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Dallas Industries Acquired

Friday, December 11, 2009
Advanced FeedLines, LLC, Troy, MI, a new management company specializing in pressroom equipment, has acquired Dallas Industries. Dallas president Joseph Gentilia is a managing partner of Advanced FeedLines. Dallas produces press-feed and coil-handling systems, including servo-feed lines, air-feed systems, straighteners, and coil cradles and reels;

Tube Fabricator Adds New Bender, Inspection Machine

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Harco Metal Products, Tempe, AZ, a supplier of fabricated tubular components and assemblies, has upgraded its capabilities by acquiring a Wafios BMZ 42 tube bender and an Accurex TubeInspect HD inspection machine. The Wafios bender ( forms tube to 12.7-mm dia. by 1-mm wall thickness, and wire to 8-mm dia. Its bending head enables left and right bending operations in one clamping, for the production of complicated 2D and 3D workpieces in one pass. The Accurex 3D tube-measurement system ( employs eight overhead cameras for quick, automated inspection and includes software that provides a complete analysis of tube shape and profile to deliver direct feedback to CNC bending machines for quick correction of out-of-specification parts. Harco is online at

Ontario to Welcome Solar-Cell Manufacturing Plant

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Canadian Solar Inc., Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, a manufacturer of solar cells for the residential and commercial markets, has begun the site-selection and approvals process to establish a new 200-MW module-manufacturing facility in Ontario. The firm expects to hire 500 employees at the new facility, expected to be one of the largest solar-panel plants in North America;


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