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NTMA and PMA Announce Re-Shoring Initiative

Monday, March 1, 2010
On May 12, 2010, the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) will jointly produce the 2010 NTMA/PMA Contract Manufacturing Purchasing Fair. With the theme, Re-Shoring to Bring U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Back Home, the fair offers one-stop shopping where OEMs can find competitive U.S. job shops. It’s to be held at the Hyatt Regency Irvine Hotel in Irvine, CA. The NTMA and PMA re-shoring initiative will document to large manufacturers nationwide the benefits of sourcing in the United States. More than 50 representatives from large manufacturers are expected to attend and learn about competitive domestic sourcing opportunities from 200 custom U.S. manufacturers. The fair is intended to change the sourcing paradigm from “off-shored is cheaper” to “local reduces total cost of ownership,” and will focus on machined, stamped and fabricated parts, special tooling (dies, molds, jigs, fixtures and gauges) and special machines. Work now being produced domestically also is welcome. The move to re-shore production has grown increasingly popular in the United States in the face of higher transportation and fuel costs, and higher wage rates and reject rates in developing countries. Today, large manufacturers re-shore to: • Reduce pipeline and surge inventory impacts on JIT operations; • Improve the quality and consistency of inputs; • Localize manufacturing operations near R&D facilities, strengthening innovation; • Reduce IP and regulatory compliance risk; and • Minimize carbon footprint For more information, visit, or contact Christie Carmigiano at 216/901-9666 ext. 105;

Stimulus Funds Support New,
Energy-Efficient Coating Line

Friday, February 26, 2010
American Trim, Lima, OH, plans to install a new protective-film coating line that will use UV light to cure the coatings. The new line will reduce energy consumption by 95 percent compared to using thermally cured coatings. American Trim received $994,000 from the State Energy Plan to help fund the installation, which will coat products for the alternative-energy, automotive and appliance industries. Learn more at

Guelph Metalformer/Fabricator Receives
Ontario Development-Program Funding

Friday, February 26, 2010
Melitron Corp., Guelph, Ontario, Canada, a full-service contract manufacturer of precision metal components, electronic chassis, enclosures, frames and the like, received a $400,000 grant from the Southern Ontario Development Program (SODP). The firm expects to use the funds to install new equipment and upgrade its facility by reconfiguring its equipment layout to implement lean-manufacturing principles. It also plans to undertake an energy-savings initiative to reduce consumption of electricity, natural gas and water. The project is among more than 60 projects funded by the SODP through 2010. Melitron is online at Learn more about the SODP here.


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