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U of M Sets Plant-Management Course

Tuesday, February 10, 2004
The University of Michigan Business School is offering Leadership in Plant Operations, a five-day course scheduled for May 3-7, and repeated October 4-8, 2004. Attendees will learn how to initiate lean manufacturing practices; reduce manufacturing cycle times; quickly and accurately assess a plant; measure performance; encourage safe environments and practices; and align manufacturing and operations with other business functions. The course is designed for manufacturing and operations managers as well as individuals working in plant operation. The course costs $6,850, which includes tuition, books and materials, living accommodations and all meals. To register or for more information, call 734-763-1000 or visit

Metal Improvement Co. Boosts Finishing Capabilities

Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Metal Improvement Co. has expanded the metal-finishing capabilities of its Bensalem, PA, facility by adding fluoropolymer powder and liquid coating systems. The Bensalem facility offers more than 200.000 sq. ft. of processing space to serve the aerospace and other specialty industries. Besides coatings application, the facility performs complementary metal finishing services such as grit blasting, fluorescent penetrant inspection, chromic/phosphoric acid anodizing, glass beading and shot peening. Automated chemical processing tanks allow processing of large single components measuring to 38 ft. long by 10 ft. wide and 2 ft. wide, or large batches of smaller parts. For more information, visit

Macsteel Service Centers Adds CA Operation

Monday, February 9, 2004
Macsteel Service Centers USA has acquired Hokin-Katz, a metals service center located in Los Angeles, CA. The center will operate under the Hokin-Katz name under the Macsteel umbrella. Macsteel will relocate the flat-rolled business of its Western Division to this location. Hokin-Katz specializes in close-tolerance slitting and precision blanking of products including thin-gauge and surface-critical coated and noncoated steels. It supplies high-end niche markets. Macsteel Service Centers USA, headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, has a network of 29 locations, distributing carbon and stainless steels as well as aluminum and specialty metals to customers throughout North America and Puerto Rico. For more, visit


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