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Lake Erie Products Named Supplier of the Year

Wednesday, November 05, 2003
 
Lake Erie Products, Livonia, MI, a TriMas Corp. company, has been named Supplier of the Year by two companies. Cooper Standard Automotive chose Lake Erie Products over 60 other suppliers while Mark IV chose the fastener supplier over 50 other suppliers. Lake Erie Products, made up of Entegra Fastener and Lake Erie Screw, makes small specialty fasteners and build-to-print large-diameter fasteners.
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TAK Enterprises Taps Ohio Sales Rep.

Wednesday, November 05, 2003
 
TAK Enterprises, Bristol, CT, a supplier of linear material-processing equipment, has named Lake Shore Industrial Sales, Lakewood, OH, to serve as its Ohio direct sales representative. For more on TAK offerings, visit www.takenterprises.com.
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Consortium Aims to Shorten
New-Vehicle Lead Times

Tuesday, November 04, 2003
 
A consortium of tooling suppliers, researchers, Ford and General Motors are working to develop software to help reduce launch lead times for new vehicles, courtesy of a $5.3 million grant, according to AutoTech Daily. Spearheading the effort is the Center for Automotive Research, Ann Arbor, MI. In addition to the grant, from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology's Advanced Technology Program, the four-year project will receive $5.5 million from participating companies. Partners calculate that the software, known as the Digital Body Development System, may save U.S. automakers $3.5 billion in vehicle launch costs through shortened lead times, a reduced number of physical prototypes and improved quality. Key to the project is early involvement of tooling suppliers. Also participating in the program: Altarum Institute, American Tooling Center, Atlas Tool, Autodie International, Cognitens, ComauPICO, EDS, Perceptron, Riviera Tool Co., Sekely Industries and Thunder Bay Pattern Works. The University of Michigan and ne State University are providing program support.
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