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Year-to-Date Steel Imports Down

Friday, October 7, 2005
Steel-consuming companies should be concerned by the 14-percent decline in imports of hot- and cold-rolled steel for 2005 compared to 2004 YTD figures, “especially since service-center inventories are now at or below normal levels,” says PMA President William E. Gaskin. Add in the possible boost in demand from hurricane-rebuilding efforts and the result could be supply shortages and price volatility. One positive note: imports of cold-rolled steel increased in August 2005 by 11 percent over July 2005 figures.

Stainless-Steel Stamper Earns ISO Registration

Friday, October 7, 2005
Beverly Manufacturing, Tinley Park, IL, a job-shop supplier to the automotive industry and specialist in stainless-steel stamping, has achieved ISO 9001 registration. The firm, also QS 9001-2000 certified, produces high- and short-volume stampings with press capacity to 600 tons. Learn more at

E&E Engineering Receives Training Grant

Thursday, October 6, 2005
Workforce training is critical in Michigan, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which in 2003 formed a partnership with the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center to help train tool-and-die-industry workers in new manufacturing methods. In 2005, the partnership will award more than $217,000 in training grants to 14 companies, including a $26,618 grant just issued to E&E Engineering, Inc., Warren, MI. Henry Ford Community College will assist in administering the grants and facilitate all training sessions for E&E’s 57 employees. E&E manufactures tooling components, material-handling products and ergonomic products. It’s online at


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