Stamper Investing to Increase
Jackson Precision Industries, Jackson, MI, announced plans to invest $2.2 million in new fineblanking equipment, and to build a 3600-sq.-ft. addition to its facility. The project, supported by a recently approved tax-abatement request of the Blackman Township Board, will lead to the retention of four jobs and the creation of four new jobs, according to an article in the Jackson Citizen Patriot. More about the company, which performs metal stamping, machining and grinding: www.fine-blanking.com.
Applause for White House
The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) issued a press release saluting a new White House initiative to expand U.S. manufacturing by recruiting and educating more skilled workers. The initiative mirrors ongoing efforts by NTMA, PMA and other manufacturing groups to develop more qualified workers for the metalforming, tooling and machining industries through two main avenues: actively recruiting new workers, and developing widely recognized credentials that signal their qualifications.
"Alongside creative recruitment efforts, the key to developing more skilled workers in the United States is the use of uniform, widely recognized and industry-driven credentials to demonstrate competency in the specific industry skills needed by employers," says PMA President Bill Gaskin. "PMA and NTMA have worked closely with the National Association of Manufacturers to devise a way to validate metalworking industry skills through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) machining and metalforming certifications. NIMS certifications offer a concrete path for students to acquire or increase specific skills, while in turn providing a set of credentials that signals employers that they're able to perform to quality standards in a skilled machining or metalworking job. Both the worker and employer benefit as a result."
Adds NTMA President Dave Tilstone: "It is essential to the future of our industry that we find creative ways to attract the attention of new workers. That's why NTMA sponsors activities like the National Robotics League, which draws students to technical careers by partnering student teams with local manufacturers to build complex machines designed to do battle and test ingenuity, all while building high-tech skills.”
Together, PMA and NTMA formed the One Voice partnership to advocate for the interests of small and medium manufacturers throughout the United States: www.metalworkingadvocate.org.
Turned Away by its Lender, Metalformer
Finds a New Funding Source
Thiel Tool & Engineering, a woman-owned metalforming company in St. Louis, MO, received $3.2 million in financing as part of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program. The federal program is designed to “spur new or increased investments into operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities.” Thiel received the financing from BizCapital, the business-lending division of Advantage Capital Partners, after having been turned away by its existing lender. The metalformer recently completed a 30,000-sq.-ft. addition to its 70,000-sq.-ft. plant. It employs 50 people, and serves the automotive, transportation and construction markets; www.thieltool.com. Learn more about the NMTC program, set to expire in 2011, here.
Gerstenslager Forms JV with Tooling Firm
The Gerstenslager Co., a supplier of automotive stampings and assemblies with facilities in Wooster and Clyde, OH, announced plans to form a 50-50 joint venture with International Tooling Solutions, LLC (ITS), a designer and builder of tooling. The JV, named ArtiFlex Manufacturing, LLC, will provide engineering, tooling, stamping and assembly services.
ITS operates three facilities—two in Grand Rapids, MI, and one in Frankfort, KY, and specializes in low-cost production of ultra-low volume dies and assembly; www.internationaltoolingsolutions.com. Gerstenslager, a subsidiary of Worthington Industries, Columbus, OH, specializes in blanking, stamping, assembly, e-coating and packaging; www.gerstenslager.com. More about ArtiFlex at www.artiflexmfg.com.
Q1 a Record Setter
for Stainless Steel Production
Preliminary statistics from the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) reveal that global stainless crude steel production reached 8.4 million metric tons for the first quarter of 2011, an all-time high for a first quarter and an 8.2 percent increase over Q4 2010. Strongest Q1 2011 growth came from The Americas, up 37 percent from Q4 2010 and up 6.9 percent year over year. ISSF credits global market strength to strong end-user demand and to continued replenishment of service-center stock. While ISSF expects some level of de-stocking during 2011, it foresees another year of record production; www.worldstainless.org.
Worthington Steel Expanding Monterrey
Worthington Industries, Inc., Columbus, OH, announced plans to add a pickling line to its joint-venture facility (with Serviacero) in Monterrey, Mexico. The 160,000-sq.-ft. expansion with have the capacity to process 500,000 tons per year for tolling and direct customers. In addition to the Monterrey facility, the joint venture (Serviacero Worthington, S.A. de C.V.) operates service centers in Leon and Queretaro. Serviacero Worthington offers services such as slitting, multi-blanking and cutting-to-length to customers in a variety of industries including automotive, appliance, electronics and heavy equipment.
Oberg Strategic Partnership Bolsters
Precision metalforming company Oberg Industries, Freeport, PA, has bolstered its welding-support services through a strategic alliance with Industrial Laser Systems, LLC (ILS), Pittsburgh, PA. ILS provides laser-technology process evaluation, testing, and production-equipment selection. “With the addition of ILS,” says Oberg’s Wes Elliott, vice president of business and technical development, “we are better prepared to help OEMs select from a variety of welding processes that best fit their specific needs.” ILS has relocated to Oberg’s campus in Sarver, PA, and will collaborate with Oberg on development programs, prototyping and short-run production projects. Oberg will continue its strategic partnership with Joining Technologies, Granby, CT, on high-volume laser-welded production assemblies, electron-beam welding and other projects; www.oberg.com. More about ILS at www.laser-industrial.com.
TS Tech Recognizes McGregor Metalworking
Japanese-based automotive-seating manufacturer TS Tech recently recognized McGregor Metalworking Companies, Springfield, OH, at its 2011 Supplier Conference with a double award in quality and delivery. Of TS Tech’s 130 suppliers, only three earned dual awards, including McGregor. More at www.mcgregormetal.com.
Phoenix Metal Finisher
Earns Nadcap Accreditation
The Performance Review Institute (PRI) has awarded Nadcap accreditation to Metco Metal Finishing, Phoenix, AZ. Nadcap seeks to “provide international, unbiased, independent manufacturing process and product assessments and certification services for the purpose of adding value, reducing total cost and facilitating relationships between subscribers and suppliers.” Learn more at www.pri-network.org/nadcap. Metco, part of The Lindgren Group of metal-finishing companies, offers chemical finishing, electroplating, mechanical finishing and laser part-marking services; www.thelindgrengroup.com.
Morgal Machine Tool a Deere “Partner”
The McGregor Metalworking Companies’ Morgal Machine Tool Co. business unit has attained Partner-level status as a supplier to John Deere. Deere & Co. bestowed its highest supplier rating upon Morgal at its recent annual supplier conference. Morgal, Springfield, OH, one of only four metal stampers to be acknowledged as a Partner-level supplier, provides eight Deere & Co. facilities with stamped components, welded assemblies and split metal pulleys. More about Morgal Machine Tool here; learn more about Deere & Co.’s relationship with its suppliers by reading its Supplier Code of Conduct
Minnesota Stamper Earns Recognition
for Restoring Jobs
E.J. Ajax, Minneapolis, MN, has been named a 2011 Small Business of the Year Blue Ribbon Award Winner by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The award went to only 75 small businesses throughout the country that “have shown tremendous dedication to restoring jobs and prosperity despite a challenging economy.” E.J. Ajax provides a number of ongoing training and education opportunities for its employees; 61 percent of its workers have achieved journey worker Level III status in at least one career ladder. The Blue Ribbon Award will be officially presented at the Small Business Summit 2011, May 23-25 in Washington, D.C.; www.uschambersummit.com; more about E.J. Ajax at www.ejajax.com.
Die Builder/Stamper Adds Robotic-Welding Cell
New Bremen Machine & Tool Co., Inc., New Bremen, OH, has added a robotic arc-welding cell to its shop floor. The cell features an Almega AX-V6 six-axis robot from OTC Daihen, Charlotte, NC—6-kg payload, 1400-mm work envelope—with a 60-in. turntable positioner. Learn more about NBMT at www.newbremenmachine.com; read up on robots and welding equipment from OTC Daihen at www.daihen-usa.com.
Fabricator’s New Production Cell
to Feature HMC and Two Robotic Welders
D&S Manufacturing, Black River Falls, WI, announced plans to invest in a new production cell centered around a Toyoda FA800 horizontal machining center (31.5 by 31.5-in. pallet size, 40-hp spindle motor), flanked by a pair of six-axis ABB robotic welders. D&S manufactures large-scale components and assemblies for a customer list that includes Caterpillar, Oshkosh Corp. and The Trane Co. Its capabilities include machining, laser and plasma-arc cutting, and manual and robotic welding; www.dsmfg.com.
Metalformer Launches Spanish Website
Waukesha Metal Products, a supplier of metal stampings, fabricated sheetmetal components and tooling, has launched a Spanish version of its website. The site includes translated equipment lists and a description of its capabilities, photographs and translated captions, RFQ forms and company news. The firm ships more than 30 percent of its products into Mexico; www.waukeshametal.com.
Website a Resource for Folks
Sourcing Etched Metal Parts
PhotoFabrication Engineering, Inc. (PEI), Milford, MA, a manufacturer of custom and standard photoetched metal parts, has launched a new website complete with process diagrams and technical etching guidelines. Also, the firm says that the site—www.photofabrication.com—includes an industry first: an interactive template that allows users to design their own seam-sealed microelectronic package lids online. PEI etches most metal alloys, including stainless steels, copper, brass, silver, titanium and specialty alloys.
Steel-Solutions Technology Transfer
The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), Detroit, MI, a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute, has launched a new website designed to provide information about the North American steel industry’s market applications, research and reports on new-product advancements. Highlights of the new site, at www.smdisteel.org, include research updates on applications for advanced high-strength steel in the automotive market; access to training opportunities in the construction market; and an expanded focus on steel’s environmental and sustainable advantages.
Informational Products on Cast Copper Alloys
A series of five informational videos and an online metals-reference guide, all from Concast Metal products Co., Mars, PA, are loaded with useful information for users of cast copper alloys. Use the technical resources to answer questions regarding product specifications, alloy selection and material applications. Start your informational journey at www.concast.com and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/concastmetals.
New Coil-Processing Lines
Headed to Belgium, Australia
Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL, has sold coil-processing systems to Holvoet NV (plants in Kortrijk and Gent, Belgium) and to Midway Metals, Yatala, Queensland, Australia. Holvoet purchased its third Red Bud line, this one a multiblanking line for coils to 0.138 by 72 in. The line combines the slit-to-width and cut-to-length processes into one operation to produce custom blanks directly from a master coil. For Midway Metals, Red Bud installed a precision blanking line for material to 0.393 in. thick, with stretcher-leveling to allow the Greenfield site to serve the laser-cutting and fabrication markets. It can process stainless-steel coils to 79 in. wide, 53,000 lb. with part length to 355 in. and length tolerances of plus or minus 0.005 in.
Future Products Adds
Makino High-Speed Wire EDM
Die-tooling and machined-components manufacturer Future Products, Clawson, MI, has added a Makino DUO43 CNC wire EDM to its stable of equipment. The machine boasts a 28- by 22-in. work table and 17.7-in. X axis, 11.8-in. Y axis and 12.6-in. Z axis. The machine features high wire-tension technology developed for optimum shape accuracy, says
Makino literature, particularly in corner geometry. Positioning accuracy and repeatability are rated at ±0.00006 in. (full stroke) in 1.6-in.-thick tool-steel plate; roundness accuracy is ±0.0002 in. in 1.6-in. plate with a 0.8-in. hole diameter. Future Products is online at www.future-products.com.
Autodie Plans $24-million Investment
A 12- to 18-month modernization plan has been hatched by Autodie, Grand Rapids, MI, to upgrade its CNC milling capabilities and improve its overall plant infrastructure. The large-scale manufacturer of automotive stamping dies aims to dramatically improve lead time and quality levels for its customers, domestically and abroad. More at www.autodie-llc.com.
Contract Manufacturer Increases
EDM Capacity to Tackle “Tall Parts”
“Our new wire-EDM machine (a Mitsubishi BA24 model, with a 16.5-in. Z axis) gives us the capacity to do tall EDM parts,” says Bobby McIntire, marketing and sales manager at G&H Diversified Manufacturing L.P. The Houston, TX, contract manufacturer includes on its process resume CNC laser cutting, manual and robotic welding, precision machining and sheetmetal fabrication, and wire-EDM. Its new Mitsubishi EDM machine features the new V350 power supply with anti-electrolysis technology, and PM4 control that allows process automation from rough to finish machining. Its healthy Z-axis height allows G&H to process the tall parts common among its customers working in the oil industry. Learn more at www.mitsubishi-world.com; G&H Diversified is online at www.ghdiv.com.
Low-EAU Part Better Off
Fabricated than Stamped
Claiming the project to be the “first fruits of its new fabrication department,” Ultra Tool & Manufacturing, Menomonee Falls, WI, recently saved a customer more than $120,000 in up-front tooling costs to produce a low-EAU (estimated annual usage) part. The part in question: a hydraulic pump-bracket assembly for the Nissan Murano convertible. Progressive dies needed to stamp the assembly’s three parts would have cost $138,000, a hefty up-front investment for an EAU of only 6000.
Instead, Ultra Tool manufactured the parts in its newly fabrication department, boasting a Salvagnini L1Ce fiber-laser cutting machine, and a Durma 150-ton CNC press brake.
“Typically we look for a maximum 2-yr. payback to justify progressive tooling,” says Matt Schemelin, an Ultra Tool sales engineer. “With such a low EAU, payback for the progressive tooling for this job would have taken more than 8 yr.”
Ultra Tool added its fabrication department during the summer of 2010 to accommodate lower volume orders. Its Salvagnini laser-cutting machine boasts a 60- by 120-in. worktable, 3000-W laser and positioning tolerance of plus or minus 0.0004 in. Cutting capacity in steel is 0.70 in., 0.312 in. for stainless steel. The Durma press brake offers a maximum bending length of 120 in., throat depth of 16.1 in. and a 14-in. stroke.
Learn more about the Ultra Tool fabrication department at www.ultratoolmfg.com.
Bazz Houston Acquisition
Expands its Tooling Capabilities
The Bazz Houston Co., Garden Grove, CA (and Tijuana, Mexico), acquired Mark of Precision Inc., Upland, CA, a tooling design and fabrication plant that provides tools, dies, gauges, fixtures, stampings and assemblies. Bazz Houston manufactures springs, stampings, wire forms, fourslide parts and tooling; www.bazz-houston.com. Learn more about Mark of Precision at www.markofprecision.com.
Contract Manufacturer to Double in Size
Accrotool, Inc., New Kensington, PA, a contract manufacturer offering metal stamping and fabricating, CNC machining, painting and other services, is adding 120,000 sq. ft. to its existing 100,000-sq.-ft. facility. The firm also can now apply silk-screen images to its products, following the December 2010 acquisition of MTEC, a silk-screening company in Jeannette, PA. Lastly, the company has added flat-screen television panels throughout its facility to provide production teams real-time access to job schedules—a change the company expects will increase productivity by 30 percent and accelerate on-time deliveries. More at www.accrotool.com.
Stamper Named Manufacturer of the Year
EJ Ajax and Sons, Fridley, MN, has been selected Manufacturer of the Year 2011 by Minnesota’s Manufacturers Alliance. The firm was recognized for sharing its best practices in education, safety and lean manufacturing, including hosting 13 programs on Building a Safe and Lean Culture in the Workplace. Learn more about EJ Ajax at www.ejajax.com; the Manufacturers Alliance is online at www.mfrall.com.
New Tooling Company Formed
to Support OMCG Slide Machines
Users of OMCG slide machines have a new source for tooling—Precision Metal Form Inc., Bensenville, IL. The company will design (in 3D), build and test wire and strip tooling for wire sizes from 2 to 10 mm. Visit the company online at www.pmfwire.com to learn more about its capabilities and view completed projects.
Butech Bliss Partners with UK Supplier
on New Tension-Leveler Line
Bronx Engineering Ltd., West Midlands, England, selected Butech Bliss, Salem, OH, to supply a scrap chopper to be installed on a tension-leveling line being designed and built for Hydro Aluminum Rolled Products. Butech Bliss (www.butechbliss.com) will deliver the scrap chopper in the second quarter of 2011. Bronx Engineering designs and builds coil-processing equipment, including cut-to-length, slitting and multiblanking lines, strip joiners and roller-coater machines; www.bronx.co.uk.
Metal Stamper Launches into Sheetmetal Fabrication
Chirch Global Manufacturing, LLC, McHenry, IL, a precision metal stamper that offers tool and die services, assembly and JIT delivery, has partnered with Amada America Inc. to install an automated sheetmetal-fabrication cell. Included is a servo-driven22-ton turret punch press, a hybrid servo-hydraulic press brake, an automated load and unload material-handling system and robotic finished-parts stacking. Chirch also opted for Amada’s offline-programming software, which helps keep production personnel focused on value-added production tasks. Its website hosts a video of the manufacturing cell in operation—www.chirchmfg.com.
Laser Welding Aluminum Magazines
for Military, Commercial Rifles
Connecticut Spring & Stamping (CSS), Farmington, CT, a manufacturer of precision parts for the firearms, defense, medical and aerospace industries, has developed an aluminum magazine for use in military and commercial rifles that, according to the firm, is the first aluminum magazine to be fabricated using laser welding. Compared to the more typical resistance-welding process, laser welding improves weld strength, durability and consistency. Learn more about CSS at www.ctspring.com.
New CMM Will Help Metalformer Meet
Process-Control Requirements of the Future
“Our quality strategy is based on the assumption that process-control requirements will increase in the future,” says Cindy Porter, corporate director of quality for McGregor Metalworking Companies, Springfield, OH, commenting on the firm’s latest acquisition: a Brown & Sharpe Global Advantage DCC vertical coordinate-measuring machine. The company recently installed the machine, with a measuring envelope of 59 by 87 by 39 in., to take speed and accuracy (2.5 microns) to a new level, basing its investment decision not only on current requirements but on future needs. Read up on the Brown & Sharpe CMM here; learn more about the five McGregor Metalworking facilities at www.mcgregormetal.com.
Yarde Metals Opens Livonia Facility
A 14,400-sq.-ft. facility is the new home of Yarde Metals in Livonia, MI, a metals service center headquartered in Southington, CT. Yarde, which now numbers 17 U.S. branch locations, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.; www.yarde.com.
Stamper Enters the Laser-Cutting Arena
New Bremen Machine & Tool Co., New Bremen, OH, has expanded its sheetmetal-fabrication business with the addition of a Mazak Optonics Corp. NTX Champion 4- by- 8-ft. laser-cutting machine, along with Sigmanest parts-nesting software. The firm provides rapid-prototyping services, tooling builds, metal stampings and fabricated metal products; www.newbremenmachine.com.
Rollformer Earns Quality, Delivery Award
Hynes Industries, Youngstown, OH, earned a Platinum Award for outstanding quality and delivery performance from Wabash National Corp., a manufacturer of truck trailers. Hynes, which received the award at Wabash’s recent Key Supplier Conference in Lafayette, IN, supplies rollformed roof bows, side posts and other structural and cargo restraint components for Wabash’s over-the-road trailers. Hynes achieved 100-percent on-time delivery and has maintained an 8-PPM quality record. Learn more at hynesind.com/formed.htm.
St. Paul Metalformer Acquired
by Defense-Industry Supplier
Quality Tool, Inc., St. Paul, MN, has been acquired by Demmer Investments IV, Inc., an entity formed by Demmer Corp., Lansing, MI. Quality Tool operates 110,000 sq. ft. of production space in St. Paul and in a second shop in Brookings, SD, supplying stampings, fabricated- metal products and machined parts to diverse industrial, medical, telecommunications and defense-industry customers. Vertically integrated Demmer Corp. is known primarily for supplying the military market with components and assemblies for tanks, personnel carriers, bomb-resistant vehicles and the like. Learn more at www.qualitytool.com and www.demmercorp.com.
New Website for Chrome Plater
Empire Hard Chrome, Inc., Chicago, IL, has launched a new and improved website at www.empirehardchrome.com loaded with fascinating before and after photos, and featuring a slew of useful information on all of the appropriate finishing and plating choices. Information is organized in two ways—by application or type of item to be plated (such as production component, die component, etc.), or by finishing option. Empire offers a proprietary hard-chrome process, PTFE-infused hard chrome, moly-difulside-infused hard chrome, tin and other processes.
Lands at Ohio Service Center
Universal Steel, Cleveland, OH, has installed a high-strength stretcher-leveler from Butech, Bliss, Salem, OH, rated for material to ¾ in. thick by 74 in. wide, in lengths to 700 in. The unit boasts more than 3 million pounds of stretching force to flatten sheet in preparation for plasma and laser cutting and shearing. Because the workpiece material is left with no residual memory, processing problems related to warping or springback are eliminated. View a video demonstration of the line at www.univsteel.com; learn more about material-processing technology from Butech Bliss at www.butechbliss.com.
Bay-Area Fabricator Banks
on CNC Electric Tube Bender
SF Tube, Hayward, CA, a tube and pipe subcontractor with more than 20 bending machines, has added an all-electric software-controlled tube bender to its arsenal. The machine, from UK manufacturer Unison, allows the company to produce more complex tubular shapes than it can using its hydraulic machines, say company officials. These complex shapes include rotary-draw bent and rollformed curves, performed in a single machining operation—parts that in some cases used to require successive operations on as many as three different machines. The firm notes one example—a highly styled handrail for buses and trains that it now forms on the Unison machine at a 70-percent labor reduction. More at www.unisonltd.com; SF Tube is online at www.sftubebending.com.
Steel-Service Center Adds Third Robotic-Cutting Cell
AT&F Steel, Cleveland, OH, a steel-service center and provider of custom metal-fabricating services, has installed its third robotic-cutting system. The new setup boasts contour-beveling capabilities via a six-axis torch-wielding robot (plasma or oxyfuel) and a laser-guided camera system. Cutting speed peaks at 300 in./min, with beveling from 0 to 60 deg. Cutting table: 13 by 50 ft. More at www.atfco.com.
Provider of Coil-Processing Systems
Sets Up Shop in Brazil
Delta Brands Inc. (DBI), Irving, TX, a designer and builder of custom coil-processing lines, cut-to-length lines, slitting, shearing and other systems, has established a sales and service center in Itajai, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The location will provide sales, marketing, engineering services, and after-sales and spare-parts support. DBI specializes in lines able to run high-strength carbon steel in thicknesses from 0.060 to 1 in., and widths from 24 to 96 in.; www.dbimfg.com.
Braner/Loopco Slitting Line Headed to Rio
Material processor Dova, SA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has ordered its second slitting line from Braner/Loopco, Schiller Park, IL, to process surface-critical coated coil. The line will be able to process 1525- by 6.3- mm material (as thin as 0.38 mm) and features a single-loop turret head and slit-coil packaging line. Also included is non-marking roll tensioning and a shape-correction cluster leveler. Packaging capacity: 5-ton slit coils. More at www.braner.com.
Precision Blanking Line
Headed to KC Service Center
Phoenix Metals, Norcross Georgia, has ordered a precision blanking line from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL, for its steel service center in Kansas City, KS. The line, Phoenix Metals’ seventh from Red Bud, is rated for processing stainless steel to ¼ in., as well as for cold-rolled, prepainted, hot-rolled and pickled-and-oiled steel, and aluminum alloys. Coil capacity: 50,000 lb., 72 in. wide. More at www.redbudindustries.com; Phoenix Metals, a subsidiary of Reliance Steel and Aluminum, is online at www.phoenixmetals.net.
Deep-Draw Stamper Launches New Website
Deep-draw stamper Truex, Inc., Pawtucket, RI, has redesigned its website with improved navigation, an upgraded catalog ready for download and printing, a new frequently asked questions section and an RFQ area where customers/prospects can download part prints. The company stamps parts from steel and stainless steel, brass and aluminum alloys; www.truexinc.com.
Stamper/Fabricator Adds Trumpf Laser
Ohio Gasket & Shim Co., Inc., Akron, OH, a manufacturer of custom metal stampings, brackets, precision shims and metallic and nonmetallic gaskets, has ordered a TruLaser 2030 laser-cutting machine from Trumpf Inc. The machine, slated to be fully operational by the end of January, 2011, features integrated, automated load-unload equipment, and is rated for cutting mild steel to ¾ in. thick, stainless to 3/8 in. and aluminum to 5/16 in. Read up on the company’s full slate of capabilities at www.ogsindustries.com.
Wireformer/Slideformer Upgrades Website
Clips & Clamps Industries (CCI), Plymouth, MI, has launched a newly redesigned website offering customers an up-close look at its capabilities. The firm specializes in CNC wireforming, slideforming and metal stamping. The website also allows visitors to submit quote requests and interact with the CCI sales and engineering staffs. Visit the site at www.clipsclamps.com.
Wisconsin Fab Shop Adds Waterjet Cutting
to Expand its Reach into New Markets
Metal fabricator National Metals, DeForest, WI, has added a 60,000-PSI waterjet-cutting machine to its shop to manufacture its own specialty aluminum and stainless-steel products (tabletops, sinks and custom bracketry), and to provide contract waterjet-cutting services in a host of varied markets, including glasswork, stonework and woodwork. The machine, from Jet Edge, Inc., St. Michael, MN, offers a 5- by 13-ft. work envelope; www.jetedge.com. Learn more about National Metals at www.nationalmetals.com.
Yarde Metals Expands in Ohio, Pennsylvania
Metal-service center Yarde Metals, headquartered in Southington, CT, expanded its processing center in Streetsboro, OH, by adding a pair of plate saws to its equipment lineup—an Amada 1000 and a Kasto model. The facility stocks and processes aluminum rounds to 40-in. dia, and plate to 30 in. Also, the firm celebrated the grand opening of a new 46,000-sq-.ft. service center in Limerick, PA, to process bar, sheet and plate. The facility will maintain a 1.5-million-lb. inventory; www.yarde.com.
Michigan Stamper Earns A2LA Accreditation
E&E Manufacturing, Livonia, MI, has earned the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) for nonferrous and ferrous alloys, to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standards. The certification allows E&E to perform certified testing using a range of processes, including hardness, microstructure, case depth, micro- and macro-etching and surface condition testing, as well as perform nondestructive tests such as magnetic particle and liquid dye penetrant. E&E produces stampings, fasteners and assemblies for the automotive, military and industrial markets; www.eemfg.com.
October Metal Service-Center Sales “Robust”
The October Metals Activity Report issued by the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), Rolling Meadows, IL, calls October activity in the United States and Canada “robust” for steel and aluminum. Shipments of steel products from U.S. service centers climbed 15.8 percent above year-earlier levels, and through the first 10 months of 2010 shipments are up 19.4 percent compared to the same period last year. Also, at the end of October steel inventories were 25.1 percent larger than in October 2009.
October shipments of aluminum products from U.S. service centers climbed 25.6 percent compared to October 2009, and are up 24.6 percent through the end of October compared to last year. Inventories are up 30.6 percent. More at www.msci.org.
Metal Stamper Passes Surveillance Audits
Waukesha Metal Products, Sussex, WI, passed surveillance audits for ISO 9001/TS16949 and AS 9100-B, with zero nonconformances. The company is a full-service metalformer and also offers assembly capabilities; www.waukeshametal.com.
Wisconsin Stamper Adds
Fineblanking to its Resume
Jagemann Stamping Co., Manitowoc, WI, a manufacturer of deep-drawn and progressive metal stampings, has expanded its service offerings to include fineblanking capabilities. Components stamped with fineblanking tooling and hydraulic presses are noted for fully sheared, crisp edges. The process is well utilized in the home hardware, medical and automotive industries, and Jagemann expects to leverage its fineblanking capabilities to expand into other industries as well; www.jagemann.com.
EuroBLECH 2010 Proves
More International Than Ever
EuroBLECH 2010 closed its doors Saturday afternoon after welcoming 61,300 visitors who took in 1455 exhibitors from 43 countries. “After a difficult time, the sheetmetal-working industry is on the up again,” said Nicola Hamann, exhibition director, on behalf of the show’s organizers Mack Brooks Exhibitions. “EuroBLECH 2010 was more international than ever as 46 percent of our exhibitors came from outside Germany and 39 percent of the ; and we could again increase our traditionally high percentage of international visitors. 39 percent of this year’s visitors came from outside Germany, compared to 35 percent last time.”
An exhibitor survey found participants highly satisfied, particularly with the comprehensive range of products on display and with the international flavor of the show. Some 75 percent of all exhibiting companies intend to exhibit again at the next show, October 23–27 in Hanover, Germany.
I blogged from the show with a couple of days of highlights, and will add more later.
Fastener Manufacturer Earns
Aerospace-Industry Quality Certification
The PennEngineering operations in Danboro, PA, and Kunshan, China, have received Aerospace Standard AS9100 approval, joining the firm’s other operations in Corona, CA (3V Fastners Co.) and Leland, NC (QRP, Inc.) AS9100 builds on ISO 9000, adding specific requirements for the aerospace industry to further ensure safety, reliability and quality of aerospace products. The scope of the company’s certification covers design and manufacture of self-clinching fasteners, threaded inserts and other fasteners. More at www.pemnet.com.
D&S Earns Registration
to Railway-Vehicle Welding Standard
Metal fabricator D&S Manufacturing, Black River Falls, WI, has achieved certification to DIN EN 15085-2, Level CL2 for welding of new components for railway vehicles. It did so to meet the requests of its customer, Electro-Motive Diesel, which sought a U.S. supplier certified to the European welding standard. The standards require that D&S maintain its systems for training and welding-procedure consistency, and that a welding coordinator be retained onsite for supervision and to address technical issues. More at www.dsmfg.com.
Stamper/Fabricator Adds Two
Five robotic-welding cells weren’t enough for Germantown Tool & Machine Inc., Huntingdon Valley, PA—the firm had to go out and purchase two more. The metal stamper and sheetmetal fabrication shop, with 50 employees and a 55,000-sq.-ft. facility, acquired a pair of Fanuc six-axis robots partnered with Lincoln Electric PowerWave 455M arc-welding power supplies. Robots boast 65-in. reach and 35-lb. payload. More at www.gttool.com.
Standards Have Become
Synonymous with Quality
So says an article in the recent e-newsletter of the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program. An excerpt: “ISO certification and lean methodologies have almost become requirements for a company to successfully compete in certain global markets. Companies that have invested in themselves by becoming certified and implementing lean practices want to be certain that they do not have problems as a result of their suppliers’ practices or their own practices…Some do this before any problems occur while others do so as a result of manufacturing problems.”
Cited as a model for manufacturers to benchmark is metalforming company HK Metalcraft, Lodi, NJ, whose continuous improvement process has included “adding QS9000 and ISO/TS 16949 certification, and lean manufacturing to its TQM toolbox,” says the article. “Recently, HK had shipped approximately 170 million pieces with zero defects over a 13-month period.”
Read more here.
Coil Processing Seminar Coming to Colombia
Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL, will host a coil-processing seminar at the Hilton Cartagena Hotel in Cartagena, Colombia on December 2, 2010. On the agenda: blanking and multi-blanking, leveling, slitting and new processes for hot-roll black material. More at www.redbudindustries.com.
eBay Store for Surplus Metalworking Equipment
The McGregor Metalworking Companies, Springfield, OH, has opened an eBay store to sell surplus metalworking equipment, including turnkey metal-stamping lines and press-line components. Visit the store from the firm’s website, www.mcgregormetal.com, or click here.
Future Products Increases Tool-Making Capacity
Two new Makino high-speed vertical machining centers have made their way onto the shop floor of Future Products, Clawson, MI, to boost the firm’s capacity to manufacture precision die tooling and machined components. The machines, Makino S56 models, employ a 40-taper, 13,000-RPM spindle and are equipped with a 20-tool magazine and automatic tool changer. Future Products specified one of the models with a fourth-axis rotary table. More about Future Products at www.future-products.com.
Proformance Mfg. Earns ISO Registration
ISO 9001: 2008 registration has been bestowed upon Proformance Manufacturing, Inc., Corona, CA. The firm manufactures custom metal components including deep-draw and progressive-die stampings and CNC machined parts, supplying the automotive, aerospace, electronics, medical and other industries; www.proformancemfg.com.
Tube-Bending Website Gets a Makeover
Curtis Products Inc., South Bend, IN, specialists in tube bending and end forming, as well rapid prototyping and assembly, has launched a redesigned website that includes an extensive photo gallery and detailed description of the manufacturing processes it offers, including welding, finishing and machining. The firm supplies customers in several markets, including automotive, agricultural, defense, marine and construction; www.curtisproducts.com.
Contract Stamper/Spinner/Machining Company
Has New Home on the Web
The McGregor Metalworking Companies, Springfield, OH, has launched a new website to showcase its contract services—stamping, machining, spinning, robotic welding and tooling. The website, www.mcgregormetal.com, brings together what had been separate sites for the various business units of the company. It also hosts McGregor TV--a YouTube channel where visitors can view the company’s processes in action, and Six Centers of Excellence that host case-study project descriptions and libraries of product photos.
Stainless Supplier Fires Up New CTL Line
Penn Stainless Products, Quakertown, PA, a supplier of stainless-steel sheet, plate, bar, structural, pipe and tubular products, has installed a heavy-gauge cut-to-length line from Herr-Voss Stamco. The line, which includes a precision leveler (with 4-in.-dia. work rolls), overhung mandrel-type uncoiler, three-roll breaker and entry-crop shear, will allow the firm to expand its leveling capabilities on surface-critical 2B sheet finish, and corrective leveling on 0.375-in. material, according to Penn Stainless president Jim Seward. Line capacity: 50,000-lb. coil weight, 78-in. wide, material thickness 0.090 to 0.375 in.
Besides precision leveling, Penn Stainless offers plate and sheet shearing, plasma and waterjet cutting, and machine and saw cutting; www.pennstainless.com. Learn more about Herr-Voss Stamco coil-processing equipment at www.herr-voss.com.
New ThyssenKrupp Facility
Adds Tight-Clearance CNC Shear
The new ThyssenKrupp Stainless USA facility in Calvert, AL, has installed a new CNC shear to cut stainless-steel sheet 0.0-15 to ½ in. thick. The machine does the work of two shears, says its supplier, Hydrapower Intl., Marco Island, FL. It features CNC control of blade gap, rake angle and backgauge position, all optimized based on sheet thickness to avoid burrs and minimize distortion. Also included are special, closely spaced holddown cylinders and a safety light curtain; www.hydrapower-intl.com.
Jagemann Stamping Completes
Plex Online Implementation
Implementation of Plex Online manufacturing ERP software at Jagemann Stamping Co., Manitowoc, WI, took just six months and caused not a single missed shipment, reports Jagemann IT manager Patti Nowak. A software-as-a-service ERP solution, Plex Online reportedly can be deployed in less than half the time of typical ERP system installations. Learn more and download a white paper, titled Just in Time Training, here.
Little Rock HVAC Fabricator Acquired
M&M Manufacturing, LLC, Fort Worth, TX, acquired The Wilkins Corp., Little Rock, AR. Wilkins operates a 50,000-sq.-ft. plant to manufacture steel duct pipe and fittings for the HVAC industry. M&M, also a supplier of HVAC pipe and fittings, operates facilities in Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston, TX, and also operates a Precision Products division that manufactures precision sheetmetal parts for a variety of industries; www.mmmfg.com.
Stamper/Fabricator Acquires Two Companies
Durex Inc., Union, NJ, acquired P. Feiner & Sons, a custom metal-fabrication shop in Bogota, NJ, and Sternvent Co., also in Bogota, NJ, a manufacturer of dust-collection systems. Durex operates out of a 120,000-sq.-ft. facility with 65 presses with capacity to 500 tons, as well as a state-of-the-art sheetmetal-fabrication facility loaded with Amada equipment, and also offers assembly, packaging and inhouse powder-coating services. Learn more at www.durex.com.
New Fargo Service Center
Adds Stretcher Leveling Line
Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL, installed a ½-in.-capacity cut-to-length line with a stretcher leveler at the new McNeilus Steel facility in Fargo, ND. The line is the third of its kind acquired by McNeilus—the other two operate at the firm’s facility in Dodge Center, MN. Stretcher leveler lines prove ideal for producing flat material that will stay flat, essential for laser-cutting applications. Learn more at www.redbudindustries.com; McNeilus is online at www.mcneilus.com.
Horizon Die Co. to Broaden its Horizons
Progressive-die builder and metal stamper Horizon Die Co., East Dundee, IL, has named The Campbell Co., Bloomfield Hills, MI, its new manufacturing representative. The company will seek to market Horizon’s design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities to new markets and regions; www.horizondie.com. The Campbell Co. is online at www.pcamco.com.
Red Bud Installs Multiblanking Line in Juarez
Steel Technologies de Mexico, Guadalupe, Mexico, has installed a precision multiblanking line from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL, at is facility in Ciudad Juarez. The line, which joins a Red Bud high-speed slitting line installed at the facility in 2007, can process mild steel to 0.135 in. thick and stainless steel to 0.105 in. It features a CNC programmable slitter and precision grip-feed system; www.redbudindustries.com.
Website a Hot Spot for Info on Low-Melt Alloys
Learn all about fusible alloys (also known as low-melt alloys) at the newly redesigned website of Bolton metal Products Co., Bellefonte, PA (formerly Cerro Metal Products Co.) The site contains product specs, technical data and application info, as well as a request-for-quote/contact form; www.boltonmetalproducts.com. Among the applications for low-melt alloys: drop-hammer dies for short-run sheetmetal forming (made by casting fusible alloys against wood or plaster patterns); and tooling for the bending of thin-walled tubing and channels.
CNC Machine Shop Earns Aerospace Certification
B&A Co., Milford, CT, has been granted AS9100B + ISO 9001:2008 certifications. The firm supplies precision machined parts of aluminum, stainless steel and titanium alloys to the aerospace industry.
Stamper Melds with Prototype Shop
PTM Corp., Fair Haven, MI, a provider of stampings, assemblies and tooling, has taken over the business and workforce of Prototype Tooling & Mfg., Fraser, MI and renamed the operation PTM Fraser. The goal is to transition the Fraser division into the main 72-acre company complex, according to PTM vice president Donna Russell-Kuhr. Learn more at www.ptmcorporation.com. Learn more about PTM Fraser’s capabilities, which include laser cutting and laser welding, at www.prototypetoolingmfg.com.
Stamper Fills Order for Unusual Snap Ring
Evans Technology, East Providence, RI, specialists in miniature deep-drawn and flat stampings, recently completed an order for an unusual piece—a snap ring with a thin 0.010-in. opening and an OD of 0.1625 in., stamped from Type 305 stainless steel. The firm produced the first 300 parts in one week, using transfer-press tooling and custom secondary operations, then automated the process for the remainder of the 50,000-piece run. Learn more about the company at www.evanstechnology.com.
Stamper’s New Servo-Feed Coil Line
Includes Traveling Upender
Royal Die and Stamping, Bensenville, IL, a stamper serving the automotive, electronics and telecommunications industries, has a new progressive feed line courtesy of Coe Press Equipment, Sterling Heights, MI. The line can handle 8000-lb. coils of steel to 0.090 in. thick by 18 in. wide and 0.120 in. thick by 9 in. wide. Included is a ServoMaster SM1-18 servo feed, CPPS-250-18 power straightener controlled by a Coiltek ultrasonic loop control, and a Trabon automatic lubrication system. A traveling upender, with 18 in. of vertical lift and coil capacity to 60-in. OD, allows Royal to receive coils in the horizontal position. More about Coe’s equipment lineup at www.cpec.com; Royal Die and Stamping is online at www.royaldie.com.
Georgia Service Center Gains ISO Registration
Direct Metals Co. earned ISO 9001: 2008 registration for its headquarters facility in Kennesaw, GA, and for its sister location in Park City, IL. The registration covers the company’s warehousing, sales, fabrication and distribution services. Direct Metals supplies perforated metal, bar grating, expanded metal, safety grating and other products in stainless and carbon steel, aluminum alloys, galvanized steel and fiberglass; www.directmetals.com.
Earn Exporter of the Year Status
ThinkGlobal, a print and online publishing company that publishes Commercial News USA, has begun accepting nominations for its 2011 ThinkGlobal Exporter of the Year Awards. The awards recognize American companies that excel in exporting their products and services, in a dozen different industry categories. Winners will be selected based on their total number of documented export deals, percentage increase in export sales, and exports as a percentage of total sales, as well as their commitment to exporting and to customer service and their innovation and originality in marketing their products and services. And, yes—you can nominate your own company. Learn more, and read about last year’s winners, at www.exporteroftheyear.com.
North American Steel Prices
Drop 4 Percent in July
According to steel-industry consulting firm MEPS Intl., flat-product transaction values in the United States continued to decline in July as mills, desperate for orders, make price concessions for their larger customers. Specifically, the U.S. market for coil is weak, and transaction prices have declined by more than five percent over the past four weeks, says the company. For cold-rolled coil, the traditional summer slowdown “has resulted in numerous holes developing in the mills’ order books across North America,” report MEPS. “Discounts are available to anyone with a substantial order to place.”
Read the full report.
Slitting and Slit-Coil Packaging Line
Installed in Mexico
Braner/Loopco, Schiller Park, IL, has installed and commissioned a ½- by 72-in. single-loop slitting and slit-coil packaging line at the Villacero steel-service center in Monterrey, Mexico. The line features a turret-head slitter with two quick-change heads, pushbutton tooling lockup, variable tensioning and automatic slit-coil handling. It can process grade 80 hot-rolled black and pickled steel, and cold-rolled coils from 0.9 to 12.7 mm thick; www.braner.com. Learn more about Villacero and its 800,000-sq.-ft. Monterrey processing facility at www.villacero.com.
Penn Stainless Earns
Export Achievement Award
Stainless-steel service center Penn Stainless, Quakertown, PA, received an Export Achievement Certificate from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce (DoC). The firm supplies and processes flat-rolled stainless-steel bar, structural and tubular products; www.pipeandtubes.com. Export Achievement Certificates are presented to U.S. businesses that have benefited from DoC export assistance to either make their first export sale or to expand their international sales into new foreign markets.
Use Social Media to Track
the Automotive Research Management
The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is preparing to hold its Management Briefing Seminars, slated for August 2-5, 2010, in Traverse City, MI, and invites you to follow along via its social media outlets—Twitter and Facebook—provided by sponsoring company Plex Systems. The event brings together automotive-industry executives like no other event in North America, to discuss world-class manufacturing ideals. Learn more at
the event website.
And, follow the event via social media at www.twitter.com/cargroup and on Facebook.
Stamper/Spinner to Add
New Laser-Cutting Machine
Beginning in September, 2010, Eckmann Custom Products, Racine, WI, a provider of stamped and deep-drawn metal parts and spin-form pulleys, will add a 4400-W laser-cutting machine to its stable. The machine, a Bystronic BySprint Pro 3015 model, will be able to cut aluminum to 1/2-in. thick and steel to ¾ in. Eckmann will use the machine for prototype development and for short-run production, to eliminate the need, in many cases, for blanking dies. More at www.eckmann.com; learn all about the Bystronic cutting machine here.
Service-Center Shipments Grow
in June Year-Over-Year (YOY)
Data from the Metals Service Center Institute, Rolling Meadows, IL, show an accelerated rate of growth in June for U.S. and Canadian shipments of steel and aluminum, while inventory-to-sales ratios declined. YOY steel shipments from U.S. service centers climbed 30.8 percent in June; first-half 2010 steel shipments were 19.1 percent higher YOY. Inventory of steel at U.S. centers is up 23.5 percent.
U.S. service center shipments of aluminum jumped 37.7 percent in June YOY; first-half shipments are up 17.4 percent YOY. Inventory of aluminum is up 15.3 percent. Read the full report at www.msci.org.
Penn United Repurposing Costa Rica Facility
Penn United Technologies, Cabot, PA, is realigning its operations in Costa Rica to focus more on production activities such as assembly, rather than on producing precision tooling. Its main facility in Cabot will continue to support design and manufacture of tooling and stamping dies, as well as precision stampings, prototyping, machining, custom automated equipment and reel-to-reel electroplating. Learn more at www.pennunited.com.
A Metalforming Miracle: 20 Years
Without a Lost-Time Accident
E.J. Ajax and Sons, Minneapolis, MN, a manufacturer of precision metal stampings, fabricated sheetmetal products, deep-drawn parts and assemblies, has recently passed the 20-yr. mark without a single hour of lost time. The firm (www.ejajax.com) also has worked the last 7 yr. with zero OSHA 300 log incidents—“no cuts, stitches, slips, falls or back strains,” says vice president Erick Ajax. “Statewide,” Erick continues, “Minnesota metalformers average one amputation a month—that’s why everyone at E.J. Ajax considers safety to be our highest priority and moral responsibility.” Erick will discuss his company’s safety culture at the Precision Metalforming Association Safety Professional Roundtable, September 28-29 in Cleveland, OH; www.pma.org.
Waukesha Metal Products
Earns Aerospace Quality Cert.
AS9100:Rev B 2004 quality certification has been bestowed upon Waukesha Metal Products, Sussex, WI. The AS9100 version includes the ISO9001 standard and adds supplementary requirements that apply to the aerospace, aviation and defense industries. Those markets, for which Waukesha Metal produces safety-critical products, account for about five percent of the company’s sales. Learn more about its precision stamping, sheetmetal fabricating and tool design and build capabilities at www.waukeshametal.com.
Six Sigma Excellence
Earns MA Metal Recognition
Cummins Inc. presented a Chairman’s Award to metalforming company M A Metal, Edinburgh, IN, for its commitment to Six Sigma management philosophies designed to improve process and product quality, eliminate waste and defects, and save money. The award-winning project, in which the Cummins engine-business global purchasing staff had to quickly identify new, niche suppliers of oil pans and covers, was one of 40 that Cummins selected from among its 4000 Six Sigma projects in 2009.
Says Ronnie Burton, M A Metal’s vice president of operations and a student in Cummins’ Six Sigma Supplier Training: “Our contributions to this [project taught us how we can use Six Sigma to improve product and service delivery to all of our metalforming and stamping customers.” More at www.mametal.com.
Oberg Makes Moves
to Strengthen its Brand in Mexico
Oberg Industries, Freeport, PA, has renamed its Mexican operation and moved to a new location in Tecate, Mexico. The company’s First Latin American Corp. has merged with Oberg Industries, Inc., and will operate as Oberg Mexico. Its new location—a 56,000-sq.-ft. facility in the El Bajio Industrial Park—provides nearly 21,000 sq. ft. of additional manufacturing space. It will offer metal stamping and hydroforming services and provide special stocking programs and warehousing options. More at www.oberg.com.
Website a Cornucopia of Copper-Alloy Info
Mac Metals Inc., Kearny, NJ, an integrated brass mill that also offers fabrication and other services, has launched a new website loaded with educational material related to brass, bronze and nickel-silver extrusions. Content is geared toward the needs of designers, metal fabricators and others involved with applications for architectural extrusions. Check it out at www.macmetals.com.
NCI Acquires Ohio-Based Coil-Coating Facility
NCI Group Inc. has acquired the MSC Pre Finish coil-coating facility in Middletown, OH. The idle 170,000-sq.-ft. facility sits on 21 acres, and strengthens NCI’s coatings and components business segment. The company also operates an engineered building systems segment. More at www.ncilp.com.
Vertically Integrated Contract Shop
Lands GE Healthcare Project
Mid-Continent Engineering, Minneapolis, MN, which offers precision machining, fabricating, forming, assembly and welding services, has landed a contract from GE Healthcare to manufacture and assemble a critical ultrasound-machine assembly. The contract, adding to Mid-Continent’s ongoing portfolio of work for GE Healthcare, is valued at more than $1 million. Learn more about Mid-Continent, and view its equipment list (which includes a 600-ton four-post Beckwood hydraulic press with 48 by 36-in. bolster) at www.mid-continent.com.
Medical-Device Maker Launches Plex Online
Inovo, Inc., Naples, FL, a manufacturer of oxygen regulators and conservers for the Class II medical market, has launched Plex Online as its new ERP software provider. The software, from Plex Systems, Auburn Hills, MI, integrates Inovo’s financial-related functions--accounts receivables and payable and inventory management—and its production systems--quality control, engineering-change controls, and corrective and preventive action systems. More at www.plex.com; Inovo is online at www.inovoinc.com.
Updated Website Showcases
Tool and Die Manufacturer
Future Products, a manufacturer of precision tooling an die components, has redesigned its website to showcase its capabilities including five-axis machining, wire and sinker EDM, turning and milling, and surface and jig grinding. The firm, which makes die components for stamping, fine blanking and forging, also includes its equipment list on the website, as well as downloadable capabilities brochures and an RFQ area where customers can upload files. And, an extensive gallery houses hundreds of parts photos.
Separately, Future Products announced its recertification to AS 9100 (for aerospace-industry suppliers) and ISO 9001.
Ohio Coating Company
Combines Two Processes into One
H.E. Orr Co., Paulding, OH, has combined e-coating and powder coating into one automated production line, to help its OEM customers save time and money. The firm uses a zinc phosphate eight-stage pretreatment to optimize the quality of the bonding surface prior to coating. Learn more at www.heorr.com.
Canadian Service Center
to Add New Red Bud Line
As part of a major, ongoing expansion effort, Janco Steel Limited, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, has ordered a Red Bud Industries combination stretcher leveler and multiblanking line, with blanking capacity to 0.188 in. thick and edge-trim and leveling capacity to 0.25 in. Width and length tolerances are plus or minus 0.005 in. The adjustable non-marking stretcher leveler will produce extremely flat material, says Red Bud, particularly well suited to providing material for laser cutting. More at www.redbudindustries.com; Janco is online at www.jancosteel.com.
Cleveland Steel Processor
Earns Testing Accreditation
FMP Met Lab, Cleveland, OH, a sister company of Ferrous Metal Processing and FerrouSouth, earned a Certificate of Accreditation ensuring it has implemented the systems required to perform a variety of metallurgical testing services for metal-alloy sheet, strip and plate. Among the testing services it offers: ultimate tensile and yield strength, elongation, hardness testing, metallographic analysis, microetching, grain size, photomicrography and bend testing.
Laser Job Shop Earns ISO Registration
Metal fabricator Ohio Laser LLC, Plain City, OH, earned ISO 9001:2008 registration. The firm provides advanced metrology, laser cutting and other fabricating services including welding, waterjet cutting, bending, machining and heat treating. It recently installed a new 3D laser-scanning system for inspection of formed and assembled products as large as 48 by 48 in. in a single scan; www.ohiolaser.com.
Birmingham Steel-Service Center
Adds High-Speed Oscillating Shear Die
Coe Press Equipment, Sterling Heights, MI, has delivered a high-speed oscillating shear die to MISA Metal Blanking, Birmingham, AL, a steel-service center that provides Class A blanks to the automotive industry. The unit stamps trapezoidal and parallel-shaped blanks in the firm’s existing blanking press, and features wedge-type blade-gap adjustment. Line speed tops out at 300 ft./min. and hit rate peaks at 65 strokes/min. Learn more at www.cpec.com. MISA (Marubeni-Itochu Steel America Inc.) is online at www.misa.com.
Harbor Manufacturing Launches New Website
Loaded with case-history money-saving stories describing several customers in a variety of industries, the new Internet home of Harbor Manufacturing—www.harbormfg.com--tells all about this one-stop supplier of CNC machining, grinding, stamping, fabricating and tool and die work. Visit the site to read up on its abilities to provide prototypes, low-volume production, repair and rebuild services, and kitting and packaging.
ITEC to Represent Swedish
Tube- and Pipe-Bending Equipment Manufacturer
Sweden’s Herber Engineering AB, a manufacturer of hydraulic and electric tube- and pipe-bending machines, announced the formation of a strategic partnership with Innovative Tube Equipment Corp. (ITEC), Rockford, IL. ITEC will be Herber’s exclusive North American representative for sales, applications engineering, technical support and service, and installation; www.tube-equipment.com. Learn more about Herber’s equipment lineup at www.herber.se.
D&S Recognized for its
Metal fabricator D&S Manufacturing, Black River Falls, WI, received the Wisconsin State Superintendent’s Business Friends of Education Award, recognizing its support of local technical-education programs. D&S has purchased welding equipment and annually provides welding gases and wire to the local high school welding program; assisted in the purchase of laser-cutting equipment for the middle school; and provides steel for student projects. D&S employees also work directly with technical-education teachers to provide instruction in math, basic machining and welding. Further, the company supports the First Lego League hands-on program designed to teach science and technology to children ages 9 to 14, and provides scholarships for the Steps for Girls summer program; www.dsmfg.com.
Stamper Earns Energy-Conservation Award
for Laser-Welding Cell
The sheetmetal stamping and welding facility of Ogihara America Corp., Howell, MI, won the 2010 Energy Saving Commercial Project of the Year from DTE Energy and The Engineering Society of Detroit. The award recognizes a company that’s made the most effective contribution to reducing energy by implementing a significant new-technology or new-equipment project. Ogihara’s award-winning project: implementation of a laser-welding cell to fabricate a two-piece automotive-door assembly, reducing energy consumption by 94 percent compared to the traditional resistance-welding process. Learn more at www.ogihara.com.
Etching Company Launches
Rapid-Prototyping Program for Stampers
Photofabrication Engineering, Inc. (PEI), Milford, MA, a metal-etching company, has introduced its Rapid Prototyping Program designed to help metal-stamping companies introduce new products quickly and inexpensively, according to PEI vice president Chip Lehrer. The company uses photo-chemical machining to produce burr-free tightly toleranced (0.0005 in. on a 0.25-in.-radius hole or flange thickness) parts or tools in small quantities, in as little as 2-3 weeks. Visit www.photofabrication.com.
Medical-Device Maker Expands
with Class 100,000 Clean Room
LSA Laser, a fast-growing contract manufacturer of medical-device components and assemblies in Plymouth, MN, has opened a Class 100,000 clean room to process silicone, TPE, Teflon and other polymers in addition to a wide range of medical-grade metal alloys. The firm operates out of a 26,000-sq.-ft, facility with 26 laser-welding and cutting systems. Check out its website for a vast collection of parts photos and application stories, and a slideshow plant tour—www.lsalaser.com.
Horizon Steel Expands via Acquisition
Flat-rolled steel supplier Horizon Steel, Wheeling, IL, has acquired the facility and equipment of the former MC Steel Co., also in Wheeling. Included is a 72-in cut-to-length line, a 24-in. slitting line with deburring capabilities, a sheared blanking line and a second edge-conditioning line; Horizon has added to the facility a 72-in. ¼-in.-capacity Red Bud slitter with in-line corrective leveler. More at www.horizonsteel.com.
Stamper Adds Rapid Prototyping to its Resume
Full-service metal stamper PTM Corp., Fair Haven, MI, has acquired a rapid-prototype machine for design and development projects. Its new fused-deposition-modeling (FDM) unit will allow PTM engineers to explore ways to reduce production costs without compromising quality, say company officials. FDM product models are fabricated from production-grade thermoplastic that can be drilled, tapped, sanded and painted without waiting for curing—ideal for use as prototype parts as well as for molds, patterns and even custom tools and fixtures. PTM is online at www.ptmcorporation.com.
Supplier Award Presented to Sheetmetal Fabricator
Contract sheetmetal fabricator CGI Automated Manufacturing, Romeoville, IL, is the sole U.S. recipient of the 2009 Excellent Supplier Award from the American Purchasing Society. Nominated by its customer Focal Point, a manufacturer of light fixtures and lighting systems, CGI performs laser cutting, CNC turret punching, rolling, forming, assembly, robotic welding and powder coating. Focal Point nominated CGI for its near-perfect delivery and quality record; CGI provides Focal Point with 1165 line items. More at www.cgimfg.com.
Greenheck Fan Growing in Saltillo
Hoping to increase sales of its air-movement and control equipment into Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala and other neighboring countries, Greenheck Fan Corp. plans to expand its operations in Saltillo from 35,000 sq. ft. to 70,000 sq. ft. Eventually, the company, based in Schofield, WI, U.S.A., expects to double its workforce at the facility. Greenheck manufactures fans, dampers, louvers, kitchen ventilation hoods and similar equipment; www.greenheck.com.
Waukesha Manufacturer Welcomes
Miro Tool & Mfg., Waukesha, WI, has acquired a Mitsubishi Model 510 Suprema waterjet-cutting machine with a 90,000-PSI KMT pump, to continue its “transformation from a tool and die shop to contract manufacturer with advancements in prototyping and production,” says company president Jeff Brown. The firm operates out of a 40,000-sq.-ft. facility and offers engineering support, prototyping, tool build, stamping, fabrication, welding, assembly and machining; www.miro-tool.com. Learn more about Mitsubishi waterjet technology at www.mitsubishi-world.com.
Oberg Costa Rica Earns ISO Registration,
Announces Expansion Plans
By the end of April 2010, Oberg Industries Co. will add more than 6000 sq. ft. to its manufacturing plant in Costa Rica, enlarging the facility to 21,000 sq. ft., partly as a result of its growth in the medical-device market. The facility also just achieved ISO 9001:2008 registration, a first step toward meeting its 2010 growth objectives, according to Oberg president and CEO Robert Wagner. Oberg, headquartered near Pittsburgh, PA, is working toward ISO 13485:2003 certification by year end; www.oberg.com.
Ramos-Arizpe Coil-Processing Plant Expanding
Acero Prime, a joint venture between Feralloy Corp., U.S. Steel and Mitsui USA, plans to expand its facility in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. By November 2010, the facility will feature a new 55,000-sq.-ft. addition and a new multi-blanking line to service customers in the appliance and automotive industries. The new line will handle coils to 72 in. wide and weighing as much as 30 metric tons.
Acero Prime operates three plants in Mexico to provide value-added processing to hot rolled, hot rolled and pickled, cold rolled and coated sheet coils; www.aceroprime.com.
Washington Fab Shop Welcomes Big-Time Press Brake
K & K Industries, Inc., Bellingham, WA, has acquired a 12-ft. by 230-ton-capacity press brake, a Cincinnati Maxform model equipped with a five-axis backgauge. The brake nearly quadruples the firm’s capacity compared to its existing 6-ft. by 60-ton press brake, and boasts a 29-in. open height and 22-in. stroke. Learn more about K & K—specialists in laser and router cutting--at www.kkindustries.com.
Michigan Roll Form Acquires Tru-Tech Assets
Michigan Roll Form, Inc., Fraser, MI, acquired the intellectual property and inventory of Tru-Tech Tool and Machine Co., Muskegon, MI, a manufacturer of rollforming machinery and related tooling including turnkey lines and systems, presses and coil-handling equipment, and stationary and flying dies. The acquisition includes all machine and tooling designs, parts inventory, engineering drawings, and sales records, as well as exclusive rights to the company’s brand name, copyrights and trademarks. Visit www.mrf-inc.com.
GE Approves Laser Work
from United Performance Metals
United Performance Metals, Hamilton, OH, has received special process approval from GE Aviation to laser-machine and laser-cut parts, expanding the scope of its processing capabilities beyond slitting, leveling, shearing, edge conditioning and waterjet cutting. UPM stocks and processes specialty stainless steels and high-temperature alloys; www.upmet.com.
Stimulus Funds Support New,
Energy-Efficient Coating Line
American Trim, Lima, OH, plans to install a new protective-film coating line that will use UV light to cure the coatings. The new line will reduce energy consumption by 95 percent compared to using thermally cured coatings. American Trim received $994,000 from the State Energy Plan to help fund the installation, which will coat products for the alternative-energy, automotive and appliance industries. Learn more at www.amtrim.com.
Guelph Metalformer/Fabricator Receives
Ontario Development-Program Funding
Melitron Corp., Guelph, Ontario, Canada, a full-service contract manufacturer of precision metal components, electronic chassis, enclosures, frames and the like, received a $400,000 grant from the Southern Ontario Development Program (SODP). The firm expects to use the funds to install new equipment and upgrade its facility by reconfiguring its equipment layout to implement lean-manufacturing principles. It also plans to undertake an energy-savings initiative to reduce consumption of electricity, natural gas and water. The project is among more than 60 projects funded by the SODP through 2010. Melitron is online at www.melitron.com. Learn more about the SODP here.
Die Concepts Takes New Name
to Better Reflect its Capabilities
Wisconsin Metal Parts, Inc. is the new name taken by Die Concepts, Inc., to better reflect the Waukesha, WI contract manufacturer’s capabilities. Once primarily a die designer and builder, the company also provides prototype CNC-machined components, metal stampings and fabricated-sheetmetal parts. Among its press inventory are two 30-ton Bruderer high-speed presses and a 200-ton Komatsu gap-frame press. Learn more at www.wisconsinmetalparts.com.
Minnesota Fab Shop Adds
Servo-Electric Punch-Laser Combo
Quality Tool, Inc., St. Paul, MN, a contract sheetmetal fabricator serving the medical, computer-hardware, telecommunications and defense industries, has installed a new servo-electric turret punch-laser combination machine. The machine, an Amada EMLK3610NT, combines 33-ton punch capacity and a 4000-W laser. It can process 10-ft. sheets without repositioning and deliver 400 hits/min. on 1-in. centers. An automated load/unload unit optimizes machine run time. Learn more about the machine here; Quality Tool is online at www.qualitytool.com.
Michigan Fabricator Adds
6000-W Laser-Cutting Machine
Metal fabricator Prototech Laser, Inc., Chesterfield, MI, has installed a Trumpf TruLaser 5030 6-kW laser-cutting machine to enhance its capabilities for customers in the defense, automotive and other industrial markets. The machine can cut mild and stainless steel to 1 in. thick and aluminum to 0.60 in. Learn more about the machine here; Prototech Laser is online at www.ptlaser.com.
Western Michigan Stamper Comes to Toyota’s Rescue
GR Spring & Stamping, Grand Rapids, MI, a longtime Toyota supplier, has been selected as the supplier to produce the stainless-steel reinforcement shims to repair Toyota’s North American vehicles subjected to the gas-pedal recall. The recall affects 4.2 million vehicles worldwide and 2.3 million in the United States. GR Spring & Stamping is a four-time recipient of Toyota’s Supplier Achievement award for quality and delivery; www.grs-s.com.
Ohio Stamper/Fabricator Grows Via Acquisition
Metal stamper and fabricator Defiance Metal Products (DMP), Defiance, OH, has acquired Medalist Laserfab, Inc., a privately held metal-fabrication company in Oshkosh, WI. The acquisition expands DMP’s presence into the upper Midwest, and provides Medalist’s customer base access to DMP’s network of manufacturing plants in Ohio as well as in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Texas and China. Medalist’s largest customer is specialty-vehicle manufacturer Oshkosh Corp., which supplies the U.S. Army with all-terrain vehicles. Learn more at www.defiancemetal.com.
Carolina Stamper/Fabricator Launches Expanded Website
StampSource, Charlotte, NC, has launched a new and improved website using the ThomasNet platform. Browse the site by any of the services offered by StampSource, including laser cutting, deep-draw and short-run stamping, press-brake bending and welding. Users also can evaluate the services offered by industry served, application, material and thickness, and can submit a request for quote with attached drawings. StampSource manufactures an array of products including souvenir NASCAR hoods, truck mirrors and warehouse storage racks; www.stampsource.com. Learn about the ThomasNet Navigator Internet platform at websolutions.thomasnet.com.
SoCAl Fab Shop Powers Up with Solar Panel
Research Tool & Die Works, Carson, CA, a manufacturer of wireways and other hardware for marine electrical systems, has installed a 225-kW solar system from SolarCity. The firm expects the system to slice $848 from its monthly electricity bill. SolarCity worked with RT&D to provide its Power Purchase Agreement zero-down financing option for small businesses. Learn more about RT&D at www.rtnd.com; SolarCity is online at www.solarcity.com.
Florida Stamper Earns Medical, Environmental Certs
Kramski North America, Inc., Largo, FL, has earned registrations to ISO 13485:2003 for design and manufacture of medical devices and to ISO 14001:2004 for its environmental-management system. It’s also registered to ISO/TS 16949 and DIN EN ISO 9001. The firm manufactures stampings, injection-molded parts and insert-molded components; www.kramski.com.
American Nickeloid Doubles Capacity
of Precision Processing Line
Coil processor American Nickeloid Co., with plants in Peru, IL, and Walnutport, PA, has upgraded one of its precision leveling and sheeting lines to double machine capacity for its customers that require extremely tight tolerances. The firm processes plated, polished, laminated and specialty coated products from a variety of substrates—steel (cold-rolled, electrogalvanized, hot-dipped galvanized and stainless), copper, brass and aluminum. Thickness ranges from 0.008 to 0.107 in., width from 1 to 60 in., and sheet length from 6 to 144 in.; www.americannickeloid.com.
Canadian Appliance Supplier to Open Plant in Saltillo
Kromet Intl., Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, a manufacturer of appliance handles and trim components fabricated from aluminum and steel, plans to open a manufacturing plant in Saltillo. The company signed an agreement with shelter-service provider The Offshore Group, Tucson, AZ, to rent 30,000-35,000 sq. ft. of industrial space at the Saltillo La Angostura Industrial Park. Kromet performs these and other processes: extruding, rollforming, machining, fabricating, assembly, powder painting and anodizing; www.kromet.com.
Batesville Tool & Die Upgrades ERP Software
to Integrate with its Mexican Plant
Plex Systems, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI, announced that automotive metalforming company Batesville Tool & Die, Inc. has integrated the Plex Online ERP software platform with its programmable logic controls (PLCs) of stamping presses at its plants in Batesville, IN, and in Queretaro, Mexico. While the company has been using Plex Online since 2006, its custom software developed to integrate with presses in Indiana did not integrate with presses at its Mexican facility. Batesville worked with Plex Systems and its partner Kors Engineering to deploy a new module to replace the custom software. Integrating the software with PLCs supports a more efficient manufacturing process, say Batesville officials, by automating functions such as label printing when parts containers become full. Learn more about Batesville Tool & Die at www.btdinc.com; Plex Systems is online at www.plex.com.
Contract Manufacturer Upgrades Website
LAI International, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ, has upgraded its website with additional images portraying its capabilities to perform advanced machining processes and manufacture finished components and assemblies. Also included on the site—www.laico.com—is a new brochure and a company overview presentation. LAI supplies customers in the aerospace, power-generation, defense, medical and other industries, and performs waterjet and laser cutting, welding, heat treating, EDM machining and drilling, CNC five-axis machining and other processes.
Fuel-Tank Manufacturer Earns ISO Registration
The Innovative Fluid Handling Group, Rock Falls, IL, has been registered to the ISO 9001:2008 quality-management system. The company manufactures custom fuel tanks and hydraulic reservoirs, and lubricant-storage and dispensing systems. Its equipment list includes high-power laser-cutting machines and robotic arc-welding cells; www.ifhgroup.com.
New Website for Contract Metalformer/Insert Molder
ITD Precision, a contract metal stamper with plants in Houston and Harlingen, TX, has launched a new website showcasing its inhouse value-added capabilities—heat treating, e-coating and insert molding. The firm boasts press capacity to 400 tons and is certified to TS16949; www.itdprecision.com.
S.B. Whistler Acquires Die Shop, Plans to Relocate Soon
S.B. Whistler & Sons, Inc., Akron, NY, a manufacturer of modular dies for sheetmetal punching and notching, has acquired Phinney Tool and Die, Medina, NY, a manufacturer of tooling, dies and press lines for heat-transfer coil production, particularly fin dies for air-conditioning equipment. Whistler plans to relocate its operations to Phinney’s 30,000-sq.-ft. plant during 2010. Learn more at www.sbwhistler.com; Phinney Tool is online at www.phinneytool.com.
DC Coaters Earns Employer of the Year Award
The Tipton, IN Chamber of Commerce has named DC Coaters, a custom electrocoating company, Employer of the Year, in part for its diligence and effort put forth to adjust to the adverse automotive-market conditions while making sure customer needs continued to be met. As described in a press release submitted by Lyle Gilbert, CEO of New Vision Resources, Lima, OH, a DC Coaters supplier, the production team at DC Coaters faced the challenge of meeting the needs of remaining customers even while forced to reduce plant operations to three days per week. Gilbert also notes that the firm’s management team overcame significant financial challenges and has now weathered the worst of the storm, as its automotive orders have risen steadily over the last four months. Learn more about DC Coaters at www.dccoaters.com.
D&S Mfg. Installs New Mesh Belt Blaster
Custom metal fabricator D&S Mfg., Black River Falls, WI, has installed a new custom wire mesh belt blaster, an ES-2050 model from Pangborn, Fairburn, GA. The two companies worked together to customize the unit to incorporate design features that simplify maintenance and improve performance. “It features a unique and open hexagonal design (rather than cubical) that allows operators to more easily access and maintain the unit,” says D&S engineer Rob Bucek. It can shot blast parts and complex weldments as large as 144 in. long by 48 in. wide by 36 in. tall. Learn more about Pangborn’s blast-cleaning and peening equipment and integrated surface-preparation systems at www.pangborn.com; D&S is online at www.dsmfg.com.
Tube Fabricator Adds New Bender, Inspection Machine
Harco Metal Products, Tempe, AZ, a supplier of fabricated tubular components and assemblies, has upgraded its capabilities by acquiring a Wafios BMZ 42 tube bender and an Accurex TubeInspect HD inspection machine. The Wafios bender (www.wafios.de) forms tube to 12.7-mm dia. by 1-mm wall thickness, and wire to 8-mm dia. Its bending head enables left and right bending operations in one clamping, for the production of complicated 2D and 3D workpieces in one pass. The Accurex 3D tube-measurement system (www.accurexmeasure.com) employs eight overhead cameras for quick, automated inspection and includes software that provides a complete analysis of tube shape and profile to deliver direct feedback to CNC bending machines for quick correction of out-of-specification parts. Harco is online at www.tubebending.net.
Illinois Stamper Adds Deep-Draw Hydraulic-Press Line
Performance Stamping Co., Carpentersville, IL, has added a new deep-draw hydraulic-press line to its 80,000-sq.-ft. facility. The firm offers press capacity to 600 tons and can draw to a depth of 5 in. It also offers offshore tooling and production management; www.performancestamping.com.
A.J. Rose Receives CAGE Code
to Supply the U.S. Government
Metalforming company A.J. Rose Mfg., Cleveland, OH, has been granted a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code by the Defense Logistics Information Service. The code is a unique identifier assigned to suppliers to various government or defense agencies. Although originated by the Department of Defense (DoD), CAGE codes also are used by the Department of Transportation and NASA, and other federal government agencies.
A.J. Rose offers transfer-press capacity to 1000 tons, progressive-die press capacity to 600 tons, and also performs spinning, CNC machining, welding, grinding and other processes; www.ajrose.com.
Deep-Draw Stamper Earns
Environmental Compliance Award
Truex, Inc., Pawtucket, RI, received its sixth Environmental Perfect Compliance award from the Narragansett Bay Commission of Rhode Island, demonstrating a perfect record of compliance to the commission’s regulations. Of the 1500 companies in the state, only 14 achieved a perfect record for the year. Truex operates out of a 40,000-sq.-ft. plant supplying stampings to the appliance, automotive, electrical and other industries; www.truexinc.com.
Die/Mold Shop Embarks
on $1.3-Million Expansion Project
Industrial Mold & Machine Co., Owensboro, KY, announced plans to invest $1.3 million to expand its facility, acquire new automated machinery and hire five additional employees. The company manufactures plastic and die-cast molds and metal-stamping dies, and performs waterjet cutting, precision machining, custom-EDM work and arc welding; www.immci.com.
Ohio Module Mfg. Expands into Detroit,
Rescues ArvinMeritor Plant
Ohio Module Manufacturing Co. (OMMC), Toledo, OH, announced plans to invest $21 million to revive a 167,000-sq.-ft. Detroit plant it leased recently from ArvinMeritor. OMMC will hire 200 employees at the plant to build chassis modules for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango assembled at the Chrysler Jefferson plant. A Michigan panel recently handed out $187 million in long-term tax credits to woo seven companies, including OMMC, to expand or locate in Michigan; OMMC’s tax credit is valued at $1.8 million over five years. OMMC is a subsidiary of Korea-based Hyundai Mobis.
Grand Rapids Metalformer
Earns Award for Workforce Development
Family-owned Wolverine Coil Spring, Grand Rapids, MI, a supplier of springs, stampings, wire forms, clips and assemblies, earned the 2009 ACT Employer of Excellence Award from ACT, Inc. ACT, Iowa City, IA, an independent nonprofit organization, provides assessment, research, information and program-management tools for employee education and workforce development. The company served as a pilot site for rolling out the National Career Readiness Certificate in Western Michigan. The National Career Readiness Certificate verifies to employers anywhere in the United States that an individual has essential core employability skills in reading, math, and in locating information. Wolverine Coil Spring president Jay Dunwell formed a regional employer group to assist the project’s leadership, and championed the initiative by organizing career-awareness events and securing business support for the certificate.
Learn about the National Career Readiness Certificate on the ACT website: www.act.org/certificate. Learn more about Wolverine Coil Spring at www.wolverinecoilspring.com.
Tennessee Supplier to BMW
Hiring Dozens of New Employees
About a month ago, LSP Automotive Systems, Union, SC, was acquired by Spain’s Gestamp Automocion LLC. Yesterday (Nov. 4), Gestamp announced plans to hire 40 new employees at LSP to gear up to supply stampings and assemblies to the BMW plant in nearby Spartanburg, SC, set to launch its new X3 model in 2010. LSP will hire production managers, CNC operators, tool and die technicians, controls engineers, tooling engineers and others. LSP operates out of a 395,000-sq.-ft. plant housing a giant Schuler tandem press line, and currently employs 135 people; www.lspautomotive.com.
Metal Stamper/Fabricator Acquires Coatings Company
Matenaer Corp., West Bend, WI, a manufacturer of special washers and other stamped, fabricated and CNC machined components, acquired the assets of Service Coatings, Inc., Milwaukee, WI, a rack-dip and spray coater of Dacromet and Geomet zinc-aluminum dispersion coatings. Read up on the coatings, used in the automotive, heavy truck, marine and other industries, at www.serviceht.com/sci.html; Matenaer is online at www.matenaer.com.
North American Stamping Group
Acquires Brittany Stamping Assets
Brittany Stamping, LLC, Cleveland, OH, has sold its Duffy Tool and Stamping Ltd. and Sovereign Tool and Engineering Ltd. subsidiaries, both in Muncie, IN, to North American Stamping Group (NASG). NASG operates Woodstock Stampings in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada; Ada Stampings in Ada, OH; Tennessee Stampings in Portland and Pulaski, TN; and Troquelados Queretaro S. de R.L. de C.V. in Queretaro, Mexico. Duffy Tool and Stamping supplies the automotive industry with deep-draw heavy-gauge parts and specializes in the manufacture of wrapped tube products; Sovereign Tool and Engineering designs and manufactures complex stamping dies. Learn more about NASG at www.nasg.trulow.com.
Contract Metal Fabricator
One of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies
Pickwick Manufacturing Services, Cedar Rapids, IA, has been named to the 2009 Inc. 5000, a list of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Pickwick, a contract metal fabricator, also made the list in 2008. It operates out of a 100,000-sq.-ft. facility to fabricate sheet, plate and structural components and assemblies, performing laser cutting, forming and bending, welding, powder coating and other processes; www.pickwick.com.
Ulbrich Standardizes on New ERP System
The seven production facilities and seven service centers around the world of Ulbrich Stainless Steels soon will all be operating with a customized ERP software application from Axis Computer Systems, a business unit of Consona Corp., Indianapolis, IN. The new company-wide implementation will streamline Ulbrich’s ERP business processes and is expected to provide cost savings across its sales, manufacturing and costing functions. Ulbrich already has implemented the Axis ERP solution at its shaped-wire production facility in North Haven, CT, and at its North Haven corporate finance department; other locations, including production facilities and service centers providing strip, flat and shaped-wire products, are scheduled to go live with Axis in 2010. Read up on Axis and Consona Corp. at www.axiscomp.com and www.consona.com; learn more about Ulbrich at www.ulbrich.com.
Morgal Machine Earns Job-Creation Tax Credit
to Help Fund Diversification Project
Metalforming company Morgal Machine and Tool, Springfield, OH, one of the McGregor Metalworking Companies, has received a 40-percent six-yr. job-creation tax credit estimated to be worth more than $27,000. The credit will help the firm implement a three-yr. diversification program that includes plans for more than $2 million in capital expenditures. Morgal Machine supplies the automotive industry, as well as the locomotive, agricultural and lawn-and-garden industries, with stamped sprockets, pulleys, and other metal parts and assemblies. The first new market on its target list is the fitness industry, for which it plans, by year-end, to produce treadmill frames. It also sees opportunities to expand its lawn and garden business, with plans to launch a new product in 2011; production of a redesigned tractor component should begin in 2011-2012. Learn more at www.morgal.com.
PA Service Center Installs its
Third Waterjet-Cutting Machine
Jacquet Mid Atlantic, Pottstown, PA, a processing and distribution center specializing in stainless steels and nickel alloys, installed its third waterjet-cutting machine. The new machine, from Jet Edge, Inc., St. Michael, MN, boasts a 21-by-13-ft. work envelope and twin abrasive-waterjet cutting heads. Other features: a mirroring package, independent programmable Z carriages, programmable height sensing, remote pendant and closed-loop water-filtration system. The firm stocks 19 different grades of alloys, and uses the cutting machines to cut near-net-shape parts for its customers with no heat-affected zone and little or no need for secondary finishing operations. It’s online at www.myjacquet.com; investigate waterjet-cutting machines at www.jetedge.com.
Tower Automotive Enters the Solar-Energy Business
Stirling Energy Systems (SES), Scottsdale, AZ, has contracted with Tower Automotive for the production and assembly of the mirror facet components of its new SunCatcher concentrating solar-power system. Tower’s experience in producing automotive exterior and structural stampings matched well with the needs of SES, company officials said. Each SunCatcher dish includes 40 mirror facets, with each facet comprised of three major components—a stamped rib support and metal substrate, and the mirrors. Learn more about SES and the SunCatcher at www.stirlingenergy.com.
Stamper/Fabricator Invests in
Plant Maintenance-Management Software
KSO Metalfab, Inc., Streamwood, IL, has purchased MIE Maintenance, a preventive-maintenance software package from MIE Solutions. The software manages maintenance requests and predefined maintenance tasks to notify the maintenance team to perform work that preserves and restores equipment reliability, replacing worn components before they fail. Workers also can use the software to record equipment deterioration so that they know how to repair or replace worn parts. KSO Metalfab provides metal stampings, fabricated metal parts and prototypes to the computer, fast-food, automotive, medical and other industries, with an impressive equipment list that includes a laser-punch, stand-alone laser-cutting machines, programmable press brakes, and stamping presses to 95-ton capacity; www.kso.com. Learn more about MIE Maintenance, and the firm’s other production-control software offerings, at www.miesolutions.com.
California Metalformer Adds Facilities in Mexico
Walker Corporation, Ontario, CA, acquired Specialty International de Mexico, in Monclova, and purchased the equipment and leased the facilities formerly occupied by Monterrey Metal Products in Apodaca, Monterrey. Both locations will operate as Walker Specialty International de Mexico, a division of Walker Corporation. The firm provides high-volume progressive-die stamping, mid-range stamping, automated welding and assembly, metal fabrication and coating services; www.walkercorp.com.
Chicago Stamper Relocates to Larger Wheeling Facility
Wood Brothers Steel Stamping has relocated from Chicago to a recently acquired 30,300-sq.-ft. facility in Wheeling, IL, taking advantage of improved shipping and receiving capabilities and Cook County’s tax-reduction program. The new location is a clear-span building with a 25-ft.-high ceiling, two truck docks, four drive-in doors and parking for 15 vehicles, and is expandable to 45,000 sq. ft.
Midwest Stamper Adds 600-Ton Minster to its Stable
Performance Stamping Co., Carpentersville, IL, has acquired a 600-ton, 144-in. Minster Hevi-Stamper large-bed mechanical press, slated for startup in early September. The firm operates out of an 80,000-sq.-ft. facility, with automated press lines featuring high-speed servo feeds and programmable die lubrication systems. Markets served include appliance, automotive, computer, dental and electric motors; www.performancestamping.com.
Dayton Rogers Under New Ownership
Dayton Rogers, Minneapolis, MN, a privately held metalforming company with six U.S. regional manufacturing locations, announced that company president Ron Lowry has acquired the company from the Seeger family. The firm, which began as a supplier of short-run metal stampings, performs sheetmetal fabrication, machining, and metal stamping, as well as rapid prototyping and assembly; www.daytorogers.com.
Ohio Sheetmetal-Enclosure Fabricator
to Open Plant in Indiana
Koester Metals Inc., Defiance, OH, a producer of sheetmetal enclosures and other fabricated components, announced plans to open a new facility in Fremont, IN, by 2012. The company will set up shop in an existing 130,000-sq.-ft. plant, with help from the Indiana Economic Development Corp., which offered Koester as much as $185,000 in performance-based tax credits and $25,000 in training grants. Among its hopes for the new plant is the inclusion of a “green” powder-coating line. The Koester headquarters plant in Defiance performs, among other processes, laser cutting and robotic welding; www.kmienclosures.com.
HVAC Sheetmetal Fabricator
Adds 4-kW Laser-Cutting Machine
M&M Manufacturing Co. has installed a Mazak Hypergear 2D FMS laser-cutting system at its Precision Products Division in Fort Worth, TX. The machine features a 4-kW laser to cut mild steel to 1 in. thick, as well as a material-storage tower for holding and retrieving as many as10 different sheet specifications. A pneumatic load system positions each sheet on the cutting table—with material loaded in the tower, the setup can run untended for complete shifts or over the weekend. M&M fabricates round, rectangular and spiral HVAC duct pipe and fittings, as well as sheetmetal products for roofing, ventilating and architectural applications; www.mmmfg.com. Learn more about the lineup of laser-cutting equipment from Mazak Optonics Corp., Elgin, IL, at www.mazaklaser.com
Automotive Stamper Announces $6.4 Million Expansion
Ralco Industries Inc., Pontiac, MI, announced plans to invest $6.4 million to expand to a larger facility, thanks in part to state tax credits worth a combined $2.6 million over seven years. The tax credit helped to convince the firm to expand in Michigan rather than move to a competing site in Tennessee. Ralco, which according to its website “specializes in converting expensive castings into low-cost welded assemblies for automotive exhaust-gas-recirculation (EGR) systems,” expects to hire 100 additional workers as part of its expansion. It also manufactures steering components, suspension and chassis brackets, seating components and other automotive parts; www.ralcoind.com.
MI Stamper Adds 600-Ton Press, New Coil Line
PTM Corp., Fair Haven, MI, has installed a new 600-ton mechanical press from Eagle Press & Equipment Co., Ltd., Oldcastle, Ontario, Canada (www.eaglepresses.com), rated to 60 strokes/min. and equipped with an Allen Bradley Panel Vision control. Feeding the press is a 48-in. feed line provided by Dallas Industries, Inc., Troy, MI (www.dallasindustries.com) and a 20,000-lb.-capacity straightener and uncoiler from Mecon Industries, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada (www.mecon.com). Press bed size: 144 by 54 in. PTM, which supplies metal stampings fourslide parts, is online at www.ptmcorporation.com.
P&G Steel Products Adds
Plastic Injection Molding to its Resume
Family-owned metalforming company P&G Steel Products, Buffalo, NY, has installed four Cincinnati Milacron presses, from 110-1000 tons, to add plastic injection molding to its list of manufacturing capabilities. Its 1000-ton press can handle shot sizes to 165 oz. The firm operates more than 25 metal-stamping presses, robotic-welding cells and CNC machining centers; www.pgsteel.co.
Long-Stanton Inks Lucrative
Asian Manufacturing/Distribution Deal
Metal stamper and sheetmetal fabricator Long-Stanton Manufacturing Co., Inc., West Chester, OH, and its sister company Long-Stanton & Lee, an integrated global manufacturing company with five plants in China and two in the United States, will manufacture, sell and distribute specialty truck equipment in China. Its recently announced deal is expected to generate $10 million in revenue over a 3-yr. period, with projected annual market growth of 20 percent for the next 3 to 5 years. Learn more at www.longstanton.com.
Fort Wayne Tool and Die Shop Adding Equipment
GT Automation Group, Fort Wayne, IN, a designer and manufacturer of metal stamping dies and special machines, and a precision machining house, plans to invest $180,000 in new equipment by the end of the year. The company, founded in 2003, will acquire a new CNC table-type horizontal boring mill, other CNC milling equipment and new cranes. It also plans to hire three additional skilled workers—machinists and toolmakers. Learn more at www.gtautomation.com.
Indiana Tool and Die Maker
Growing by Leaps and Bounds
C&A Tool Engineering, Inc., Churubusco, IN, has acquired the former Dana engine-parts facility in Churubusco, to accommodate future company growth. The company, which operates a 200,000-sq.-ft. headquarters and production machining facility as well as a newly acquired 105,000-sq.-ft. facility in nearby Auburn, IN, employs 530, and manufactures molds and dies, specialty tooling and tightly toleranced precision machined parts from prototype runs to production runs. Learn more at www.catool.com.
Worthington Industries Acquires
Mississippi Metalforming Company
Columbus, OH-based Worthington Industries Inc., a diversified company with 60 manufacturing facilities in 10 countries, acquired Piper Metal Forming Corp., New Albany, MS, a producer of aluminum high-pressure cylinders and impact extruded steel and aluminum parts. The acquisition includes Piper’s related companies—U.S. Respiratory, which assembles and distributes medical cylinder products; and Pacific Cylinders, which provides West Coast distribution from Diamond Springs, CA. Worthington Industries (www.worthingtonindustries.com) produces metal framing, pressure cylinders, automotive stampings, metal-ceiling grid systems and laser-welded blanks.
HK Metalcraft Earns Delphi Award
HK Metalcraft Corp., Lodi, NJ, a supplier of metal stampings, spring washers, formed products and related assemblies, earned the Pinnacle Award for Supplier Excellence from Delphi Corp. Among the criteria for winning a Pinnacle award: zero major disruptions or repeat problems, single-digit PPM, and zero parts on controlled shipping. The firm also earned an OSHA SHARP Award for 2009, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Stewardship Award, for “voluntary and proactive measures to go beyond compliance, in an effort to improve the environment and ensure a sustainable future.” More at www.hkmetalcraft.com.
Stamper Earns TS Certification,
and Receives OSHA Honor
P&G Steel Products Co., Buffalo, NY, a supplier of progressive, transfer and deep-draw metal stampings, has received certification to ISO/TS16949, recognizing its quality-management system that provides for continual improvement and emphasizes defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain. TS16949 applies to the design, development, production and installation and servicing of automotive-related products.
The firm also recently received a national Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award from OSHA for its “exemplary safety and health management system.” SHARP award recipients are exempt from programmed OSHA inspections for a specified period of time, and then are invited to renew their exempt status through a full-service, comprehensive visit by OSHA representatives.
Learn more at www.pgsteel.com.
Truex Expands Stainless-Steel Capabilities
with New Integrated Manufacturing Cell
Three transfer presses, a state-of-the-art cleaning line and a bright annealing furnace occupy the new integrated manufacturing cell at Truex Inc., Pawtucket, RI, designed to allow the firm to expand its capabilities to fabricate stainless-steel components. The firm manufactures deep-drawn and stamped parts--from brass, carbon and stainless steels, and aluminum alloys--for the appliance, plumbing, electrical, automotive and other industries. Its 40,000-sq-.ft. plant also houses value-added operations including material finishing, heattreating and assembly; www.truex.com.
Kansas City Service Center Installs
New Multi-Blanking Line
Ken-Mac metals, a division of ThyssenKrupp Materials NA, has installed a new Red Bud Industries’ precision multi-blanking line at its service center in Kansas City, MO. The line, which includes a precision grip-feed system and CNC programmable slitter, will process stainless steel, aluminum alloys and prepainted materials. The combination of machines allows Ken-Mac to produce blanks with width and length tolerances of plus or minus 0.005 in. The line can process coils to 50,000 lb. and 72 in. wide, of material to 0.135 in. thick. Learn more at www.redbudindustries.com. Ken-Mac Metals is online at www.kenmacmetals.com.
E.J. Ajax & Sons Earns Blue Ribbon Award
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club, has been bestowed upon metalforming company E.J. Ajax & Sons, Fridley, MN. The award honors businesses that demonstrate excellence in financial performance and business history, staff training and motivation, community involvement, customer service and business planning. E.J. Ajax (www.ejajax.com), along with other recognized small businesses, will receive its award certificate at the America’s Small Business Summit 2009, May 11-13 in Washington, D.C.
Waukesha Tool & Stamping
Acquires Parkview Metal Products
To add fabrication and robotic welding to its list of capabilities as well as expand its metal stamping and assembly capabilities, Waukesha Tool & Stamping, Sussex, WI, acquired Parkview Metal Products, Lake Zurich, IL. The two companies will soon combine fully and be renamed Waukesha Metal Products. Management expects to hire additional employees at both of its facilities—20 new employees in the fabrication department and 15 in stamping. Learn more at www.waukeshastamping.com.
Ohio Gasket & Shim Earns TS Certification
Metal stamping, gasket and shim manufacturer Ohio Gasket & Shim Co., Inc., Akron, OH, has been certified to ISO/TS 16949:2002 Without Design. The firm offers short-run prototyping to full production stamping runs, and also offers fabrication capabilities including laser-beam cutting; www.ogsindustries.com.
Coil-Processing Equipment Provider
Forms Wind-Energy Business Unit
Automatic Feed Co., Napoleon, OH, a supplier of high-speed coil-processing equipment, has formed a new business unit--AFCo Precision Manufacturing—to align its engineering, manufacturing and quality operating systems to serve the needs of the wind-energy industry. The company expects to become a reliable supplier of fabricated and machine components, and special machined details. The new business unit recently joined the Great Lakes Wind Network; www.glwn.org.
Kentucky to Welcome New Facility
to Clean and Rustproof Metal Stampings
Transportation Management Systems, LLC, Elizabethtown, KY, and its automotive-services company TMS Automotive, have leased a 32,000-sq.-ft. facility in Bowling Green, KY, to offer an array of services to the metalforming industry--parts washing, rust-inhibitor applications, parts sorting, packaging, warehousing and distribution, and more. It expects to open the location—now being renovated—and to hire 35 employees by the end of June. Learn more at www.transportationsystems.org/tmsautomotive.asp.
New Jersey Stamper Wins OSHA Sharp Award
HK Metalcraft, Lodi, NJ, will receive the OSHA SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) award on May 7, 2009. The award recognizes small employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system. Upon receiving SHARP recognition, a worksite is exempt from programmed inspections during the period that the SHARP certification is valid. HK Metalcraft manufactures precision metal stampings, spring washers, formed products and related assemblies; www.hkmetalcraft.com. It’s participated in the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program to help institute training programs in the concepts of lean manufacturing and the 5-S program.
Learn more about the SHARP program at www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/sharp.html.
Former Ford Stamping Plant Begins New Life
The former Ford Motor Co. Maumee (OH) stamping plant, resurrected as employee-owned Maumee Authority Stamping Inc., has begun work in its first contract. The plant recently installed two spin-forming production lines in a 10,000-sq.-ft. section of the 800,000-sq.-ft. facility to begin manufacturing catalytic-converter parts that will be assembled in Tennessee and sold as aftermarket parts through Ford’s parts and service network.
Stamper Earns Ammunitions-Supply Contract
AK Stamping Co., Mountainside, NJ, has received a contract to produce ammunition links for the MK281 40-mm training and practice grenades manufactured by American Rheinmetall Munitions, Stafford, VA. AKS, among other capabilities, manufactures small- and medium-caliber ammunition links for a variety of weapons systems, offering stamping, welding, assembly and inspection services; www.akstamping.com. Learn more about American Rheinmetall (a U.S. subsidiary of German-based Rheinmetall) and its products at www.americanrheinmetall.com.
Tax Credit to Help MI Stamper Expand, Create Jobs
Thanks to a Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax credit, Lenawee Stamping Corp., Tecumseh, MI, plans to expand its automotive-stamping and assembly plant. The $6.6 million expansion will immediately create 81 new jobs, the company says, with the potential to create a total of 277 jobs. The company, which currently employs 172 workers, will receive a state tax credit of $873,000 over 7 years. Meanwhile, the city of Tecumseh is also considering a 12-yr. personal property tax abatement, valued at $397,000.
Job Shop Banks on New Press Brake
Fedtech Inc., Mounds View, MN, a metal-fabricating job shop specializing in custom manufacturing services including waterjet and laser cutting, has acquired a Bystronic Beyeler Xpert 320 press brake, rated to 352 tons of force. The machine boasts 29 in. of open height--ideal for fabrication of deep boxes or lengthy flanges; an 18-in. stroke; and hydraulic tool clamping for quick setup and process flexibility. The Xpert 320 is coupled with Bystronic’s Bybend graphical CAM software that permits direct importing of DXF, DWG and IGES files. Fedtech paired the Xpert with precision-ground standard-style tooling from Wila Intl. Learn more at www.fedtech.com; read up on Xpert press brakes at www.bystronic.com.
Stretcher Levelers Added to Steel-Processing Lines
to Flatten Material, Tackle Springback
Ratner Steel, Roseville, MN, installed a pair of stretcher levelers, from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL, onto existing steel-processing lines. The new equipment improves stock flattening and relieves trapped stresses to eliminate the possibility of springback. One stretcher leveler can process material to ¼ in. thick and 100,000-PSI yield strength; the second unit can handle material to ½ in. thick and 75,000-PSI yield strength (3/8 in. thick and 100,000-PSI yield). Learn more at www.redbudindustries.com. Ratner Steel processes flat-rolled carbon and high-strength low-alloy steel, offering cut-to-length, coil slitting, custom blanking and shearing; www.ratnersteel.com.
Performance-Based Tax Credits, Training Grants
Fuel Metal Spinner’s Expansion Plans
KIHM Metal Technologies, Inc., Brazil, IN, announced plans to invest more than $530,000 to expand its manufacturing operations, upgrade equipment and add new production shifts through the expansion efforts. One reason for the expansion: to help prepare the firm to take on a new project to manufacture “fire bottles,” part of a fire-suppressant system for aircraft crews. Company co-owner Bill Kaupp expects the project to result in the hiring of another 40 to 50 employees over the next few years. To support KIHM’s expansion efforts, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered the firm up to $350,000 in performance-based tax credits and $39,500 in training grants, based on its job-creation plans. Learn more about KIHM’s capabilities—metal spinning, laser cutting and welding, and more—at www.kihmmetaltech.com.
Website Features Examples of 3D Die-Design Projects
Summit Tool Design, Rockford, IL, has launched its redesigned website, www.summitsedge.com, where visitors can view examples of the firm’s 3D die-design projects and virtual die-tryout process. Summit offers tool and die design services for the sheetmetal-stamping industry, and value-added services for Solid Edge software. Also on the site: video of a sheetmetal forming simulation, design case studies and a “Contact Us” form.
Manufacturing for the Renewable-Energy Markets
Triggers $3.3 Million Expansion
Kalt Manfuacturing Co., North Ridgeville (Cleveland), OH, plans to invest $3.3 million over the next 2-3 years to keep up with demand as the company continues to successfully earn work serving clients in sectors such as wind and renewable energy. The company offers precision machining, rebuilding services and engineering support, and plans to add 16,000 sq. ft. onto its 38,000-sq.-ft. building. It also expects to purchase nearly $2 million worth of new equipment. The State of Ohio recently awarded Kalt a $1 million low-interest loan toward the project. Learn more at www.kaltmfg.com.
Waukesha Tool & Stamping Launches Plex Online
Full-service metalforming company Waukesha Tool & Stamping, LLC, Sussex, WI, has gone live with its new Plex Online software, designed to encompass more than 350 modules for managing manufacturing enterprises. Waukesha Tool & Stamping (www.waukeshastamping.com) is using modules for quoting, EDI, project-resource planning, purchasing, human resources, financials and costing. It’s using Plex Online, from Plex Systems, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI, to manage operations in Sussex and at its plant in McAllen, TX. “Plex already is giving us more reliable data on our costs, saving us time in the customer-service area, streamlining purchasing and planning, and helping us better manage our manufacturing and quality,” says company controller Nancy Nyhan. Learn more about Plex at www.plex.com.
Orchid Doubles the Size of its Mexican Facility
Orchid International, Brentwood, TN, has moved its Monterrey, Mexico-based aluminum die-casting operation into a new 62,000-sq.-ft. facility in nearby Apodaca. The new facility more than doubles the company’s manufacturing floor space from its original facility, which Orchid acquired from Hawk Motors in November 2006. The Orchid die-casting plant ships more than 80,000 aluminum die-cast electric-motor rotors per week, and the company is considering adding general stamping and assembly to its new and larger facility. Learn more at www.orchidinternational.com.
Roll Forming Corp. to Supply Structural Titanium
Components for the Boeing Dreamliner
RTI International Metals, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, a manufacturer and distributor of titanium-alloy products, extruded shapes, formed parts and engineered systems, has contracted with Roll Forming Corp. (RFC), Shelbyville, KY, to supply laser-beam welding, forming and inspection of RTI’s structural titanium components destined for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The 10-yr. contract with RFC is estimated to generate more than $120 million in revenue and requires RFC to perform production laser-beam welding for the 787 seat-track program. RTI, along with its supply-chain partners, will machine and assemble the finished titanium components used for the seat tracks, which mount to the floor structure of the 787. Learn more about RTI at www.rtiintl.com. Roll Forming Corp., a subsidiary of voestalpine AG, is online at www.voestalpine.com/rfc/en.html.
S & S Hinge Grows Through Acquisition
The continuous-hinge manufacturing assets of Beehler Corp., Mountain Grove, MO, have been acquired by S & S Hinge Co., Bloomingdale, IL. As a result of the consolidation, all assets acquired will move to the S & S Hinge facility. Learn more at www.sandshinge.com.
Michigan Stamper Receives Congressional Recognition
Henze Stamping and Manufacturing, Troy, MI, a small, certified women-owned business, has been recognized by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency as New Contractor of the Year. The firm also received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from the office of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. Henze provides stamping, welding, assembly, machining, tube bending and other services for automotive, retail, marine and commercial applications; www.henzeindustries.com.
Bachman Acquires Machining Center
to Bolster Production-Machining Capabilities
The CNC machining facility of Bachman Machine Co., St. Louis, MO, will soon welcome the addition of a new CNC double-column vertical machining center. Bachman will use the machine to provide added capacity to its tool and die operation, as well as support and grow its production-machining operations. The machining center, a DCV series 4025 model from Taiwanese builder YCM, features a 161 by 94-in. table and a maximum allowable load of 44,000 lb. Bachman Machine is a manufacturer of metal stampings, progressive dies, plastic injection-molded parts and production CNC machined parts; www.bachmanmachine.com.
German Firm to Construct Texas Aluminum-Fabricating
Plant to Build Wind-Tower Equipment
Zarges Aluminum Systems GmbH will begin construction of a manufacturing facility in Amarillo, TX, later this year. The 80,000-sq-.ft. plant, to be completed by the end of the year, will manufacture aluminum internal equipment for wind towers—ladders, work platforms, scaffolding and the like. The plant will be located on more than 8.5 acres in the Amarillo Economic Development Corp.’s CenterPort Business Park. Zarges is working with Amarillo College to develop welding, technical training and robotics and automation programs to help train its future workforce. Learn more at www.zarges-alusys.com.
High-Speed Stamper, Precision Machining Company
Lauds New Website
Carter Precision Components, Gastonia, NC, has launched a new website loaded with descriptions of its multifaceted capabilities and a full equipment list. Carter Precision offers Swiss machining, high-speed stamping, CNC turning and milling, heattreating and plating and other services. Learn more at www.carterprecisioncomponents.com.
Tubular-Parts Fabricator Investing in New Equipment
Tubular-parts maker Fraser Steel, Albertville, MN, has acquired a large-capacity rotary draw bender to enable the firm to bend large pieces of round and square tubing as well as solid-steel bars. Finished, bent parts will primarily be used in cab enclosures for heavy equipment used in the agricultural and road-construction markets. Fraser Steel also offers laser tube cutting, machining, rapid prototyping and robotic welding. Learn more and view a video of the firm’s new tube bender in action at www.frasersteel.com.
Alabama Stamper Named
Outstanding Automotive Supplier
The Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association (AAMA, www.aama.to) has recognized Atlantic Tool & Die-Alabama (ATD-AL), Anniston, AL, as the Outstanding 2008 Automotive Supplier in Alabama. ATD, which opened its 65,000-sq.-ft. Alabama plant in 2004 and employs 50 associates, manufactures stampings and assemblies for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. The company outscored four other suppliers considered for the award, and earned a perfect score in six of the 15 judged categories: disaster recovery, supply-chain management, information flow, process flexibility, 5S, and shipping management.
ATD, headquartered in Northeast Ohio, owns and operates eight manufacturing facilities and recently opened a ninth company, JATDCO, a joint venture Minority Business Enterprise in Ohio.
Ford’s Electric-Vehicle Program
Could Bring Business to KY Stamper
Bowling Green (KY) Metalforming and its parent company Magna Intl. announced last month a partnership with Ford that puts the supplier of automotive stampings in line to produce parts—powertrain and battery-module components--for Ford’s new battery-powered electric vehicle, slated to hit the market in 2011. An article from the Bowling Green Daily News said that the stamping plant announced plans last September to retool its plant to the tune of $126 million to shift from production of truck frames to automotive parts.
West Virginia to Welcome New Galvanizing Plant
North American Galvanizing & Coatings, Inc., Tulsa, OK, will construct its 11th hot-dip galvanizing plant in Benwood, WV. The plant is scheduled to begin production in late April, to serve customers in the greater Pittsburgh and western PA areas. The firm is renovating an existing building to house the plant, which will employ approximately 20 people. Learn more at www.nagalv.com.
Stamper/Die Builder Adds 6-kW Laser-Cutting Machine
Rockford Toolcraft Inc., Rockford, IL, a tool and die builder and heavy-metal stamper, has acquired an Amada LC-F1NT laser-cutting machine. The flying-optics-style machine is equipped with a 6-kW laser to handle heavy-gauge fabrication and position the company to take on relatively shorter runs. Learn more at www.rockfordtoolcraft.com.
Alabama Welcomes New Steel-Coil Processing Plant
Friedman Industries, Inc., Houston, TX, has opened a new coil-processing plant in Decatur, AL, to convert hot-rolled coils received from the adjacent Nucor Steel Co. mill into hot-rolled sheet and plate. The new 48,000-sq.-ft-. plant houses temper-passing and leveling equipment to provide consistently flat material and tight tolerances. Friedman also operates a coil-processing plant in Hickman, AR, and a tubular-products facility in Lone Star, TX; www.friedmanindustries.com.
Stamping-Shop Acquisition Keys Expansion
into the Renewable Energy Market
TG Manufacturing, Grand Rapids, MI, a division of Tora Group, Lansing, MI, acquired Dorr Industries Inc., Dorr, MI, a small metal-stamping, machining and fabricating company. Tora Group’s three divisions—TG Mfg., TG Technologies Tool Alliance, and TG Renewable Energy Technologies--formed in 2008. It plans to use the 20,000-sq.-ft. Dorr facility to serve its tooling and renewable-energy divisions in addition to serving customers in the aerospace, HVAC, furniture, appliance and construction sectors. Learn more at www.thetoragroup.com.
Ramcel on Target for ISO 14001 Certification
Precision metalforming company and custom tooling manufacturer Ramcel Engineering Co., Northbrook, IL, has been recertified to TS 16949:2002 and ISO 9001:2000, and has begun the certification process to ISO14001, which it expects to complete later this year. Learn more about the company and its application of state-of-the-art technology in the areas of in-line vision systems and in-die sensing at www.ramcel.com.
Wisconsin Firm Turns Tax Credit
Toward Workforce Development
D&S Manfuacturing, Black River Falls, WI, recently received word from Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle that it had been deemed eligible for a $250,000 state income-tax credit through the Western Wisconsin Technology Zone. Eligible companies earn tax credits through capital investments, job creation and any increase in property taxes—D&S is in the midst of a $6.4 million facility expansion plan, and pledges to use its tax credit on workforce development. The company is a custom manufacturer of large-scale parts and assemblies for customers including Caterpillar, Oshkosh Corp. and The Trane Co.; www.dsmfg.com.
Thin-Strip Supplier Earns AS9100 Certification
Arnold Magnetic Technologies Rolled Products, Marengo, IL, a manufacturer of ultra-thin metal-alloy strip products, has been approved for certification to AS9100:2004. The registration addresses the purchase, supply, manufacture and distribution of precision strip, foil, piece parts, wire, bar and rod. The company supplies material—titanium, red metals, aluminum, high-nickel alloys, magnetic alloys and several proprietary alloys--as thin as 0.000069 in., in strips as narrow as 0.03125 in. Learn more at www.arnoldmagnetics.com.
Silicon Valley Fabricator Reaches Out
to Help Educate Future Engineers
Airtronics Metal Products, Inc., San Jose, CA, a custom sheetmetal engineering, design and manufacturing company, has established an educational outreach program with San Jose State University, to help educate mechanical engineering students in sheetmetal-fabrication technologies. The program includes classroom instruction and on-site tours of the Airtronics plant, as well as internships for eligible students. Learn more about Airtronics at www.airtronics.com.
United Performance Metals
Adds Laser Cutting to its Resume
United Performance Metals, Hamilton, OH, a supplier of specialty stainless-steel and high-temperature alloys, has forged a joint venture that allows it to include laser-beam cutting on its list of value-added processing capabilities. Its partner company operates three laser-cutting machines—two Trumpf models and a machine from Cincinnati Inc. Other services from UPM include cut-to-length, leveling, shearing, slitting, edging, sawing and waterjet cutting; www.upmet.com.
Ohio Gasket & Shim Earns ISO 14001 Certification
Metal stamper and shim and gasket manufacturer Ohio Gasket & Shim Co., Inc., Akron, OH, has had its operations certified to the ISO 14001:2004 standard. The firm, celebrating its 50th year in operation, offers just-in-time shipping using a Kanban inventory-management system; www.ogsindustries.com.
Stainless/Aluminum Supplier Orders Blanking Line
Guy Metals, Blaine, MN, a warehousing and processing service center that specializes in stainless steels and aluminum alloys, has purchased a new precision blanking line from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL. The line, scheduled to begin operating during the summer of 2009, will process coils to 40,000 lb. at widths to 72 in. and material thickness to 0.375 in., and will produce blanks with length tolerance to plus or minus 0.005 in. Included is a heavy-gauge peeler breaker, dual Herr-Voss levelers, flatness-inspection table, PVC and paper applicator and automatic part diverter. Guy Metals supplies sheet, plate, angle, tubing, pipe, fittings and specialty items; www.guymetals.com. Learn more about Red Bud’s products at www.redbudindustries.com.
Michigan Spring Maker to Open in South Texas
Spring Dynamics, Almont, MI, will soon open a 31,400-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant in Harlingen, TX, to serve its customers operating in Reynosa, Matamoros and Monterrey. It began remodeling an existing facility in January and expects to begin operations within 3 months. The company expects the new plant to employ 35 people by the end of 2013. Learn more at www.springdynamics.com.
Daimler Trucks Rewards
Rockford Toolcraft for Quality Performance
Rockford Toolcraft Inc., Rockford, IL, a tool and die builder and metal stamper, received a Masters of Quality Supplier Award from Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). The award recognizes North American suppliers for providing superior-quality parts DTNA’s Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star truck brands. Rockford Toolcraft employs 240 people at its two plants in Rockford, and has been a Freightliner Trucks supplier for more than 20 years; www.rockfordtoolcraft.com.
Stamper Earns SHARP Status from OSHA
HK Metalcraft Manufacturing Corp., Lodi, NJ, has been accepted by OSHA as a participant in its Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), for the term September 18, 2008, to September 18, 2009. HK Metalcraft worked with the New Jersey on-site consultation program to meet the requirements of the SHARP program, and in doing so it is removed from the programmed inspection schedule until September 18, 2009. HK Metalcraft manufactures precision metal stampings, spring washers, formed products and related assemblies; www.hkmetalcraft.com.
Northern Mfg. Takes Delivery
of 3D Laser Cutting and Welding System
Prima North America, Inc., Chicopee, MA, has delivered an Optimo 3D laser-cutting machine to Northern Manufacturing Co., Oak Harbor, OH. Optimo is Prima’s largest five-axis 3D machine, for cutting as well as welding. Northern Mfg. is a precision fabricator of custom sheetmetal parts and assemblies, specializing in stainless-steel fabrications for the automotive, farming, appliance and energy industries; www.northernmfg.com. Optimo machines feature direct-drive heads requiring no gears or complex kinematics, removing backlash and wear worries. Learn more at www.prima-na.com.
Photo-Chemical Etching Company Adds Capacity
To increase its capacity to supply thin-gauge flat metal parts, from prototype to production, Advanced Metal Etching, Inc., Ligonier, IN, has completed a facility expansion with new equipment and an optimized workflow to increase capacity by 70 percent. The firm performs photo-chemical etching to supply parts to the electronics, medical, computer, aerospace and other industries. Learn more at www.metaletching.com.
Electrical-Components Maker Installs New Waterjet Machine
Reuel Inc., Goldsboro, NC, has installed the latest ultra-high-pressure waterjet-cutting machine from Jet Edge, Inc., St. Michael, MN. Reuel manufactures insulating components for the electrical power-equipment industry, specializing in molded switchgear components, bushings and other products for medium-voltage electrical-distribution equipment. It also manufactures traction-power substations for mass-transit authorities and large-scale contractors. Its new waterjet-cutting machine joins a large stable of fabricating equipment including press brakes, CNC punching machines and a powder-coat paint line. Prior to investing in the Jet Edge machine, the firm had been outsourcing waterjet cutting. It plans to use the machine to cut fiberglass insulation as well as mild and stainless steel, polycarbonate and copper-alloy sheet. Jet Edge is online at www.jetedge.com.
ABMyr Expands, Opens New Fab Shop
A family-owned manufacturer of industrial paint-finishing systems since 1920, ABMyr Industries, Belleville, MI, has invested more than $2 million to build and equip a 50,000-sq.-ft. metal-fabrication, prototyping and production center within its plant. The company expects its new fabrication center—which offers laser cutting, press-brake bending, forming and welding capabilities—to create 38 new jobs by 2011. Dubbed ABMyr Laser Design & Fabrication, the facility can process sheet and plate to 1 in. thick to provide parts and assemblies and provide rapid-prototyping services. Learn more at www.abmyrlaser.com; read up on the company’s paint-finishing systems at www.abmyr.com.
Portland Welcomes New Steel-Service Center
Macsteel Service Centers USA, Newport Beach, CA, has opened a new 100,000-sq.-ft. service center in Portland, OR, to serve the Pacific Northwest region including Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The service center will process and stock carbon, stainless and aluminum flat-rolled product and wide-flange beams. Future plans call for the product line to include channels, angles, tubes and plates. The service center offers inhouse saw cutting and cambering with an Amada HK1000 structural band saw with capacity to cut 40-in. beams, and a cambering machine that will camber 30-in.-wide beams.
Macsteel operates a network of 32 locations to serve customers throughout North America. It also supplies a full range of steel building products, and coated and prepainted materials. For more information, visit www.macsteelusa.com.
Kentucky Fab Shop Expanding by More than 30 Percent
Greenheck Fan Co., Schofield, WI, has broken ground on a 22,000-sq.-ft. addition to its manufacturing plant in Frankfurt, KY. The addition will allow Greenheck, a manufacturer of air-movement and control equipment, to increase manufacturing capacity of dampers and louvers for commercial, industrial and institutional applications. Learn more at www.greenheck.com.
Building-System Supplier Receives Venture-Capital
Funding to Fuel Middle-East Expansion
FrameMax, San Diego, CA, a supplier of light-gauge steel-framing products for the construction of commercial and residential buildings, has received an $8 million investment from Arcapita Ventures, along with H.I.G. Ventures, Cross Creek Capital and NVestech, LLC. FrameMax, with fabrication facilities in Mexico, Spain, and China, plans to begin offering its lightweight steel, composite concrete structures in the Gulf region within 6 months. Learn more at www.framemax.com.
Pricing, Scheduling Expertise
Earn Supplier of the Year Status for D&S
D&S Manufacturing, Black River Falls, WI, earned Supplier of the Year recognition from Parkson Corp., Ft. Lauderdale, FL, a supplier of components and systems for water and waste-water treatment. Among its accomplishments, D&S developed an innovative pricing tool to combat rising steel prices, say Parkson officials, and developed a scheduling system to provide the necessary flexibility in the manufacture and shipment of orders for Parkson. D&S performs laser, oxyfuel and high-definition plasma-arc cutting, machining, and manual and automatic welding, as well as value-added processes such as painting, shot blasting, assembly and testing; www.dsmfg.com.
Red Bud Installs Lines at Nucor, ArcelorMittal
A new 3/8-in. capacity cut-to-length line has hit the production floor at the Nucor Corp. building-system’s facility in Brigham City, UT, and a new precision blanking line has begun production at the ArcelorMittal processing plant in Sterling Heights, MI, both courtesy of Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL. Nucor’s 75-in.-wide cut-to-length line produces steel sheet to 30 ft. long, from coils to 50,000 lb., for metal-building components. It includes a traversing scissor-lift table, multi-positional stack storage system and pop-top-style straightener.
ArcelorMittal’s new blanking line processes coils to 60-in. dia. and 40,000 lb., and includes a dual-motor grip-feed system, flatness inspection table and a Machine Concepts corrective leveler with AutoFlat shape correction—a patented control system that reads the shape of the strip and adjusts the leveler to maintain optimum flatness without operator intervention. Read up on Red Bud’s equipment offerings at www.redbudindustries.com.
Electrocoater Wins Environmental Excellence Award
The San Antonio Manufacturers Association and the San Antonio Water Systems awarded the MetoKote plant in San Antonio, TX, its Environmental Excellence Award in Industrial Pretreatment. Criteria for the award include having no reporting violations from Jan. 1, 2007, to June 30, 2008; and not having been listed as Significantly Non-Compliant in the past three years. Award recipients also must display environmental stewardship by recognizing best-management practices, water-conservation practices, pollution prevention and initiatives that are deemed educational, innovative, cooperative, responsive, voluntary and effective. The MetoKote facility, one of only three companies receiving the award this year, also recently earned ISO 14001 registration.
MetoKote, headquartered in Lima, OH, is one of 21 suppliers in the San Antonio Toyota Supplier Campus, electrocoating metal components for the Toyota Tundra. Learn more at www.metokote.com.
Perforated-Metal Products Supplier Adds 125-Ton Press
Quality Perforating, Inc., Carbondale, PA, has invested in a new hydraulic 125-ton perforating press with unlimited stroke control. The press, from M. Brück GmbH & Co., can perforate material from 0.030 to 5/8-in. thick, and sheet sizes as large as 78 by 156 in. Maximum speed: 300 strokes/min. The machine can perforate nonsymmetrical patterns and geometric shapes. Quality Perforating manufactures perforated metal sheets, coils and parts, and also performs secondary fabrication services such as welding, powder coating and bending: www.qualityperf.com. Read up on press technology from M. Brück GmbH at www.brueck.net/en/home/index.php.
Small Tube Products Acquires
Cleveland-Based Tube Company
Small Tube Products, Altoona, PA, a manufacturer of precision-drawn copper-tubing products, acquired the customer base and other assets of Linderme Tube Co., Cleveland, OH. The transaction is expected to increase Small Tube Products’ manufacturing volume at its Altoona facility by more than 30 percent and lead to the creation of another 20 on-site manufacturing jobs.
Stamper/Fabricator Invests in 6-kW High-Speed Laser
Matrix Metalcraft, Inc., Clinton Township, MI, has made its second laser-cutting machine investment this year by adding the newest technology from Mitsubishi Laser to its equipment stable—the Mitsubishi Laser NX. The NX carries a 6-kW resonator and offers a maximum cutting speed of 2360 in./min. Matrix Metalcraft, which earlier this year purchased a Mitsubishi VZ1 cutting machine with pallet changer, will use the NX to cut, among other components, armor-plate products of 1.25-in. armor plate, as well as 1-in. stainless steel and 0.5-in. aluminum.
Matrix Metalcraft specializes in low-volume production of metal fabrications and stampings for the military, heavy-truck, aerospace and aircraft industries; www.matrixmetalcraft.com. Learn more about Mitsubishi Laser at www.mitsubishi-world.com.
Emerson Recognizes 38 Marquee Suppliers—
Metalformer Among Them
Emerson Electric Co., St. Louis, MO, has recognized 38 of its global suppliers by presenting them with Marquee Supplier awards. Among the winners: Brittany Stamping LLC, Cleveland, OH, a precision manufacturer of metal-stamped and wire-formed products. Brittany operates three subsidiary companies—Bettcher Manufacturing LLC (www.bettcherllc.com), Duffy Tool & Stamping Ltd. (www.duffytool.com), and Meyer Stamping & Manufacturing. Emerson’s Marquee Supplier award recognizes superior quality and service, alignment with its strategic initiatives. Ability to meet the needs of its multiple businesses from multiple locations around the world, willingness to integrate with its new-product development process, activity in support of lean supply-chain initiatives and senior-management involvement.
KC Aluminum and Stainless Service Center
Orders New Multiblanking Line
Ken-Mac Metals, a division of ThyssenKrupp Materials NA, Inc., has ordered a precision multiblanking line from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL. The new line will process stainless steel, aluminum and prepainted materials at the Ken-Mac service center in Kansas City, MO. It will include the Red Bud precision grip-feed system and a CNC programmable slitter, and will produce blanks with width and length tolerances of plus or minus 0.005 in. An automatic strip-divider positioning system will automatically set up the dividers in the strip stacker as the operator sets up the slitting head.
Ken-Mac will employ the line to process coils weighing as much as 50,000 lb. at widths to 72 in and in sheet thickness to 0.135 in. Learn more about Red Bud multiblanking lines at www.redbudindustries.com. To read up on Ken-Mac’s capabilities, surf to www.kenmacmetals.com.
Blank Stacker Headed to Aluminum Toll Processor
By the end of the year, Aluminum Blanking Co., Pontiac, MI, will be the proud, new owner of an aluminum blank-stacking system designed to protect the surface-sensitive materials that it processes—aluminum and stainless-steel alloys blanked on seven lines with cut-to-length capabilities. The new stacker, from Atlas Technologies, Inc., Fenton, MI, will process coil into stacks of blanks in sizes to 500 by 110 in. with stack weight to 30,000 lb. It will be able to process blanks into two stacking stations with lift tables that can operate independently. A weight-verification system allows for material accountability—once weighed, a blank stack proceeds to a dual wrapping station. The station boasts a lift and transfer unit for palletizing each wrapped stack, which then proceed to a second wrapping station where pallet and stack are wrapped together, ensuring safe transit.
Visit Atlas online for more information: www.atlastechnologies.com. Check out Aluminum Blanking Co. at www.albl.com.
Johnson Controls Recognizes Top Suppliers
Earlier this month, Johnson Controls, Plymouth, MI, handed out 35 awards to 33 supplier companies, to acknowledge their performance and dedication to quality. Among the recipients of Gold 2008 Supplier Performance Award winners were Automated Spring Products Inc., Grand Haven, MI, a manufacturer of custom designed compression, extension, and torsion springs, wire forms, flat springs, stampings, spring and shim washers, and assemblies (www.automaticspring.com); Guelph Tool, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, a custom tool-and-die machine shop that also manufactures metal stampings, assemblies, headrest and armrest inserts, wireforms and other metal components (www.guelphtool.com); Superior Roll Forming, Valley City, OH, a supplier of rollformed components and welded assemblies (www.gosrf.com); and E & E Manufacturing, Plymouth, MI, a metal-stamping company that also manufactures drawn structural extrusions and fasteners and welded assemblies (www.eemfg.com). E & E Manufacturing also received a Leadership Award for Community Partnership for its collaborative work with Johnson Controls to serve and support the local community.
Manchester Tool & Die Makes the Move into Fabrication
Press brakes, a plate roll, plasma-arc-cutting equipment and arc-welding equipment fill the new fabricating plant recently opened by Manchester Tool & Die, Inc., North Manchester, IN. Two press brakes offer capacity of 3/8 in. by 6 ft. long, and ¼ in. by 10 ft. long. The firm’s new plasma-cutting system can carve steel to 2 in. thick. Learn more at www.manchestertoolanddie.com.
Olson Intl. Earns Delphi Recognition
Olson International Ltd., Lombard, IL, a supplier of precision metal stampings and assemblies and a designer and builder of metal-stamping dies, received Delphi Corp.’s Above & Beyond Award for Supplier Excellence. The award, established in 2007, recognizes suppliers for excellent service beyond their contractual obligation. Olson, recently acquired by IMS Companies LLC, Des Plaines, IL, was one of 12 companies in five countries to receive the Delphi award.
Tool Builder/Metalformer Contracts for
On-Demand Business-Management Software
Plexus Systems, Auburn Hills, MI, has won a contract to provide its Plexus Online on-demand manufacturing-enterprise software to Waukesha Tool & Stamping, LLC, Sussex, WI. Plexus Online will manage all aspects of the firm’s operations, integrate its business data from its Sussex location as well as from its new operation in McAllen, TX, and facilitate complex financial reporting. Waukesha Tool & Stamping managers expect the new software to provide more reliable cost data, save time in its customer-service area, streamline purchasing and planning, and manage manufacturing and quality. Learn more about the software at www.plex.com.
Amsco Steel Acquires Andes Metal Processors
Amsco Steel Co., Fort Worth, TX, has purchased the assets of Andes Metal Processors, Inc., Lewisville, TX. Amsco, with other locations in San Antonio and Marble Falls, TX, provides flat-rolled steel and structural items, offering slitting, shearing and forming, sawing, edge conditioning, leveling, cut-to-length and other services. Andes Metal Processors provides slitting, cut-to-length, handling and logistical services for service centers as well as domestic and international steel mills.
For more, visit www.amscosteel.com.
Milwaukee Wire Products
Gets New Name, New China Plant
Charter Automotive is the new name taken by Milwaukee Wire Products, Milwaukee, WI, to reflect its commitment to global automotive customers. The firm, a division of Charter Manufacturing Co., Mequon, WI, manufactures engine dipsticks, transaxle retaining rings, valve keys and valve-spring retainers.
To further its global reach, in February 2007 Charter Manufacturing acquired Valve Train Components Limited, Lichfield, England; and recently opened a manufacturing, warehouse and distribution facility in Wuhu, China. Learn more at www.charterautomotive.com.
Precision Leveler Providing
Shape Correction for Boron-Clad Material
Ceradyne Canada, Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada, a manufacturing division of Ceradyne Inc., Costa Mesa, CA, has installed a precision leveler to accompany a new rolling mill used to process boron-clad material. The leveler, a 3.5 Series machine from B&K, of Formtek-Maine, Clinton, ME, features 17 work rolls--3.5-in. dia.--and a 100-hp drive to provide shape correction to material in thicknesses to 0.330 in. and lengths to 192 in. It also has a special, low passline height of 32 in. to allow the material to move directly from the rolling mill through the leveler and onto conveyors. Other leveler features: manually adjustable upper backups, a power tilt head and power-adjustable backup roll to allow for the correction of edge wave, center buckle, cross bow and coil set. Learn more at www.bklevelers.com.
Trio of Manufacturers Form Springmaking JV
The spring-manufacturing business of GR Spring & Stamping Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, has entered into a joint venture with Stumpp, Schuele, & Somappa (SSS) USA Inc., and MultiTech Industries, Inc., Carol Stream, IL. SSS USA Inc., a subsidiary of Stumpp, Schuele & Somappa Pvt. Ltd, the largest spring-manufacturing company in India, will hold a majority position in the new venture, named Stumpp, Schuele, & Somappa Spring & Wire LLC (SSS Spring & Wire LLC), and headquartered in Walker, MI. GR Spring & Stamping operates facilities in Michigan, Kentucky and Chihuahua, Mexico; www.grs-s.com. Stumpp, Schuele & Somappa Pvt. Ltd operates 11 plants in India and one in Germany; www.sss-india.com. Learn about MultiTech Industries and its strategic alliances at www.multitechind.com.
Stamper Slashes Die-Change Times
BTD Manufacturing, Detroit Lakes, MN, has slashed die-change time at a two-press manufacturing cell from 15 min. to a mere 3 min., thanks to the installation of magnetic die-clamping apparatus supplied by TCR Integrated Stamping Systems, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. The two-press cell makes a family of parts requiring rapid die changeover and short production runs. BTD (www.btdmfg.com) offers metal stamping, fabrication, machining and other services. Learn more about TCR and the services it provides to the metalforming industry at www.stampingsystems.com.
KY School Lands Rollforming Mill, Software Seats
On August 7, 2008, the Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) Shelbyville Campus, Shelbyville, KY, welcomed an Engel (www.engelind.com) rollforming machine, provided by Shelbyville’s oldest manufacturing company, Roll Forming Corp. (www.voestalpine.com/rfc/en.html). It will use the 10-pass 7/8-in.-dia. machine, equipped with cutoff and decoiler units, to help train students as setup personnel, maintenance technicians, general machinists, tool and die makers, CNC operators and programmers, and design engineers. Students also will learn the dynamics of the rollforming process. In addition, German software manufacturer dataM Corp. donated 16 seats of software that will enable JCTC students to develop bend progressions and to design rolls.
Atlas Steel Associates Form ESOP
Associates working at Atlas Steel Products, Twinsburg, OH, have formed an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) and acquired the distributor of steel products from the family of the late Lawrence J. “Bo” Burr. Atlas employs more than 80 people, most of which joined the ESOP. John Adams, former Atlas chief financial officer, is president and chief executive officer. Learn more at www.atlassteel.com.
Producer of Perforated and Expanded Metal Products
Opens 18th Service Center
McNichols Co., Tampa, FL, opened its newest service center near Kansas City, KS. The newly constructed 24,000-sq.-ft. facility in suburban Lenexa is the firm’s 18th service center in North America, and includes 12,000 sq. ft. dedicated to fabrication services—plasma-arc cutting, welding and more. McNichols manufactures perforated and expanded metals, wire cloth and various types of grating and flooring; www.mcnichols.com.
Mexican Plant Awarded ISO Certification
Chromalox, based in the United States in Pittsburgh, PA, a manufacturer of electric heating and control products, has been awarded ISO 9001:2000 certification for its Mexican manufacturing facility in Nuevo Laredo in the state of Tamaulipas. The 75,000-sq.-ft. facility manufactures air heaters, tubular heaters, cartridge heaters and other styles of heating products. Chromalox manufacturing plants perform, among other metal-fabrication processes, arc welding, robotic plasma-arc cutting, semiautomatic pipe coping and CNC machining; www.chromalox.com.
Minn. Service Center Upgrades Lines
to Handle Thicker, Stronger Steels
Ratner Steel, Roseville, MN, has ordered a pair of stretcher levelers from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL. The units will upgrade two existing processing lines—one will handle steel to 65 KSI and 0.375 in. thick, the other will process steel to 75 KSI and 0.5 in. thick. Stretcher leveling exceeds the yield point in all of the material—top to bottom and side to side—to produce flat material with no trapped internal stresses, says Red Bud, eliminating springback. Learn more at www.redbudindustries.com.
Supplier of Heat- and Corrosion-Resistant Materials
Acquires Italian Service Center
Rolled Alloys, Temperance, MI, acquired Clama Trade, Melegnano (Milan), Italy. Clama Trade supplies corrosion-resistant and high-temperature-service nickel-based alloys and duplex stainless steels as plate, sheet, bar, flanges, fittings and welding materials. Rolled Alloys, a supplier of heat- and corrosion-resistant alloys and titanium-alloy products, operates several U.S. facilities, as well as facilities in Canada, China, Japan and throughout Europe.
Coil and Strip Producer Banks on New ERP System
Stripco Inc., Mishawaka, IN, a manufacturer of production-ready steel coils and strips, recently went in search of software to help it gain real-time scheduling information and complete cost-of-sales information, in order to continue to efficiently serve its customers in the automotive, furniture and other steel-consuming industries. Its primary goals: improve in the areas of costing, production scheduling and tracking, and steel-industry-specific quality and certification. To accomplish those goals, it recently implemented Axiom ERP enterprise-resource-planning software from Axis, Boston, MA. As a result, Stripco general manager Eric Hiler says that the firm now responds significantly faster to customer inquiries regarding order status, and with access to real-time information on quality, holds, shipping and billing, it can “identify and act on statistically relevant information, rather than just acting on a whim.”
Stripco (www.stripco.com) supplies hot- and cold-rolled and galvanized steel products 0.018 to 0.312 in. thick, in widths from 0.375 to 26 in., including slit coil, edge-conditioned coil, cut-to-length strip and oscillate-wound coil.
Learn more about Axiom ERP software from Axis at www.axiscomp.com.
Fabricator Adopts Wellness Programs
to Improve Employee Health and Welfare
Metal-fabrication job shop D&S Manufacturing, Black River Falls, WI, has partnered with its insurance provider, Gundersen Lutheran Occupational Health, to offer its employees a series of wellness programs. The programs are designed to improve employee morale, reduce absenteeism and encourage lifestyle changes to positively impact employee health. The goal is to identify emerging heath problems that might be avoided or minimized through minor changes in diet and exercise, according to D&S president Michael Dougherty. D&S manufactures large-scale components and weldments for customers such as Caterpillar, Trane Co. and Parkson; www.dsmfg.com.
Rollformer Equipped to Handle
Thick, High-Strength Steel
Custom Rollforming Corp. (CRC), Moundridge, KS, a manufacturer of custom rollformed products, has installed a rollforming line designed to form heavy-gauge profiles using high-strength steels. The new line, from Bradbury, features a 20,000-lb.-capacity stock reel, tooling mounted on 3-in. arbors, and a heavy-duty seven-roll straightener. A 16-pass line, it can accept coils to 24 in. wide and boasts a 150-hp output. At the exit end is an oversized part straightener and a 100-ton flying-cutoff press. Learn more about CRC at www.customrollformingcorp.com.
Manufacturer of Prog-Die Components Offers E-Catalog
T. R. Jones Machine Co., Crystal Lake, IL, a short- and medium-run production machining company and a manufacturer of progressive-die components, screw-machine parts and other precision-machined parts, offers an HTML version of its CAD library, complete with navigation. Also included are printable versions of its latest order sheets. To request a copy of the e-catalog, surf to www.diecomponents.com. Among the products featured are three styles of pilot lifters—A, C and GM—designed to support the material while the pilot punch enters, and to work in conjunction with stock-lifter guides to move material to the next station without damaging the material or form tools in the die. Learn more about T.R. Jones at www.trjonesmachine.com.
American Trim Launches Customer-Centric Website
American Trim, Lima, OH, a family-owned metalforming, decorating and coating company, has introduced a redesigned website developed to display the firm’s capabilities to current and future customers. Included are brochures, white papers and a company history. The company operates stamping presses from 3 to 2400 tons with bed sizes to 228 in. to produce parts for the appliance, heavy truck and automotive industries. Check it out: www.amtrim.com.
Southwest Metal-Supply Company Adds
Six-Axis Laser Cutting to Value-Added Offerings
Industrial Metal Supply Co. (IMS), which operates five large metal-processing centers and warehouses in California and Arizona, has created a new business unit to provide six-axis laser-beam cutting and fabrication services. Acquired by the IMS Laser Services Group: a FabriGear 300 cutting machine from Mazak Optonics Corp., for cutting beams, channel, tube, pipe and other shapes. Learn about IMS at www.industrialmetalsupply.com. For more on Mazak’s 3D laser-cutting machines, surf to www.mazaklaser.com/3d.aspx.
Ohio-Based Service Center Opens SoCal Warehouse
United Performance Metals, Hamilton, OH, has opened a 14,000-sq.-ft. warehouse just outside of Los Angeles in Santa Fe Springs, CA. Its initial inventory includes specialty-stainless steels, high-temperature alloys and a limited amount of cobalt alloys in popular sheet sizes. Learn more at www.upmet.com.
Stainless/Nickel/Titanium Supplier Installs CTL Line
Rolled Alloys, Temperance, MI, a supplier of specialty stainless-steel, nickel-, and titanium-alloy products, has installed a 3/8- by 72-in. cut-to-length line from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL. The line includes an in-line coil-stage and load system, dual stub uncoiler and peeler breaker designed to break the leading edge of heavy-gauge material. A shear-mounted drop stacker with an automatically lowering stack table helps ensure mark-free processing. Learn more about Red Bud’s equipment capabilities at www.redbudindustries.com.
Dedication to Training and Education
Earn Metal Stamper Recognition
E.J. Ajax & Sons, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, has been named a winner of the fourth annual Progressive Manufacturing 50 Awards, a program developed by Managing Automation magazine. E.J. Ajax received its award in the discipline of Training and Education Mastery, one of eight categories included in the awards program. Ajax’s award recognizes “companies that have devised/deployed programs to advance employee knowledge and use of advanced automation and IT technologies on an on-going basis and with demonstrable results,” as well as “companies that have instituted scholarship or other promotional programs to encourage secondary or college-level students to pursue a career in manufacturing, with demonstrable results in those programs.” Learn more about the awards program at www.managingautomation.com; E.J. Ajax is online at www.ejajax.com.
Global 17-Facility Tier One Supplier to Implement
On-Demand Enterprise-Management Software
Plexus Systems, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI, will provide its Plexus Online on-demand enterprise-management software to Inteva Products, LLC, Troy, MI. Inteva, formerly Delphi Interiors and Closures, operates 17 facilities on three continents, providing automotive components and assemblies including cockpits, door-module and window-lift systems, and closure systems including latches, strikers and actuators. Plexus Online, comprising more than 350 functional modules for functions such as enterprise-resource planning (ERP), customer-relationship management (CRM), manufacturing execution systems (MES) and supply-chain management (SCM), will allow Inteva to monitor and manage its supply base from any internet-based browser. Inteva expects to complete implementation by June 2009. Read up on Plexus at www.plex.com.
Stamper Processes and Sells Solid Waste, for Profit
Truex Inc., Pawtucket, RI, a manufacturer of deep-drawn and stamped parts from brass, steel, stainless steel and aluminum alloys, has, for 15 years, been processing its solid waste to eliminate hazardous substances. The result was thousands of pounds of an environmentally safe solid-waste product that it then paid to be deposited in a local landfill. Now, the firm has found a buyer for the solid-waste product that reclaims the copper from the waste for reuse. Truex makes money from the sale and also saves the cost of landfill disposal. Visit Truex online, www.truexinc.com.
AK Steel Announces August Surcharges
AK Steel, West Chester, OH, has advised customers that it will add a $905/ton surcharge to invoices for electrical-steel products shipped in August 2008. The firm also will add surcharges to its stainless-steel products shipped in August—to find out the per-ton surcharge on stainless-steel products, check the website, www.aksteel.com.
Stamper to Expand Alabama Facility
Ridgeview Industries Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, announced plans to expand its metalforming plant in Huntsville, AL, to accommodate growth in its metal-stamping and assembly business. The 110,000-sq.-ft. expansion is scheduled for completion by mid-2009. The 25-acre location, purchased from Lindy Industries in 2004, has more than 75 employees; www.ridgeviewindustries.com.
Olympic Steel to Open Satellite Facility in Ohio
Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, steel-service center Olympic Steel, Inc. will open a 62,000-sq.-ft. satellite processing facility in Dover, OH, during the fourth quarter of 2008. It’s purchasing the facility to better serve its customers in central Ohio and the adjoining states. Olympic operates 15 facilities; learn more at www.olysteel.com.
MW Industries Acquires Manufacturer
of Electronic Hardware Components
MW Industries, Inc. (MWI), Logansport, IN, acquired RAF Electronic Hardware, Seymour, CT, a division of R&R Manufacturing Co., Inc. MWI, which manufactures springs, stampings and fasteners, operates 13 facilities and employs more than 900 people; www.mw-ind.com. Learn more about RAF at www.rafdwe.com/aboutus.htm.
Olson Intl. Acquired, to be Combined with IMS Buhrke
Holding company IMS Companies LLC, Des Plaines, IL, has acquired Olson International Ltd., Lombard, IL, along with Olson’s affiliated operations in Matamoros and Monterrey, Mexico. Olson manufactures precision metal stampings and assemblies, and designs and builds metal-stamping dies. Over the next several months, IMS expects to combine the resources and assets of Olson International with those of another of its metal-stamper holdings, IMS Buhrke Industries, which has operations in Arlington Heights and Downers Grove, IL, and in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico.
Texas Purchasing Fair Places
Metal-Parts Suppliers Face-to-Face with Buyers
If your contract stamping, fabricating or machining company seeks new opportunities to meet with buyers and engineers from large manufacturing companies looking to purchase metal components, then the NTMA/PMA Contract Manufacturing Purchasing Fair is the place to be. Plan now to attend the fair on October 10, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, in Austin, TX. Dozens of purchasers will be there awaiting your sales calls—bring sales brochures, facility lists, sample parts and a stack of business cards so that you’ll be able to successfully market your company and its capabilities, and accurately match them to the needs of the purchasers in attendance. As a special bonus, if you register to attend by September 16, 2008, your company’s capabilities will be included in a booklet that will be distributed, prior to the purchasing fair, to all of the registered buyers and engineers. Also, register by August 31 and receive a $100 discount on your registration fee.
To learn more about the NTMA/PMA Contract Manufacturing Purchasing Fair, surf to www.makeitmetal.com/PurchasingFair/08PurchFairFlyer.PDF. Register to attend at www.pma.org/interview/register.tass?SID=_2EB0G41RN&PID=CheckID&MID=FAIROCT08.
Webcasts Provide a Metal-Processing-Plant Walk-Through
United Performance Metals, Hamilton, OH, a provider of flat-rolled specialty metal products including stainless steels and nickel and cobalt alloys, has launched a series of short webcasts hosted on its website, www.upmet.com. The 5-8-min. videos highlight the firm’s employees, products and services.
Jemison Demsey Installs Multi-Cut Blanking Line
The Sumter, SC, service-center location of Jemison Demsey Metals has installed a 0.135- by 72-in. multi-cut blanking line from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL. The line features a CNC programmable slitter and a dual-motor grip-feed system that delivers plus or minus 0.005-in. length tolerances. Coil capacity is 60,000 lb. Jemison Demsey Metals also has facilities in Cleveland, OH, and Gadsden, AL; www.jemisondemsey.com. Read up on Red Bud’s equipment at www.redbudindustries.com.
New Hotline has Stamping-Design Engineers
Just a Phone Call Away
Die-Tech, Inc., York Haven, PA, has introduced a stamping-design hotline as a resource for engineers and others working in manufacturing plants that use precision metal stampings. Die-Tech engineers will be available to answer questions exploring design flaws, raw-material selection, assembly issues and other common inquiries. One of the goals of the hotline is get design engineers involved in projects earlier in the process so that designs are refined based on sound stamping practices, eliminating the potential for rework down the road. It also should minimize design changes and the design-change approval process. Technical support from the hotline (1-888-89-STAMP) is free and available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Learn more at www.die-tech.com.
Hundred-Yr.-Old Stamper Earns Delphi Supply Award
Kickhaefer Manufacturing Co. (KMC), Port Washington, WI, received Delphi Corp.’s 2007 Pinnacle Award for Supplier Excellence, one of only 26 suppliers recognized by Delphi. The awards recognize excellence in quality, cost and delivery, including these specific criteria: zero major disruptions, zero repeat problems, and a single-digit PPM; zero customer impacts for quality; and zero parts on controlled shipping. KMC, founded in 1908, operates a fully loaded pressroom with press capacity to 300 tons, as well as fourslide/multislide machinery. It also provides metal-fabrication capacity with a lineup of press brakes, shears, welding equipment and laser-cutting machines for prototype and short-run parts; www.kmcstampings.com.
Talan Products Awarded for Growth in Inner City
With a 5-yr. growth rate of 156 percent, metalforming company Talan Products, Cleveland, OH, became one of only two U.S. metalforming companies to make the 2008 Inner City 100 list, a national ranking of the fastest-growing inner-city companies. The list, created by the not-for-profit organization Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Inc. Magazine, includes only 10 manufacturing companies; the other metalformer to make it was Spex Precision Machine Technologies, Rochester, NY. Talan employs 60 and has annual sales of $25 million. To qualify for the list, a company must have more than half of its operations located in an economically distressed urban area; at least 10 full-time employees; a 5-yr. operating sales history that includes at least $200,000 in revenues in the first year of consideration; an increase in year-five sales over year-four sales; and fifth-year sales of at least $1 million. For more information about the 2008 Inner City list, surf to www.icic.org.
Tools Inc. Earns ISO Registration
Deep-draw tooling specialist Tools Inc., Sussex, WI, received ISO 9001:2000 registration. The firm, which also offers contract stamping with presses to 1000 tons, as well as five-axis laser cutting, serves customers in the appliance, lawn and garden, motorcycle and off-road-vehicle industries; www.toolsinc.com.
Benteler Automotive Names Walway Supplier of the Year
Walway Enterprises, Holland, MI, a supplier of metal stampings and welded assemblies, recently received a Supplier of the Year award from Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH. Walway, with press lines from 32 to 1000 tons occupying a 95,000-sq.-ft. plant, and the ability to stamp material to 0.375 in. thick, produces structural and chassis parts and assemblies for Benteler. Learn more at www.walway.com.
Stamper Launches Redesigned Website,
with RFQ Form Included
Service Stampings Inc., Willoughby, OH, a supplier of short- and medium-run metal-stamping services, has redesigned its website in order to provide quicker and easier access for potential customers seeking to research and evaluate its capabilities. The site, www.servicestampings.com, describes the firm’s capabilities and industries served, and includes a frequently-asked-questions page. It also features a new interactive Request a Quote form where visitors can submit project details including part description, usage and lead-time requirements, as well as drawings and photographs.
McNeil Industries Website Features New-Product Info,
Latest Industry Cross-Reference Tools
Surf to www.mcneilindustries.com to see expanded product-information sections, useful industry and product reference tools, plus a registration feature that enables users to sign up for access to the latest product news, literature and information on McNeil Industries, Painesville, OH. The company is a manufacturer and distributor of bearings, guide systems, deburring systems, industrial seals and precision manufactured products, with all of these covered in-depth on the new website.
Tandem Transfer Press—4400 Tons of it—
Debuts in Rockford
Rockford Toolcraft, Inc., Rockford, IL, has fired up its new 4400-ton Verson tandem transfer press, featuring a bed area of 6 by 27 ft. The press line can handle coil stock to ½-in. thick and 60-in. wide. Learn more about the 230-person, 275,000-sq.-ft. shop at www.rockfordtoolcraft.com.
Rollformer Earns Customer-Satisfaction Award
Sharon Custom Metal Forming, Farrell, PA, earned a 2008 Best of Farrell Award in the Steel, Bar, Strip, Tube Etc. category from the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA). The program recognizes local businesses throughout the country for providing exceptional marketing and achieving overall customer satisfaction in their local market and business category. Sharon Custom Metal Forming produces custom rollformed shapes and continuous in-line-welded shapes; www.scmf.biz. Learn more about the USLBA and its award program at www.uslba.net.
South Texas Welcomes New
Rapid Response Manufacturing Center
The North American Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education Initiative (NAAMREI) has completed phase of its plan to help south-Texas manufacturers rapidly turn ideas into finished products, with the April 11 opening of the Rapid Response Manufacturing Center at The University of Texas-Pan American, in Edinburg, TX. NAAMREI is an alliance of 60 business, education, economic development, industry, finance and government partners in south Texas. Its new manufacturing center will recruit and train the skilled workforce needed for the advanced manufacturing infrastructure they hope to create. Ultimately, NAAMREI hopes to tie together more than 41 industrial parks across the region. Learn more at www.naamrei.org.
Coil-Processing Seminar Includes Plant Tour
Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL, will host a coil-processing seminar in West Chester (Cincinnati), OH, on June 24 at the Wingate by Windham & Meridian Conference Center. Attendees will learn about blanking and multiblanking, leveling, and slitting, as well as the SCS and EPS processes for hot-rolled black material. Featured speakers include Dean Linders, vice president of marketing and sales for Red Bud; Eric Theis, formerly of Herr-Voss and now a consultant; Al Zelt, an expert in slitting technology; and Kevin Voges, president of The Material Works. The seminar will conclude with a tour of United Performance Metals in Hamilton, OH. Learn more at www.redbudindustries.com.
New Editorial Video Shows
Robotic Press Cell in Action
Surf over to our Multimedia Center to check out the latest editorial video from the staff of MetalForming magazine. We recently visited the Trane plant in Tyler, TX, where a brand-new robotic stamping cell turns out louvered HVAC panels from galvanized sheetmetal. The cell features a coil-fed Minster mechanical press for blanking and louvering, and a series of three Macrodyne hydraulic presses for secondary operations. Four Motoman robots move blanks around the cell and stack completed panels 75-high for removal via fork truck. Check out the video now, at www.metalformingmagazine.com/video/ and look for the article in the June issue of MetalForming.
Worthington Steel Recognized by Deere & Company
Deere & Company named Worthington Steel, Columbus, OH, a Partner-level supplier for 2007, the company’s highest supplier rating. Worthington Steel also was named a 2007 Enterprise Supplier of the Year in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. Worthington Steel supplies the John Deere Harvester Works plant in East Moline, IL, and the John Deere Ottumwa Works plant in Ottumwa, IA, with hot- and cold-rolled cut-to-length steel sheets. Learn more at www.worthingtonsteel.com.
Arizona Fabricator Earns
Military-Vehicle Armor-Kit Contract
LAI International, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ, has signed a manufacturing contract to produce armor kits for mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) military vehicles. LAI will produce the armor kits at its manufacturing facility in Westminster, MD, for its customer, Navistar Defense LLC, which received a contract from the Pentagon for 4475 of its 21-ft.-long MaxxPro MRAP vehicles. LAI will shop the kits to the Navistar assembly plant in West Point, MS.
LAI operates five U.S. manufacturing plants, all ISO 9001:2000 and AS9100 certified, and offers precision laser processing, waterjet cutting, five-axis machining and other services. Learn more at www.laico.com.
New Management Software for Automotive Springmaker
NHK Spring Precision of America, Inc. (NSPA ), Louisville, KY, has deployed the Plexus Online on-demand integrated manufacturing software package from Plexus Systems, Auburn Hills, MI. The Plexus software features these functions: enterprise-resource management, accounting and finance; customer-relationship-management features such as order entry and tracking; manufacturing-execution-system functions such as production scheduling; and supply-chain management functions such as supplier quality and traceability. NSPA, which produces springs for engine valves and automatic transmissions, worked with consultants from Plante & Moran to identify Plexus as the ideal hosted solution for its needs. Plante & Moran also led the implementation of the software. Learn more at www.plex.com.
United Performance Metals Launches New Website
Last-year’s merger of specialty-metals suppliers Ferguson Metals and AIM International spawned United Performance Metals, Hamilton, OH, a provider of specialty stainless-steel and high-temperature alloys, and cobalt alloys. Now United has launched a new website, www.upmet.com, which the company says offers enhanced online services, as well as describes its processing capabilities. United Performance serves the aerospace, aircraft, automotive, medical and other industries, and offers slitting, shearing, edging and leveling.
Welcomes Automated Five-Axis Laser-Cutting Cell
Matrix Metalcraft, Clinton Township, MI, has purchased a model VZ1 five-axis laser-cutting cell from Mitsubishi Laser, equipped with an automated pallet changer to optimize process time and increase capacity. The machine offers a 122-in. x axis, 87-in. y axis and 33-in. z axis. Pallet changes take 60 sec. Matrix specializes in prototype and short-run production using these processes: stamping, three- and five-axis laser cutting, machining, turning and assembly; www.matrixmetalcraft.com. Mitsubishi Laser is online at www.mitsubishi-laser.com.
IMS Engineered Products Expands ISO Certification Scope
Metal fabricator IMS Engineered Products LLC, Des Plaines, IL, has made the transition from an ISO 9001 certification based on basic fabrication processes to a full-scope certification including all manufacturing and design processes. A manufacturer of modular enclosures as well as custom sheetmetal products, IMS recently relocated to, and refurbished, a 300,000-sq.-ft. plant. Expansion included a new wet and dry paint line that now falls under the quality certification. Learn more at www.imsep.com.
Website Showcases Coil Coating
Metal Coaters, Houston, TX, has unveiled a new website at www.metalcoaters.com that includes frequently-asked questions (and the answers to those questions) about coil coating. The company operates Metal Coaters manufacturing plants in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Marietta, GA, and Jackson, MS, and Metal Prep plants in Houston and in Memphis, TN. Metal Coaters of California, Metal Coaters of Georgia, Doublecote and Metal Prep became integrated under the Metal Coaters name on Oct. 29, 2007.
Utah Steel Processor Orders New Leveler Line
Braner USA, Schiller Park, IL, has received an order from Reliance Steel to design and manufacture a hydraulic cassette leveler, servo roll feed and high-speed CTL shear for its Reliance MetalCenter in Salt Lake City, UT. The 300-hp leveler will be equipped with two interchangeable cassettes for leveling material from 72-in.-wide by 24-gauge sheet to 5/16-in.-thick plate of 90,000-psi hot-rolled carbon-steel. Braner is online at www.braner.com.
Bazz Houston Acquires Mexican Operation
Bazz Houston Co., Garden Grove, CA, has purchased Connor Manufacturing Services de Mexico, integrated the company with Bazz Houston Mexico and relocated its facility to La Mesa Industrial Park in Tijuana, Mexico. Bazz Houston makes springs, stampings, wire forms and four-slide parts and offers assembly and tooling services; www.bazz-houston.com.
Stamper’s Name Change Reflects Expanding Markets
The Genesee Group/NY Inc., West Henrietta, NY, a contract manufacturer of precision metalformed parts and assemblies, has changed its name to Genesee Global Group Inc. “The name change highlights the global capabilities of the Genesee brand,” says company president Gerard M. Caschette. Along with the new name comes a new tagline: Integration With Imagination. Learn more at www.geneseeglobal.com.
Fabricator Can Now Laser-Cut Tube and Pipe
Ace Metal Crafts, Franklin Park, IL, has added a Mazak Fabrigear 150 3-D laser-cutting machine to its stable of equipment, to cut tube and pipe as well as I and H beams, C channel, angle iron and other shapes. Included with the machine is automatic tapping capability and automatic load, feed, cut and unload. Machine capacity: 6-in. round or square pipe, and shape lengths to 26 ft. Ace Metal Crafts, which operates a 40,000-sq.-ft. plant, serves customers in the chemical, environmental, food-processing, nuclear, packaging, pharmaceutical and plastics industries; www.acemetal.com.
Economic Stimulus Package
Delivers Huge Benefits to Manufacturers
The Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008, recently signed into law, does more than just benefit individuals and families--it delivers huge tax relief to manufacturing companies, according to a press release issued by AMT—The Association For Manufacturing technology. First, businesses will receive a 50-percent bonus depreciation for new capital expenditures ordered and placed into service during 2008. Bonus depreciation allows businesses an extra one-year boost in how much they can deduct on capital expenditures that depreciate over time. For example, under the old law, according to AMT, a new $100,000 machine could provide a 2008 depreciation deduction of 14 percent, or $14,000. Now, first-year depreciation climbs to $57,000--half of the purchase price plus the 14-percent regular depreciation on the remaining property basis.
The new law also more than doubles the amount that small businesses can write off for new or used equipment purchased during 2008, from $128,000 to $250,000. And, it significantly increases the amount that can be purchased during the year and still allow manufacturers to receive the full benefits of the Section 179 expensing option--from the previous cap of $510,000 to $800,000.
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Buffalo Stamper Welcomes 1000-Ton Mechanical Press
P&G Steel Products, Buffalo, NY, has added a 1000-ton mechanical transfer stamping press to its pressroom. The press has a bed size of 120 by 48 in. and will operate in line with a heavy-duty Sesco feed line with sheet-thickness capacity of ½ in. Also on the way to the facility is a 46-in. double-spindle vertical grinder. The equipment additions will help P & G, a metal stamper with more than 25 presses, robotic-welding cells and CNC production-machining capabilities; satisfy requirements for a 4-yr. agreement with a new customer. Learn more at www.pgsteel.com.
Roofing-Panel Maker Orders
Third Red Bud Blanking Line
Petersen Aluminum Corp., Elk Grove Village, IL, manufacturer of Pac-Clad metal roofing panels and other building products and fabricated-metal and rollformed products, has ordered its third precision-blanking line from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL. The line will include a high-speed hydraulic shear, three-side blank-support drop stacker with automatic part diverter, and a precision grip-feed system for production of blanks with length tolerances of plus or minus 0.005 in. Coil capacity: 50,000 lb, 72 in. wide, 0.135-in. material thickness. Learn more at www.redbudindustries.com; take an online plant tour of Petersen Aluminum at www.pac-clad.com/factorytour.htm.
SoCal Stamper Earns ISO Registration
All-New Stamping Co., El Monte, CA, has earned ISO 9001/AS 9100 registration. The firm operates a 40,000-sq.-ft. stamping and fabricating shop with more than 150 employees and high-tonnage stamping presses, automated turret presses, CNC press brakes and other state-of-the-art equipment. Its ERP-system providers, The Attivo Group, Irvine, CA, provided certification consulting services to review, streamline and further automate planning and execution processes in the Macola ERP system (from Exact Software, Andover, MA) at All-New Stamping. From start to finish, registration took 6 months. All-New Stamping is online at www.allnewstamping.com; learn more about The Attivo Group and Macola software at www.attivoconsulting.com.
Illinois Stamper Relocates Mexican Plant
Parkview Metal Products, Lake Zurich, IL, has relocated its Mexican stamping, fabrication and assembly plant to a new 80,000-sq.-ft. facility in Juarez. The plant features servo-fed presses from a 100-ton high-speed model to a 440-ton 10-ft.-bed press. For short-run fabrication, the facility offers CNC laser cutting, turret-press punching and press-brake bending. Value-added fastening and assembly rounds out its offerings; a powder-coating line will be installed later this year. Learn more at www.parkviewmetal/juarez.html.
Fabricator Makes a Pair of Acquisitions
The Thomas Redmer Group, LLC (TRG), Charlotte, MI, has acquired Next Door LLC, also of Charlotte, and Thomas Fabrication, Mason, MI. Randall Redmer, CEO of Redmer Industries, purchased the two companies from his former business partner Dennis Thomas. Charles Kier, Jr. was named corporate president of TRG and will handle its day-to-day operations; David Ross was appointed vice president of sales, marketing and business development for TRG’s Michigan operations—the company also operates in Vietnam. Thomas Fabrication is a sheetmetal fabricator and metal stamper that manufactures hardware, brackets and other products; Next Door LLC, a joint venture between Thomas Fabrication and Redmer Industries, provides, among other products, nuts, bolts and other metal parts, and builds cooling systems for radiators.
Flextronics Flexes Medical-Market Muscle
Electronics manufacturer Flextronics Intl. Ltd. has acquired Avail Medical Products Inc., a privately held manufacturer of disposable medical devices. Avail (www.availmed.com) will become a division of the Flextronics medical segment. Avail supplies medical tubes, drug-delivery devices and other sterile single-use medical devices. Flextronics, headquartered in Singapore, is online at www.flextronics.com.
Stewart EFI Acquires Plating/Metal Finishing Company
Stewart EFI, LLC, Yonkers, NY, a supplier of small precision metal stampings, has acquired the equipment and assets of the plating and metal-finishing division of P&J Industries, Inc., in El Paso, TX (P&J is based in Toledo, OH). The new Stewart EFI subsidiary will remain in its 48,000-sq.-ft. facility and operate as Stewart EFI Finishing, LLC, providing services to the Stewart EFI metalforming operation in El Paso, as well as to other manufacturers. Its capabilities include parts cleaning, deburring, passivation and rack or bulk plating. Learn more at www.stewartefi.com.
EBway Website Updated to be more User Friendly
Metal-stamping company EBway Corp., Fort Lauderdale, FL, has redesigned and updated its website to make it more user friendly for purchasing agents and engineers. The firm developed and runs the Gripflow stamping process that it considers an alternative to fineblanking and traditional progressive or shave dies. Learn all about the process and its ability to create smooth, straight edges at www.ebway.com.
MN Equity Firm Acquires W. Mich. Tool & Die Firm
BlueWater Partners, Grand Rapids, MI, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Enterprise Tool & Die, Inc., Grandville, MI, in the sale of the company’s assets to a subsidiary of North Central Equity LLC, Minneapolis, MN. Enterprise employs approximately 50 people in the design and build of medium-sized progressive and transfer dies for the automotive industry, as well as for the furniture, appliance and outdoor-equipment industries. The acquisition is the 12th for North Central Equity. BlueWater Partners, a private investment-banking firm, works with companies on sales and acquisitions; www.bluewaterpartners.com.
Rollforming Companies Unite
Roll Forming Corp. (RFC), Shelbyville, KY, has acquired Sharon Custom Metal Forming (SCMF), Farrell, PA, a supplier of custom rollformed and welded shapes. RFC is a member of the Profilform Division of voestalpine AG, Krems, Austria, and operates rollforming facilities in Shelbyville and in Jefferson, IN. SCMF, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, employs more than 50 and has annual sales of $20 million. RFC, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, employs 250 and has annual sales in excess of $70 million. More at www.voestalpine.com/rfc/en
Nucor Sets Strip-Casting Record
Nucor Corp., Charlotte, NC, announced that its Crawfordsville, IN steel plant, which employs the Castrip process, has set a new record for sequence casting. Castrip LLC (www.castrip.com) is a joint venture of Nucor, BlueScope Steel Ltd. of Australia and IHI Corporation of Japan. The company was formed to market and license intellectual property related to the twin-roll casting of carbon and stainless steels developed jointly by its three owners.
The Crawfordsville plant cast 24 ladles of steel, continuously, over a 38-hr. period in late December, 2007. Total throughput for the record-setting period was 2467 tons cast, while producing 2387 tons of prime coils. Nucor chairman and CEO Dan DiMicco said, "This record highlights not only a step change in productivity but also the remarkable strides made in product quality over the past 12 months. We are very proud of the dedication and focus of the Crawfordsville team that continues to push the envelope of strip casting.”
Nucor has a second Castrip facility under construction in Blytheville, AK, scheduled for start up later this year.
Lapham-Hickey Acquires Alabama Facility
Steel service center Lapham-Hickey Corp., Chicago, IL, acquired the Hubbell Steel Div. of Gibraltar Industries, located in Birmingham, AL. The firm also named Jon Manilla, former director of sales for Hubbell Steel, general manager of the plant. Hubbell Steel (www.hubbellsteel.com) specializes in coated and painted products. Lapham-Hickey also operates facilities in Chicago and Madison, IL, Columbus, OH, Pawcatuck, CT, Little Canada, MN, and Oshkosh, WI; www.lapham-hickey.com.
PBS Airs Segment Featuring Midwest Manufacturing
Ultra Tool & Manufacturing., Menomonee Falls, WI, recently was cited on a segment of the PBS program, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. The segment was the second of a series of reports on America’s response to globalization and how U.S. manufacturers are fighting to close the cost gap with global competition.
A metalforming supplier for Harley-Davidson, Ultra Tool and Manufacturing demonstrated how it competes globally by designing products that reduce material costs and eliminate waste. View the complete segment on the PBS website: www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/business/july-dec07/globalization_11-29.html.
Ultra Tool is online at www.ultratoolmfg.com.
CWP Installs Feed Line at Peerless
Peerless Industries, Melrose Park, IL, a manufacturer of audio/visual mounting products, has purchased a 36-in.-wide conventional press-feed line to process brackets for plasma and projection televisions. The line, from Cooper-Weymouth, Peterson (CWP), Clinton, ME, can handle stock 0.030 to 0.164 in. thick in coils to 8000 lb. It includes a ServoMax servo-roll feed, backed-up powered straightener and an exclusive lever-action roll-lift mechanism. The straightener includes a high-speed drive to provide optimum acceleration and deceleration to meet desired production rates without the use of a looping pit. Learn more at www.cwpcoil.com; Peerless is online at www.peerlessindustries.com.
Texas Stamper Earns TS 16949 Registration
ITD Precision, with plants in Houston and Harlingen, TX, attained ISO/TS 16949 certification. The quality management system provides for continuous improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain. TS16949 applies to the design/development, production and, when relevant, installation and servicing of automotive-related products. It is based on ISO9000. ITD provides metal stampings, e-coating and other value-added services; www.itdprecision.com.
Sheetmetal Fabricator Launches Website
DeWys Manufacturing, Inc., a precision sheetmetal fabricator in Marne, MI, has launched a redesigned website at www.dewysmfg.com. The firm offers cutting, punching, bending, forming, manual and robotic welding, assembly and painting services.
Iowa Heattreater Expanding
Advanced Heat Treat Corp., Waterloo, IA, has completed a 25,000-sq.-ft. addition to its facility, and plans to install three new 3000-lb. atmosphere furnaces in the plant, with the ability to add two more furnaces. The addition also allows the company to add secondary heattreat operations, such as straightening, cleaning and polishing. The firm performs carburizing, carbonitriding, induction hardening, quench and temper, oxidation treatment, cold treatment, annealing, normalizing, stress relieving, tempering/drawing, and age/precipitation hardening. It also operates a complete metallurgical lab and performs failure analysis. Learn more at www.ahtweb.com.
GR Spring & Stamping Expands in Michigan, Mexico
GR Spring & Stamping, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, a producer of metal stampings, springs, slide-formed stampings and value-added assemblies, has added two manufacturing sites to its organization. In Grand Rapids, the firm has procured a 125,000-sq.-ft. building to house full-service assembly, slide forming and spring manufacturing operations, as well as its logistics department. And in Chihuahua, Mexico, the firm has moved metal stamping and assembly operations into a 50,000-sq.-ft. plant.
Ohio Manufacturers Join Forces
Jacobson Mfg.-Tiffin, LLC, an affiliate of Continental/Midland, Jacobson Mfg., MSD Stamping and Minuteman Distribution, acquired the assets of HTG Tiffin, LLC, Tiffin, OH. The move is described as a natural progression of the strategic alliance between the two firms that dates back to November 2005. HTG Tiffin is a full-service cold-forming operation with complementary secondary manufacturing machines; www.horizoninternational.com.
Large-Scale Fabricator Banks on New ERP Software
D&S Manufacturing, Black River Falls, WI, has invested in new enterprise-resource-planning (ERP) software in order to realize “substantial time and cost-savings benefits for our customers through the corporate-wide elimination of needless waste,” says company president Michael Dougherty. The software selected: Vantage, from Epicor Software Corp., Irvine, CA. Vantage houses modules that allow D&S to manager the entire order cycle, from quoting, production and planning to logistics, billing and payroll. D&S supplies large-scale components, assemblies and complete weldments to customers such as Caterpillar, Oshkosh Truck, The Trane Co. and Parkson; www.dsmfg.com. Learn more about Vantage software from Epicor at www.epicor.com.
Canadian Slideformer Acquired and on the Move
Hamond Industries, Concord, Ontario, Canada, has been acquired by Bohne Spring Industries Limited, Toronto, Ontario. Hamond equipment, tooling and personnel will move to the Bohne facility on or before Nov. 30, 2007. Learn more at www.bohnespring.ca.
Stamper, via Acquisition, Becomes a Triple Threat
Keats Manfuacturing Co., a manufacturer of small metal stampings, wire forms and assemblies, acquired the assets of C.C. Tool & Engineering, Oakland Park, FL, and renamed the firm Keats Coastal Stamping, LLC. Keats also operates plants in Wheeling, IL, and El Paso, TX. The Florida facility is home to 16 presses from 15 to 125 tons. Learn more at www.keatsmfg.com.
Laser-Cutting Job Shop Moves, Remodels
RonTro Enterprises, a laser-cutting contract fabricator that processes steel to ¾ in. thick and aluminum to 3/8 in., has moved from Bensenville, IL, to a 12,000-sq.-ft. plant in Wood Dale, IL. The firm is remodeling the facility and will host a grand reopening and open house later this year. Learn more at www.rontro.com.
Maquiladora Stamper Earns ISO/TS Registration
Border Metal Stamping LLC, Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, received ISO/TS 16949:2002 registration. The supplier of mid- to long-run stampings supplies the automotive, home and garden, and consumer-products industries, and offers secondary services including subassembly, welding and metal finishing. Learn more at www.elmmachining.com.
Sheetmetal Fabricator Banks on AS9100 Certification
DaveCo Industries, Garland, TX, has achieved AS9100 certification, the quality standard adopted by the aerospace industry. The firm, previously registered to ISO 9001:2000, expects the AS9100 certification to benefit its defense and non-defense customers, since the standard focuses on critical areas important to all industries, such as supply-chain management and process control. DaveCo offers machining, assembly, finishing and sheetmetal-fabrication services—its shop houses state-of-the-art press brakes with programmable backgauges, punch presses, laser-cutting machines and welding equipment. Learn more at www.daveco-ind.com.
Metal-Finishing Job Shop Acquires
Mechanical Finishing, Inc., a cleaning and deburring job shop in Cincinnati, OH, has acquired the chemical-compound blending and spare-parts business of Rosemont Industries, also of Cincinnati. Mechanical Finishing will make and distribute burnishing soaps, cleaners, abrasives and rust inhibitors previously developed and sold under the Rosemont name. The firm also will manufacture all of the spare parts for Rosemont vibratory finishing machines and cob dryers, including drive systems, bearings, screens and drains. Learn more at www.mechfin.com.
Great Britain Welcomes First SCS Coil Line
Servosteel, a toll processor in Dudley, West Midlands, UK, recently went online with the first SCS coil line to be installed in that country. The SCS line, an environmentally and budget-friendly alternative to pickling and oiling, was designed and manufactured by Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL. The process employs a controlled brushing off of all surface scale except for a micro-thin layer. Servosteel’s new line can process coils to 72 in. wide of stock to 0.315 in. thick. Learn more at www.redbudindustries.com.
Die-Matic Corp., Brooklyn Heights, OH, promoted Edward A. Pietrasz to materials manager, and Marisa Graor-Ports to purchasing and scheduling coordinator. The metal stamper offers automated welding, coating, in-die tapping, stud insertion and assembly services; www.die-matic.com.
Heavy-Duty Multi-Blanking Line Headed for Illinois
Midwest Steel Blanking Inc., Lombard, IL, has ordered a 72- by 0.135-in. by 40,000-lb.-capacity multi-blanking line from B&K, a division of Formtek Maine, Clinton, ME. Midwest Steel Blanking operates a 25,000-sq.-ft. facility and processes 21 million lb. of steel annually. The new B&K line features an uncoiler with an ultrasonic variable-tension brake system, hands-free thread-up, a corrective leveler, dual-sided threading table, four-roll servo feed and a scrap winder to take care of edge-trim material. Its stacker includes a 10,000-lb. by 72-in. by 168-in.-capacity lift table. Learn more about B&K at www.bklevelers.com.
Stamper Named One of America’s Safest Companies
Occupational Hazards magazine has named E.J. Ajax and Sons, Fridley, MN, to its list of America’s Safest Companies for 2007. Eleven companies made the list. The magazine described the 50-employee metal-stamping company as having “no lost-time incidents in 17 years and no OSHA recordables in 4 years, which means its incident rate is zero in an industry where the average is 8.2.”
Congratulations go out to the entire team at E.J. Ajax and Sons; www.ejajax.xom.
PE Fund Invests in Dallas-Based Metals Service Center
Harbert Private Equity Fund II, LLC, Birmingham, AL, has acquired a majority interest in Arbor Metals, LP, Dallas, TX. Arbor, founded in 1984, is a $60-million processor of precision strip and coil stainless steel and other nonferrous alloys, and offers coil slitting and edging, blanking, toll processing and other services; www.arbormetals.com. Learn more about Harbert at www.harbert.net.
Belt-Conveyor Oven Facilitates High-Volume Soldering
Microwave Filter Co., East Syracuse, NY, a manufacturer of passive electronic filter modules, has purchased an electrically heated belt-conveyor oven from The Grieve Corp., Round Lake, IL. The oven—18 in. wide by 96 in. deep by 15 in. tall—heats to 650 F to facilitate the mass-production soldering of formed metal parts. It boasts a pair of 4-ft.-long insulated heat zones with independent recirculated airflow and temperature control and a 12-ft.-long cooling zone. Learn more at www.grievecorp.com.
PE Firm Acquires Stamper with Tenn. and Tex. Plants
Private-equity firm Kachi Partners, Boulder, CO, has acquired Genesee Group, Dallas, TX, a precision metal stamping and fabricating firm with operations in Tennessee and Texas. Learn more about the leveraged-buyout transaction and both parties at www.geneseegroup.com and www.kachipartners.com.
Advanced-Machining/Laser-Processing Companies Unite
LAI International, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ, a manufacturer of precision components and subassemblies, has acquired Rich Technology International, a precision contract manufacturer located in Scarborough, ME. LAI supplies customers in the aerospace, armor, automotive, defense, electronics and medical-device industries. Among its services: five-axis laser machining, waterjet cutting and sheetmetal fabrication. Rich, which employs 130, specializes in high-speed CNC machining, five-axis laser processing and EDM. It’s known for producing turbine blades and nozzles for power-generation plants.
The LAI/Rich combined company employs 240 and projects 2007 revenues in excess of $46 million. Learn more at www.laico.com.
Custom Manufacturer Boasts of Capabilities
on Redesigned Website
D&S Manufacturing, Black River Falls, WI, has launched a redesigned website at www.dsmfg.com, with an animated splash page that dramatically displays the firm’s diverse machining, laser-cutting and robotic-welding capabilities. Visitors to the site can see a comprehensive list of equipment, photographs and descriptions of large-scale assembly and weldment projects, and a complete list of contacts at the company.
Florida Stamper Moving to New, Larger Facility
Kramski North America, Largo, FL, is moving to a new 35,000-sq.-ft. facility, more than double its original 15,000-sq.-ft. plant opened less than 5 years ago. The move comes on the heels of new contracts for producing critical insert-molded components for the automotive electronics industry. In development for the firm are two automated workcells that will encompass stamping, overmolding, optical inspection and packaging. The first line is scheduled to begin production by mid-September. Learn more at www.kramski.com.
Metal Spinner Adds Laser Cutting to its Stable
Iowa Metal Spinners, Inc., Cedar Falls, IA, has purchased a laser-cutting machine to further diversify its metalforming and fabricating capabilities. It purchased a large-bed 6- by 12-ft. model CL-707 cutting machine from Cincinnati Inc. Learn more about Iowa Metal Spinners at www.iowaspinners.com.
Shop Online for Small Quantities of Stainless Steel
Brown Metals Co., Rancho Cucamonga, CA, a provider of custom slit thin-gauge stainless steel, has launched an online store that allows material purchasers a convenient way to shop for small quantities of stainless steel. The online store, at www.sidecuts.com, features 300-series stainless steels in 1- to 25-lb. coils in a variety of widths and thicknesses. Mill test reports accompany all orders, and all coils meet ROHS and DFARS requirements.
Laystrom Successfully Integrates
New Facility into Quality System
Laystrom Manfuacturing Co., a 50-yr.-old family-owned metal stamper and fabricator headquartered in Chicago, IL, announced that its facility in Elk Grove Village, IL, was audited and found to be in compliance with ISO 9001:2000 requirements. Laystrom took over the facility from Nitram Metal Fabricators in June 2006, and since then has worked to integrate the plant into its quality management system. Learn more at www.laystrom.com.
Metal Spinning Companies Unite
Metal Spinners, Inc., Angola, IN, acquired Caywood Metal Spinning, Inc., Jasper, GA. Metal Spinners, Inc. has more than 250 employees throughout its operating divisions in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas and Georgia.
Perforated-Metal Maker Buys Midwest Fabricator
Hendrick Manufacturing, Memphis, TN, a manufacturer of perforated metal products and wire screens, has purchased Hagen Metal Products Co., Elgin, IL, a precision sheetmetal fabricator.
Hagen will operate using its existing name as a related company under the Hendrick Midwest, LCC banner. Existing management has been retained, with Bruce Caldwell, formerly Hendrick supply chain manager taking over as Hagen general manager. While concentrating on its existing business, Hagen will expand into manufacturing of perforated metal products to serve a growing customer base in the Midwest, according to Hendrick officials.
Stainless Sales to Add Slitter Line, Bridge Crane
A 60-in. slitter (from Chicago Slitter, Itasca, IL) along with a traveling bridge crane are on their way to stainless-steel service center Stainless Sales Corp., Chicago, IL, for installation later this year. The slitter features three slitting heads and will run a newly purchased shimless tooling system that the firm pledges will quicken setups, improve setup accuracy and produce tighter tolerances. Meanwhile, the firm’s investment in a new remote-controlled 20-ton overhead crane, from T&M Equipment Co., Merrillville, IN, will increase its inventory-storage capabilities.
Auto-Parts Stamper Installs New ERP System
Nagata Auto Parts Canada, Co., Ltd., London, Ontario, is installing new ERP software from ShopEdge Software Inc., Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The Nagata stamping and subassembly facility comprises an 8000-sq.-m plant, 90 employees, a pair of transfer presses (250 and 400 ton), a pair of progressive-die presses (200 and 400 ton) and a 300-ton transfer press. It also houses several arc-welding robots and resistance-welding machines, as well as a complete machine shop. ShopEdge software, which integrates the business processes of metal-stamping operations, was recently updated with a remote help feature, which enables ShopEdge to connect directly to its customers' computers to help sort through any problems that arise. Learn more at www.shopedgesoftware.com.
Alabama Stamper Purchases Heavy-Duty Feed Line
Choice Fabricators, Inc., Attalia, AL, a high-volume Tier One automotive stamper and precision fabricator, has purchased a 42-in. by 0.25-in. by 35,000-lb.-capacity press-feed system from Cooper-Weymouth, Peterson (CWP), a division of Formtek Maine, Clinton, ME. The feed line includes a ServoMax servo roll feed with 6-in.-dia. full-width matte chrome rolls, handwheel-adjustable edge guides, anti-backup rolls, an automatic lubrication system, adjustable-height cabinet base and touchscreen operator controls. The straightener has 6-in.-dia. pinch rolls, 4-in. backed-up straightening rolls, powered head adjustment, peeler table and blade, and consolidated pushbutton controls with HMI interface. Other features: 35,000-lb.-capacity uncoiler with full-radius drum mandrels, hydraulic expansion, inching drive, ultrasonic brake control, laser coil alignment, secondary holddown arm with powered rider roll and coil-loading car. Learn more at www.cwpcoil.com. Choice Fabricators is online at www.choicefab.com.
Fabricator/Rollformer Earns Huge Building-Framing Contract
FrameMax, San Diego, CA, a fabricator of steel framing, has been awarded one of the world’s largest light-gauge steel contracts, totaling 4 million sq. ft. and 13,000 tons of material. The project, commissioned by the Algerian Ministry of Defense, includes accommodations and administration buildings, among others, to be completed within an 18-month timeframe. In order to meet the building deadlines and avoid overseas shipping, FrameMax will oversee fabrication being completed in Algeria throughout the project. The firm operates a 150,000-sq.-ft. fabrication facility, with automated rollforming and precision cutting, punching and notching, in Tecate, Mexico; www.framemax.com.
Texas Sheetmetal Fabricator
Private equity firm TGF Management Corp., Austin, TX, has invested in M&M Manufacturing Co., Fort Worth, TX, and partnered with M&M’s existing ownership to support M&M’s continued growth and geographic expansion. The firm is a fabricator of custom sheetmetal products, serving primarily the air-distribution and ventilation market. It’s online at www.mmmfg.com.
New Steel-Service Center Slated for Iowa (Quad Cities)
Norfolk Iron & Metal Co., Norfolk, NE, will construct a new full-service steel-distribution center in Durant, IA, near the Quad Cities area. The facility, slated to open in mid-2008, will service fabricators in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri. It will sit on a 37-acre plot in the Durant Development Park and encompass 250,000 sq. ft.
Norfolk Iron & Metal operates steel-service centers in Norfolk, Emporia, KS, and Greeley, CO. Among its processing services: sawing, shearing, breaking and laser and plasma cutting; www.norfolkiron.com.
Ohio Service Center Launches SCS Cleaning Line
Fulton County Processing has installed an SCS coil line, from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL, at its service center in Delta, OH. The line gives hot-rolled black materials a smooth, clean and rust-resistant finish—a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to the pickling and oiling process. It works by brushing away all of the surface scale except for a micro-thin layer. The 72-in.-wide line handles material to ¼ in. thick and includes a heavy-duty peeler breaker, crop shear, Butech leveler and choppers, and tension-type recoiler. Learn more at www.redbudindustries.com.
A Consolidation of Metalformers in Minnesota
BTD Manufacturing, Inc., Detroit Lakes, MN, has acquired Pro Engineering, Minneapolis, MN. Pro Engineering provides metal stampings and employs 29 people. BTD offers design, engineering, prototyping and short-run stamping, robotic and manual welding, finish machining, assembly, heattreating and packaging; www.btdmfg.com.
Consolidation Gives Dayton
Steel-Service Center a Shot in the Arm
The Thompson Companies have announced the consolidation of Thompson Steel Co., Inc., and Dayton Steel Service, Inc., to form the new Thompson Dayton Steel Service. Headquartered in Canton, MA, the company maintains facilities in Boston, MA, Dayton, OH, Paulding, OH, Detroit, MI, Greenville, SC, Rome, GA, and Los Angeles, CA. To improve its efficiency in serving stamping and fabricating customers in the Midwest, the firm is moving its Franklin Park, IL, inventory, key equipment and sales specialists to its Dayton facility.
Thompson Dayton Steel Service supplies coil, sheet and blanked flat-rolled steel; learn all about its products, processes and services at www.thompsondayton.com.
Custom Expanded Metal Press Lands in Oklahoma
Taiwanese press builder Jun En Manufacturing Corp. has delivered a custom-designed and built press, used for expanding steel to 10 ft. long, to the Wewoka, OK, manufacturing facility of Expanded Solutions, LLC, based in Oklahoma City, OK. The firm will use the high-speed press to increase its capacity and move into heavy-steel markets such as catwalks and security fencing, according to company officials.
Precision Fabricator Named Supplier of the Year
Precision sheetmetal fabricator Mech-Tronics, Melrose Park, IL, has been named Machined/Sheet Metal Commodity Co-Supplier of the Year 2007 by Rockwell Collins, an OEM supplier of communication and aviation electronics equipment. Mech-Tronics specializes in chassis, enclosure and panel fabrication, and performs CNC punching, stamping, machining, brazing, MIL-spec welding and photo-chemical etching; www.mech-tronics.com.
ODM Earns TS Certification
ODM Tool & Manfuacturing Co., Inc., McCook, IL, has earned TS 16949:2002 certification. The firm, which offers stamping, welding and assembly services, and maintains a quality laboratory and toolroom, operates out of a 100,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant and a 50,000-sq.-ft. warehouse and shipping facility. It’s also registered to ISO 9002 and QS 9000. Learn more at www.odmtool.com.
Custom Sheetmetal Fabricator Earns ISO Registration
Interlake Industries, Inc., Willoughby, OH, has earned ISO 9001:2000 registration for its Interlake Stamping of Florida facility in Lakeland, FL. The Ohio plant earned registration in February 2005. Together the two plants employ 54 and occupy more than 62,000sq. ft. of manufacturing space. Learn more at www.interlakestamping.com.
Calif. Service Center Expands Fabrication Capabilities
Aluminum service center Southern Aluminum Finishing (SAF), headquartered in Atlanta, GA, has installed a new 12-ft. press brake at its new extrusion and sheet facility in Redding, CA. An Accurpress model, the brake features CNC control. The new plant now houses seven press brakes; the firm also offers CAD services, CNC cutting, welding, paining and anodizing. Learn more at www.saf.com.
Prototype Stamper Opens Casting Company
Duggan Manufacturing, Shelby Township, MI, a metal-stamping prototype manufacturer and provider of low- to medium-volume stampings, has established Unified Pattern Division, a new wholly owned subsidiary. The new division will offer prototype and low- to medium-volume casting production capabilities, leveraging its relationships with 14 different foundries and Tier Two machining companies. Duggan is online at www.dugganmfg.com.
Akron Stamper Earns ISO 9001 Registration
Progressive Stamping & Fabricating, a division of Ohio Gasket & Shim (OGS), Akron, OH, has been registered to ISO 9001:2000. The full-service stamper now has its sights set on gaining ISO 14001 registration by the end of the year. OGS stamps parts from 0.001 to 3/8 in. thick, offers laser-cutting and arc- and resistance-welding services, and operates a complete tool-and-die shop. Learn more at www.ogsindustries.com.
Jersey’s C.B. Kaupp & Sons Expands into Indiana
C.B. Kaupp & Sons, Inc., Maplewood, NJ, specialists in hydroforming, metal spinning and deep drawing, has opened a manufacturing facility in Brazil, IN. Named KIHM Metal Technologies, Inc., the new plant is equipped to perform laser cutting, metal spinning, welding and fabrication. Learn more at www.kaupp.com.
Aerospace Supplier adds 12th Laser-Drilling System
Turbo Combustor Technology Inc., Stuart, FL, has installed a six-axis model 790XL BeamDirector Nd:Yag laser-drilling system from Laserdyne Systems, Champlin, MN. Turbo Combustor manufactures combustors and complex sheetmetal fabrications from its 110,000-sq.-ft. facility staffed by more than 350 employees. The new laser-drilling system is the 12th system installed at the firm in the last 14 years. It features an 80- by 40- by 40-in. work envelope and a 16-in.-dia. rotary table. Learn more at www.prima-na.com.
Buhrke Earns Siemens Supplier Award, Again
Siemens VDO Automotive AG, Regensburg, Germany, a supplier of automotive electronics and mechatronics systems, has recognized metalforming company Buhrke Industries, Arlington Heights, IL, by bestowing upon the company its Performance Award for 2006. Buhrke is one of nine Siemens VDO vendors, out of 4100 suppliers worldwide, to receive the award, and the only North American manufacturer honored. The basis for the 2006 award was Buhrke’s overall vendor rating of 93, second highest of all award recipients, while achieving a 0.8 PPM. Buhrke also received a Performance Award for 2005 from Siemens VDO.
Orchid Acquires 6th North American Stamping Operation
Orchid Intl., Brentwood, TN, has acquired R. Reininger & Son Ltd., Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, a third-generation manufacturer providing metal stampings and assemblies. The firm (www.reininger.com), which will continue to operate under the Reininger name as “an Orchid International company,” operates a 204,000-sq.-ft. facility on 30 acres of land, housing more than 25 presses ranging from 100 to 800 tons. The acquisition grows the Orchid stable of North American operations to six—two in Ontario, three in the United States and one in Mexico. Orchid’s other Canadian plant, in Markham, produces assemblies primarily for the automotive industry. The firm expects eventually to consolidate that operation into the Reininger facility. Learn more at www.orchidinternational.com.
Small Prototype Stamper Outgrows its Original Home
Duggan Manfuacturing, Shelby Township, MI, a 7-yr.-old manufacturer that originally built a niche in rapid prototyping of small and medium-sized parts, has purchased a 75,000-sq.-ft. facility on 9 acres in Shelby Township in order to more efficiently provide low- and medium-run production stampings and welded assemblies for its customers. With its 50 presses, three robotic-welding cells, seven CNC laser-cutting machines and six coordinate-measuring machines, it needed a dedicated and consolidated facility in which to efficiently operate, says Duggan CEO Rod Westich.
GR Spring & Stamping Upgrades CAD/CAM Capabilities
for Die Design and Build
A switch from separate CAD and CAM software packages to an integrated CAD/CAM package from VX Corp., Melbourne, FL, has GR Spring & Stamping, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, poised to meet the continuing challenges of quality, volume and lead time presented by its customers in the automotive industry. GR Spring & Stamping operates six facilities in the United States and Mexico, producing custom stampings, value-added assemblies, springs and slide-formed products, as well as the dies used to make those products. Its new VX CAD/CAM package combines 3D solid/surface hybrid modeling and parametric design and drafting capabilities with an integrated CAM package that includes two- through five-axis milling. The company purchased eight seats of VX—six in design and two in manufacturing.
As received, GR Spring & Stamping customers’ part models are oriented as they will function in a vehicle. Then designers go to work on a tool, using reverse engineering. A typical die comprises 150 to 200 separate 3D solid CAD elements, drawn as a solid in VX and then assembled virtually. While 3D solid designs take longer to complete than 2D renderings, the firm finds that for every hour spent designing it gains two hours at the end of the process.
Learn more about VX software at www.vx.com; GR Spring & Stamping is online at www.grs-s.com.
Feralloy Coil-Processing Plant
Invests in Sheet-to-Sheet Cleaning System
A new SCS sheet-to-sheet cleaning system from Layhill Processing LLC, Loudin, TN, will soon be installed at the Feralloy Corp. coil-processing and distribution plant in Berkeley, SC. The line, slated to begin operating in April, will enhance the hot-rolled surface for painting, and substantially increase laser-cutting speeds. It also will decrease cleaning time in painted applications. It can clean hot-rolled sheets in thicknesses from 0.056 to ½ in. and in widths from 24 to 72 in. Feralloy is online at www.feralloy.com; learn more about the SCS system at www.layhillprocessing.com.
ISO 14001:2004 for Micro Stamping’s
Environmental Management System
The Micro Stamping Corp., Somerset, NJ, has earned ISO 14001:2004 certification for its Environmental Management System (EMS). The certification confirms Micro Stamping’s successful implementation and maintenance of its EMS, designed to avoid any potential impact on the surrounding community and also recognizes the company’s commitment to achieve continual improvement of its environmental performance in the future, according to company officials.
The Micro Stamping Group of Companies began with the creation of Micro Stamping Corp. (precision metal stamping) in 1945 and then evolved into the development of Micro Medical Technologies (medical-device development and assembly) in 1986, Micro Medical Technologies Singapore (metal injection molding, casting and machining) in 2004 and Micro Star Innovations (plastic injection and insert molding) in 2005.
For more, visit www.microstampinggroup.com.
Full-Service Die Builder/Stamper Earns ISO/TS Registration
Waukesha Tool & Stamping, Sussex, WI, has attained ISO/TS 16949 registration. The medium- to high-volume producer of metal stampings and assemblies also operates a full-service tool and die division. The firm services the automotive, commercial off-highway, consumer-appliance, small-engine, telecommunications, aerospace and other industries. Learn more at www.waukeshastamping.com.
Oberg Expands to Boost R&D Efforts
Oberg Industries, Freeport, PA, has added 50,000 sq. ft. to its manufacturing facility in Sarver, PA, to provide additional room for research and technology development, including testing of new modular die designs, advanced lubrication systems and in-die production technology such as in-die welding and assembly. The facility, now encompassing more than 100,000 sq. ft., houses more than 25 stamping presses and offers 100-percent visual inspection of parts, and real-time process controls. Learn more at www.oberg.com.
Metalformer Recognized for Quality Performance
Taber Bushnell, Minneapolis, MN, has been included by Quality magazine on its Quality Leadership 100 list of manufacturers, judged on criteria such as scrap and rework as a percentage of sales, warranty costs as a percentage of sales, rejected parts per million shipped, and contribution of quality to profitability. The magazine surveyed 800 companies before naming the top 100. Taber Bushnell provides progressive-tool design and build and metal-stamping production on Minster presses from 32 to 600 tons. Learn more at www.taberbushnell.com.
Chicago Metal Fabricators Consolidate
Accurate Perforating, Chicago, IL, a supplier of perforated materials and assemblies, has purchased sheetmetal fabricator Advance Display Co. (ADC), also of Chicago. ADC becomes Accurate Metal Fabricating, but will remain at its 52,000-sq.-ft. facility that serves the retail, telecommunications, electronic, environmental, medical, military and automotive markets with fabricated-metal products. Accurate Perforating operates out of a 170,000-sq.-ft. facility; www.accurateperforating.com.
Fabricator to Install High-Speed Tube-Cutting Laser
Bauer Welding & Metal Fabrication, Inc., St. Paul, MN, has purchased a model LT712 LaseerTube cutting machine from Italian supplier BLM Adige (BLM Group USA Corp., Wixom, MI), a 2500-W unit capable of cutting round tubing to 6-in, OD and 4-in. square tubing. Bauer, which provides tube-bending, fabrication and welding services, operates draw-, press-, mandrel- and roll-bending equipment, and houses robotic welding and high-definition plasma-cutting cells. Learn more at www.bauerweld.com.
Stamper Relies on New ERP Suite
to Handle Dynamic, Planned Growth
Stewart EFI, Thomaston, CT, a supplier of precision deep-drawn and progressive-die stampings as well as slideformed parts and secondary assemblies, has replaced its customized proprietary ERP software with the Oracle E-Business Suite, to “provide the flexibility to grow without diverse customer and business needs,” says Philip Rejeski, Stewart EFI’s vice president of operations and general manager. The firm turned to Core Services Corp., Morristown, NJ, a Certified Partner in the Oracle PartnerNetwork, to help implement the software package.
Among the benefits of the new software are the inclusion of Oracle Accelerators, “which will help Stewart EFI create lean-manufacturing configurations and processes leveraging demand-driven release management,” says Kirsten Hausserman, vice president of Core Services’ Consulting Group. Additional applications include Oracle Product Lifecycle Management, a quality-analysis program specifically designed for the automotive industry. Learn more at Core Services’ website: www.coreservices.com.
Laser Shop Earns ISO/TS Certification
Prototech Laser, Inc., Clinton Township and Chesterfield, MI, has earned ISO/TS 16949:2002 and ISO 2001:2000 certification. The company offers laser-cutting, metal-fabrication and assembly services. It recently installed its 11th laser-processing system and additional press-brake forming capacity. Learn more at www.ptlaser.com.
Precision Automation Takes New Name, New Identity
To emphasize its contract-manufacturing capabilities in addition to its ability to supply engineered automation systems and integration services, Precision Automation Co., Inc., Clarksville, IN, has changed its name to paco manufacturing. Its sister company in New Jersey continues as Precision Automation Co. Paco manufacturing (www.pacomfg.com) operates a complete machine shop with machining and turning centers, grinders, saws and drills, as well as a sheet- and plate-fabrication department with welding equipment, forming equipment and ironworkers.
Specialty-Metals Supplier and Processor Earns Quality Awards
Almetals, Inc., Wixom, MI, has earned Zero-Defect Quality Awards from two of its customers, Federal Mogul and Borg-Warner. The awards recognize suppliers that demonstrate the ability to meet and exceed customer expectations in delivery, quality and innovation. An ISO/TS 16949:2002-certified company, Almetals supplies stampers, rollforming companies and tube producers all around the world. Learn more at www.almetals.com.
Leadership Changes at Stanley Spring and Stamping
Stanley Spring and Stamping Corp., Chicago, IL, announced that Ronald J. Banas has acquired controlling interest in the firm, a family-owned business founded by Stanley Banas in 1944. Included in the transaction is sister company Stanron Steel Specialties, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Banas assumes the role of chairman of the board; Reb Banas becomes president of the company. Learn more at www.stanleyspring.com.
Four EMG Branches Sold to Samuel, Son & Co.
Samuel, Son & Co., Limited, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, has purchased EMG, The Engineered Metals Group of Esco Corp., Portland, OR. EMG, with facilities in Denver, CO, Los Angeles, CA, Hayward, CA and Portland, OR, is an independent distributor of commodity, processed and engineered stainless-steel products. The acquisition increases to 58 the number of U.S. locations of the Samuel group of companies, which now operates 107 locations throughout North America.
Woman-Owned Stamper Earns Recognition
Universal Die & Stampings (UDS), Prairie du Sac, WI, has received four state and national awards from DiversityBusiness.com, a multicultural-business internet site. UDS was named 5th in the category of Top Women Owned Businesses in Wisconsin; 10th among the Top Diversity Owned Businesses in Wisconsin; and 16th among the Top Small Businesses in Wisconsin. It also placed in the Top 500 in the category Top Women Owned Businesses in America. The firm produces high-speed stampings such as transfer belts, electrodes, washers, motor laminations and clipper blades.
Paulo Products Facility Passes Upgrade Audit
The St. Louis, MO facility of Paulo Products Co. has been awarded accreditation to ISO/TS 16949:2002, recognizing its abilities to continually measure, monitor and improve in order to prevent defects and reduce waste. The firm, a supplier of heattreating, brazing and metal-finishing services, also is approved to the Ford HTX standard and has received the Ford Preferred Supplier Award. Paulo also operates facilities in Willoughby, OH, Kansas City, MO, and Nashville and Murfreesboro, TN. Look online at www.paulo.com.
New Ion-Nitriding Service Center Coming to ‘Bama
Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT), Waterloo, IA, announced plans to open its fourth UltraGlow ion-nitriding service center in the spring of 2007, in Cullman, AL. The facility, on Interstate 65 between Huntsville and Birmingham, represents an investment of more than $7 million to bring added surface-treatment capabilities—for production components, tooling and stamping dies—to the region. Learn more at www.ahtweb.com.
Laser Shop Makes Room for its 11th Machine
Prototech Laser, Inc., a contract sheet and plate fabricator specializing in two- and three-axis laser-cutting, has added 6000-sq.-ft. of manufacturing space, to accommodate a new Trumpf 4-kW laser-cutting machine with material-handling capability, as well as a new Accurpress 175-ton press brake. The Trumpf machine is Prototech's 11th laser-processing system. The firm operates two Michigan plants—in Clinton Township and in Chesterfield Township. Learn more at www.ptlaser.com.
ISO/TS Certification for Stainless Sales Corp.
Stainless Sales Corp., Chicago, IL, has earned ISO/TS 16949:2002 certification. The company specializes in supplying precision-slit coil. For more, visit www.stainlesssales.com.
Pays Dividends for Bettcher Amherst
The addition of a Linear Transfer system to an existing T-1 transfer-die press at Bettcher Amherst Metal Stamping, Book Park, OH, has allowed the stamper to increase press speed by more than 30 percent and slash changeover time by a third, according to Jerry Lynch, Bettcher president. Scrap rate and tool damage is also minimized, says Lynch, and thanks to recipe-driven software that controls the transfer system, setup time has been dramatically reduced too. Learn more at www.bettcherllc.com.
Rockford Toolcraft to Automate 27 ft. of Bolster Space
HMS Products Co., Troy, MI, will outfit automation equipment onto a pair of two-slide high-tonnage presses installed in the new stamping-plant addition of Rockford Toolcraft, Rockford, IL. Coming to the stamping plant in Spring 2007: a pair of HMS Series 900HD transfer systems and a between-press parts shuttle, as well as a coil-handling system from Feed Lease Corp., Rochester Hills, MI. The tandem transfer-press line will be able to feed ½-in.-thick material from 60-in.-side coils. The transfer automation will feed in both directions, in tandem or single-press configurations, and can operate in two-axis, three-axis or crossbar-transfer modes.
Lead-Frame Stamper Moves to Larger Facility
Co-planar, Denville, NJ, has moved to a new 33,000-sq.-ft. facility and expanded its manufacturing, engineering and quality-control departments to better serve its customers’ needs. The firm provides high-quality precision stamped components and lead-frames to the semiconductor, electronic, automotive, medical and insert-molding industries. Visit www.co-planar.com.
ITD Precision Breaks Ground on New Plant
Texas metal-stamping company ITD Precision, with plants in Houston and Harlingen, TX, has broken ground on a new 98,000-sq.-ft. facility in northwest Houston, scheduled for completion next summer. The plant will house six press lines, from 45 to 400 tons, as well as a sub-floor scrap-conveyor system, tool-and-die department and administrative offices. It will replace ITD’s current Houston facility.
Thomas Engineering Earns ISO Registration
Metal stamper Thomas Engineering Co., Minneapolis, MN, has been registered to ISO 9001:2000. The firm develops and manufactures stampings from the prototype stage through delivery of final assemblies. It specializes in micro-miniature to medium-sized stampings used in electronic components, appliances, copying machines, telecommunications equipment, satellites, automobiles and advanced weaponry.
Bayloff Combines Two Divisions
into One Metalforming Company
Bayloff Die & Machine Co., a metal stamping and die manufacturer based in Belleville, MI, has combined its two separate operating divisions into one new company. Bayloff along with Target Stamped Products, Kinsman, OH, will now operate as a single entity called Bayloff Stamped Products. The new, larger company provides a variety of engineering, tooling and stamping services primarily to the automotive industry.
“Individually we supplied parts to many of the same customers, but on different programs, explains Brian Bayer, general manager of the new company. “By combining our engineering and tool-making capabilities, and with our two plants, we offer everything our customers need from one supplier.”
Bayloff Die & Stamping was formed in 1948, evolving into a supplier to numerous Tier One automotive manufacturers. Target Stamped Products, also founded in 1948, was acquired by Bayloff’s owners in 1997 and specializes in deep-drawn metal stampings and engineering services for the automotive industry.
Bayloff Stamped Products, with approximately 200 employees in two plants, provides engineering, inhouse tool-making, deep-draw stamping, and parts assembly and finishing services to automotive and consumer products manufacturing companies across North America.
For more, visit www.bayloff.com.
F&G Multi-Slide Earns Delphi Recognition
Delphi Corp. recently presented its Pinnacle Award for Supplier Excellence to F&G Multi-Slide Inc., Franklin, OH, for meeting or exceeding Delphi’s quality, delivery, service and competitive-costs expectations. Among award criteria for direct suppliers is a 50-percent improvement in non-conformances, no major disruptions to Delphi manufacturing sites and being active in the Delphi Supplier Suggestion Program. F&G Multi-Slide (www.fgtool.com) offers design and engineering services, prototype development, multi-slide die making, stamping and wire forming.
Metal Finisher Launches Enhanced Website
Miller Products LLC, Grand Rapids, MI, now has RFQ submittal capability on its website, www.millerproductsllc.com. The firm, a supplier of Class A finishing on metal and plastic parts, is a Tier 2 supplier to the North American automotive industry. It offers e-coating, solvent wet coating and powder coating services.
Reich Tool & Design Achieves ISO Certification
Reich Tool & Design Inc., Menomonee Falls, WI, has become ISO 9001:2000 registered. The firm, a supplier of metal-stamping dies and tooling, offers three-dimensional high-speed CNC machining, wire EDM and precision waterjet cutting, as well as part development, prototyping and engineering, die tryout and low-volume production. It’s online at www.reichtool.com.
Ice Industries to Stamp Parts for Raybestos
Ice Industries, a metal stamping and assembly company headquartered in Sylvania, OH, recently signed an agreement to provide Raybestos Products Co. with parts for its wet friction operations. The three-year agreement calls for Ice to provide Raybestos with 4.4 million stamped components annually. The work will be conducted at the ICE facility in Grenada, MS. The 258,000-sq.-ft. Grenada plant has capabilities including metal stamping, rollforming, manual and robotic welding, buffing and assembly. Additional work under this contract will be completed at the Ice Deerfield Manufacturing plant in Mason, OH. Ice will acquire a press from Raybestos for a portion of the program.
The components will be used in a variety of applications including powershift transmissions, wet brakes and power take-offs, predominantly for the off-highway market.
For more, visit www.iceindustries.com.
Batesville Tool & Die Invests
in Web-Based Operations-Management Tool
Plexus Systems, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI, will help Batesville Tool & Die, Inc. manage its stamping operations at its plants in Batesville, IN, and Queretaro, Mexico. The Plexus Online (www.plex.com) collection of more than 350 functional modules will integrate Batesville’s administrative, engineering and production operations. The system is accessible through a web browser and allows users to link to their business data and track operations. It supports lean activities such as Kanban scheduling, pull systems and Kaizen. Batesville Tool & Die provides stampings and welded assemblies with presses to 1200 tons, primarily for the automotive market.
Stripmatic Upgrades Quality-System Registration
Metalforming company Stripmatic Products, Inc., Cleveland, OH, has upgraded its quality-system registration from QS9000 to ISO/TS16949:2002. The company specializes in a unique stamping process that forms tubular-shaped parts, as an alternative to machined or cut-off tube.
Rome Tool & Die Expands Coil-Handling Capabilities
GSW Press Automation, El Segundo, CA, has sold a heavy-duty servo-feed line to Rome Tool & Die, Rome, GA. The cradle-straightener-feeder combination unit handles coils as large as 72-in. dia. and 17,600 lb., to support production on an 800-ton press. The unit will feed high-strength steel strip as wide as 20 in. and up to ½ in. thick.
Suburban Steel Supply Honored for Safety Record
Steel supplier and fabricator Suburban Steel Supply, Gahanna, OH, has been recognized by the Safety Council of Greater Columbus, in conjunction with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, for its recent safety record. Suburban won the 100% Award and the Group Award from the council for having the lowest incident rate in its group and for achieving one year without a lost-time injury or illness. The awards were determined by semi-annual injury and illness reports submitted by each company participating in the council.
For more on company capabilities, visit www.suburbansteelsupply.com.
Illinois Service Center Retrofits Cut-to-Length Line
JDM Steel Service (formerly Northern Industries), Chicago Heights, IL, has upgraded its cut-to-length line with a Red Bud (Red Bud, IL) servo-hydraulic grip-feed system, heavy-gauge edge trimmer and variable-rake shear. The upgrade resulted from an increased demand for closer length and squareness tolerances in the firm’s hot-rolled market. The line can run material as thick as 0.312 in. in a deep loop, and thicker material in a start-stop mode.
Hess Launches New Spinforming Business Unit
Hess Industries, Inc., Niles, MI, a manufacturer of metalforming and press-automation equipment, has launched a new spinforming and flowforming business unit, Formitt Metal Labs. Formitt Metal Labs offers prototyping and short- and production-run metalforming services to produce hollow symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes, fabrications and assemblies from flat stock and tubing. Learn more at www.formitt.com.
MISA Acquires Building-Products Manufacturer
Marubeni-Itochu Steel America (MISA), New York, NY, has acquired Quality Edge, Inc., Walker, MI, a rollforming company that manufactures roofing, siding and rainware finishing products—fascia, soffit, drip edge, steel siding etc. Quality Edge joins Clark Western Building Systems as part of the MISA Building Products Group. MISA, a joint venture between the steel divisions of Japan’s two largest trading groups, is the parent organization for an integrated network of affiliates in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Learn more at www.misteel.com.
Rollformer Completes ISO
Surveillance Audit with Zero Findings
American Roll Form, Painesville, OH, has recently completed its semi-annual ISO 9001-2000 surveillance audit, with zero findings. A supplier of rollformed components, the firm also operates turret punch presses, press brakes, powder-coating equipment, robotic-welding cells, stamping presses, and assembly and packaging lines. Learn more at www.arfpcorp.com.
Florida Stamper Ramps Up Motor-City Marketing Efforts
Kramski North America, Inc., , Largo, FL, a precision metal stamper and injection molder, has contracted with a manufacturers’ rep agency, The Campbell Co., Bloomfield Hills, MI, to market its manufacturing capabilities to automotive OEM and Tier One companies in the areas surrounding Detroit. Kramski supplies manufacturers of relays, switches, connectors, fuel-delivery systems and other products; www.kramski.com.
Laystrom Mfg. Acquires Metal Fabrication Company
Metal fabricator, stamper and tooling manufacturer Laystrom Manufacturing Co., Chicago, IL, acquired all of the manufacturing assets of Nitram Metal Fabricators, Inc., Elk Grove Village, IL. Laystrom will continue to operate the Nitram facility, a 24,000-sq.-ft. plant that includes a 4000-w CNC laser-cutting machine and a laser-turret punch press.
Metal-Spinning Companies Consolidate
Metal Spinners, Inc., Angola, IN, has acquired Texas Metal Spinning, Inc., Saginaw, TX. Olin Wiland, president and CEO of Metal Spinners, announced that Wayne Boeckman, head of Texas Metal Spinning, will serve as president of the firm’s Texas Metal Spinning Division. Metal Spinners, Inc. employs more than 200 throughout its operating divisions in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina and Texas. Learn more at www.metalspinners.com.
Bazz Houston Expands Capabilities
The Bazz Houston Co., Garden Grove, CA, has completed a major modernization of its facilities to upgrade its capabilities for providing tooling and prototype and short-run production of springs, metal stampings, wire forms and assemblies. Its tool room is equipped with new state-of-the-art EDM machines, surface grinders and mills. The firm also operates presses, shears and press brakes. Learn more at www.bazz-houston.com.
Coil-Slitting and Packing Lines
Slated for Lafayette Steel Sales
Lafayette Steel Sales, Indianapolis, IN, has ordered a turret-head coil-slitting line and automatic slit-coil-packaging line from Braner USA, Inc., Schiller Park, IL. The slitting line, capable of speeds to 1000 ft./min., will process 0.015- to 0.250-in.-thick coil weighing to 60,000 lb. in widths to 72 in. the packaging line will handle slit coil weighing to 10,000 lb. in widths from 1 to 24 in.
For more on Braner USA equipment, visit www.braner.com.
New Parts Washer at Bettcher Amherst
Bettcher Amherst Metal Stamping, Brook Park, OH, has added a new parts washer, from Walsh Mfg. Corp., Cleveland, OH, part of the company’s ongoing plan to rework the facility’s layout to improve material flow.
“Our new washer is 33 percent larger than its predecessor and is capable of processing more parts per hour to help meet our customers’ needs,” said Jerry Lynch, company president.
The new washer features a four-step cycle to ensure that each part is washed, rinsed, coated with a rust-prevention solution and dried. The washer was placed strategically on the plant floor to reduce material handling and improve product throughput.
For more on Bettcher Amherst, visit www.bettcherllc.com. For more on parts washers and related equipment from Walsh Mfg., visit www.walshmfg.com.
Stamper/Rollformer Earns OSHA Recognition
Elrae Industries, Inc., Alden, NY, a supplier of stamped and rollformed components, custom assemblies and retail-ready products, has been accepted into the national Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). The program recognizes small employers that operate exemplary safety-and-health management systems. Companies accepted into SHARP are exempt from programmed OSHA inspections for a given period of time, and can renew their exempt status via an on-site visit to ensure continued exemplary status.
Stamper Invests in New Online
Shop-Floor Management System
Su-Dan Corp., Rochester Hills, MI, will soon implement the Plexus Online Manufacturing System from Plexus Systems, Auburn Hills MI, to manage its entire enterprise of five manufacturing plants. Su-Dan provides precision metal stampings, plastic-insert, injection and over molding, welding, riveting, staking, spinning and assembly services to automotive-industry customers. Plexus Online will advance Su-Dan’s ability to track and manage its supply business in real time by integrating all operations—electronic data interchange, sales, purchasing, production, quality, shipping and accounting. Learn more at www.plex.com.
MI Tool Company Allies with Chinese Trio
Synergis Technologies Group, Grand Rapids, MI, has formed a strategic alliance with three of China’s leading tool and die manufacturers in order to deliver high-quality low-cost tooling to its North American automotive customers. The four companies have formed a management company called Synergis China Automotive Die Group, Ltd., each with a 25-percent stake and with Synergis serving as the entry/exit point for customers. Die design, engineering changes, quality integration and final die buyoff will occur in the United States, and Synergis will assume production/product risk and travel requirements. For more information, visit www.synergis.us.
Mammoth Spinforming Machine Installed
MJC Engineering and Technology, Inc., Huntington Beach, CA, has manufactured and delivered what it says is the most powerful CNC machine in its configuration ever built for a U.S. fabricator. Weighing nearly 50 tons, the new Model SP 78200-3 spinform lathe, designed and built for Glenn Metalcraft Inc., Princeton, MN, boasts a 200-hp spindle, 100-hp hydraulic system and three-station automatic turret. Prior to commissioning the new lathe, the company was limited to spinforming materials no thicker than ½ in. The new machine can handle mild-steel blanks
up to 80-in. dia. and 1-3/8 in. thick.
ICE Industries Receives Quality Award
ICE Industries, Sylvania, OH, a metal-stamping and machining company, has received a Master Quality Award from automotive supplier Yorozu America Corp. Yorozu recognized ICE for providing outstanding quality during 2005 for products manufactured at the ICE Industries stamping and assembly plant in Grenada, MS. In recent months, the Grenada plant has expanded its relationship with Yorozu, acquiring additional stamping work that was done previously in Mexico and Japan. In addition, the ICE Grenada plant provides parts to Nissan North America, and finalized a relationship this month with PK U.S.A., an automotive supplier that manufactures vehicle parts for Nissan and Subaru. The agreement calls for ICE to produce an additional 36 parts in Grenada. To accommodate the new business, ICE Industries recently purchased three 1000-ton presses and two 600-ton presses, and plans to hire additional employees for its second shift and open a third shift.
Oberg Acquires Mexican Stamper
Oberg Industries, Freeport, PA, a $125-mliion manufacturing company offering product and progressive-die design, stamping and other services, acquired First Latin American Corp. (FLAC) and its wholly owned subsidiary Troqueles de Presicion Del Noroeste, SA DE CV. FLAC operates a 30,000-sq.-ft. stamping and deep-drawing shop in Tecate, Mexico, near Tijuana, and employs 60 people. Certified to ISO 9001, it provides progressive and transfer stamping and hydroforming with presses from 30 to 200 tons. Oberg is online at www.oberg.com.
Rockford Toolcraft Recognizes Congressman's Efforts
Congressman Donald Manzullo (R-Ill. 16th) visited metal stamper and tool-and-die manufacturer Rockford Toolcraft, Rockford, IL, on Wednesday, April 18, to tour the facility and see its new 1000-ton Minster HeviBlanker press. During the visit, Rockford Toolcraft’s president and CEO Gerald Busse (right) and vice president Tom Busse (left) presented Mr. Manzullo with a laser-cut stainless-steel plaque recognizing his efforts in Washington, D.C. on behalf of U.S. manufacturing companies
Ramcel Earns Quality Certs.
Ramcel Engineering Co. has earned TS 16949:2002 and ISO 9001:2000 quality certifications at its Northbrook, IL, facility. The company supplies custom metal stampings, tooling and assemblies to various industries.
For more, visit www.ramcel.com.
Ownership, Technology Changes at Trueline
Trueline, Inc., La Crosse, WI, designer and manufacturer of Class A progressive dies and automated special machines as well as a contract stamper, is now under the sole ownership of Terry Trueblood, president, after he purchased the outstanding company stock shares from his brother Tim Trueblood. Tim has left Trueline.
Terry Trueblood, in announcing the ownership change, also outlined plans to expand corporate administrative offices as well as project management, quality control and inspection departments.
Beyond that, he announced the company’s increased use of in-die sensing and in-die measurement. That allows for automatic adjustment of forms in the die to maintain dimensional features and permits 100-percent inspection of critical features. Also, the company has designed a die feature that allows in-die lubrication of all moving components to extend die life.
For more, visit www.trueline-inc.com.
Niles Expanded Metals Adds Foil Line
Expanded-metal and grating-product manufacturer Niles Expanded Metals & Plastics, Niles, OH, has installed a new expanded-metal line for fabricating precision metal foils. The 16-in.-wide line, from Bender GmbH, Siegen, Germany, can expand, flatten and slit stainless steels and aluminum, titanium and nickel alloys—most any ductile foil material. With its new expanded-foil line, the firm targets customers in the battery, fuel-cell, electronic, medical and automotive industries. Learn more at www.nilesexpandedmetals.com.
Hi-Lex Controls Names Duggan Mfg.
Prototype Supplier of the Year
For meeting quality, delivery and cost objectives, as well as providing a level of customer service that “sets them apart,” Duggan Mfg., Shelby Township, MI, has been named Prototype Supplier of the Year by Hi-Lex Controls, Inc. Hi-Lex manufactures automotive window-regulator assemblies, mechanical cable and power lift-gate systems. Duggan designs, engineers and stamps prototype and low-volume parts. Says Jeff Trottier, advanced purchasing buyer for Hi-Lex Controls: “Our level of confidence in making commitments to our customers is insured because we know Duggan Manufacturing is there to back us up.”
MW Industries Partners with Connor Mfg. in China
MW Industries (MWI), Inc., Logansport, IN, a manufacturer of springs, fasteners and stampings, has signed an agreement with Connor Manufacturing Services, Redwood City, CA, to source precision stampings and tooling from Connor’s facility in Suzhou, China, to service MWI’s customers in the Asian market. In turn, MWI will supply springs and other components to Connor, to serve its Asian customers. Learn more at www.mw-ind.com and www.connorms.com.
MWI also has opened a sales office in Shanghai, China, to service its U.S.-based customers sourcing components and locating production and assembly operations in China, as well as sell to China-based manufacturing companies.
Glen Metalcraft Earns CoC Small Business Award
Glen Metalcraft Inc. (GMI), Princeton, MN, has been named a recipient of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award. The award, part of the chamber’s Small Business of the Year selection process, honors companies that show excellence in business history and commitment to customers, employees and the community. On March 15, seven finalists will be selected from the group of 60 Blue Ribbon Small Business winners.
GMI supplies components to John Deere, Case Global and other OEMs. For more, visit www.glenmetalcraft.com.
Atlantic Tool & Die Expanding in 2006
Atlantic Tool & Die, Strongsville, OH, will open a new $9.3 million plant in Seville, OH, by September 1, 2006. It’s investing $3.94 million in land and in a 51,000-sq.-ft. building, and another $5.36 million in machinery and equipment. In all, Atlantic plans to spend $20 million in 2006 for expansion projects, capitalizing on 17 consecutive years of growth..
Ebtec Installs New Laser-Drilling System
Laserdyne Systems, Champlin, MN, has delivered a Nd:YAG drilling system to Ebtec Corp., Agawam, MA, a supplier of parts to various North American industries. The Laserdyne 790XL BeamDirector is a six-axis laser driller with a work envelope of 40 by 40 by 40 in. and a 25-in.-dia. high-accuracy rotary table. Its software component helps deliver parts in rapid cycle times with improved flow consistency, according to Laserdyne officials.
For more from Ebtec, visit www.ebteccorp.com.
Meyer Stamping & Manufacturing Recognized
for Health and Safety Management
Meyer Stamping & Manufacturing, Fort Wayne, IN, has been recognized as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Site by OSHA. The honor indicates sustained excellence in all areas of safety and health management at the company. Meyer Stamping & Manufacturing is one of only 32 worksites in Indiana to receive this honor.
On February 1, 2006, Miguel Rivera, State of Indiana commissioner of labor, presented the company’s employees with the VPP flag.
For more on company capabilities, visit www.meyerstamping.com.
Dane Mfg. Expands and Hires
Dane Manufacturing, Dane, WI, has added 15,000 sq. ft. to its manufacturing facility to make room for a new laser-cutting machine and additional assembly operations, a finished-goods warehouse and shipping docks. And, the firm, a precision metal fabricator and stamper, added eight new high-paying manufacturing jobs with benefits—in engineering, laser cutting, stamping, forming and general assembly operations. Website: www.danemfg.com.
Adjustable Pass-Line Height Just One Feature
of New Servo Feeds Installed at ODM
ODM Tool & Manufacturing, McCook, IL, a contract stamper and welding shop, has installed two new electronic servo press-feed units from Dallas Industries, Troy, MI. The feeds—a 36-in. model rated for stock to 0.40 in. thick and a 42-in. model rated for material to 0.375 in. thick—feature a motorized cabinet base that allows for up to 10 in. of vertical adjustment of pass-line height. A hydraulic quick clamp secures the cabinet to the press. Entry rolls can be adjusted individually or simultaneously--for self-centering procedures. ODM also had the feeds equipped with out-of-stock sensors and automatic lubrication systems. Learn more about the feeds (models DRFM-636 and DRFH-642) at www.dallasindustries.com.
Buhrke Receives Recognition from Siemens VDO
Siemens VDO Automotive AG, Regensburg, Germany, has recognized metalformer Buhrke Industries, Arlington Heights, IL, for outstanding performance in 2005 by presenting the company with its Performance Award for 2005. Buhrke, one of 10 vendors honored out of 1500 total suppliers worldwide, was selected due to its overall vendor rating of 92, second highest of all of the award recipients, while achieving a performance level of 6 PPM for the year.
Medical-Device Manufacturer has New Name
Wright Laser, Inc., Waverly, MN, has changed its name to Vitaldyne, Inc., to better reflect the company’s expanded range of manufacturing capabilities. A contract manufacturer specializing in the manufacture, assembly and packaging of medical devices and components, Vitaldyne operates 10 laser-processing systems and also provides adhesive and solvent bonding, soldering and packaging services. Its lasers drill precision holes as small as 0.0005-in. dia., as well as weld and ablate. It employs 20 technicians in a 5000-sq.-ft. shop. Learn more at www.vitaldyne.com.
Macsteel to Add Heattreat Capacity
Macsteel will be adding a fourth quench and temper line with induction heating, similar to three existing lines, at its heattreat operation in Huntington, IN. The new line, to be completed early in 2007, is part of $6.2 million plant expansion that will add 16,000 tons of bar and tube capacity.
For more, visit the website of Macsteel’s parent company, Quanex Corp., at www.quanex.com.
Wisconsin Short-Run Stamper Expands in NC
Dynamic Stampings Inc., Sussex, WI, a short-run stamper specializing in production lots of 50 to 50,000, has opened a plant in Chapel Hill, NC, named Dynamic Stampings of North Carolina. It will service the firm’s customers in the Carolinas as well as in Georgia and Virginia. Learn more at www.dynamicstampings.com.
Ultratech Tool & Design Awarded ISO Cert.
ISO 9001:2000 certification has been awarded to Ultratech Tool & Design, Inc., Fond du Lac, WI. The firm produces and designs progressive, draw, compound and station dies. It also offers prototype development, fixture build, precision machining and die tryout with press capacity to 500 tons.