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U.S. Business and Industry Council Launches New Blogs

Friday, January 9, 2009
Log on to the website of the USBIC, at, to check out its two new blogs on trade, manufacturing and globalization. Blog writers are USBIC president Kevin L. Kearns and research fellow Alan Tonelson.

Kongsberg Automotive Transferring Work to Mexico

Friday, January 9, 2009
Nor-based Kongsberg Automotive, a manufacturer of clutch actuators, stabilizing rods, lumbar supports, head restraints and other products, announced plans to close its plants in Van Wert, OH, and Haysville, KS, and transfer production from those facilities to plants in Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros, Mexico. Each U.S. facility employs about 100 people. Learn more about the company at

Hypertherm Acquires CAM-Software Company

Thursday, January 8, 2009
MTC Software, provider of ProNest, TurboNest and other computer-aided manufacturing software used for sheetmetal and plate fabrication, has been acquired by Hypertherm Inc., Hanover, NH. Hypertherm manufactures plasma-arc-cutting equipment, and will marry MTC’s software to its CNC motion-control products. MTC headquarters will remain in Lockport, NY. Learn more at


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