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Wisconsin Governor Announces New Manufacturing Plan

Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle recently introduced his Next Generation Manufacturing Plan, focusing on efficiency and lean-manufacturing principles to modernize the state’s manufacturers and create jobs. The plan, launched during the governor’s visit to metal fabricator GenMet (General MetalWorks), Mequon, WI, a customer of Mitsubishi Laser, calls for $85 million in existing and new tax credits to leverage $1.6 billion in private capital investment. It hopes to create 5000 new jobs and train 4000 workers.

GenMet (, which has grown from $3 million in revenue in 1999 to $12 million in 2007, recently upgraded its Mitsubishi flexible-manufacturing system to include two 4000-W laser-cutting machines, a 16-shelf material tower and an automated material-handling system. Learn more about Governor Doyle’s plan:

Imports of Stainless-Steel Sheet Off in 2007

Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Statistical data issued by The Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA) shows that imports of stainless-steel strip and sheet totaled 421,510 tons in 2007, an 18.2 percent drop from 2006, while U.S. consumption of stainless strip and sheet dropped by 17.5 percent last year. Imports of stainless-steel plate dropped even more in 2007, by 28.6 percent, to 144,638 tons, while U.S. consumption dropped by 6.7 percent. SSINA ( also has data for other stainless-steel products—bar, rod and wire—as well as for alloy tool steel and electrical steel. Tool-steel imports actually grew, by 2.9 percent, last year, while electrical-steel imports increased by 35.2 percent.

Robot-Training Program for Educational Institutions

Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Fanuc Robotics America, Inc., Rochester Hills, MI, has introduced a Certified Education Robot Training (CERT) program for qualified high schools, community colleges and universities. The program certifies instructors to train their students to program Fanuc robots. Along with the CERT program, eligible schools also can purchase an accessory tooling package that includes an industrial robot, integrated vision system, programmable logic controller and simulation software. To learn more, e-mail;


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