April 9, 2018

Greetings Monadnock Rotarians

Sorry for delay in sending out this update. On April 3, Vance had Opening Words and Jerry Branch had “The Hat”. Jerry spoke about his introduction to working as a geologist for a petroleum company in Indonesia. He noted his responsibility on the rig was stressful but racing about the sand dunes in the company Landrover was an enjoyable pastime.

Ken Abbott of ABTech was our speaker. Ken graduated from Wentworth Institute with a degree in mechanical engineering. He began ABTech in 1998 and recently moved his plant to Fitzwilliam. ABTech is a leader in air bearing technologies. His company purchases raw materials and adds value through design and manufacturing. He has discovered a niche market and his products have generally been application specific. In short, ABTech designs and manufactures bearings that float on compressed air. The work is very precise with tolerances of ten millionth of an inch. The company has expanded into developing software and entire machines rather than just components. As the company grew, NASA and other government related contracts were their main customers. More recently, G.E. Aviation has become a key customer with contracts for equipment related to measuring jet engine blades. The challenge facing Ken and other local manufacturers continues to be attracting talented employees willing to develop the necessary skills and commitment to a strong work ethic. Both Ken’s sons have joined the business and he is optimistic about the long term prospects for ABTech. Ken has worked with Hannah Grimes Center to develop a new leadership structure for the company which emphasizes listening skills and a stronger reliance upon relationship skills for employees and management. Being fully present when speaking with colleagues is a key factor in the successful change in leadership style.


Roadside cleanup is scheduled for the morning of May 12.

The Executive Board will next meet April 25 at DGS at 7:30 a.m. All are welcome.

On April 17, we will have a club assembly.

On April 24, Bob V. has Opening Words and Chuck has “The Hat”.

See you Tuesday!