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Milford Fabricating Celebrates 50th
With Vocation Donation

Wednesday, May 22, 2002
Milford Fabricating Co., Detroit, MI, has made a $2000 donation to Breithaupt Vocational Technical Center in Detroit. The donation is in conjunction with the company’s 50th anniversary. “We applaud Breithaupt’s efforts to train skilled and vocational workers,” said Jeffrey K. Tanis, Milford Fabricating president, in announcing the donation. The company has employed many workers who acquired skills at Breithaupt. The donation will be used for merit scholarships. Milford Fabricating, founded in 1952 in Milford, MI, specializes in automotive-component prototype an niche-production services incorporating sheetmetal and plastic. In 1969, the company became part of the Budd Co.

Association Study: Aluminum Gaining In Autos

Wednesday, May 22, 2002
Companies are opting to use more aluminum in auto-body panels and components, according to a report issued by the Aluminum Association, Washington, D.C. In 2002, average aluminum content for passenger cars and light trucks is 274 lb., according to the study, reflecting an increase over the 251 lb. estimated for vehicles produced in 1999. The study also states that aluminum content will grow at a similar rate for the foreseeable future. Though much of the growth is attributable to large increases in the use of aluminum engine blocks and cylinder heads, the report notes that the number of aluminum closure panels has increased from 2.2 million parts in 1999 to 3.8 million parts in 2002. For more study findings, visit

Flow Automation Awarded Three Magna Contracts

Tuesday, May 21, 2002
Flow Automation, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, has received contracts from the Tesma and Intier divisions of Magna totaling $3.9 million, to supply and rebuild automation systems. Intier contracted with Flow to rebuild two automated systems that allow assembly of seat tracks. The Tesma contract includes supply of an automated system to assemble engine shafts. Flow Automation, a subsidiary of Flow International Corp., Kent, WA, designs, manufactures and services automation systems for assembly and material-handling applications. For more, visit


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