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New Metalforming-Training Lab to Open in Anoka, MN

Monday, April 20, 2009
The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Twin Cities District in Minnesota has partnered with Anoka Technical College, Anoka, MN, to create a new metal-fabrication laboratory for training incumbent and prospective employees. The lab will be stocked with nearly $1 million worth of donated fabrication equipment, including an Amada press brake, laser cutting machine and turret punch press. PMA Twin Cities District members serve on the program’s advisory committee and helped develop the training curriculum. Anoka Technical College is putting the finishing touches on the lab to prepare it for the school’s fall semester. Tuition is discounted for PMA members in the Twin Cities area. The program complements PMA’s work with the Punch Press M-Powered program at Hennepin Technical College in Brook Park, MN. And, the college is working on a new sensor-training program based on its newly donated Wintriss SmartPac control.

Stamper Earns Ammunitions-Supply Contract

Friday, April 17, 2009
AK Stamping Co., Mountainside, NJ, has received a contract to produce ammunition links for the MK281 40-mm training and practice grenades manufactured by American Rheinmetall Munitions, Stafford, VA. AKS, among other capabilities, manufactures small- and medium-caliber ammunition links for a variety of weapons systems, offering stamping, welding, assembly and inspection services; Learn more about American Rheinmetall (a U.S. subsidiary of German-based Rheinmetall) and its products at

Mate Named Manufacturer of the Year in Minn.

Friday, April 17, 2009
Mate Precision Tooling, Anoka, MN, a manufacturer of tooling for CNC punch presses, was named 2009 Manufacturer of the Year by the Manufacturers Alliance, a Minnesota association that provides peer-to-peer training, education and resources to manufacturing companies in Minnesota. Mate was evaluated for its best practices in the areas of educational presentations to manufacturers, peer benchmarking programs, plant tours, publication of technical articles and involvement in manufacturing-related organizations. Learn more at; Manufacturers Alliance is online at


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