Hidden Talents We often are preoccupied in CNC machine shops to focus our energy on cutting our lead times, optimizing our tool life, minimizing cycle times and improving processes. Although these are very important aspects of being a successful business, we mustn’t forget, it’s the employees that determine how well these components operate. We here at Bothe have always understood … Read More

Annual Sharing Center Christmas Donation

Each year we choose a family that would not be able to celebrate Christmas without support from others.  We partner with the Western Kenosha Sharing Center to find those who are need of help.  This year “Our Family” is a single parent of three young children that is setting up a new household.  We all pitched in and gave gifts … Read More

Mutts, Meows, and Machining Solutions

A longtime customer of Bothe Associates, came to us with a problem and tasked us with improving the quality of a complex assembly that had given them problems for many years. This customer makes medicines and vaccines for pets and farm animals, so we were very excited that our machining and design solutions could benefit a company that is keeping … Read More

IMTS 2016

IMTS 2016 Bothe Associates Inc.

The International Manufacturing Technology Show www.imts.com was held earlier this month in Chicago. The week long event is the machining industry’s chance to showcase all its manufacturing equipment, workholding and cutting tools. According to IMTS, over 115,612 people attended the show this year and many came from across the globe to attend. Bothe Associates has a tradition that dates back … Read More

Bothe Attends WBENC’s National Conference and Business Fair

Cathy Koch and Laura Bothe at Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s National Conference and Business Fair

In June 2016, I had the opportunity to attend the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s National Conference and Business Fair. We had been certified by WBENC as a woman-owned CNC machine shop only three weeks before so this was all new territory. The week’s conference was a packed 3-1/2 days in Orlando. There were more than 3,500 woman business owners … Read More

Bothe Associates Inc. Is WBENC Certified

WBENC Certified Machining Solutions

Bothe Associates is proud to have received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The WBENC’s national standard of certification is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by … Read More

Congratulations to the Bothe Team!

We’d like to congratulate all of the Bothe Associates team on another successful ISO9001:2008 audit. We’ve been officially certified since 2003, and our 2016 re-certification audit by LRQA marks our 13th consecutive year of audits without any major findings or non-conformances. ISO procedures are a key part of our business and help to minimize quality issues for our customers, so we are very excited … Read More

Best Christmas present. Ever.

DMG Mori NHX5500 being moved into place, winter 2015

At the end of December, we stood ready to receive the latest addition to our milling department: a DMG Mori NHX5500, complete with ChipBLASTER technology and a Renishaw probe. It’s truly beautiful and is destined to be a real workhorse and enhance our productivity with its full fourth axis capability, fast pallet changes, and even faster tool changes. But the … Read More

What’s Old is New Again

Newly rebuilt Warner & Swasey 2SC

This week Bothe Associates took delivery on a completely rebuilt Warner & Swasey 2SC, 15” chuck lathe. We’ve owned several 2SCs over the years and this one is the best of the bunch. Having been freshly rebuilt, we get the best of both worlds: the rigidity and power (and 17,000# of iron) of an old lathe with the accuracy and … Read More