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Bowman Tool & Machining, Inc. 

Family Owned Business Since 1977

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Bowman Tool & Machining, Inc. has been a family-owned business for 40+ years and is constantly improving & growing. Here at BTM, we pride ourselves on our 100% commitment to provide high quality products and services at a competitive price. BTM partners with companies working from the design stages to pre-production, all the way through end of life. 

Bowman Tool has improved our backup systems and processes to ensure 100% on-time delivery! Our staff understands that downtime is unacceptable and we pride ourselves on our 100% on-time delivery standards.

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Delivering Superior Products to Customers

 

Bowman Tool has the capability to continue to grow with our state of the art, 150,000 square foot machining facilities. We currently have 44 CNC machining centers ranging from 400 mm to 1000 mm! We also have 12 turning centers, some with 5-axis and live tooling. Our highly efficient robotic machining cells, give us the capability to produce smaller parts as well. No part is too big or too small for BTM to handle.

The Bowman team is as strong as ever! We believe it is very important to have the right group of people in place to achieve the highest of quality standards, integrity, and to continuously improve. BTM has experts in engineering, quality, production, production floor leads, shipping, & management, with over 250 years of machining experience. 

 

Throwback to 2009

37th Street Building Remodel

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This former K-Mart building was turned into a manufacturing powerhouse in 2009 when BTM demoed and remodeled the rundown property. At the time of purchase, the building was being rented by Goodwill and IBM, but had been seriously neglected. BTM was proud to revamp what the community called an "eye sore" and make it into a job-creating, economy-boosting business.

In 2009 Bowman Tool & Machining invested over $1 Million to demo in the interior of the building, add a beautiful entrance and office space, as well as enough power for the company to operate the heavy manufacturing machinery that would run around the clock. The result is an enormous amount of pride for the new location and what you see below...

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Leadership, Innovation, Your Parntner in Precision Machining

Anniversary Celebration

Congratulations Dale Morey on 30 years with BTM!!

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Robot Squad Wins Again

Sponsored Team Brings Home the Gold

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We are very proud of our sponsored Robot Squad FTC Team 7152 and all of their hard work this season. They got 1st place in robot runs and ended up being the captain on the winning alliance at the North Branch Tournament last month. They were nominated for five awards, more than any other team there, and won the 1st place Inspire Award which is the highest award possible. Hard work and lots of fun learning really does pay off. Here's some footage of the BTM robot in action.

State Grants Hopeful to Introduce More Women to Skilled Trades

State grants aim to get more women in hard hats

Star Tribune January 11, 2015

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$475,000 will go toward training in fields traditionally male-dominated

"...Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis received $72,450 to help women earn associate’s degrees in construction, computers and manufacturing. In Rochester, the Workforce Development Center will spend $71,000 certifying women in welding and computer controlled machining (CNC).

Katie Clark Sieben, commissioner of Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development, said the grants target low-wage women or those over age 50 who want in on some of Minnesota’s highest-growth industries. The new program should slim the gender wage gap, where women earn just 80 cents for every $1 a man earns.

“Today, about 40 percent of the gender pay gap is attributed to women doing different work from men and the lower value placed on female-dominated work,” Clark Sieben said. “[Many of the] greatest growth and highest paying fields are typically dominated by men. … Women are not well represented in these occupations.”

To change that, armies of educators and students are getting to work. The pounding was deafening Tuesday at Goodwill’s construction training facility in St. Paul, where two licensed contractors guided the chaos on the second day of class.

Porter, St. Paul resident McKenzie Reynolds and 10 other construction newbies banged hammers and cranked crowbars to disassemble the roofs, siding and walls from two “demonstration” houses. The students will rebuild those same houses this week.

“At this point, it’s just important to get them comfortable using hand and power tools,” said coach Anna Wright. “They are here in the [construction lab] for six weeks and then go onto the actual building site, where they build real houses.”

In between, trainees will meet with employment counselors, visit bricklayers and other firms looking for long-term apprentices. They also will select a specialty trade to study further.

Crystal resident LeeAnne Stevens, 32, and a single mother of four, can’t wait. She will spend the next six weeks learning to pour concrete and tie rebar, thanks to the state grant. The training opportunity came at the right time, said Stevens, a former Electrolux refrigerator assembler who was forced to leave her job and go on welfare when her child care fell through. But now she has steady help from her mother and is ready to learn new skills.

“I wanted something that would pay me enough that I would not have to depend on anyone else. So I came here and said, ‘Let’s do this,’ ” Stevens said.

Such training is needed, said Sarah Richards, CEO of Jones Metal Products Inc., the Mankato factory that machines parts for nuclear submarines, nuclear power plants and electric generators.

Richards is delighted the state is helping Rochester and Dunwoody women learn machining, robotics, welding and other skills badly needed by factories like hers. “There is a tremendous gender gap,” she said.

“We are 100 percent men in our front-line manufacturing operations,” Richards said. “A lot of women gravitate to the quality positions but they are just not CNC [computerized robot] operators, or welders or machinists. They are not the ones with the welding torch in their hand,” even though welding and machining jobs often pay $18 to $30 an hour.

“There are still societal stereotypes that keep girls from pursuing some fields that naturally pique their interest.”

Richards hopes to change that. This month, she’s hiring her first female machinist intern from South Central College.

“I am so excited she is here. I want her to work here full time,” Richards said. “There is a lot of good going on around this new [statewide] effort. If we could just get a good core group of women started here, then I think that things start to take off.”

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US Manufacturing Renaissance a Myth?

New Reports Suggest Tall Tale

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Have we been letting a good story get in the way of the facts?

The “manufacturing renaissance” has been the central point in the return of America’s industrial power. It even has its own national council.

Yet here are the facts: the United States may have added only about one new manufacturing job in the last few years for every five that were lost during the financial crisis and the recession that followed...

...“A lot of people are desperate for positive economic news, so articles suggesting that there’s a revival of manufacturing get a lot of traction.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/new-report-says-us-manufacturing-renaissance-doesnt-exist-2015-1#ixzz3OcQBJTwI

2014 STEM Summit at UCR

STEM Summit a Success

Over 2,300 area students visit UCR campus

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Thousands of Southeast Minnesota students got the opportunity to get hands-on with some career opportunities in the Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering fields. Over 80 area businesses and organizations partnered with the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce to make the STEM Summit an awesome experience for middle and high school students. The event has grown from its first year of 200 students to the 2300 that were hosted this year.

Bowman Tool and Machining has dedicated an extraordinary amount of time and energy working within the community to develop a strong workforce. The youth in our community today are our employees tomorrow and for decades to come. BTM will continue to strengthen involvement in STEM and other programs geared toward advancing our business, city, and the education of our children.

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Happy Holidays from the BTM Team

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Happy Holidays from the Bowman Family! 2014 has been a wonderful year at BTM and we are excited to see what 2015 has in store for us. Many thanks to our loyal employees and their families as well as our Suppliers and Customers for keeping us going everyday. Without all of these important people we would not be where we are today.

 

Veteran's Day 2014

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As one of the millions of Veteran owned businesses around the country, Bowman Tool & Machining salutes the service men and women who help maintain our freedoms, rights, and privileges every day. 

Thank You American Veterans and Enlisted Service Members.

Get Out the Vote

Bowman Tool & Machining is Proud to be an American Manufacturer 

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Over 12 million men and women in America work in the Manufacturing industry. Stand up and vote for pro-growth and pro-manufacturing candudates at today's midterm election. The strength of our nation's economy depends on your voice.

Facts About Manufacturing

Did You Know...

  • In 2013, manufacturers contributed $2.08 trillion to the economy, up from $2.03 trillion in 2012. This was 12.5 percent of GDP. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.32 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. 
  • Manufacturing supports an estimated 17.4 million jobs in the United States""about one in six private-sector jobs. More than 12 million Americans (or 9 percent of the workforce) are employed directly in manufacturing. 
  • In 2013, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,506 annually, including pay and benefits. The average worker in all industries earned $62,546. 
  • Manufacturers in the United States are the most productive in the world, far surpassing the worker productivity of any other major manufacturing economy, leading to higher wages and living standards. 
  • Manufacturers in the United States perform two-thirds of all private-sector R&D in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector. 
  • Taken alone, manufacturing in the United States would be the 8th largest economy in the world. 

 

For more details, read the full report by the National Association of Manufacturers: Facts About Manufacturing.

 

Equipment

Speed and Accuracy a Top Priority at BTM

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Made in Minnesota

Take a closer look at the unique qualities that make our manufacturing industries the best in the world. Minnesota Manufacturing holds a statewide economic impact of $43.7 Billion, 16% of total state gross domestic product.

Are you a Manufacturing Voter?

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America needs your help in electing pro-manufacturing and pro-growth candidates at the polls November 4th, 2014.  #MFGvoter 

 

Manufacturers Across the Country Open Their Doors

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Happy Manufacturing Day!

Manufacturers across the nation are opening their doors for tours so you can see what they're all about. Visit www.mfgday.com to find out which businesses near you are hosting events. #mfgday14.


Presidential Proclomation

October 3rd National Manufacturing Day

Obama Declares National Observance

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"...America's manufacturers have created jobs at the fastest pace in decades, adding more than 700,000 new jobs since February 2010. Factories are reopening their doors and businesses are hiring new workers; companies that were shipping jobs overseas are bringing those jobs back to America. As we work to rebuild a foundation of growth and prosperity, we have the opportunity to capitalize on this momentum and accelerate the resurgence of American manufacturing."

- President Obama

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2014 STEM Summit

       

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math  

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On November 18-19th the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2014 STEM Summit. Bowman Tool and many other area businesses and educational institutions will come together to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Our community is reliant upon a strong workforce and maintaining our competative edge in the global marketplace. Mark your calendars to come see us and find out why STEM is so important to our community and our youth.

       

 

Manufacturing Holds Largest Share of Job Openings

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The latest data from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development shows Manufacturing holds the highest amount of full-time job openings in the state. Healthcare being a close second, Retail, then Construction in 4th which also has the highest number of seasonal workers. This affirms Manufacturing is at the heart of economic development and is an encouraging viewpoint for the Nation's Manufacturing Renesaince and reshoring activities.

September 2014 Industry News

US Manufacturing Activity Holds Near Four and a Half Year High

NEW YORK Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:15am EDT

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(Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing activity hovered at a near 4-1/2-year high in September and factory employment surged, supporting views of sturdy economic growth this quarter.

The growth picture was also boosted by other data on Tuesday showing an acceleration in services industry growth this month.

Financial data firm Markit said its preliminary or "flash" U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index was at 57.9, unchanged from August's reading when it touched its highest level since April 2010.

A reading above 50 signals expansion in manufacturing, which accounts for about 12 percent of U.S. economic activity.

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Industry on the Rise

US MANUFACTURING GROWS AT FASTEST PACE IN 3½ YEARS

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
AP Economics Writer
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 - 7:38 am 

WASHINGTON -- U.S. manufacturing grew in August at the strongest pace in more than three years as factories cranked out more goods and new orders rose.

The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index rose to 59 from 57.1 in July, the ISM said Tuesday. That was the highest reading since March 2011. Any measure above 50 signals that manufacturing is growing.

Tuesday's ISM report coincides with other signs that manufacturing is helping drive the U.S. economy's improvement. Factories are benefiting from strong demand for aircraft, furniture, and steel and other metals. The boost from manufacturing has helped offset slower homebuilding, a slowdown in consumer purchases and weaker spending on utilities and other services... Continue reading...