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Tower Announces Restructuring, Possible Plant Closure

Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Tower Automotive Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, as part of a restructuring effort, will cut 215 engineering, finance, information-technology and human-resource personnel at the company's technical and administrative centers in Novi, Rochester Hills and Grand rapids, MI: Milwaukee, WI; and some U.S. and Canadian manufacturing operations. This follows notification by Tower Automotive that it may discontinue stamping and ancillary processes at its Milwaukee Press Operations and relocate that to other company or supplier plants. Some 450 hourly and another 40 salaried workers would be affected by such a shutdown. With the closure, the Milwaukee location still would continue frame assembly for Dodge Ram and Ford Ranger trucks.

Conference-Call Briefing on Light-Truck Accessory Aftermarket

Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Frost & Sullivan will host a 30-minute conference call on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 2:00 p.m. (EST) to discuss its new market research collected on the light-truck accessories aftermarket. Designed to inform manufacturers, distributors and other industry participants on market opportunities, the research covers opportunities related to several aftermarket products, including bed accessories, running boards and steps, covers, truck caps, hood shields, grille and brush guards, wind deflectors and toolboxes. To participate in the briefing, send an e-mail to and include name, company name, title, phone and fax numbers and e-mail address.

Schuler to Supply Heavy-Duty Laser to GM-Canada

Monday, January 14, 2002
Schuler Inc., Canton, MI, has received an order for a second Pedilas heavy-duty laser system from General Motors of Canada, Ltd., London, Ontario. The new system, to be installed early in 2002, will complement a nearly identical system purchased by GM-Canada seven years ago. Both units can cut steel plate to thicknesses of 1 in. and produce bevel cuts in angles to 45 deg. The Pedilas laser is a five-axis bridge system with and over-and-under, dual-pallet load/unload capability; a 20-by-8-ft. cutting envelope and a 4-kw CO2 laser. The totally enclosed system also has debris-collection capability.


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