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All About North American
Strip-Coil-Annealing Operations

Friday, March 18, 2005
AIM Market research, Pittsburgh, PA, has released a comprehensive market study of strip-coil-annealing operations in North America, including an outlook for upgrading, replacing or adding strip-coil-annealing equipment. Included in the study are process improvement priorities for these operations as well as plans to upgrade and replace their facilities. Also identified are related equipment suppliers, details on how strip-coil-annealing operations work, types and sources of steel substrate, major end-use markets and more. For more details about the study or to order, visit

Expanded-Metal Manufacturers
to Meet in San Diego

Thursday, March 17, 2005
The Expanded Metal Manufacturers Association (EMMA) will hold its Spring 2005 Conference April 15-18 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego. EMMA, a division of the National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers (NAAMM), promotes the use of expanded-metal products with building professionals through publication of technical information, new-product development and capabilities. The association also provides a forum for the exchange of information on the expanded-metal industry. For conference reservations, call NAAMM’s Augie Sisco at 312/332-0405. To learn more about expanded metal and its applications, visit

Under New Ownership, Automotive-Fastener
Supplier to Broaden Customer Base

Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Fabristeel, Taylor, MI, manufacturer of metal fasteners for the automotive industry, has been acquired by Whitesell International Corp., Muscle Shoals, AL. Whitesell operates 27 affiliate companies globally, providing procurement and logistic integration for class C components, including specialty fasteners and wireform products. It serves primarily non-automotive markets, particularly appliance and agricultural manufacturers. Fabristeel welcomes the opportunity to provide its fastening products to non-automotive firms. Learn more at and


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