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Thermal-Cutting Website Upgraded

Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Messer-MG Systems, Menomonee Falls, WI, has upgraded its website by adding a ”Special Offers” section that advertises quick shipment of equipment at a special price. The firm manufactures thermal-cutting machines with laser, plasma and oxyfuel cutting tools. Equipment under the "Special Offers" heading typically consists of demonstration units with minimal hours and a full warranty. The website:

Metals USA to Emerge
from Chapter 11 by Month End

Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Houston, TX-based metals processor Metals USA, Inc. has received court approval for its reorganization plan, and expects to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy by October 31, 2002. The company provides carbon-steel plates and shapes, flat-rolled products and building products.

Aluminum-Distributor and Service-Center
Associations Unite

Monday, October 21, 2002
Members of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) and the National Association of Aluminum Distributors (NAAD) have voted in favor of a merger of NAAD into MSCI. MSCI has already created an Aluminum Products Division, and local chapters of MSCI and NAAD are working to combine their activities. Current NAAD leadership will fundamentally continue as the leadership of the Aluminum Products Division, including former NAAD executive vice president Julie Thane, named director of the Aluminum Products Division. A number of NAAD representatives will take positions on the MSCI national Board of Directors.


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