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INDUSTRY NEWS: A Tribute to Dale Mickelson

Doug Noxell | December 2020

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It is with sadness that we share news of the passing of longtime industry colleague and friend, Dale Mickelson.

I first met Dale way back in the very early 2000's, when he was an employee at Mate Precision (Anoka, MN).  It was here that we worked together to implement YASDA technology with CAM-TOOL to develop the quickest turnaround of precision tooling for CNC punch presses.

As an early user of CAM-TOOL, Dale instantly understood the benefits of the hard milling and high-speed machining process.  He continued to be a strong advocate for the hard milling process and CAM-TOOL well beyond my time at Graphic Products North America Inc. (now CGS North America Inc.).  His enthusiasm was hard to ignore and is a huge loss to the industry.

I have fond memories of the many late night conversations we had while we were both travelling to promote the process and technique we both strongly believe in to this day.  If I was travelling through Minnesota, I'd make an effort to stop in and grab a bite with Dale so we could catch up and share stories.

My deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Until we meet again,

Doug Noxell


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