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Honda Adds Multi-Material Blanking Line to ‘Bama Plant

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Automatic Feed Co., Napoleon, OH, has installed a new blanking line at the new Honda plant in Lincoln, AL. The line features automatic changeover capability to process aluminum and steel coil at speeds to 91 m/min. and blanking-press speed to 80 strokes/min. It stamps material from 0.4 to 2.0 mm, for large parts such as body sides as well as smaller interior parts, and uses Automatic Feed’s Soft Piling stacker technology that ensures precise stacks regardless of material type. Soft Piling results in stacks located to within plus or minus 1 mm of total stack height. Learn more at

Ohio Module Mfg. Expands into Detroit,
Rescues ArvinMeritor Plant

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Ohio Module Manufacturing Co. (OMMC), Toledo, OH, announced plans to invest $21 million to revive a 167,000-sq.-ft. Detroit plant it leased recently from ArvinMeritor. OMMC will hire 200 employees at the plant to build chassis modules for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango assembled at the Chrysler Jefferson plant. A Michigan panel recently handed out $187 million in long-term tax credits to woo seven companies, including OMMC, to expand or locate in Michigan; OMMC’s tax credit is valued at $1.8 million over five years. OMMC is a subsidiary of Korea-based Hyundai Mobis.

Grand Rapids Metalformer
Earns Award for Workforce Development

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Family-owned Wolverine Coil Spring, Grand Rapids, MI, a supplier of springs, stampings, wire forms, clips and assemblies, earned the 2009 ACT Employer of Excellence Award from ACT, Inc. ACT, Iowa City, IA, an independent nonprofit organization, provides assessment, research, information and program-management tools for employee education and workforce development. The company served as a pilot site for rolling out the National Career Readiness Certificate in Western Michigan. The National Career Readiness Certificate verifies to employers anywhere in the United States that an individual has essential core employability skills in reading, math, and in locating information. Wolverine Coil Spring president Jay Dunwell formed a regional employer group to assist the project’s leadership, and championed the initiative by organizing career-awareness events and securing business support for the certificate. Learn about the National Career Readiness Certificate on the ACT website: Learn more about Wolverine Coil Spring at


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