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All About Copper Alloys—Brasses, Bronzes, More

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Concast Metal Products Co., Mars, PA, has introduced, a website that introduces environmentally friendly, regulatory compliant lead-free copper alloys. It serves as a resource guide for designers, engineers and OEMs looking for alloys manufactured without impacting the environment. The alloys replace lead with other elements, while still offering good material properties—lubricity, tightness, wear, strength, hardness and machinability. Learn more at

Census Bureau Reports Manufacturing Statistics

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The U.S. Census Bureau has published its report on manufacturers’ shipments, inventories and orders for the month of October 2007. New orders for manufactured goods, down three consecutive months, decreased in October by 0.2 percent, on the heels of a 1.4 percent drop in September. On a positive note, new orders for manufactured nondurable goods increased by 1.3 percent in October. Also a positive: shipments of manufactured durable goods grew by 0.8 percent in October, following a 1.8 percent drop in September. Shipments of manufactured nondurable goods also rose in October, by 1.3 percent. Unfilled orders for and inventories of manufactured durable goods both climbed in October, by 1.0 percent and 0.3 percent respectively. And inventories of manufactured nondurable goods, down two of the last three months, decreased 0.3 percent in October. Learn more at

Lincoln Acquires Maker of Pipe-Cutting Equipment

Friday, December 14, 2007
Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc., Cleveland, OH, acquired the assets and business of Vernon Tool Co., Ltd., a privately held manufacturer of computer-controlled pipe-cutting equipment based in San Diego, CA. Vernon Tool Co. provides equipment used in industrial construction and heavy fabrication for infrastructure and energy-related projects. Lincoln is online at


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