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Hygiene-Products Manufacturer Acquires
Safety Company with Complementary Offerings

Thursday, April 16, 2009
Kimberly-Clark Corp., Dallas, TX, a manufacturer of disposable wipes, washroom and skin-care products, acquired welding-safety-products manufacturer Jackson Products, Inc., Fenton, MO. Jackson Products (also known as Jackson Safety) manufactures personal-protective equipment for welders, and work-zone safety products. Learn more about the Kimberly-Clark professional line of products at

Tax Credit to Help MI Stamper Expand, Create Jobs

Thursday, April 16, 2009
Thanks to a Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax credit, Lenawee Stamping Corp., Tecumseh, MI, plans to expand its automotive-stamping and assembly plant. The $6.6 million expansion will immediately create 81 new jobs, the company says, with the potential to create a total of 277 jobs. The company, which currently employs 172 workers, will receive a state tax credit of $873,000 over 7 years. Meanwhile, the city of Tecumseh is also considering a 12-yr. personal property tax abatement, valued at $397,000.

Job Shop Banks on New Press Brake

Monday, April 13, 2009
Fedtech Inc., Mounds View, MN, a metal-fabricating job shop specializing in custom manufacturing services including waterjet and laser cutting, has acquired a Bystronic Beyeler Xpert 320 press brake, rated to 352 tons of force. The machine boasts 29 in. of open height--ideal for fabrication of deep boxes or lengthy flanges; an 18-in. stroke; and hydraulic tool clamping for quick setup and process flexibility. The Xpert 320 is coupled with Bystronic’s Bybend graphical CAM software that permits direct importing of DXF, DWG and IGES files. Fedtech paired the Xpert with precision-ground standard-style tooling from Wila Intl. Learn more at; read up on Xpert press brakes at


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