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Skilled-Worker Shortage Subject
of Tool-and-Die Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The Tool and Die Futures Initiative, a non-profit organization addressing the small-manufacturing needs of Southeast Michigan, will host a roundtable discussion to discuss the impact that the skilled-labor shortage is having on small tool, die and mold shops. On the table: the lack of CNC machinists, the shortage of CAD designers and CAM programmers and the high cost of training employees due to a lack of sufficiently trained candidates. The event is slated for Monday, May 16, 2011, 5-7 PM at Oakland University’s Elliott Hall in Rochester, MI. RSVP to Bob Quinn at;

Hydrapower Production Line to Star
in New Pole Plant

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
KW Industries, Sugar Land, TX, announced plans to build a new lighting-pole manufacturing plant outfitted with a production line from Hydrapower Intl., Marco Island, FL.. Hydrapower will provide the new KW facility with a coil-processing line and taper slitter, 50-ft. press brakes with automated sheet feeding, a conical die set, an exit conveyor and a seam welder with entry loader. KW president Jim White credits the automation associated with the line with allowing a workforce of six to produce 100 poles/8-hr. day. Read up on Hydrapower’s complete lineup of fabricating equipment at

Hypertherm Earns OSHA Recognition

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The U.S. Dept. of Labor has bestowed its OSHA VPP (Voluntary Protection Program) Star worksite status upon Hypertherm, Hanover, NH, a manufacturer of plasma-arc and laser-beam cutting systems. OSHA VPP Star status recognizes organizations that maintain injury and illness rates significantly below U.S. government averages for their industry. For 2010, Hypertherm experienced less than one incident/100 full-time employees, compared to the industry average of nearly eight incidents/100 workers. More about Hypertherm at; read all about the OSHA VPP Star program at


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