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Hi-Lex Controls Names Duggan Mfg.
Prototype Supplier of the Year

Monday, March 20, 2006
For meeting quality, delivery and cost objectives, as well as providing a level of customer service that “sets them apart,” Duggan Mfg., Shelby Township, MI, has been named Prototype Supplier of the Year by Hi-Lex Controls, Inc. Hi-Lex manufactures automotive window-regulator assemblies, mechanical cable and power lift-gate systems. Duggan designs, engineers and stamps prototype and low-volume parts. Says Jeff Trottier, advanced purchasing buyer for Hi-Lex Controls: “Our level of confidence in making commitments to our customers is insured because we know Duggan Manufacturing is there to back us up.”

Webcast Addresses Manufacturing in Mexico

Monday, March 20, 2006
On Tuesday, March 28, at 3 p.m. EST, The Offshore Group will host an informational Webcast entitled, “The Real Cost of Manufacturing in Mexico.” The one-hr. session will expose manufacturing executives to the true “all-in” cost structure of operating a maquiladora facility under The Offshore Group’s ISO 9001:2000 certified Shelter Program. Interested parties can pre-register at

NAM Celebrates New Anti-Counterfeiting Law

Monday, March 20, 2006
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and its members scored a major victory last week after President Bush signed the Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act (H.R. 32) into law. For the first time, the government is armed with much-needed tools to dismantle portions of the $500 billion global trade in fake products. NAM credits the leadership of Rep. Joseph Knollenberg (R-MI) and a host of other lawmakers in getting the law passed. It covers the entire spectrum of manufactured goods, and creates tougher criminal statutes that provide for forfeiture not only of counterfeited goods for sale, but also equipment used to make them. The bill also addresses the so-called “import hole,” since some counterfeiters previously evaded prosecution by separating the manufacture of products from the labeling process. The law also now makes the export of counterfeited goods a criminal offense and gives U.S. trade negotiators a more secure platform in trade talks with global competitors like China.


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