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Ford Embarks on Canadian Buying Spree

Friday, May 23, 2003
By 2005, Ford Motor Company plans to increase spending among Canadian suppliers by 56 percent, according to a recent report published at The move leverages favorable U.S.-Canadian exchange rates and avoids tariffs on parts exported from other countries. Alain Batty, CEO of Ford of Canada, announced the plans in an April 29 speech to the Canadian Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association.

Rockwell Adds Machine-Safety Consulting

Thursday, May 22, 2003
Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, WI, has added consulting services to its portfolio of safety and automation products and services for machine safeguarding applications. Included in the new services are safety compliance audits and risk assessments for machines that must meet North American safety standards such as those forwarded by OSHA, ANSI and others. Consulting expertise offered by Rockwell also includes risk-reduction planning. For more, visit

Blue Blade Steel Acquires
Aircraft-Quality Sheet and Plate Lines

Thursday, May 22, 2003
Blue Blade Steel has acquired the Benedict-Miller 4130 and 4340 aircraft-quality sheet and plate product lines in addition to equipment needed to cut and shear these products. With the acquisition, Blue Blade has added Ed Halpin, formerly of Benedict-Miller, as manager of alloy sheet and plate. For more, visit


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