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American and Iron Steel Institute
Adds New Member

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, Calvert, AL, has joined the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), Washington, D.C., and its CEO, Christoph Lackinger, joined the AISI Board of Directors. ThyssenKrupp’s Alabama plant launched in 2007. In July, 2010, its hot-strip mill began operations; a cold-rolling mill started up in September, 2010; and this winter its hot-dipped galvanizing lines are scheduled to begin production. The plant should be fully operational this spring, with annual rated capacity of 4.7 million tons of carbon-steel coiled product; AISI is online at

Bazz Houston Acquisition
Expands its Tooling Capabilities

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The Bazz Houston Co., Garden Grove, CA (and Tijuana, Mexico), acquired Mark of Precision Inc., Upland, CA, a tooling design and fabrication plant that provides tools, dies, gauges, fixtures, stampings and assemblies. Bazz Houston manufactures springs, stampings, wire forms, fourslide parts and tooling; Learn more about Mark of Precision at

Stamper Named Manufacturer of the Year

Monday, February 14, 2011
EJ Ajax and Sons, Fridley, MN, has been selected Manufacturer of the Year 2011 by Minnesota’s Manufacturers Alliance. The firm was recognized for sharing its best practices in education, safety and lean manufacturing, including hosting 13 programs on Building a Safe and Lean Culture in the Workplace. Learn more about EJ Ajax at; the Manufacturers Alliance is online at


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