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PMA Member Jim McGregor Joins
White House Meeting on Manufacturing

Friday, December 18, 2009
On Wednesday, December 16, Jim McGregor, vice chairman of The McGregor Metalworking Companies, Springfield, OH, attended the White House Middle Class Task Force Manufacturing meeting. McGregor, along with Vice President Joe Biden, top administration officials and CEOs from among the country's largest manufacturing corporations, including Nucor Corp. chairman, president and CEO Dan DiMicco participated in discussions centered on how to revitalize American manufacturing. Speaking on behalf of small and medium-sized businesses, McGregor emphasized the importance of lower healthcare costs, improved access to credit for small businesses, and a thorough, fact-based government analysis of the competitive disadvantages that U.S. manufacturing companies face against overseas competitors. "Small manufacturers are the job creators and the backbone of our communities," said McGregor. "I am very proud to be here and congratulate the Obama Administration on releasing its Manufacturing Agenda. The proposals we are discussing today must ensure that small manufacturers become more cost-competitive with our overseas competition. We can compete with anyone in the world if we are on a level playing field." To view excerpts from McGregor's remarks at the White House meeting, visit the PMA OneVoice advocacy website, And, MetalForming magazine has posted to its website President Obama’s just-released Framework for Revitalizing American Manufacturing—read the 32-page document here.

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


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