Today’s Machining World is a bold, creative, and unorthodox attempt to bring the drama and magic of the machining and manufacturing world to readers who appreciate something informative and fun. If you enjoy reading press releases regurgitated blandly to appear advertisers you will probably hate TMW. But if you want to read provocative, juicy, well-written and tightly edited articles that challenge your intelligence, this is an online offering worth checking out. The blog often gets 20 to 50 comments. It engages its audience’s mind and gut when it’s good, and even when it misses, it’s better than most of the stuff that passes for editorial in the trade press. Usually about 5,000 people open the bi-weekly blog delivered in their email. We think many of them even read it.
If Lloyd Graff wanted to make money as a magazine publisher he could not have been dumber than to start the publication at the beginning of 2000 and ride the falling wave of American manufacturing for a decade. It was also the decade of the decline of print. But Screw Machine World and its successor Today’s Machining World are about more than making money. They are magazines about people who made interesting products in a difficult climate. And the articles reflected the attitude and consciousness of Lloyd Graff, a career machinery dealer who became an industry commentator. The magazine has been an effort to do the publication that he always wanted to read—informative, edgy, entertaining, and beautiful.
Since last June TMW is exclusively online because Graff was tired of shoveling money to the printer and Post Office, but he still loves to write and connect with the people of the machining world and others who enjoy a good read.
Lloyd Graff — Owner/Writer
Lloyd Graff has had a love of writing since getting his first letter to the editor published by the Chicago Daily News when he was 12. In high school he wrote short pieces for Reader’s Digest. He became Sports Editor of University of Michigan’s Michigan Daily, and weighed a career in journalism before joining the family used machine tool business in 1969. His passion for writing never died as he wrote a “magalog” called the Graff-Pinkert Times in the 1990s. In 1999 he decided to build on his knowledge of the machining world and his writing experience by starting Screw Machine World, which became Today’s Machining World magazine in 2005. In June 2011 Lloyd decided that the print magazine could no longer be profitable and revamped his business which now offers new articles through todaysmachiningworld.com and via email newsletters that reach 35,000 people twice a week.
Emily Halgrimson — Managing Editor
Emily Halgrimson completed her B.A. at the University of Rochester in 2003. She also did a year of volunteering at a Bangladeshi orphanage, three years of training at a meditation center, and most recently a stint in the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa, where attempting to master West African French almost killed her. Emily writes for TMW and runs the Web site. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Noah Graff — Writer/Web site Editor
Noah Graff graduated from the University of Wisconsin majoring in film and history. He worked for Today’s Machining World magazine from 2005 to 2012 as the magazine’s Features Editor and “Web guy.” He now hones his writing skills as a blogger for todaysmachiningworld.com and shares his unique insight as a newcomer in his family’s used machinery business, Graff-Pinkert & Co. In Noah’s spare time he works on his upcoming documentary about the classic film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.