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Brankamp Receives Q1 Award

Monday, January 21, 2002
Ford Motor Company recently presented Brankamp Process Automation, Cambridge, MA, with its Q1 Award, for its process-monitoring devices. Requirements for the award are an ongoing relationship with Ford, certification to ISO 9000 as well as implementation of the Ford Quality Operation System. Brankamp has worked with Ford for more than 10 years, and supplies process-monitoring equipment to Ford spinoff Visteon as well.

Boeing Orders Laminated Aluminum Sheet

Monday, January 21, 2002
Bolsan Company Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, will provide laminated aluminum sheet to Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Wichita, KS, and Seattle, WA. Delivery of the sheet begins this month-Boeing-Wichita will convert the material into shims and spacers for closing small gaps in complex fabricated parts. Each sheet of aluminum consists of glued layers as thin as 0.05 mm. Working with the laminated sheet allows Boeing workers to make fine adjustments to shim thickness by peeling a individual layers.

Toyota to Build Plant in Mexico

Thursday, January 17, 2002
The Toyota Motor Co. plans to construct an automotive manufacturing plant just outside Tijuana, Mexico. Slated for a 2004 opening, the plant would produce beds for pickup trucks built at New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., a General Motors/Toyota joint-venture facility in Fremont, CA. The plant reportedly would be the fifth Toyota vehicle-assembly complex in North America.


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