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Tennessee Supplier to BMW
Hiring Dozens of New Employees

Friday, November 6, 2009
About a month ago, LSP Automotive Systems, Union, SC, was acquired by Spain’s Gestamp Automocion LLC. Yesterday (Nov. 4), Gestamp announced plans to hire 40 new employees at LSP to gear up to supply stampings and assemblies to the BMW plant in nearby Spartanburg, SC, set to launch its new X3 model in 2010. LSP will hire production managers, CNC operators, tool and die technicians, controls engineers, tooling engineers and others. LSP operates out of a 395,000-sq.-ft. plant housing a giant Schuler tandem press line, and currently employs 135 people;

American Lifts Brand of
Material-Handing Equipment Changes Hands

Friday, November 6, 2009
The Autoquip Corp., Guthrie, OK, has acquired American Lifts from the Columbus McKinnon Corp. Autoquip assumes complete warranty and parts support for American Lifts products, including turntables, palletizers, tilt stations, dock lifts and scissor lifts; Autoquip is online at

Great Designs in Steel 2010 Call for Abstracts

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The American Iron and Steel Institute has put out its official call for papers for the 2010 edition of its annual Great Designs in Steel event, scheduled for May 5, 2010, in Livonia, MI. The all-day program will feature technical presentations on new steel technologies, including advanced high-strength steels, automotive safety and manufacturing technologies. To be considered as a presenter, submit a 200- to 350-word abstract by December 22, 2009, to Deanna Abstracts should include presentation title, author name(s), mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address.


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