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Powder Coating Academy Coming to a City Near You

Friday, January 19, 2007
The online forum, Metal Finishing Magazine and powder supplier Tiger Drylac, Ontario, CA, have teamed to launch the Powder Coating Academy 2007, a four-city tour promoting powder-coating educational courses. The tour kicks off in Dallas, TX, April 3-4, then heads to Boston, MA, June 12-13. In the fall, the tour hits Charleston, SC, Sept. 24-25, and then wraps up in Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 7-8. Course highlights include pretreatment, powder application and equipment selection. FinishingTalk hosts the registration:

Fabricator to Install High-Speed Tube-Cutting Laser

Friday, January 19, 2007
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

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.


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