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Pro-Eco Becomes SMS Demag Ltd.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Pro-Eco Ltd., a seller of coil-processing lines, has changed its name to SMS Demag Ltd. The company had been purchased in September 2000 but continued to operate under its own name while working closely with the Strip Processing Lines division of SMS Demag AG. The change to SMS Demag Ltd., effective as of this past March, became necessary for worldwide consistency and marketing presentation. However, the Pro-Eco logo will be retained and will appear beside the SMS Demag logo on company documents, and Pro-Eco will remain as a brand name for push-pull pickling lines, slitting, cut-to-length, blanking and tension-leveling lines.

Metalforming Technologies Expands in Mexico

Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Metalforming Technologies, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI, is opening a 90,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico, to produce products for the company’s Engineered Systems, Safety Systems and Structural & Tubular Systems business units. An increase in demand from domestic customers as well as OEM and Tier One customers with operations in Mexico led to the decision to open a Mexico facility, according to Joseph Ponteri, Metalforming Technologies, president and CEO. Programs slated for initial production in Monterrey, beginning in September 2004, include brake-booster housings, hinge assemblies and safety-related components.

Second Lincoln Electric Operation Earns ISO Cert.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004
The Euclid, OH, welding equipment, consumables and automation manufacturing complex of Lincoln Electric has been certified to ISO 14001. That makes Lincoln the first manufacturer in the arc-welding industry to achieve ISO 14001 certification for all of its major manufacturing operations in the United States, according to company officials. Earlier, the company’s Mentor, OH, plant earned its ISO stripes.


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