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"Turning" Over a New Leaf 

If you live in a part of the country where the seasons visibly change, going from the end-of-summer slump into the bright colors and cool breezes of fall seems to stir a need for change within ourselves as much as it changes the landscape.

For many, fall is the time of year to try something new, or do something familiar in a different way. It’s the time of year we consider turning over a new leaf.  


Change It Up

If you’re ready to change it up, take a close look at your shop and the tools in it. Is your turning production in a downturn?

It might be time to switch to new tools to improve productivity … think of it as a new leaf for turning.

Are you using the same carbide insert styles that you’ve used for years, simply because you’ve used them for years?   

Consider this: 

  1. When did you last assess the type of inserts you use, how long you’ve used them, and why you use those styles?    

  2. Is the trend in turning productivity in your shop increasing? decreasing? staying flat?

  3. When was the last time you switched tool styles to improve results?    

Advancements in metalworking technology are moving as fast as your lathe’s spindle. Each of these breakthroughs offers a new opportunity for you to turn faster or bore deeper

Use this time of year to bring a season of change to your shop. Make the commitment to assess your turning operations and take action to turn things around. Be open to trying new tools and machining approaches in the name of improved production.


Need help? Try our new WIDIA Victory carbide inserts for turning. Try the inserts for free, and receive a free hat (for a limited time). See the WIDIA Victory Carbide Insert Offer.  


2014 Cardinal Manufacturing Open House 

On November 19, Cardinal Manufacturing will host their annual Open House to showcase the student-operated machine shop run out of Eleva-Strum High School.

Craig forecasts the event to be

  The most exciting Open House ever!  


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With prize drawings that range from a laptop computer to a chicken grill, several hands-on activities for students and attendees supported by the Chippewa Valley Technical College Mobile Lab, and last but not least, a celebrity appearance of Luke Duke, from the “Dukes of Hazard”... could you blame him? We're getting excited just thinking about it!  


WIDIA is Proud to Sponsor Cardinal Open House

WIDIA proudly supports Craig and his hard-working team at Cardinal Manufacturing. It's no secret that "Addressing the Skills Gap" is a very hot topic in the Manufacturing Industry right now. Through the Cardinal Manufacturing Program, students as young as 14 years-old are granted the opportunity to experience hands-on projects with high-class machinery. They are addressing real-time tasks and answering to paying customers. They are creating loyal partnerships with not only their customers, but the community and many businesses that support them. 

Could you dream of a better path for moving forward in this industry? 


Bernie McConnell, WIDIA VP, is a huge fan of Cardinal Manufacturing.    

WIDIA is a proud sponsor of Cardinal Manufacturing in Wisconsin because of the focus they place on educating tomorrow's workforce on real-world manufacturing experiences, technical knowledge sharing, and problem-solving techniques. One of the most important things we can do is effectively educate our youth, and open their eyes to new opportunities that exist in all industries, especially manufacturing -- the backbone of our economy. Cardinal does a great job of showing students how highly technical the world of manufacturing is today. Everything is computer numerically controlled with high levels of sophistication and micron type accuracy. Machine shops of today are a lot different than they were 20-30 years ago, and we need to make sure our students know this is a viable career opportunity. 

Applications Engineers and WIDIA representatives, Don Barta and Kevin Meyer, will be in attendance to showcase the latest WIDIA products and innovations. WIDIA is excited to announce that both men will also be presenting live NOVOSphere demos for Open House attendees. NOVOSphere, a single-source, on-demand performance solution for tool advising, selecting, and configuring, was recently released during IMTS in September 2014.


A Well-Deserved Celebration

Though much has changed with Cardinal Manufacturing since its beginnings back in 2007, one thing that has (and always will) remain the same is Craig's passion for teaching his students what business is truly all about.

Open House is the ideal opportunity for the students to stand as professionals in the business they've helped to build. But more importantly, it gives them a chance to exemplify the soft skills that they've developed. 

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Keeping Up With Cardinal Manufacturing 

There is always a 5-year plan in place for Cardinal Manufacturing.

My aspirations are to continue to try and improve, each day.

We are happy with where we are, but have many, many ideas on how we can improve... whether it is small or large.  

 Craig Cegielski, Creator


Cardinal Culture

Craig and his crew at Cardinal Manufacturing recently accepted a $20,000 Wisconsin State Grant to further develop their marketing strategy, as a manufacturing brand. With the huge help of a local and loyal marketing company who adopted their program as a first-priority project, Cardinal has inched closer and closer to securing a culture that soon will be shared with aspiring schools all over the country.

We want to continue to refine what we do, and then share our model of education with anyone who is interested.


Interest is the last thing these students need to worry about attracting. As the brand continues to grow, it's as if the public just can't get enough of Cardinal Manufacturing.

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Craig's dream of capturing true "Cardinal Culture" comes from his passion to spread manufacturing (and soft skills) knowledge far beyond his own classroom -- or, jobshop.

 I want to create a workshop that the students and I will teach to anyone next summer, on how to replicate Cardinal Manufacturing. Teachers and industry partners from around the country will be able to come to our school, create a plan to implement, and leave with templates and a solid plan.


Making a Presence

  • '14 IMTS Tradeshow (International Manufacturing Technology Show)
  • '14 AMBA Conference (American Mold Builders Assoc.) 
  • '14 MAPP Conference (Manufacturers Assoc. for Plastics Processors) 
  • '14 WIRSA Conference (Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance)


The $37,500 Challenge

Cardinal Manufacturing operates under a system called, "The 10 Commandments of Career Success,"created by the Nexen Group -- a worldwide distributor, with a manufacturing facility located in Webster, WI.

Along with their VP, Dan Conroy, The Nexon Group recently proposed the following challenge to Cardinal Manufacturing:

Raise $37,500 throughout the 2014-2015 Academic Year, and Nexen Group will match donations in support of a new CNC machine for the Eleva-Strum shop. 

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With a grand total of $75,000, Craig estimates Cardinal Manufacturing will have a bright future on their hands. Not only will they satisfy their need for a new CNC machine, but they will also have the opportunity to purchase additional equipment for addressing jobs in an even timelier manner.


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