As members of the PMA we are constantly keeping ourselves up to date with the industry and with industry news.  At times, we are going to be sharing the news that they provide.

If we can keep you up to date with industry news, it makes you a more informed customer.

This month, we want to show some credit where credit is due.  Here are some leaders in the industry that received Awards of Excellence this year at FABTECH 17.


The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) has announced the winners of its 2017 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming. Presented annually, the awards recognize the high standards of achievement set by the metalforming industry in the areas of design, safety, quality, innovation and technology, training and education, process control, product development, and productivity.

Winners were honored with a special plaque, commemorative flag and a cash prize on November 5, 2017, during the FABTECH tradeshow in Chicago, IL, and will be featured in the December 2017 issue of MetalForming magazine.

PMA applauds the achievements of the 2017 winners, who have dedicated themselves to continuous improvement of their products and services. Read about their award-winning achievements:


The above content is courtesy of  PMA.ORG


We love to brag about our employees and those that make our company successful.  So in the future, you will be introduced to all of our staff here at Uelner Precision Tools & Dies.  This month, since our new website is going strong, we would like to introduce you to the president of Uelner Precision Tools & Dies

Tom Uelner

Tom has lived and breathed Tool and Die ever since he was a teenager. He earned his journeyman’s card while attending college and then graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he graduated with his business degree. He has been active full time ever since, becoming the owner and president of UTD in 1982. Tom’s wealth of knowledge in the Tool and Die and metal stamping industry has grown to over 45 years strong. Although it doesn’t stop at just tooling and metal stamping, his expertise branches out into fabricating, engineering and machining as well. In his spare time, he enjoys rebuilding exotic cars, motorcycles, and even a gas turbine. When he’s not working on one of his many projects, he loves spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Tom is also a very active member of his church along with his wife Jayne Uelner.

Keep following this blog to learn more about the Tool and Die / Stamping industry, our employees and what is coming up.

Next month, learn more about Brad Kueter.

Tis the season for holiday wishes.

Uelner Precision Tools & Dies would like to wish our customers, vendors, suppliers in the metal forming and fabrication industry and our employees as well as our community of Dubuque, Iowa,

Best Wishes for the Holiday Season

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


At Uelner Precision Tools & Dies, we not only have a close connection with our customers to make sure that everything goes smoothly with our interactions and projects, we also carry a high level of importance on our relationships with our vendors.

In the coming blogs, you will see a regular Vendor Spotlight to let you see just how much importance we put on these relationships.

For our very first Vendor Spotlight, we have chosen AP&T Presses.

Working with any vendor or supplier means that we have to build a relationship with them over time, and as of course, you know, a purchase of any press or tool to use in our industry is a major decision.

AP&T presses are one of the top quality press manufactures in the world with years of research and development behind it with their partnership in the Automotive and Climate / Energy industries. AP&T has been producing some of the finest and most reliable presses and automation solutions for over 50 years.

The presses and automation systems created by AP&T are developed with specific industries in mind. The automotive industry alone has some of the tightest regulations and a need for lighter weight materials that are stronger than those of older, heavier materials. By creating new technologies and solutions needed for this industry opens them up to be able to spread that technology throughout the metal forming world.

At Uelner, we are currently using the AP&T 450 ton for severe deep draw applications in the heavy off-road emissions market, along with developing deep draw processes for 8mm high strength aluminum for over the road trucks.

Working with AP&T has been great. Our interactions include everything from the purchase, shipment, installation and even working to develop new ways of using the press controls to customize its functions to meet our needs. Even though they are a Swedish company, they are a global presence with offices all over the world to keep a local supply and sales force for easy access to sales, support, and service

If you are in the United States, make sure that you contact Stefan Knudsen, over at AP&T USA / 704-904-6284 /

ABOUT AP&T [Sweden]

AP&T has been developing high-quality production solutions for the sheet metal forming industry for over 50 years. Today they are a global player that focuses on sustainable solutions for customers that are primarily active in the automotive, climate & energy and roof drainage industries. Their headquarters, development activities and the majority of their production are located in Sweden. Complete solutions for sheet metal forming AP&T offers complete production systems, automation, presses, tooling and aftermarket services for manufacturers of formed metal parts.



Yes, we are very old fashion.  At Uelner, we believe in many old fashion values, like hard work, great customer service and an old fashioned handshake.  And as times are changing and methods are changing all over the world, we have decided to embrace some of those changes also.   Not by losing our values, but by growing with the world and the industry.  Since 2006 we have had the same website built on the same technology, our reputation precedes us in the industry but with the ever changing landscape of the internet, digital technology, social media and the shrinking size of the world, we are going with this new flow.

So here is our New Website

Now this isn’t going to be just an online brochure of our services and products, this will be the new place for the entire tool and die industry to follow as we update it regularly with our blog of news and information on updating technology within our industry. We are going to provide up to date information for our customers to follow as well to educate them on processes, materials and methods to streamline their manufacturing needs as well as give them an idea as to how to proceed whether we can handle their needs or if there is someone else that can help them with a solution.

Keep an eye out for new blogs, videos and more.  Follow us on Facebook also at for fast and regular updates. You can also find us on @UelnerT

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