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Olympic Steel Expanding All Over

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
National metal-service center Olympic Steel, Inc., Cleveland, OH, has announced plans to take on nearly 300,000 sq. ft. of additional warehouse, processing and office space throughout North America. Included is the purchase of the U.S. Steel site in Gary, IN (177,000 sq. ft.) to house a new temper mill and cut-to-length line, to become operational by year-end 2011. The firm also will lease 43,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space in Kansas City, MO; 8000 sq. ft. in Quincy, WA; 57,000 sq. ft. in Minneapolis, MN; and 15,000 sq. ft. in Monterrey, Mexico. More at

Oberg Strategic Partnership Bolsters
Laser-Processing Capabilities

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Precision metalforming company Oberg Industries, Freeport, PA, has bolstered its welding-support services through a strategic alliance with Industrial Laser Systems, LLC (ILS), Pittsburgh, PA. ILS provides laser-technology process evaluation, testing, and production-equipment selection. “With the addition of ILS,” says Oberg’s Wes Elliott, vice president of business and technical development, “we are better prepared to help OEMs select from a variety of welding processes that best fit their specific needs.” ILS has relocated to Oberg’s campus in Sarver, PA, and will collaborate with Oberg on development programs, prototyping and short-run production projects. Oberg will continue its strategic partnership with Joining Technologies, Granby, CT, on high-volume laser-welded production assemblies, electron-beam welding and other projects; More about ILS at

Bosch Rexroth Podcast: Lean Assembly

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The 16th episode in a series of lean-manufacturing podcasts (8 to 10 min. each), from Bosch Rexroth, is titled, “Lean in Assembly Operations.” Presenter Dan Fleming, continuous improvement manager of the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership, explains how automation can streamline processes typical of wasteful manual assembly lines. Among his discussion points: mistake-proofing, standardization and consistency. Visit Bosch Rexroth’s podcast website to listen to or download the podcast and its predecessors, and access podcast transcripts.


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