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Episode 409: Nicole Wolter Discusses The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

USMCA USA legislation trade agreement or the new NAFTA United States Mexico Canada with north america flags as a deal negotiation and economic deal for the American Mexican and Canadian governments as a 3D illustration.

Today’s Episode

Nicole Wolter, President of HM Manufacturing in Wauconda, IL, joins Manufacturing Talk Radio hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady to discuss the USMCA. She was an advocate for passage for small and midsize businesses across America. Listen right here on Manufacturing Talk Radio.


Lewis Weiss

Mr. Lewis Weiss is Host of Manufacturing Talk Radio and President of All Metals & Forge Group, the principal sponsor of the show. He has 60 years in the metals industry as a manufacturer of open die forgings and seamless rolled rings, running a business that sells forged products globally to OEMs, major manufacturers, mid-size first- and second-tier suppliers, and small metalworking companies. Lewis Weiss puts his experience in manufacturing to good use as an expert consultant on various TV and radio programs nationwide.

Tim Grady

Mr. Tim Grady is an Executive Producer and Co-host of Manufacturing Talk Radio. He brings more than 25 years of knowledge as a senior strategist and business advisor to companies of all sizes in more than thirty industries, advising them on revving up revenues, macro and micro marketing, strategic selling, organization optimization, website ergonomics, data mining, and other external or internal factors that can accelerate or impede business operations and net profit.


Nicole Wolter

Founded in 1979, HM Manufacturing is a leading manufacturer of turn-key power transmission components for the aerospace, automotive, medical, marine, packaging and food and beverage processing industries.

Nicole Wolter joined HM in 2009, working from the ground up in a variety of positions. She has a background in chemical engineering and finance, has extensive training on manual lathes and milling machines, and is certified in CAD and 3D Modeling. Under her vision and leadership, HM has implemented new technologies and processes – machinery, ERP system, employee training, and marketing. This has enabled HM to expand its product lines and attract more and larger customers. Nicole also received her NIMS CNC Mill Operations Certification to increase HM Manufacturing’s production standards and efficiency.

Nicole is dedicated to promoting manufacturing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing leaders. She serves on the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) Executive Board and the TMA Education Foundation Board, coordinating grants to area high schools with manufacturing programs. As a McHenry High School Advisory Board member, she helps to improve their manufacturing program, offers internships, and mentors students about careers in manufacturing. In December of 2018, Nicole was named a Member of the Board of Directors to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. As a Member of the Board of Directors, Wolter helps promote legislation and public polices designed to stimulate economic growth and increase Illinois’s business climate.

In 2016, the Daily Herald Business Ledger awarded Nicole and HM Manufacturing their Annual Award for Business Excellence in Manufacturing. The ABBEs highlight successful businesses and organizations and honor the people who make them successful. In 2017, Nicole was honored with the Influential Women in Business Award by the Daily Herald Business Ledger. The IWIB awards highlight outstanding women leaders who excel in business, civic and personal arenas. The 2019 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards selected Nicole as an Honoree.

Nicole is a valuable “go-to” source for business and manufacturing media to promote manufacturing in the U.S.  She has been on panel discussions and podcasts, a keynote speaker, featured as an op-ed writer for the Chicago Tribune, and interviewed for publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Crain’s Chicago Business, Daily Herald Business Ledger, SME Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing Talk Radio, and more.

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