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Alabama Stamper Named
Outstanding Automotive Supplier

Thursday, February 12, 2009
The Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association (AAMA, has recognized Atlantic Tool & Die-Alabama (ATD-AL), Anniston, AL, as the Outstanding 2008 Automotive Supplier in Alabama. ATD, which opened its 65,000-sq.-ft. Alabama plant in 2004 and employs 50 associates, manufactures stampings and assemblies for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. The company outscored four other suppliers considered for the award, and earned a perfect score in six of the 15 judged categories: disaster recovery, supply-chain management, information flow, process flexibility, 5S, and shipping management. ATD, headquartered in Northeast Ohio, owns and operates eight manufacturing facilities and recently opened a ninth company, JATDCO, a joint venture Minority Business Enterprise in Ohio.

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.

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


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