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Automatic Feed Co. Partners
with German Metalworking-Equipment Suppliers

Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Automatic Feed Co., Napoleon, OH, a manufacturer of coil-handling and press-feeding automation equipment, has formed Graebener Group Technologies, Ltd., a joint venture with Graebener Maschinentechnik GmbH and with REIKA GmbH. Graebener supplies hydroforming, hot-stamping and milling machines; REIKA manufactures tube-processing equipment. The new company, also based in Napoleon, will be the sole North American sales and service distributor for Graebener and REIKA equipment. Learn more at

Safety Train-the-Trainer Seminar Series

Monday, February 13, 2006
American Safety Training, Inc., Davenport, IA, and its partner company Mancomm have announced their March and April 2006 “Essentials of Safety” class schedule. The class is designed for people responsible for employee health and safety and for developing workplace practices that must comply with OSHA regulations. Participants can attend for one, two or four days. A sampling of the schedule: St. Louis, MO, March 6-9; Memphis, TN, March 13-16; Dallas, TX, March 20-23; Secaucus, NJ, March 27-30; Pittsburgh, PA, April 3-6; and Rolling Meadows, IL, April 10-13. For the full schedule and more about the curriculum, log onto

Machine-Tool Orders Climbed in 2005

Friday, February 10, 2006
Recently released data from the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA) and AMT—The Association for Manufacturing Technology shows that while November 2005 machine-tool orders slumped 2.5 percent versus October orders and were nearly 7 percent off of November 2004 orders, orders for the year (through November) totaled $2.77 billion, an increase of 8.3 percent over 2004. For the year, the midwest (up 21.9 percent) and southern (up 19.1 percent) regions were strongest for machine-tool orders. For the most up-to-date statistics, log on to or


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