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Educational Foundation Awards Grants

Monday, January 2, 2006
The Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation (PMAEF) has awarded a total of $44,500 in grants to three programs created to enhance the U.S. metalforming workforce. PMAEF awarded $24,500 to the Hired program at Hennepin Technical College, Minneapolis, MN; $10,000 to Wire-Net’s School-to-Career program, to be conducted in collaboration with Max Hayes High School, a vocational school in Cleveland, OH; and $10,000 to the BattleBots IQ program. Hennepin Technical College will use its grant to support development of an occupational English project for metalforming students. The Wire-Net program guides students toward future careers with metalworking companies. And, the BattleBots IQ program features an integrated robotics curriculum that includes mathematical analysis, scientific reasoning, team problem solving and effective verbal and written communications.

Happy New Year

Thursday, December 29, 2005
The staffs of MetalForming magazine and PMA wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Hot off the Press returns on Monday, January 2, 2006.

ATS to Sell Precision Metals Division to Autocam

Wednesday, December 28, 2005
ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the assets of its precision metals division, Kitchener, Ontario, to Autocam Corp., Kentwood, MI. The transaction is expected to close in January 2006. ATS ( designs and produces turnkey automated manufacturing and test systems and also makes precision components and subassemblies. Autocam ( provides precision machining , finishing and measuring services.


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