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Monthly Archives: January 2016

28 JanuaryTop 3 Cities for Automotive Manufacturing Jobs

Ford Plant Workers

If you love finance and want to work on Wall Street you go to New York.  If you’re a techie and want to work around the latest in technology in Silicon Valley, you go to California.  If you want to work in automotive manufacturing, where do you go?  We’ve compiled a list of the Top 3 Cities for Automotive Manufacturing Jobs:



Detroit, MI (Suburbs)

The Automotive Industry has come back to the Midwest.  In the last six years, the US auto industry has experienced increased sales by offering lower interest rates and capitalizing on consumer’s needs to upgrade their older model vehicles for newer models.  Cities around the Detroit area are generating the most new manufacturing jobs in the Midwest.  Michigan has recovered about 40% of the manufacturing jobs it lost during the recession.  According to the Daily Detroit, jobs in Warren, MI are up 8.9% and jobs in Auburn Hills, MI are up 3.5%.  13,915 manufacturers now call Michigan home. These companies collectively employ 675,400 workers. A strong emphasis toward improving and maintaining part manufacturing quality is becoming more apparent as many Midwest Automotive 1st and 2nd tier companies upgrade their existing toolholders to higher precision ones.  By integrating all aspects of precision from collets, toolholders, and durable retention knobs, run out of cutting tools is dramatically reduced, which helps produce better part consistency.



Nashville, TN

Not to be left out of the automotive boom, Nashville’s manufacturing employment has jumped 23.9% since 2009.   Nissan made the move to Nashville and brought their US headquarters to the area in 2006.  They also created manufacturing plants in Central Tennessee, which has also created opportunities for small domestic auto-parts companies in the region.  The Right to Work states emphasizes more training in robotics automation used with 4th and 5th axis rotary tables to optimize flexibility and throughput of part manufacturing.  With the new implementation of advanced technology, demand for 5 axis rotary table programmers will also be very high.



Columbia, SC

Columbia, S.C., has become a major hub for European car companies.  According to The State, the BMW plant near Columbia, SC brings in 16.6 billion annually.  BMW also generates more than 30,700 direct and indirect jobs to the area.  In total, there are 401 companies in South Carolina that produce automotive parts, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce. That’s up from 305 in 2008 and each profit from new automakers being in the area.  Sales of lathes with milling functions have increased over 43% in the past 3 years in the area, further showing the shift toward consolidated part turning manufacturing.  Live Tooling for milling, precision quick change lathe chucks, and programmable steady rests are becoming more common within the area’s manufacturing.  Set up lathe machinists with past experience especially utilizing live tools will definitely be busy for the next 3 to 5 years.

22 JanuaryLyndex-Nikken – Employee Spotlight: Meet Chris

Chris Blaine

At Lyndex-Nikken, we value our employees and their ongoing efforts to provide our customers with the highest level of service. With over 35 years of business, we understand our achievements would not have been possible without our employees’ hard work. Therefore, in this Lyndex-Nikken Employee Spotlight vlog series, we are highlighting our team and their commitment to excellence.

This week we have the spotlight on Chris.  He is a Regional Sales Representative with a machinist background.  He brings a lot to our sales team and we are happy to have him helping our Midwest Customers.  Watch the video to hear what Chris thinks about working at Lyndex-Nikken.

13 JanuaryLyndex-Nikken – Helping Preserve a Maritime Monument

USS Pampanito

Lyndex-Nikken has joined the US Navy. Well, sort of.  Lyndex-Nikken has joined forces with San Francisco area students who attend the USS Pampanito Maritime Educational Programs. The USS Pampanito is a World War II Balao class fleet submarine.  The USS Pampanito, is now a museum and memorial docked at the Maritime National Historic Park in San Francisco; the nation’s only floating park. It offers students a hands-on maritime experience. The core of these programs is to engage children in activity based education on maritime engineering, life and history.  The US Pampanito hosts 15,000 children a year with their maritime engineering programs which include, boat building, sailing and their submarine overnight program.  The students experience eating in the submarine “Mess Hall” or cafeteria and sleeping in actual submarine bunks.

Richard Pekelney, representative of the USS Pampanito, told us how maintaining the submarine as a non-profit museum was a huge challenge.  They recently received the donation of a classic 42″ table Bridgeport Series 1 Mill.  However, in order to make it a full functioning mill, they had to repair its spindle bearings and the worn R8 collets.  At Lyndex-Nikken, we were glad to help by donating a R8 Collet Set.  These collets will be used as a learning tool aboard the USS Pampanito; teaching children how to operate a mill.  Duke Dang, Lyndex-Nikken’s regional Sales Manager in California sent the collets to the USS Pampanito.Mill


Lyndex-Nikken would like to thank Richard Pekelney and the USS Pampanito Students for the opportunity to be a part of such an innovative program for students. We are happy to help community maritime programs by exposing students to hands-on education in engineering and possibly developing the future leaders of our industry.