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DC Coaters Earns Employer of the Year Award

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The Tipton, IN Chamber of Commerce has named DC Coaters, a custom electrocoating company, Employer of the Year, in part for its diligence and effort put forth to adjust to the adverse automotive-market conditions while making sure customer needs continued to be met. As described in a press release submitted by Lyle Gilbert, CEO of New Vision Resources, Lima, OH, a DC Coaters supplier, the production team at DC Coaters faced the challenge of meeting the needs of remaining customers even while forced to reduce plant operations to three days per week. Gilbert also notes that the firm’s management team overcame significant financial challenges and has now weathered the worst of the storm, as its automotive orders have risen steadily over the last four months. Learn more about DC Coaters at

D&S Mfg. Installs New Mesh Belt Blaster

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Custom metal fabricator D&S Mfg., Black River Falls, WI, has installed a new custom wire mesh belt blaster, an ES-2050 model from Pangborn, Fairburn, GA. The two companies worked together to customize the unit to incorporate design features that simplify maintenance and improve performance. “It features a unique and open hexagonal design (rather than cubical) that allows operators to more easily access and maintain the unit,” says D&S engineer Rob Bucek. It can shot blast parts and complex weldments as large as 144 in. long by 48 in. wide by 36 in. tall. Learn more about Pangborn’s blast-cleaning and peening equipment and integrated surface-preparation systems at; D&S is online at

New Book a Must--Design Guidelines, Fourth Edition

Monday, December 14, 2009
If you specify and purchase precision sheetmetal components, the completely updated and revised Design Guidelines, Fourth Edition is your must-have reference for those working in the precision metalforming, stamping, fabrication, spinning and rollforming industries. Published by the Precision Metalforming Association, the book provides the tools needed to economically shorten production lead times without sacrificing quality, by properly designing and specifying metalformed parts and assemblies. The new edition contains nearly 200 pages, including, photos, illustrations, charts, tables and schematics. Order it here.


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