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Prima Expands U.S. Representation

Friday, February 16, 2007
Prima North America, Chicopee, MA, a manufacturer of 2D and 3D laser-cutting systems, has named Westbrook Engineering, Warren, MI, its representative in eastern Michigan; and Production Machine Tools, Inc., Redmond, WA, its representative in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and the Province of British Columbia. The firm, a subsidiary of Prima Industrie S.p.A., based near Torino, Italy, is online at

Russian Steel Firm Joins Consortium
to Purchase Winner Steel

Thursday, February 15, 2007
Novolipetsk Steel, a Russian flat-steel producer, has formed a consortium with Duferco U.S. Investment Corp. and Esmark Inc. to purchase the assets of Winner Steel, Sharon, PA, an independent galvanized-steel producer. It operates three galvanizing lines with combined annual capacity of 1.2 million tons. The consortium has entered into a letter of intent with Winner Steel, subject to negotiation. The deal should close in the second quarter of 2007. Learn more about Novolipetsk Steel at; Winner Steel is online at Duferco Group is based in Lugano, Switzerland, and is a global producer, processor and trader of steel products, including raw materials used to make steel. Esmark, Chicago, IL, is a family of steel-service centers.

Lean Workshop Coming to a City Near You

Wednesday, February 14, 2007
The nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute, Cambridge, MA, presents a series of workshops that address the people issues as well as the technical issues of a lean-manufacturing transformation. Workshops teach actual applications, not just concepts, with case studies, worksheets and the methodologies that managers need for implementation. The workshop schedule: Indianapolis, IN, March 20-22; Los Angeles, CA, April 17-19; Jacksonville, FL, May 15-17; and Charlotte, NC, June 12-14. For more information, visit


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