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Parenel Willcutts: Featured Employee of the Month!

Please give a warm welcome to our featured employee of the month, Parenel Willcutts!

Parenel Willcutts

  • Name: Parenel Willcutts
  • Job description: Machinist/ Welder
  • Years at Tippmann Industrial:  Well I started working for the Tippmann family three days out of high school which was eleven years ago. But I have only been working for Tippmann Industrial for four years now and love it.
  • What’s your favorite Vacation Spot: Hmmm there are so many to choose from, but if I had to pick one. I would have to be choose Mackinac Island in northern Michigan.
  • What’s your Favorite meal: Easy, steak cooked medium rare, real mashed potatos, and corn. Oh and a side salad with ranch dressing.
  • Favorite music group/artist and favorite song? My favorite music artist would have to be the band Daft Punk and favorite song changes all the time but im really digging the new song Waves by Mr.Probz.
  • Favorite Movie: “Big Trouble In Little China” has been my favorite movie since I was a child.
  • A Book or game you would recommend: “Into the Wild”.
  • Cool fact about the machine(s) you work with: I think the leather work you can do with are machines is very interesting or “cool”.
  • Favorite Hobby: My favorite hobby is drawing and some writing.
  • If you could trade places with anyone, who would it be and why? Person I would like to trade places with would have to be Andrew Zimmer from the travel channel show. One I would love to travel to all the great locations. Plus you get to experience the food and the culture. 

    Parenel Willcutts

    Parenel Willcutts

  • Favorite car: Favorite car is Mitsubishi 3000 GT
  • Do you call a soft drink “pop” or “soda”? I call it pop here up in Indiana.
  • Claim to fame: My claim to fame is my ability to make people smile and laugh. Even when their down and sad.
  • Favorite Sports Team: Not much of a sports watcher but if I had to pick it would be the NFL football team Buffalo Bills.
  • Motto / Words to live by: “What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger”!
  • What is your favorite color? Favorite color is Orange
  • What is your favorite view in Fort Wayne? Wow favorite view in Fort Wayne is at Three River Apartments, watching the sun set into the city on a warm summer night.
  • Which do you prefer, cake or pie? I would have to pick pie cause its more healthy than the cake, plus pumpkin pie is just so darn tasty!
  • Favorite Actor: Bill Murray
  • Favorite Actress: Kristen Wiig
  • Super Hero: Most definitely Gambit from the X-Men.
  • Favorite cartoon character:  Pepe’ Le Pew – he’s so funny!
  • List something from your bucket list: Own a lake house.

 

 Don’t forget to check out Tippmann Industrial’s website and Facebook page!

If you or someone you know is interested in being one of our upcoming featured customers, give us a call.

Thanks for stopping by!

Rachel Fogarty
Office Administrator
Tippmann Industrial
1-866-286-8046
newsletter@tippmannindustrial.com

Thanksgiving BLACKOUT Accessory Sale! Also Introducing Kelli Johnson, Our Featured Employee of the Month!

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Accessory Sale

Accessory Sale

 

 

Introducing Our Featured Employee of the Month!

Kelli Johnson

Kelli Johnson

  • Name: Kelli Johnson
  • Job description: Anything in accounting
  • Years at Tippmann Industrial: Six and a half years
  • What’s your favorite Vacation Spot: Tennessee
  • What’s your Favorite meal: Lasagna
  • Music group/artist
    • o        Favorite song: “Anyway” by Martina McBride
  • Favorite Movie: “Pure Country” with George Strait
  • A Book or game you would recommend: Chicken Foot
  • Cool fact about the machine(s) you work with: I don’t work on the machines or build them, but they are all interesting.
  • Favorite Hobby: Gardening
  • If you could trade places with anyone, who would it be and why? (or someone at work):  I wouldn’t trade places with anyone. I would just change some of me.
  • Favorite car: 50’s trucks or late 60’s muscle cars
  • Do you call a soft drink “pop” or “soda”? Pop usually
  • Claim to fame: None
  • Sports Team: Any team my kids are on
  • Motto / Words to live by: Be true to yourself!
  • What is your favorite color? Green
  • What is your favorite view in Fort Wayne? The sunset over the tree line in my backyard.
  • Which do you prefer, cake or pie? Cake with no frosting

 

We hope you have a warm, safe and relaxing Thanksgiving!

 

Sincerely,

Rachel Fogarty

Newsletter Editor

Tippmann Industrial

1-866-286-8046

newsletter@tippmannindustrial.com

Re-Ride Leather with Vicki McAllister

Boss sales flyer

 The Boss sale begins November 1st.  Click here to buy it online, or call toll-free 1-866-286-8046 to place the order on the phone with one of our employees.

 

Introducing our Featured Customer for the month, Vicki McAllister!

Name: Vicki McAllister

Address: N6554 Metcalf Rd, Stone Lake, WI 54876

Company Name (if applicable): Re-Ride Horse Tack

Website (if applicable): www.facebook.com/reride810

 

Custom-made medieval bridle, modeled by Lexi, Arabian/model.

Custom-made medieval bridle, modeled by Lexi, Arabian/model.

How did you first get started in leather crafting? Re-Ride started out in 2009 as a

way to help foster abused horses. My husband and I fostered several neglected and

abused horses and we were trying to figure out a way to help the local animal shelters

with the costs involved in rehabilitating the horses. The idea of taking used horse tack,

refurbishing it and re-selling it and using the money for foster horses took off. I lost my

husband in 2011 to a farming accident and I have had to learn how to keep our dream

alive. I brought Michaela Erickson on board in 2012 as a general manager and in 2014

added Jordan Wendland for sales. We also have an awesome youngster, Lilia Lund who

helps us out when we’re swamped. With God’s help Re-Ride continues to grow and I

have no doubt that without him, it would not survive. We are now able to make custom

horse tack and dog collars and 10% of every sale goes to animal shelters and 4H kids.

In 2012 we were able to donate a complete tack set to a young lady who had lost her

mother to cancer and wanted to show her horse in the fair. This year we were able to

make a custom pink tack set for a young man who wanted to show his horse in all pink

in honor of his mother who is battling cancer.

Austin Schultz had a custom pink tack set made to ride with at the 4H Gymkhana horse show in honor of his mom who is battling cancer.

Austin Schultz had a custom pink tack set made to ride with at the 4H Gymkhana horse show in honor of his mom who is battling cancer.

 

What are some of your stories on leather crafting? Some of the things we have been

able to create using the Tippmann include: Custom bridles, breast collars, dog collars,

gun holsters, belts, purses and bags, saddle bags, miscellaneous repairs to saddles and

other tack, etc.

Custom-made breast collar for a horse name Stacy.

Custom-made breast collar for a horse name Stacy.

 

What Tippmann Machine(s) do you have?  I have the Tippmann Boss

How long have you had your Tippmann Boss?  I have had the Boss for three years.

This is the cheek piece of a custom-made bridle for a customer in Arizona.

This is the cheek piece of a custom-made bridle for a customer in Arizona.

 

How did you decide to purchase this/these machine(s)? I had been looking for

something to sew the heavy leather for horse tack and didn’t want to spend several

thousand dollars on a machine. I was able to try a Boss and loved it.

Do you recommend any accessories? I highly recommend the guide for stitching.

 

This holster was made by Kenyon Erickson using Vicki McAllister’s Boss sewing machine.

 

Any tips or tricks you recommend for this/these machine(s)? We use a slightly

smaller size thread in the bobbin and that seems to make a prettier stitch. Also, to

keep a nice-looking stitch, we would recommend regular adjustments on the tensioning

system.

Pictured are Vicki McAllister (owner), Michaela Erickson (general manager) and Lilia Lund (volunteer)

Pictured are Vicki McAllister (owner), Michaela Erickson (general manager) and Lilia Lund (volunteer)

 

What do you enjoy most about leather crafting? We definitely enjoy doing repairs

and making people happy. We also very much enjoy seeing the positive reaction of our

customers when they see their finished custom product.

 

Custom bronc halter for a pony

Custom bronc halter for a pony

What else should we know about your leather crafting experience? We are very

hands-on with our customers in that they can decide every aspect of their repairs,

modifications, or custom order.

 

What is your favorite item that you have made with your machine(s)? A custom

purple Medieval style bridle, and our custom bling dog collars.

Bling collar

Bling collar

 

Now for some fun questions:

What is your favorite dessert? Anything fattening.

What is your favorite song? If Tomorrow Never Comes by Garth Brooks

If you could choose where to live, would it be the beach or the mountains? Mountains for

sure!

Do you have any other hobbies? Riding and taking care of our 5 horses at the ReRide

Farm.

 

Thank you for joining us for this month’s newsletter!  Until next time, keep warm and enjoy this lovely fall weather!

 

Sincerely,

 

Rachel Fogarty

Newsletter Editor

Tippmann Industrial

1-866-286-8046

newsletter@tippmannindustrial.com

www.tippmannindustrial.com

 

Introducing Our Clicker Technician, Chris Patterson!

Hello Friends!
How are you?  We at Tippmann Industrial have been busy with our customers and are thankful for another good season.  We are especially grateful for you, our customers, who make Tippmann Industrial Products possible.
This month in our newsletter we are featuring our very own Tippmann Clicker technician, Chris Patterson.  Please give him a warm welcome!
Chris Patterson
Name: Chris Patterson
Job Description: Head of the Clicker department
Years at Tippmann Industrial: 8 years
What is your favorite vacation spot? Camp Crystal Lake
What is your favorite meal? Milk steak
Music Group / Artist? The Rock-afire Explosion / Anything on Jock Jams
Favorite Movie: Santa Clause 3
A Book or game you would recommend: Fox in Socks
Cool fact about the machines you work with: Dropping them on your foot hurts.
Favorite Hobby: Urban Foraging
If you could trade places with anyone, who would it be and why?  Big Bird
Favorite car: A tank
Do you call a soft drink “pop” or “soda”? Coke
Claim to Fame:  Being a Featured Employee
Sports Team: Go Irish
Motto / Words to live by: Don’t take life too seriously – you’ll never get out alive.
What is your favorite color: Clear
What is your favorite view in Fort Wayne? The sewers
Which do you prefer, cake or pie? Cookies dog
Favorite Actor: Pauly Shore
Favorite Actress: Jessica Alba
Super Hero: Powdered toast man
Favorite Cartoon Character:  Lucky Bear
Something from your bucket list: Don’t die.

 

Have you seen our Youtube channel?

Tutorial for the Cobbler's Bench

Tutorial for the Cobbler’s Bench

Tutorial for the Presser Feet

Tutorial for the Presser Feet

See how to setup and use our machines and accessories by clicking here!
Until next time!
Tippmann Industrial
1-866-286-8046
3518 Adams Center Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46806

 

 

 

 

bill-spanagelWilliam Spanagel

Name: William Spanagel

Address: 2373 Judd Drive, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Company: Home work shop

Phone: 513-543-5012

How did you first get started in leather crafting?

It all started with Traditional Archery.  My wife and I needed leather equipment to shoot, so I decided to make everything.  I have always had artistic talent (before retiring I was a mechanical engineer) which helped in the process.  I got into Cowboy Single Action Shooting and realized that there was a lot of leather equipment required to shoot and knew that I would be retiring soon and needed something to fill my time.  I decided to practice leather crafting until I retired.  The Tippmann Boss was a perfect fit to pursue making leather goods.  I will make anything that my customers request, including belts, knife sheaths, holsters, archery goods and wallets.  I have not turned anyone down no matter what the request so far.

What are some of your stories on leather crafting?

I love creating and love to make my customers happy with my products.  I made a wallet (which was a copy of an existing one) for a retired army veteran of 42 years.  He had purchased the original wallet twenty-plus years ago and was not able to find another one like it.  The local Tandy Leather store recommended me to him.  I ended up giving the wallet to him as a gift for his military service.  It was wonderful to see his reaction and joy when i gave it to him.

What Tippmann machines do you own, and how long have you had them?

I have had two Tippmann machines, the second one (which is the one I am using now) I have owned for going on three years and I would not own anything else.

What made you decide to purchase these machines?

The Boss Machine allows for total control on speed and position of material.

Do you recommend any accessories?

I recommend the light kit and flat bed attachment.  The cobbler bench is also a nice addition that I have.  If you do a lot of sewing like I do it makes for more comfort while operating the Boss.

Any Tips / Tricks: I am really excited about the foot operated device to raise the presser foot I designed.  I have arthritis in my hands and was having difficulty using the hand operated one that is standard on the machine (I could not squeeze it hard enough to raise the presser foot to move the leather.)  Now when raising the presser foot I push the foot pedal on the floor.  This also gives me both hands to position material especially when sewing bullet loops on a belt.

 

CALLING ALL LEATHER CRAFTERS!!!

We are looking for featured customers for our upcoming newsletters.  If you are interested in being one of our featured customers with your Tippmann machine(s) and handiwork, please contact Rachel at 866-286-8046 or by email at rachel@tippmannindustrial.com.

 

Here are some pictures of the talented leather crafting

by Bill Spanagel:

 

 

Meet Matt Steigmeyer!

Greetings!!

There is nothing like a month going so quickly that before you know it, the month is gone.  Hence, our July newsletter is actually being sent in August.  Oops!  We are sorry for the delay.

This month we are featuring Matt Steigmeyer, our Director of Marketing and Sales!

Name: Matt Steigmeyer

Job Marketing: Marketing / Advertising / Sales Director

Years at Tippmann Industrial: 15+

What’s your favorite vacation spot: Orlando Disney World

What’s your favorite meal: Steak

Music group/artist: ACDC

Favorite Song: Back in Black

Favorite Movie: Argageddon

A book or game you would recommend: Any game with my kids

Cool fact about the machine(s) you sell: Working with a broad range of products makes every day exciting.  We manufacture four different lines of products which include: leather sewing equipment, air powered (pneumatic) die-cutting presses, propane powered post driving equipment, and air=powered .22 caliber pellet machine guns.  All of our lines stem back to our days in the paintball business and that is how we ended up building the lines we have today.

Favorite Hobby: Exercise, sports, weightlifting, etc.

If you could trade places with anyone, who would it be and why?  I am really not interested in trading places with anyone else.

Favorite Car: Mercedes 600 Sedan

Do you call a soft drink “pop” or “soda”?  “Soda pop

Claim to fame: I am not sure, as I have never really thought of myself as having a claim to fame.

Sports Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Motto/ Words to live by: It is not the number of years in a life, but rather the life in the years.

What is your favorite color? Green

What is your favorite view in Fort Wayne? The view from the top of the PNC building (formerly known as the Summit Club restaurant, I believe it is now called Empyrean.)

Which do you prefer, cake or pie?  Tough choice.  I like both of them a lot.

Favorite Actor: That is a tough one, because I don’t like many actors.  Vince Vaughn

Favorite Actress: Stacey Dash

Super Hero: Iron Man

Favorite cartoon character: Fred

What’s something on your bucket list that you haven’t done yet?  Skydiving

 

 

 We are currently offering free shipping on all Boss purchases.  Check it out below:

graphic-for-shipping-sale

 

A while back we featured our accessory videos.  In case you missed it before, here is the video of our flatbed attachment.

 

Until next time, folks!

Sincerely,

The Tippmann Team

Tippmann Industrial

1-866-286-8046

newsletter@tippmannindustrial.com

3518 Adams Center Road

Fort Wayne, IN 46806

mmf-leather-craft-makers-markMMF Leathercraft, LLC

Name: Mark M. Fill, Manager

Address: 2334 Glenmoor Drive, West Dundee,  IL 60118

Company: MMF Leathercraft, LLC

Website: “mmfleather.com”  NOTE: Our website is not ready as of this writing.  We expect that it will launch sometime next month (July 2014).

 

Tell us a little bit about your company, MMF Leathercraft, LLC:

MMF Leathercraft, LLC was founded in West Dundee as an Illinois company in 2011 with myself, Mark M. Fill, as manager. The expansion of my childhood love of leather crafting combined with determination and a design talent developed over the years made it possible. The company is a cottage industry shop that designs, creates, and sells custom hand-made quality products made of leather. We purchase the best domestically produced materials available for use in our products. We are proud to say that our products are “Made In America.”  You may notice some designs are influenced by the ambiance of the North-woods, one of my favorite places. The prominent retail sale outlet is the company web site presence on the internet. Other outlets are company outings to selective craft fairs and trade shows where Betsy, my wife, helps me set-up as a vendor. As Betsy and I approach our senior years we pray that this business will be productive and keep us active for many years to come.

 

 

How did you first get started in leather crafting?

Earning the leather craft merit badge in Boy Scouts was my first exposure to leather crafting. I liked doing it and still have the little booklet that explained the process, activities, and required crafts.

 

What are some of your stories on leather crafting?

During Basic Training at Fort Polk, I found something interesting.  They had a craft shop there staffed with an elderly guy who was a leather crafter.  I would spend my spare time standing in line for an hour or two at the pay phone (cell phones didn’t exist yet) to call my wife Betsy, and then go to the craft shop to work with leather.  Three months later Boot Camp was completed, a soldier I was, but I also learned a lot more about leather crafting thanks to the old crafter in the shop.

 

How long have you had your Tippmann Machines BOSS, Clicker & Embosser?

I’ve had the BOSS, 7 Ton Clicker, and Embosser for almost three years.

 

What made you decide to purchase these machines?

First, I did some research to find out what the market had available.  Second, I gave some careful consideration to the size of my operation, amount of automation desired, and available budget.  Third, after narrowing my choices, Tippmann Industrial seemed to have the best price, selection, and design durability of machines and accessories to accommodate my needs.  Fourth, a conversation with Jim Miller convinced me that I should have ordered these machines yesterday.  In reality, the Tippmann support and customer service has been there whenever I need it.

 

Do you recommend any accessories?

For the BOSS the flip-up guide, and light kit are nice.  Also I bought the cobblers bench to mount the machine on.  I had to cut a few inches off the legs of the bench (because I have short legs) and I was able to take care of that myself.  It’s comfortable and working fine.  For the Embosser I have quite a few embossing/creasing rolls which give me flexibility in designing my work.  For the 7 Ton Clicker the stand with the work surface and wheels is great especially if you’re not planning to leave this heavy machine in the same place for a long time.

 

Any tips/tricks?

On the BOSS:  Plenty of light helps the operator see much better and do regular lubrication of moving parts.

On the Embosser:  A couple extra 3/16″ square keys in ¼ and ¾” length.  Every once in a while I tend to misplace those things and it’s nice to have a spare on hand.

On the 7 Ton Clicker:  I use a small 3 gal 125 psi compressor which I had before I bought my Clicker. The small compressor works OK but has to refill too frequently to maintain the specified pressure that the Clicker needs (minimal reserve).  I think my next tool purchase will be a larger shop size (say 20 gal) compressor to improve available air supply for the Clicker.  Even with the small compressor I’m able to easily cut through ¼” thick sole bend leather with a 4″ diameter die that I use for coasters.

 

Calling All Leathercrafters! 

We are always interested to see new projects made with our machinery.  If you or someone you know would be interested in being one of our future featured customers, let us know and we would be happy to interview you.

Thank you for joining us today!  We hope you stop by again soon!

Sincerely,
The Tippmann Team
Tippmann Industrial Products
 
3518 Adams Center Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46806

 

james-millerIt’s Our Very Own Jim Miller!

Howdy Friends, and welcome back to our monthly newsletter where we like to keep you up-to- date with customer & employee news.

It is of widespread opinion that it is good to know who you’re working with and be able to put a face with the name.  That is why we decided to introduce to you Jim Miller, our in-house die-making engineer, and jack of all trades extraordinaire!

*Drum Roll Please*

JIM-1

Name: Jim Miller

Job Description: Sales, drawing die patterns & scheduling

Years at Tippmann Industrial: 17

What is Your Favorite . . . :

Vacation Spot: Las Vegas & Amsterdam

Food: Lobster

Music Group: Gaither Trio

Song: How Great Thou Art

Book: The Bible

Game: Chess

Hobby: Building things

Car: Jaguar

Motto: Golden Rule

Cartoon: Wylie Coyote

Cool fact about Tippmann Industrial: We provide the best help for people having their first dies made.

Personal Claim To Fame: Bought, re-designed and built my house with my wife.  We bought the house after auction for next to nothing, kept the house frame, and re-built nearly everything.   The house is modern plantation style.

JIM-2

 

* Special Announcement *

We now have available for sale thread nippers.

thread-nippers

These “scissors” have very sharp blades to ensure a clean & quick cut for thread.  The thread nippers are available for purchase on our website or over the phone. For more information, see Thread Nippers.

 

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Calling All Leathercrafters!
We are always interested to see new projects made with our machinery.  If you or someone you know would be interested in being one of our future featured customers, let us know and wewould be happy to interview you.
Thank you for joining us today!  We hope you stop by again soon!

Sincerely,

 

The Tippmann Team

Tippmann Industrial

1-866-286-8046

newsletter@tippmannindustrial.com

 

Makers MarkCrooked River Leather

Name:
Dan Pukach

Company Name:

Crooked River Leather

 

Location:

13956 Kathleen Dr

Brookpark, OH 44142

 

Phone:

216-267-4431

 

How did you first get started in leather crafting?

I first got started in leather working in 1994.  My friends and I had gotten involved in cowboy action shooting and at the time there were not many providers of cowboy holsters, belts, cuffs, etc.  We then went to our local Tandy leather store and learned to make our own.  Our small group was called the Crooked River Cowboys.  Cuyahoga County, where we all worked as law officers, is the Indian name for Crooked River.

Once I retired from the sheriff’s office I went to work for a small town valley view Police Dept.  Some of the officers who learned that I made leather goods started asking for leather holsters, belts, etc.  Word soon spread that I was making quality custom leather holsters.  I then started setting up at local gun shows and graft shows, displaying purses, wallets, and a variety of leather goods.  And the rest, as they say, is history.

 

What are some of your stories on leather-crafting?

Since I make custom leather goods and am semi retired I can afford the time sit down with a customer and discuss his/her special requests for designs, stamping, custom colors, and leathers (including alligator and pink leather.)  Some customers have actually drawn out their own designs and I make the holster to their specifications.

My motto is, “It’s your money – have it made the way you want it made.”

A local major holster maker actually refers customers to me who want that special custom job that he does not offer in his line of leather products.  I do the same with some local custom knife makers and local gun shops whose customers cannot find the ready-made item(s) they need.

A recent emergency request came in for a rather large belt, 4 inches wide, by 72 inches long, with a very large brass buckle.  It came from none other than Santa Claus himself.  It seems he broke his cheap made in China belt and wanted a good quality belt.  So I stopped my line. How could you turn down Santa in his hour of need?  He had his belt the next day, ho ho ho. Can’t wait until Christmas this year.

How long have you had (a) Tippmann machine(s)?

I have had a Boss by Tippmann for the last two years now.  Everything before was stitched by hand.  It’s been a God-send and allows me to complete orders quicker.

What made you decide to purchase the BOSS?

I purchased the Boss as it’s easy to control and economical, unlike some other electric machines.  Each pull of the handle is a lock stitch. I can control my stitch line.  With an automatic machine you get off line and your project is kaput.

Do you recommend any accessories?

I recommend getting a good sturdy table and the small presser foot.  I also recommend plenty of lighting.  I use a light with a magnifying glass assembly as it helps to see the stitch lines.

Any tips/tricks?

A good tip is “Treat everyone the way you would want to be treated, the way you would want a member of your family treated.”  The customer is paying for quality custom products so give it to them.

Also, sit down with a customer one on one, and talk with them about their needs and wants.  Remember the customer is always right (even when they may be wrong) haha!  They seem to enjoy this and I have to say many customers have come back time and time again.

 

What are your plans for the future?

My future plans are to open a small custom leather shop attached to a gun shop.  That way I can have the best of both worlds and the guns would draw in the holster and belt buyers, which is my main goal.