Oktoberfest was not the Only Exciting Thing in Germany This Month
Sherry Stepp, MCA President
When people think of Germany in October, they think Oktoberfest! While that is definitely a big draw and famous throughout the world, there is another annual event in Germany that deserves mention – parts2clean.
MCA’s Executive Director Matt Gilmore and I traveled to Stuttgart, Germany, a few weeks ago to promote the cooperation of the MCA and FIT (our European association partner). We had a very busy week with presentations, meetings as well as talking to current member exhibitors and potential MCA members. We were both encouraged to find that cleaning is a challenge all over the world and associations like ours has the potential to make a difference.
Rainer Straub (Ecoclean), Gerhard Koblenzer (LPW), Matt, Tom Forsythe (KYZEN), Meike Sauer (Hanover Messe), Christoph Nowak (Hanover Messe), John Kane (Wyvern), Sherry, Andreas Thorn (NYLI – Wyvern partner) and Hendrick Engelking (Hanover Messe).
While we are still building our knowledge base and library, presenting webinars, and supporting the Parts Cleaning Conference, we are also working hard to bring even more benefits. While at Parts2Clean and at IMTS, we met with the Hanover Messe Team to discuss cooperation in having a USA parts2clean trade event. Our Education Committee is working on online training and certification for general cleaning, and we are planning smaller regional events that will focus on the issues that are important to you.
We are on the right track however we have a long way to go. We are actively growing our membership and try to regularly talk to you (our members) to find out what benefits are most important to you.
We want to hear from you! Please reach out with any questions and ideas you may have. This is YOUR association – let’s make it the best!
WH Bagshaw Company
With “Quality in Every Step” and a lean focus, we partner with our customers to exceed expectations and provide unmatched service with a family business feel.
Our company values have always been: Family, Empowerment, Make it Happen and Courage & Perseverance.
We are a family business, and our success is based on pride, responsiveness and respect. Our solid base of customers, proven products and process, paired with experienced employees provide us with a solid foundation for continued growth. We maintain a strong market base in our core pin production and are rapidly growing our CNC department, which allows us to offer CNC precision components that appeal to the medical, aerospace, defense and other high tech industries. We’re a job shop manufacturer, and our parts are going into other applications 80% of the time, so you’ll rarely see our parts in everyday life. We like to say that if our parts are not made to print, then million-dollar pieces of equipment cannot run. The parts we manufacture end up in planes, military vehicles, medical devices, and agricultural machines. Our parts are used to separate open from closed pistachios, keep rescue workers from falling into the ice, keep cinema projectors running correctly, keep dialysis machines pumping, and keep airplanes in the sky.
A melting pot of women, men, relatives and spouses, young and old is what our team (family) is made up of.
38 full-time employees (10 women)
5 part-time employees
Featured Products-pointed and non-pointed wire products, pins, fasteners and precision parts. Swiss-style CNC machines making high tolerance precision parts for industries such as medical, aerospace, high tech or anyone with a custom part requirement.
Awards and Recognition
Named “Small Business of the Year” by Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, June 2021.
Received the SBA’s New Hampshire 2018 Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year Award.
Featured on New Hampshire Chronicle tv episode.
Jonathan Pratt, CNC operator says: “I picked up newer manufacturing techniques quickly. I am learning new things every day. I think I can move up the ranks here and make more money.
Manufacturing is my lifetime career. There’s always going to be a manufacturing job out there for me. I know my skills are in high demand.
CNC Operator Employee review from Indeed.com: The work environment is about family. They are small enough that the owners are close to the workers and there to listen. The workload is very manageable. Co-workers are friendly and helpful when you have questions or need help.
Defense Industry customer: Right from the jump, WH Bagshaw had fast response times, which made them appealing to work with; it demonstrated that Aaron and the rest of the Bagshaw team really cared and were willing to put in the work.
Medical Industry customer: Longevity is also important — second generation companies are the scariest to work with because they’re in the riskiest position/most likely to go under; more established companies like Bagshaw are more likely to be in business for years to come.
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