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New Website is All About Magnetics

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Storch Magnetics, Livonia, MI, has updated its website to make it a one-stop source for information on all types of magnetic equipment—steel-hinge belt conveyors, magnetic-slide conveyors, scrap shakers, magnetic die clamping, skate rails, lifts and sheet fanners, magnetic sweepers and magnetic products for lifting, holding, filtering, separating and automation. Visit the site,, to view informative articles and order products.

Anoka Technical College
an Amada Technology Showcase

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
A Feb. 18 open house at Anoka Technical College in Anoka, MN, proved the perfect opportunity for the school to show off its new trio of Amada metal-fabricating machines. Amada donated a turret punch press, press brake and laser-cutting machine to the school to boost its sheetmetal-training curriculum. Accompanying the equipment donation came donations from local organizations to help pay for transporting the machines from California and Florida, and to develop a space at the college for the machines. Donations came from several sources—Olympic Steel, Planit Solutions-Software, SICK, Wilson Tool, Mate Precision Tooling, the Precision Metalforming Association, Pentair, Inc. and E.J. Ajax and Sons. Also, the Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence provided a $54,000 grant, and Paragon Industrial Controls provided integration services.

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;


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