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Rollforming Operator Training

Friday, February 1, 2002
NAMES Group, Akron, OH, now offers hands-on training programs that teach rollforming-machine operators how to mount tools and make adjustments for roll wear and stock problems. These programs are conducted on-site and include just enough classroom background to explain why some adjustments work in certain situations. Also available from the company: a free booklet called How to Build a Continuous Education Program in Roll Forming. For more information, call 330/645-9100.

Ford Offers Cash for Cost-Saving Ideas

Thursday, January 31, 2002
As part of its wide-ranging efforts to accomplish a global turnaround, Ford Motor Co. has begun offering cash awards to North American suppliers that come forward with cost-cutting ideas. Ford will gather ideas into a database and send 300 of its engineers into the field to meet with its 2000 direct suppliers. For any ideas that survive the testing stage and find their into production, Ford will cut a check to the supplier that initiated the idea equal to 35 percent of the expected cost savings. Ford expects the plan to shave some $3 billion off of its $50 billion annual production-parts costs.

Dadco Expands Canadian Presence

Wednesday, January 30, 2002
Dadco Canada, Mississauga, Ontario, Canadian headquarters for nitrogen-gas-spring manufacturer Dadco, Inc., has relocated to a new facility 30 miles form downtown Toronto. The new facility, in the Meadowvale Business Community, occupies 12,000 sq. ft., with additional acreage available for growth. For more, log on to


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