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Steel Organizations Team to Attract Top Talent

Friday, March 25, 2005
Designed to attract top talent to the North American steel industry, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the Association for Iron and Steel Technology Foundation (AIST Foundation) have teamed to launch the Ferrous Metallurgy Education Today initiative. The initiative includes a scholarship and summer-internship program for college juniors and seniors, a design grant program, a curriculum-development program and a steel industry-university advisory roundtable. “The steel industry needs to cultivate the next generation of skilled metallurgists who will create the innovative products that will strengthen steel’s position as the material of choice for thousands of industrial and consumer applications,” says Ron Ashburn, AIST Foundation executive director. “This initiative brings us one step closer to that goal.” The initiative is expected to be fully operational by fall 2005. For more, surf to or

Oklahoma Service Center
Adds Eighth Laser Machine

Friday, March 25, 2005
Port City Metal Services, a 130-employee service center in Tulsa, OK, has added its eighth laser machine, a 4-kW FabriGear 300 from Mazak. The six-axis machine gives the company new capabilities in cutting structural pipe and tube in 3D shapes. The new laser cutter sports a 26-ft.-long loading and unloading rack, allowing Port City to better serve customers in industries such as construction, heavy-truck and agriculture. For more on material-supply capabilities at Port City Metal Services, visit To learn more about Mazak laser offerings, visit

UGS to Purchase Provider
of Manufacturing-Management Software

Thursday, March 24, 2005
Shareholders of Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd., which offers manufacturing-process management software and is based in Herzlia, Israel, have approved the company’s acquisition by UGS Corp., a provider of product-lifecycle management software and services, based in Plano, TX. For more on the products and services available from these companies, visit and


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