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GM to Make $32-Million Hydroforming Investment

Thursday, February 16, 2006
Included in the General Motors announcement of a few days ago to invest $545 million in five Michigan assembly and component plants is a $32-million investment to update the hydroforming equipment in its Pontiac metal-stamping plant. The plant hydroforms components for the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky roadsters. Other investments include $152 in the GM Ypsilanti transmission plant, and $138 million to expand the body shop of the Lansing Grand River assembly plant.

Great Designs in Steel is Right Around the Corner

Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Space is limited and there is no on-site registration for the Great Designs in Steel Seminar, slated for Wednesday, March 8, in Livonia, MI. To download the program and to register, log on to The all-day four-track program features more than 35 presentations on advanced high-strength steels, automotive safety and manufacturing technologies.

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


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