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NIMS Earns Apprenticeship-Training
Grant of Nearly a Million Bucks

Wednesday, December 22, 2004
U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao has awarded a grant of $940,000 to the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) to continue development of an apprenticeship program. The grant is part of a $24.2 million advanced-training effort under the President’s High Growth Training Initiative. PMA Educational Foundation executive director David Sansone serves on the NIMS board and executive committee. NIMS plans to use the grant to develop a competency-based program that focuses on flexible training delivered on the shop floor and that allows for self-paced theory instruction and nationally recognized skill certifications. It will run a pilot program at 25 consortium companies before expanding the program nationwide. Learn more at, or by visiting the PMA Educational Foundation website at

Metal-Finishing Firm Gains ISO Certification

Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Godfrey & Wing, Inc., Cleveland, OH, has been certified to ISO/TS 16949:2002, covering casting impregnation, shot peening, pressure-integrity testing, chromate conversion coatings and other metal-finishing services. Learn more at

Elkay Mfg. Getting New Hydraulic Presses

Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Dieffenbacher to Supply More Presses to Elkay Elkay Manufacturing Co., headquartered in Oak Brook, IL, will be outfitting its Ogden, UT, manufacturing operation with hydraulic drawing presses from Dieffenbacher North America Inc., Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The presses feature Dieffenbacher’s Multi Point Control (MPC) die-cushion technology, designed specifically for the drawing, bending and trimming of stainless-steel sinks. Elkay already employs two MPC double-bowl presses in its Lumberton, NC, facility as well as two MPC single-bowl presses at its Broadview, IL, plant.


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