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One Waterjet Manufacturer Acquires Another

Monday, October 19, 2009
Jet Edge, Inc., St. Michael, MN, acquired Calypso Systems, Dallas, TX, which had exited the waterjet industry earlier this year. Jet Edge plans to reintroduce several Calypso products—described by the company as “entry-level solutions for price-conscious buyers”--under Calypso’s brand names. Jet Edge is online at; view the Calypso product portfolio at

Ice Industries Expanding Monterrey Operations

Monday, October 19, 2009
Deep-draw and high-tonnage metalforming company Ice Industries, Sylvania, OH, has acquired the air-tank manufacturing assets of two U.S. companies and will move those assets to its facility in Monterrey, Mexico. Ice purchased automated rolling and welding lines from Truck Equipment Manufacturing Co., Charlotte, NC, and Quest Mfg., Springfield, MO, to manufacture steel and aluminum tanks for the heavy truck and off-high industries. The company’s Monterrey facility currently manufactures HVAC-industry compressor components and fire-extinguisher cylinders;

Drug-Free Work Week, October 19-25,
Promotes a Safe and Healthy Environment for All

Thursday, October 15, 2009
According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL), 6.5 percent of full-time workers at manufacturing companies use illicit drugs and 9.5 percent abuse alcohol; workers that use and abuse these substances have higher rates of turnover and absenteeism; and, smaller firms (with less than 500 employees) are more susceptible to pay the consequences, as 90 percent of these companies currently employ drug users and heavy drinkers, while at the same time are less likely to test for substance use than are larger companies. Everything you need to know about building a drug-free workforce is available at the Drug-Free Work Week website ( of the DOL--statistics, resources, frequently-asked questions, help-line access, state laws and additional information about drug and alcohol use in the workplace. Take some time to review it and use the information there to establish relevant policies for your company, educate workers about the dangers of alcohol and drug use, deter and detect use and urge people seek the help that they need.


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