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NAM’s Engler Pleased that Obama
is “Reaching Out to Manufacturers”

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
 
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) CEO John Engler reported that the first meeting of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, on Feb. 6, included a group of seven senior executives from small manufacturing companies. The 16-member advisory board, chaired by Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, includes the CEOs of Caterpillar Inc. and General Electric. “It is encouraging that President Obama is reaching out to manufacturers for advice on his economic strategy,” Engler said.
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Michigan Welcomes New Anti-Corrosion
Coating-Development Center

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
 
Dorken Corporation USA, a manufacturer of corrosion-protection coatings, has completed its new North American headquarters and technical center in Grass Lakes, MI. The 24,000-sq.-ft. facility, with acreage for expansion, includes a research wing for coating testing, application trials and turnkey coating-system development for OEMs and plating/finishing companies. Learn more at www.doerkenusa.com.
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Ford’s Electric-Vehicle Program
Could Bring Business to KY Stamper

Friday, February 06, 2009
 
Bowling Green (KY) Metalforming and its parent company Magna Intl. announced last month a partnership with Ford that puts the supplier of automotive stampings in line to produce parts—powertrain and battery-module components--for Ford’s new battery-powered electric vehicle, slated to hit the market in 2011. An article from the Bowling Green Daily News said that the stamping plant announced plans last September to retool its plant to the tune of $126 million to shift from production of truck frames to automotive parts.
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