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Big Kaiser President, CEO Receives NTMA Distinguished Service Award

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Chris Kaiser is praised by the association for being a manufacturing advocate.


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The National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) recently recognized Chris Kaiser, president and CEO of tooling manufacturer Big Kaiser, with the 2016 NTMA Distinguished Service Award at the association’s Fall Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. The annual award recognizes an associate member or partner for their exceptional support of the association and leadership in the manufacturing industry. 

“Chris has demonstrated a tireless commitment to manufacturing advocacy,” says David Tilstone, president of NTMA. “He supports workforce development through the company’s apprenticeship and internship programs, STEM initiatives like National Robotics League, and the Northern Illinois G-Camp manufacturing partnership. He is a strong supporter of many regional and national NTMA events as well as international Technology Tours for our members.”

Originally from Zurich, Switzerland, Mr. Kaiser moved to the United States to attend Babson College near Boston. After graduation, he started his career working for a tooling distributor and calling on machine shops door-to-door. In 1990, he launched Kaiser Precision Tooling in Illinois. Under his leadership, the company has grown to become part of the global Big Daishowa Group, with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Switzerland and Japan.

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