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Hundred-Yr.-Old Stamper Earns Delphi Supply Award

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Kickhaefer Manufacturing Co. (KMC), Port Washington, WI, received Delphi Corp.’s 2007 Pinnacle Award for Supplier Excellence, one of only 26 suppliers recognized by Delphi. The awards recognize excellence in quality, cost and delivery, including these specific criteria: zero major disruptions, zero repeat problems, and a single-digit PPM; zero customer impacts for quality; and zero parts on controlled shipping. KMC, founded in 1908, operates a fully loaded pressroom with press capacity to 300 tons, as well as fourslide/multislide machinery. It also provides metal-fabrication capacity with a lineup of press brakes, shears, welding equipment and laser-cutting machines for prototype and short-run parts;

Live: Online Marketplace for Custom Die Components

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The ToolPax online marketplace for custom die components is now live and ready for action at, where buyers of custom and commercial die components can create part numbers, build engineering models and purchase tooling online in real time. Upon launch, the site offered shop-ready design downloads and real-time prices for Milfab cam units. Users of the site will be able to access competitive part-number crossovers, download design models and purchase without waiting for price quotes. View a video demonstration at

Talan Products Awarded for Growth in Inner City

Tuesday, May 13, 2008
With a 5-yr. growth rate of 156 percent, metalforming company Talan Products, Cleveland, OH, became one of only two U.S. metalforming companies to make the 2008 Inner City 100 list, a national ranking of the fastest-growing inner-city companies. The list, created by the not-for-profit organization Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Inc. Magazine, includes only 10 manufacturing companies; the other metalformer to make it was Spex Precision Machine Technologies, Rochester, NY. Talan employs 60 and has annual sales of $25 million. To qualify for the list, a company must have more than half of its operations located in an economically distressed urban area; at least 10 full-time employees; a 5-yr. operating sales history that includes at least $200,000 in revenues in the first year of consideration; an increase in year-five sales over year-four sales; and fifth-year sales of at least $1 million. For more information about the 2008 Inner City list, surf to


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