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New PMPA Bylaws Broaden Membership Opportunities

Tuesday, April 26, 2005
New bylaws approved by Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) members have made membership more inclusive, allowing all companies associated with the manufacturing of precision machined products, as well as the supply chain, to join. New member categories include Active Member (contract manufacturers), Associate Member (captive machining operations), Technical Member (providers of goods and services to the industry) and Affiliate Member (nonprofit educational institutions). For more, visit

Balzers to Open West-Coast Coating Center

Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Balzers, Inc., Elgin, IL, is opening a new coating center in Bakersfield, CA. To start production in early May, the plant will produce thin-film wear-resistant coatings for cutting, forming and loading tools and components. The opening allows Balzers to improve lead times and keep costs under control for West Coast customers, according to company officials. The new Bakersfield plant is equipped with Balzers’ latest coating system, the BAI 1200, designed for high-volume coating and capable of accepting large tools or forms in lengths to 39 in. and diameters to 27.5 in. For more, visit

Bradbury Group, Metform International
form Strategic Alliance

Monday, April 25, 2005
The Bradbury Group, Moundridge, KS, has formed a strategic alliance with Metform International Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Under the alliance, the companies will share technology and cooperate in various markets across North, Central and South America. The Bradbury Group will continue focusing on its core markets of metal buildings, steel framing, components, sectional garage doors, levelers and integrated control systems while Metform will focus on heavy-gauge rollforming, automotive and coil processing. Both companies have common experience in decking and custom-rollforming marketplaces. The alliance allows the two companies to serve every industry segment within the rollforming and coil-processing marketplaces, according to Chad Bradbury, senior manager of business development for the Bradbury Group.


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