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Blanking Line Headed
to Minneapolis Service Center

Friday, May 13, 2011
Viking Materials, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, has ordered its second precision blanking line from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL. The line will offer capacity in stainless steel to 0.250 in. thick, and aluminum and carbon steel to 0.312 in. thick. Included is Red Bud’s heavy-gauge grip-feed system to allow Viking to produce blanks with length tolerances to plus or minus 0.005 in. Also included is a high-speed hydraulic shear and three-side blank-support drop stacker with automatic part diverter. More at; Viking is online at

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;


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