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Tower Moving from Milwaukee to Mexico

Thursday, February 12, 2004
The Associated Press is reporting that Tower Automotive Inc. will move its frame-assembly operations for the Dodge Ram light truck from its Milwaukee, WI, manufacturing facility to Mexico. The move means that most of the 500 workers on the line will lose their jobs by the end of the 18-month transition. Novi (MI)-based Tower plans to complete the move to a joint-venture partner in Monterrey, Mexico, by mid-2005. Tower has a 40 percent equity interest in the joint venture partner, Metalsa S. de R.L., which also produces truck-frame assemblies.

Wilson Tool Website has Something for Everyone

Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Wilson Tool Intl., White Bear Lake, MN, manufacturer of turret-press, press-brake and stamping punch and die components, has revamped its website: The content-rich site eases navigation by organizing information into punching, bending and stamping zones. A “Find A Tool” link displays the tools within each area. The site also provides online ordering, shipment tracking, newsletter and a library of product catalogs.

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


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