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Conference Tackles China Challenge

Wednesday, April 30, 2003
On July 16 in Cleveland, OH, Plante & Moran, along with PMA and several other co-sponsors, hosts a half-day conference: Your China Business Strategy—Pivotal Business Decisions Impacting Middle Market Manufacturers. Panel members will share with attendees their experiences relative to doing business in China. Learn about the expectations made of U.S. suppliers; how middle-market Ohio companies have incorporated China into their business strategies; and how to evaluate business structures in China. For more information and to register, log on to

Rochester Toolmakers Form Alliance

Tuesday, April 29, 2003
The Rochester (NY) Tool and Machine Association has formed the Rochester Manufacturing Network, a coalition of small and mid-sized companies providing tooling and machining services. As reported in the city’s newspaper, Democrat and Chronicle, the greater-Rochester area is home to more than 400 companies that make screws, dies, molds and similar industrial hardware. Most are small family-owned operations, and the association feels that forming this coalition will help the companies overcome any size disadvantage. As envisioned, according to the newspaper, “customers would approach the network with a contract for a project. The network would then allow individual members to bid for pieces of the contract that fit their specialties.” This would “knit more than 400 companies into one giant machine and tooling company with multiple manufacturing capabilities.” Adds association executive director Doug Seward: “This creates a one-stop shop network of companies.” Similar alliances have developed in Dayton, OH and Meadville, PA.

E-Business Alliance Delivers CAM Software

Tuesday, April 29, 2003
CAM-software provider Pathtrace Systems Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, has joined with online business-to-business marketplace Inc. to promote EdgeCAM software. The software automates the programming of CNC metal-cutting machine tools, and will be sold and supported by the Imaginit Technologies reseller network throughout Canada and the United States. Imaginit is a division of’s E-business partner, Rand Worldwide. Learn more at and


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