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Arizona Fabricator Earns
Military-Vehicle Armor-Kit Contract

Monday, March 24, 2008
LAI International, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ, has signed a manufacturing contract to produce armor kits for mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) military vehicles. LAI will produce the armor kits at its manufacturing facility in Westminster, MD, for its customer, Navistar Defense LLC, which received a contract from the Pentagon for 4475 of its 21-ft.-long MaxxPro MRAP vehicles. LAI will shop the kits to the Navistar assembly plant in West Point, MS. LAI operates five U.S. manufacturing plants, all ISO 9001:2000 and AS9100 certified, and offers precision laser processing, waterjet cutting, five-axis machining and other services. Learn more at

New Management Software for Automotive Springmaker

Monday, March 24, 2008
NHK Spring Precision of America, Inc. (NSPA ), Louisville, KY, has deployed the Plexus Online on-demand integrated manufacturing software package from Plexus Systems, Auburn Hills, MI. The Plexus software features these functions: enterprise-resource management, accounting and finance; customer-relationship-management features such as order entry and tracking; manufacturing-execution-system functions such as production scheduling; and supply-chain management functions such as supplier quality and traceability. NSPA, which produces springs for engine valves and automatic transmissions, worked with consultants from Plante & Moran to identify Plexus as the ideal hosted solution for its needs. Plante & Moran also led the implementation of the software. Learn more at

United Performance Metals Launches New Website

Friday, March 21, 2008
Last-year’s merger of specialty-metals suppliers Ferguson Metals and AIM International spawned United Performance Metals, Hamilton, OH, a provider of specialty stainless-steel and high-temperature alloys, and cobalt alloys. Now United has launched a new website,, which the company says offers enhanced online services, as well as describes its processing capabilities. United Performance serves the aerospace, aircraft, automotive, medical and other industries, and offers slitting, shearing, edging and leveling.


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