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LaserCoil Opens Tech-Development Center

Monday, February 3, 2014
A 12,000-sq.-ft. facility in Perrysburg, OH, is the new home of a LaserCoil Technologies technical center, collocated on the property of toll processor Precision Strip as part of a 100,000-sq.-ft. expansion of its existing 300,000-sq.-ft. facility. LaserCoil operates a coil-fed laser-blanking system at the development center (30-ton coil capacity) to run prototype parts, low-volume production and to perform test-part runs. Precision Strip expects to commission a second LaserCoil line during the second half of 2014. More at

Gudel Moves Manufacturing to U.S.

Monday, February 3, 2014
Swiss-based Gudel Group has transitioned manufacturing of its third-generation robot tracks for domestic markets to its U.S. headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI. The newly redesigned TrackMotion tracks now boast a frame with a closed gusseted weldment for optimum stiffness and a minimal footprint. The 45,000-sq.-ft. Ann Arbor facility supplies linear-motion modules, robot track motion units, gantry robots and more;

Marlin Steel Wire--From Bagels to Boeing

Thursday, January 30, 2014
The Hitachi Foundation has produced and posted to YouTube an extremely informative and interesting 5:48-long video telling the tale of Marlin Steel Wire, Baltimore, MD. Recognized as a Pioneer Employer by the foundation in partnership with the Precision Metalforming Association, Marlin Steel Wire faced, in the early 2000s, the possibility of shutting down. The video gives an inside look at how president Drew Greenblatt and his team turned the business around—eight consecutive years of growth, enabling it to expand beyond fabricating bagel-baking baskets to supplying leading OEMs like Boeing and Caterpillar.

The essence of its transformation, says Greenblatt: “Quality, engineered quick.” Watch as employees explain the firm’s innovative skills matrix, and how they are incentified to learn new skills and hit production goals:

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