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Uptick in Aircraft-Engine Demand
Creates Job Opportunities for Machinists

Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis, IN, announced plans to hire 100 additional machinists at its military-aircraft engine-manufacturing plant. The company held a job fair on December 13 at its UAW Training Center, a 68,000-sq.-ft. facility on site at its jet-engine plant in Indianapolis, to seek operators of lathes, grinders, mills, drills and other machining equipment. The training center boasts 12 classrooms, computer labs, machine shops, a 500-seat auditorium and offices for 45 training staff.

Robot-Safety Training Events Slated for 2009

Monday, December 15, 2008
The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI, announced its schedule of safety-training events for 2009. Included is the 2009 Spring Robot Safety Conference, headed to Knoxville, TN, March 23-25. The event includes a mix of workshops and conference sessions, as well as tabletop exhibits. RIA’s National Robot Safety Conference—the 21st edition of the annual event—is slated for October 26-29 in Dearborn, MI. And, in addition to the two conferences, RIA offers one-day safety seminars in a variety of U.S. cities. First on the schedule are seminar stops in Long Beach, CA, February 2; and Phoenix, AZ, March 30. Learn more at

Cold-Rolling and Galvanizing Plants Closing

Wednesday, December 10, 2008
ArcelorMittal will permanently close its cold-rolling and galvanizing plants in Lackawanna, NY, and Hennepin, IL, inline with its plans to reduce North American output by 40 percent. The firm’s decision to close the two facilities is partly due, it says, to rising costs to transport the hotband coils from other mills for processing. The NY mill, which operates a continuous pickling line and a galvanizing line, will close April 30, 2009. ArcelorMittal has not announced a timetable yet for closing the IL mill.


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