O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 11

PRESIDENT'SLETTER

NOMMA: The Only Constant
in 60 Years of Change
CATHY VEQUIST

IT IS AMAZING THE power that calendar dates

have for us - announcing birthdays with attendant celebrations of birth and life; anniversaries with memories and recommitments; and,
of course, the New Year - with new resolutions, new hopes and visions for the upcoming
year. For NOMMA, we kick off the New Year
with our 60th anniversary of the founding of
NOMMA in 1958.
As I type this column on my computer, to
be transmitted via email to our editor, to be
digitally integrated into the O&MM Fabricator
magazine, and ultimately to be printed both on
paper and made available on the internet - I
pause to imagine that group of men who talked
about a potential association of like-minded
businessmen who could help one another.
I also imagine how these men strived to
advance the metal industry as a whole. What
effort they had to put forward to turn this idea

into a reality! No conference calls among the
group, no quick texts or emails, and no clouds
to easily share their ideas.
This determined group communicated in
person over rotary dialed telephones and typed
letters on manual typewriters while mailing them
with 3¢ first class stamps. And they did this while
running their business without the benefit of CAD,
lasers, plasma cutters, automated saws, etc.
They did not know whether this association would take hold among other businesspeople, or whether it would last one year or
10 years. They just had a burning desire to
work together to create an opportunity for
themselves and others to improve their own
and each other's businesses.
Whatever their expectations of success, I
know each of them would be impressed that
this association is going strong 60 years later,
given all that has changed. Over the years, not

only has office technology been completely
reinvented, but also the tools and processes
we use in our businesses. Another transformation that has taken place is the way we
communicate with each other and the ways
we market our businesses and products. The
increased amount of litigation and government
regulations have also created an environment
which requires our constant reeducation and
vigilance in advocacy for our industry.
Through all of these changes, the constant
has been NOMMA: tracking the changes in the
industry, communicating updated information, providing training and education to our
members and our industry; advocating for our
industry to control unwarranted regulations
and codes; and providing members new ways
to share, learn and network with each other.
During a recent visit to Boyler Ornamental
Ironworks (a fourth generation NOMMA
member), I was thrilled to come face-to-face
with their original NOMMA Founders Medal
(see image to the left). What struck me at that
moment was that the legacy of NOMMA is the
perseverance of its leaders and volunteers
over the years to fulfill the original vision and
undertake the constant reinvention it takes to
remain strong for 60 years.
In February, we will celebrate our anniversary with a special Awards Banquet at
METALfab - where we will give special recognition and toast those special members
who have served as leaders and/or have been
recognized for their special gifts of time and
knowledge to both NOMMA and its members.
We hope you all will join us in personally thanking these people who have given us so much.
It was a thrill to hold that Founders Medal,
but I was also impressed that it was still
brightly shining after 60 years. Our pledge is
to keep that medal, and all that it represents,
shining for another 60 years!
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018

President’s Letter
Letter From the Executive Director
NOMMA Network
NOMMA Education Foundation
2018 Metalfab / Fencetech Attendee Brochure
Three Things You Need to Know* to Save Money and Time When Commissioning Custom Metal Castings
The Collective Mind Gate Series - Part Vi
Change Orders
Women in Industry
What Experience Modifiers Do, and What You Can Do About It
How to Handle Your Toughest Employee Problem
Supplier Members
New & Returning NOMMA Members & Iron Club Members
Gold Members
Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane - Nomma’s First Years
2018 Product Preview
Index of Advertisers
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - Intro
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - cover1
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - cover2
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 3
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 4
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O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 8
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 9
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 10
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - President’s Letter
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 12
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - Letter From the Executive Director
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 14
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - NOMMA Network
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - NOMMA Education Foundation
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 17
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 18
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 2018 Metalfab / Fencetech Attendee Brochure
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 20
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 21
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 22
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O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 27
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 28
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 29
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - Three Things You Need to Know* to Save Money and Time When Commissioning Custom Metal Castings
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 31
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 32
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 33
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - The Collective Mind Gate Series - Part Vi
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 35
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 36
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 37
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - Change Orders
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 39
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 40
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 41
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 42
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - What Experience Modifiers Do, and What You Can Do About It
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 44
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 45
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 46
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - How to Handle Your Toughest Employee Problem
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 48
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 49
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 50
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 51
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 52
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - Supplier Members
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 54
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - New & Returning NOMMA Members & Iron Club Members
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 56
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - Gold Members
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane - Nomma’s First Years
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 59
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 60
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 2018 Product Preview
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 62
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 63
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 64
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - Index of Advertisers
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - 66
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - cover3
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - cover4
O&MM Fabricator - January/February 2018 - outsert1
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