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New Website for Contract Metalformer/Insert Molder

Tuesday, January 5, 2010
ITD Precision, a contract metal stamper with plants in Houston and Harlingen, TX, has launched a new website showcasing its inhouse value-added capabilities—heat treating, e-coating and insert molding. The firm boasts press capacity to 400 tons and is certified to TS16949;

Manufacturing Recovery Hits Full Stride in December

Tuesday, January 5, 2010
U.S. manufacturing experienced its fifth consecutive month of expansion in December 2009, according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), a trade group of purchasing executives. The ISM manufacturing index read 55.9 in December, up from 53.6 in November—a reading above 50 indicates growth. ISM also reports that its index tracking new orders jumped in December to 65.6, up from 60.3 in November. Indexes measuring production and employment also climbed.

S.B. Whistler Acquires Die Shop, Plans to Relocate Soon

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
S.B. Whistler & Sons, Inc., Akron, NY, a manufacturer of modular dies for sheetmetal punching and notching, has acquired Phinney Tool and Die, Medina, NY, a manufacturer of tooling, dies and press lines for heat-transfer coil production, particularly fin dies for air-conditioning equipment. Whistler plans to relocate its operations to Phinney’s 30,000-sq.-ft. plant during 2010. Learn more at; Phinney Tool is online at


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