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Ford Spending Big Bucks in Southeast Michigan

Thursday, January 18, 2007
Ford Motor Co. announced last week its plans to invest $866 million to upgrade six of its southeast-Michigan plants. The investments in flexible manufacturing and advanced powertrain production aim to help Ford expand its small-car lineup, produce more fuel-efficient transmissions and bolster truck production. Part of the plan is to move forward a $151-million 20-yr. tax credit approved last August by the Michigan Economic Growth Corp. Ford’s announced investments include $130 million at its ne stamping and assembly plant; $89 million at its Woodhaven stamping plant; and $31 million at its Dearborn stamping plant.

New, Expanded Steel Stores
Coming to Ohio and Illinois

Thursday, January 18, 2007
Tool-steel provider Bohler-Uddeholm Corp., Rolling Meadows, IL, announced new, expanded locations for its Steel Stores in Illinois and southern Ohio. This month, its store in West Carrolton, OH, moves to a 4800-sq.-ft. facility in Dayton, OH. And, in February the store in Elk Grove Village, IL, moves to a 6500-sq.-ft. facility in Schaumburg, IL--the new store is 80 percent larger than its previous home. Steel Stores can fill orders small to large for tool, die and mold steels, which can be picked up the same day or shipped per customers’ preferred delivery service. Learn more at

Stamper Relies on New ERP Suite
to Handle Dynamic, Planned Growth

Wednesday, January 17, 2007
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:


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