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Freightliner to Close Fire-Truck Plant

Tuesday, October 1, 2002
Freightliner plans to close its fire-truck manufacturing plant in Shawano, WI, in March 2003. The closing, to the tune of 155 jobs, will lead to the consolidation of operations into other facilities in the division.

Entron Controls Acquires British Federal Division

Tuesday, October 1, 2002
Entron Controls, Inc., Carol Stream, IL, a supplier of resistance-welding control systems, has purchased the British Federal Electronics Division in the U.K., and formed BF Entron, Ltd. Entron traditionally serves an 80-percent commercial market and 20-percent automotive; BF Entron is expected to capture 80 percent automotive, including a significant portion of the world automotive resistance-welding market. View the company online at

Virtual Prototyping Conference

Monday, September 30, 2002
ESI Group, Shelby Township, MI, provider of digital simulation products for prototyping and manufacturing processes, presents the AmeriPAM 2002. The North American conference and exhibition on digital simulation runs November 6 in Clinton Township, MI, north of Detroit. Attendees will hear about virtual prototyping and virtual manufacturing, including stamping and die-design optimization. View the complete conference agenda and register online at


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