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Ford Taps Rockwell Automation
for Press-Automation Upgrade

Thursday, October 3, 2002
Ford Motor Co. has selected Rockwell Automation to upgrade automation for two stamping-press lines at the Ford plant in Walton Hills, OH. The upgrade, to be completed next September, will improve productivity through more rapid product rollouts, reduced downtime and streamlined production schedules, according to Ford officials. Rockwell, as prime contractor, will oversee stamping-press control-system integration; refurbishment of robot-control systems; and integration of new robots into the press lines at the 2.2-million-sq.-ft. plant.

Kewill ERP Under New Ownership

Wednesday, October 2, 2002
Kewill ERP, Minneapolis, MN, developer of JobBoss manufacturing-management software, has been purchased by Exact Software, of the Netherlands. The firm's legal name is now Exact Software ERP-NA, Inc. The online address hasn't

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.


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