THE FABRICATOR: O’Mara to Retire at Year’s End; VP of Sales and Marketing Named

Autocam Medical, Grand Rapids, Mich., a global contract manufacturer of precision-machined drill bits, drivers, screws, plates, and cutting tools, as well as surgical implants, instruments, and handpieces, has announced that Executive Vice President Tom O’Mara will retire at the end of 2022 after a 32-year career with the company. He will remain in an advisory role with the company beyond Dec. 31, 2022.

O’Mara served as Autocam’s first sales and marketing manager and quickly became part of the executive team. In 2007 he assumed leadership of business development for the Autocam Medical division.

Sara McMurray has been named vice president of sales and marketing for the division. She has 23 years of sales and management experience in manufacturing, including building sales organizations, leading expansions into new markets, and guiding the assessments of strategic merger and acquisition opportunities.

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GRBJ: Longtime Autocam Medical EVP, O’Mara, to Retire, McMurray Hired as Replacement

A longtime executive at a local manufacturing company is retiring, and the company has hired his replacement.

Kentwood-based Autocam Medical, which is a contract manufacturer of medical devices and components, said last week after a 32-year career with the company, Tom O’Mara, executive vice president, will retire at the end of the year.

The company hired Sara McMurray as vice president of sales and marketing to succeed O’Mara. Autocam Medical said O’Mara will remain in an advisory role with the company after he retires to ensure a successful transition.

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BONEZONE: Autocam Medical Announces Leadership Changes

Autocam Medical announced that after an outstanding 32-year career, Tom O’Mara, Executive Vice President, has notified the company of his intent to retire at the end of the 2022 calendar year. Although Mr. O’Mara will be slowly relinquishing full-time responsibilities, he will remain in an advisory role with the company beyond December 31, 2022.

Mr. O’Mara began his career with Autocam Corporation; he served as its first sales and marketing manager and quickly became an integral part of the executive team. Tom eventually led Autocam’s sales growth from approximately $15 million in 1989 to almost $400 million in 2005. In 2007, he assumed the leadership of business development for Autocam Medical, a division of Autocam Corporation, and eventually led the medical device manufacturer’s growth from $15 million in 2007 to an expected $170 million in 2022.

President and CEO of Autocam Medical, John C. Kennedy, said, “Tom has been responsible for Autocam Medical’s significant growth throughout the years. He possesses a keen ability to cultivate strong relationships with people while driving strategic growth. We are incredibly grateful for his leadership and appreciate his willingness to remain involved as an adviser.”

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ODT: Autocam Medical’s EVP to Retire; VP of Sales and Marketing Hired

After a 32-year career, Tom O’Mara, Executive Vice President, has notified Autocam Medical of his intent to retire at the end of the 2022 calendar year. Although O’Mara will be slowly relinquishing full-time responsibilities, he will remain in an advisory role with the company beyond December 31, 2022.

O’Mara began his career with Autocam Corporation; he served as its first sales and marketing manager and quickly became an integral part of the executive team. He eventually led Autocam’s sales growth from approximately $15 million in 1989 to almost $400 million in 2005. In 2007, he assumed the leadership of business development for Autocam Medical, a division of Autocam Corporation, and eventually led the medical device manufacturer’s growth from $15 million in 2007 to an expected $170 million in 2022.

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GRCC WORKFORCE WEDNESDAY: Apprenticeship Program Helps Student Acquire an Education and a Career

GRCC Workforce Training programs provide in-demand skills leading to rewarding careers. We are introducing students who are heading down an educational pathway and changing their lives by earning occupational certificates.

In the summer of 2018, Wrindy Hauser decided to move south from the Upper Peninsula.

“I moved to the big city for better job opportunities and I found that at Autocam Medical. I was hired as a machinist level 1 in September 2018,” she said.

After about a year, it was suggested that Hauser apply to the Autocam Apprenticeship program.

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INDUSTRY WEEK: Autocam Medical’s Apprenticeship Program Gives Students a Job and Pays 100% of Their College Tuition

Autocam Medical looked into the future, back in 2016, and saw there was a big problem it would need to face.

“If we didn’t start working on our talent pipeline, we were going to be in trouble,” says John Kennedy, IV, General Manager of Autocam Medical, a contract manufacturer of precision, surgical and medical components and devices based in Kentwood, Michigan. The company also has plants in Massachusetts, Tennessee, China and Brazil.

“We were looking at the age of the workforce and realized that due to retirement we would have a large number of employees all starting around the same time, so we decided we needed to create a pathway and pipeline for some of that knowledge sharing process,” Kennedy added.

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MIDWEST MANUFACTURING NEWS: Autocam Medical’s Apprenticeship Program Provides Students With the Best of Both Worlds

Autocam Medical, a global contract manufacturer of precision surgical and medical components and devices, presented 11 students with certificates of completion for their CNC Machinist Apprentice Program during a ceremony at the AMP Lab at Western Michigan University in Grand Rapids.

The event, recognizing the company’s fourth class of graduates, was kicked off with a few words of motivation and inspiration by John Kennedy, IV, General Manager of Autocam Medical, and Dr. Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

The year-round program requires students to complete over 700 hours of classroom instruction over a period of 90 weeks.

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MANUFACTURING NEWS: Autocam Medical Apprentice Program Aims To Ease CNC Machinist Shortage

Autocam Medical, a global contract manufacturer of precision surgical and medical components and devices, presented 11 students with certificates of completion for their CNC Machinist Apprentice Program during a ceremony at the AMP Lab at Western Michigan University in Grand Rapids.

The event, recognizing the company’s fourth class of graduates, was kicked off with a few words of motivation and inspiration by John Kennedy, IV, General Manager of Autocam Medical, and Dr. Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

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MD+DI: Autocam Medical Apprentices Win Global Mastercam Machining Competition

What does Thor’s hammer have to do with medical device manufacturing? Students who just finished a CNC machinist apprenticeship recently found out.

Autocam Medical, a contract manufacturer of components for surgical implants and instruments, has been training the next generation of medical device manufacturing professionals. The company recently presented its fourth class of machinist apprentices with certificates of completion for its CNC Machinist Apprentice Program. Eleven students were honored during a November 10th ceremony at the AMP Lab at Western Michigan University in Grand Rapids.

During the program students were challenged to machine two intricate objects. Two students, Wrindy Hauser and Ethan Richey, machined a Thor’s hammer in the AMP Lab, which is where classes for the apprentice program are held. The students later won a first-place prize in Mastercam’s global Master of CAM Wildest Parts Machining Competition in the Teams Division.

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MIBIZ: Autocam Medical Joins Manufacturing Project Training Hundreds in Industry 4.0

Grand Rapids Community College and workforce development organization West Michigan Works! have launched a program aiming to make big strides in preparing participants for the future of manufacturing.

In early 2021, GRCC announced that it was a recipient of a $9.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to create the One Workforce for West Michigan Manufacturing Project. The school was just one of 19 organizations in the country to receive grant funds.

The program — which is being steered by a coalition of employers, workforce development organizations, educators and community groups — targets members of underserved populations and provides them with modern manufacturing skills training.

“About 80 to 90 percent of the training is hands-on,” said Dennis Triggs, project manager for One Workforce. “So, when they get out into the workforce, it’s not like an employer is hiring someone that just studied a lot of theory. They’re getting someone who has put practical time in, with hands-on training. They walk into a job with about six months of on-the-job training already.”

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