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Welding Certifications Open Doors for SoCal Fabricator

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Airtronics Metal Products (AMP), San Jose, CA, has earned new American Welding Society (AWS) and military-standard (Mil-Spec) welding certifications, and expects the certifications to trigger customer activity in the aerospace industry. As an example, AMP recently was audited by Lockheed Martin and approved as a third-tier supplier to manufacture and weld Lockheed parts. AMP also has begun the certification process toward achieving AS9001 registration;

Finished-Steel Imports Up 29 Percent

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Based on the Commerce Department’s most recent Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis data, the American Iron and Steel Institute reports that through the first two months of 2012, finished-steel imports were 4.1 million net tons (NT), up 29 percent compared to the same period last year.  February 2012 total and finished-steel import permit tons would annualize at 30,574,000 NT and 24,306,000 NT, up 7 percent and 11 percent respectively compared to 2011 import data.  More at


Minster Set to be Sold

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The Minster Machine Company, Minster, OH, is being acquired by Nidec-Shimpo, a division of Nidec Corporation. Kyoto, Japan.  The transaction is expected to be completed early in April, 2012. Says John Winch, Minster president and CEO: “We feel the acquisition by Nidec will give Minster a much larger competitive global footprint in the machinery, automation and services marketplace, while maintaining local production and management.” Operations will continue in Minster, and current owners John and David Winch will remain with the organization, as will the balance of the management team.



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