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Steel Shipments Tick Upward

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The American Iron and Steel Institute, Washington, D.C., reports that shipments from U.S. steel mills increased by 5.3 percent in October compared to September, however shipments were off by 13.4 percent compared to October 2008 levels. A month-to-month comparison of shipments shows hot-rolled sheet up 12.5 percent, hot-dipped galvanized sheet and strip up 8.8 percent and cold-rolled sheet up 1.4 percent. Learn more at

Aida Expands its U.S. Distribution Network

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Aida-America, Dayton, OH, has added the following companies to its distributor network: PTW Sales, LLC, Chagrin Falls, OH (exclusive distributor for Ohio); AMP Machinery Systems Inc., Carol Stream, IL (exclusive distributor for Northern Illinois); and M-Tech, Hoover, AL (exclusive distributor for Alabama and Mississippi). Learn more at

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.


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