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Movers and Shakers in the Metalforming Industry

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
 
Stainless Sales Corp., Chicago, IL, named Brad Hite president, having previously served the company as national sales manager and then as general manager of its Stainless Steel Strip Service Center; www.stainlesssales.com/.

SigmaTek Systems, LLC, Cincinnati, OH, appointed Ryan Lustig regional sales manager. The firm provides CAD/CAM nesting software to support plasma, laser, waterjet and oxyfuel cutting, among other processes; www.sigmanest.com/.

Beckwood Press Co. added Josh Dixon to its staff as a sales engineer. Beckwood manufactures hydraulic presses and automated systems; www.beckwoodpress.com/.


Metalforming and Fabricating Leading Manufacturing's Resurgence

Monday, February 13, 2012
 

U.S. manufacturing-technology orders climbed 66.4 percent in 2011, according to AMT--The Association For Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. The associations jointly produce the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) statistical program. “USMTO finished its strongest year in more than a decade as manufacturing led the U.S.recovery into 2012,” says AMT president Douglas K. Woods. “The increase is nearly 20 points higher than forecasters predicted.”  The USMTO report shows that year-over-year orders for metal-cutting technology climbed 64 percent, while orders for metalforming and fabricating equipment climbed 92.1 percent. View the complete USMTO report, including statistics broken out by region, at www.amtonline.org/.

 


Denso Expanding U.S. and Mexican Operations

Monday, February 13, 2012
 
As announced at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Denso International America, Inc., Southfield, MI, will expand its U.S. manufacturing product portfolio and research and development capabilities. The efforts will result in the creation of approximately 50 new engineering positions in the next 18 months and more than 100 new manufacturing positions by the end of 2013. For example, this year the firm will begin manufacturing stop/start starters at its plant in Maryville, TN, and in 2014-2015 it plans to begin manufacturing power electronic hybrid components at an existing U.S. facility.

In other news, Denso announced plans to build a third manufacturing plant in Mexico—this one in Silao, Guanajuato. The plant will manufacture, beginning in October 2013, HVAC units for automotive customers in central Mexico. The 25,600-sq.-m facility is expected to employ more than 400 people by 2015; www.densomedia-na.com/.


 

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