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Steel-Part Manufacturers See Improvement in 2003

Monday, January 6, 2003
The nation’s steel-parts manufacturers have a hopeful economic outlook for the new year, according to the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report. As of December 1, 2002, 28 percent of survey respondents predict an increase in general economic activity, up from 20 percent the month prior. Only 15 percent expect a downward trend, a 17-percent decrease from November. Fifty-seven percent expect conditions to remain the same. The December survey marks the first time in nearly six months that manufacturers have offered such promise for the industry, according to PMA officials. Also, 32 percent of respondents predict an increase in orders, up from 26 percent in November, while 18 percent expect a decrease, In November, 34 percent forecasted a decrease. Conducted monthly, the Business Conditions Report samples 170 manufacturing companies. For full results, visit

Red Bud to Hold Coil-Slitting,
Cut-to-Length Workshop

Friday, January 3, 2003
Red Bud Industries will hold its Coil-Slitting and Cut-to-Length Workshop on March 4, 2003, at the Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel in Cleveland, OH. Topics covered include The Geometry of Shape Variations, How to Make Flat-Rolled Flat, and Slitting and Shearing—The Knives’ Points of View. Also, a technical panel will answer questions from attendees. For more information on the workshop or to register, visit

Almetals Names Wickeder Supplier of the Year

Friday, January 3, 2003
Almetals Co., Wixom, MI, has named German company Wickeder its Supplier of the Year, based on just-in-time delivery, quality, price and end-user customer satisfaction. Almetals supplies specialty metals to a variety of industries. Products include aluminum, clad metals, cold-rolled steels and stainless steels.


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