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Steel Service Center Receives Quick ROI on New Nesting Software

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tampa Bay Steel, a service center in Tampa, FL, is enjoying numerous benefits following installation of SigmaNest CAD/CAM nesting software from SigmaTek Systems, Cincinnati, OH. Tampa Bay Steel operates laser-, plasma- and waterjet-cutting machines, and according to David Carpenter, engineering manager for the service center, the software “increases machine productivity and reduces material scrap.”  Also noted is the software’s cost-estimation capabilities, which has resulted in more accurate and winning quotes for the firm. Learn more about SigmaNest at; Tampa Bay Steel is online at

Contract Manufacturer Adds Big-Bed HMC

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
D&S Manufacturing, Black River Falls, WI, a custom manufacturer of large-scale components, assemblies and weldments for Caterpillar, Oshkosh and other notable OEMs, has installed a Toyoda FH1250SX horizontal machining center to address recent growth in orders. The machine allows D&S to expand its machining envelope from 60 to 94 in. and accommodate larger-scale components, and features a pallet shuttle to quicken changeovers. More at

Sheetmetal-Enclosure Fabricator Expanding into Mexico

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Maysteel LLC, Allenton, WI, a manufacturer of precision sheetmetal enclosures, will open a new sheetmetal-fabricating plant in Monterrey, Mexico, during the first quarter of 2012. The new 50,000-sq.-ft. facility will employ 60 people and include welding and powder coating among its core competencies. Products fabricated in Mexico will undergo process and product validation at the firm’s Wisconsin technical center prior to launching production, say company officials. More at


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