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Automation Merger—Automated Concepts
and Meritage Manufacturing Solutions

Friday, October 22, 2004
With the goal of offering integrated automation systems to industrial customers, Automated Concepts Inc., Council Bluffs, IA, has merged with Meritage Manufacturing Solutions (MMS), Warrenville, IL. The new company operates as Automated Concepts Inc. (ACI) under the umbrella of Sierra Concepts Corp, owner of MMS. Capabilities offered by ACI include consultative engineering analysis, system engineering and robotic system design, prototype fabrications, system build and integration, installation and startup, training, preventive maintenance programs and system configuration. The company’s 100 employees are working at facilities in Iowa and Illinois with a new 65,000-sq.-ft. facility in Council Bluffs set to open next spring. For more, visit

AMT Offers Machine-Tool Economic Handbook

Thursday, October 21, 2004
AMT-The Association for Manufacturing Technology has made available its 2004-2005 Economic Handbook of The Machine Tool Industry, offering data on domestic and international machine-tool industries as well as their respective economies. The 300-plus-page book, compiled through interaction with hundreds of domestic and international sources, breaks out capital-equipment purchases for several major consuming industries. Domestic data cover employment, machine-tool shipments, machine tools in use and the financial condition of the industry. Free for AMT members, the book is available for $295 to nonmembers. To order, contact Kendale Smith at 703/827-5256,; or visit

METALFORM Mexico Changes Venue

Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Scheduled for November 10-12, 2004, in Mexico City, the debut of the METALFORM Mexico tradeshow and conference has relocated to the World Trade Center (WTC), located in the heart of the city. The WTC, which will house the exhibition and educational conference, uses the same hotels as the original venue for the show, other than the Sheraton Suites. The new headquarters hotel is the Nikko Mexico. Learn more at


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