February 9, 2010
Jet Edge Inc., a manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet systems, recently hosted Douglas K. Woods, president of the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), and Robert L. Akers Jr., chief operating officer of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), at its St. Michael, Minn., headquarters.
Woods and Akers were in the Twin Cities to participate in a Great Manufacturing Get Together panel discussion regarding the economic recovery.
During their visit to Jet Edge, the executives toured the waterjet manufacturer's 100,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility and saw live demonstrations of the 90,000-PSI X-Stream® waterjet cutting technology. Woods and Akers discussed the recession's impact on OEMs with Jet Edge President Jude Lague, and shared their insight on how manufacturers can prepare for the recovery by concentrating on research and development, promoting productivity and cost-saving benefits of their products, and developing export business in growing international markets.
AMT represents and promotes the interests of American providers of manufacturing machinery and equipment. NTMA is the national association representing the precision custom manufacturing industry.
Photo: (left to right) Robert L. Akers, Jr., NTMA Chief Operating Officer; AMT President Douglas K. Woods; Jet Edge President Jude Lague. Courtesy Jet Edge, Inc.