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Wire Association Intl. Opens Asia Office

Monday, October 2, 2006
Wire Association International (WAI) has opened an office in Pune, India, to serve the Asian market. Anand Bhagwat, a former WAI president, is serving as managing director of the new office, called WAI Wire and Cable Services Pvt. Ltd. The timing of the venture dovetails with WAI’s 2006 International Technical Conference, to take place October 5-7 at LeMeridien Hotel in New Delhi, India. For more on the new Asia office and the conference, visit

Steel Company Changes Name

Monday, October 2, 2006
Marubeni-Itochu Steel America Inc., New York, NY, has changed its name to MISA. MISA maintains trading offices in 11 cities. In the United States, its trading function will operate as MISA Metal Intl., with offices in Cincinnati, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and Pittsburgh. Additional name changes will soon follow for MISA’s companies in Canada and Mexico. MISA has 20 plants run by its wholly owned U.S. subsidiaries, plus additional affiliated joint-venture operations. Its first processing plant in Mexico, a joint venture, is in the early construction phase with operations to begin in 2007. The MISA Steel Distribution Group is comprised of the following subsidiary companies: MISA Metal Blanking, MISA Metal Fabricating, MISA Metal Processing of Kentucky, MISA Metal Processing of Tennessee, and MISA Metals Inc. All together, the Steel Distribution Group accounts for ten plants in six states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

NTMA Organizes National Apprentice Competition

Thursday, September 28, 2006
The National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) is presenting its 35th Annual National Apprentice Competition, open to NTMA national member employees who will complete their apprenticeships during 2007 or who have received appropriate credentials through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Contestants will compete for regional honors in order to qualify for the national run-offs, which will be held in Pittsburgh, PA, in mid-May 2007. Regional and national competitions involve machining projects and written tests, with contestants using engine lathes, vertical milling machines and surface grinders to make precision parts to blueprint specifications. For more information, visit


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