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OEM Supplier Development, from the Supplier’s Perspective

Friday, March 7, 2008
Michael Dougherty, president of metal fabricator D&S Manufacturing, Black River Falls, WI, will be a featured speaker at Industry Week’s Best Plants Conference, April 1-3 in Milwaukee, WI. Dougherty’s presentation, titled Accelerate: A Powerful Model for OEM Supplier Development, is slated for Thursday, April 3, 10 am. He will describe an OEM supplier development model created in 2005 by a consortium led by the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Oshkosh Corp., John Deere Co. and Harley-Davidson. The four-step model combines the use of value-stream mapping and manufacturing critical-time path to eliminate production delays and determine a supplier’s order-fulfillment capabilities. D&S participated in the pilot program launched last year. Learn more about the conference at; D&S is online at

FTI Partners with Provider of 3D Finite-Element Software

Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Forming Technologies Inc. (FTI), Oakville, Ontario, Canada, provider of software for design, simulation and costing of sheetmetal components, has formed a strategic partnership with Livermore Software Technology Corp., Livermore, CA, which developed the LS-Dyna dynamic finite-element program. Together the two firms expect to develop design and simulation software specifically to address challenges faced in the automotive industry, and plan the initial release in spring 2008 as part of the FTI FormingSuite package. Learn more at

Bazz Houston Acquires Mexican Operation

Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Bazz Houston Co., Garden Grove, CA, has purchased Connor Manufacturing Services de Mexico, integrated the company with Bazz Houston Mexico and relocated its facility to La Mesa Industrial Park in Tijuana, Mexico. Bazz Houston makes springs, stampings, wire forms and four-slide parts and offers assembly and tooling services;


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