased by fastener distributors, component manufacturers and OEMs across the United States and go into a wide variety of components such as axles, power trains, suspensions, engines and steering components.

Our tradition of quality and our use of innovative modern manufacturing practices have been our company’s competitive edge in manufacturing precision machined products.  Add to that our reputation for on-time delivery and competitive prices, and you’ve got every answer you need to give us a try on your next project.

Huron Automatic Screw Company
4918 Gratiot Ave
St Clair, MI
48079
US
Phone: 810-364-6636
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