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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

Contract Manufacturer to Double in Size

Monday, February 14, 2011
Accrotool, Inc., New Kensington, PA, a contract manufacturer offering metal stamping and fabricating, CNC machining, painting and other services, is adding 120,000 sq. ft. to its existing 100,000-sq.-ft. facility. The firm also can now apply silk-screen images to its products, following the December 2010 acquisition of MTEC, a silk-screening company in Jeannette, PA. Lastly, the company has added flat-screen television panels throughout its facility to provide production teams real-time access to job schedules—a change the company expects will increase productivity by 30 percent and accelerate on-time deliveries. More at


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