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Hot Stamping Educational Program
for Metalforming Executives and Managers

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Subtitled “a non-sales purely educational program,” this 1-day seminar on the process and economics of hot stamping, is slated for July 20, 2011, in Detroit, MI. Presented by George Keremedjiev, for his annual Big Sky Manufacturing Conference, the program is geared toward “non-technical managerial personnel wishing to better-grasp the opportunities and challenges of hot stamping,” says Keremedjiev. Price: $575 ($425 for PMA members) for the first registrant of a company, $475 ($325 for PMA members) for additional registrants from the same company. For more information, e-mail George at

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


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