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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.

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


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