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Minnesota Apprentice Becomes
First NIMS-Certified Toolmaker

Thursday, October 9, 2008
Goum Tham, of Eaton Hydraulics in Minnesota, is the first apprentice in the nation to become a NIMS-Certified Toolmaker. Tham began his career at Eaton as a manufacturing technician and has earned 13 NIMS credentials since 2005. The credentials include NIMS Level II EDM and CNC, as well as NIMS Level III CNC Programming. The Eaton Hydraulics apprenticeship program is aligned with the NIMS National Guideline Standards for Apprenticeship, and is registered with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. For further information about NIMS Credentials or the NIMS Competency-Based Apprenticeship program for Toolmaking, Stamping Press Set-up and Operation, Machine Maintenance and several machining skills, contact Dave Sansone or Bruce Broman at PMA: 216/901-8800.

Japanese Automotive Supplier
to Open Kentucky Plant

Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The Japanese company FTS Co., Ltd., and its U.S. subsidiary Fuel Total Systems California Corp., Lathrup, CA, will construct a new 140,000-sq.-ft. plant in Lebanon, KY. The plant, which expects to employ 100 people, will manufacture and supply automotive fuel-tank systems and related components. The new plant brings Kentucky’s total count of Japanese-owned facilities to 158, employing nearly 40,000 people.

New Midwest Distributor for MC Machinery

Tuesday, October 7, 2008
MC Machinery Systems, Inc., Wood Dale, IL, has contracted with distributor Van Boskirk & Associates, Omaha, NE, to represent its line of Mitsubishi Laser equipment and automation products in Nebraska and Kansas. Check out the product line at; Van Boskirk & Associates is online at


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