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The Southeast Welcomes a New Steel Processor

Wednesday, May 24, 2006
MISA Metal Fabricating, the joint-venture company that combines Marubeni and Itochu, two large Japanese steel companies, has opened a new steel-processing and fabrication center in Covington, GA, near Atlanta. It will serve the southern United States with an additional capacity of 3000-metric-tons of steel per month. It joins the original U.S. MISA facility in Louisville, KY, with similar capacity. The firm supplies tubing, unexposed automotive structural components, and a variety of stamped, drawn and rollformed parts, to manufacturers of forklifts, construction-machinery and agricultural equipment. Learn more at

Stamper Adds Space-Saving Servo Feed

Monday, May 22, 2006
ODM Tool & Manufacturing, McCook, IL, has taken delivery of a new Space-Saver servo-feed system from Dallas Industries, Troy, MI, which, it says, takes up half to two-thirds the amount of floor space of a conventional feed system. The feed can handle coils to 30,000 lb., 48 in. wide, 72-in. dia. It can feed ½-in.-thick stock to 48 in. wide. Included with the setup is motorized 14-in. passline-height adjustment; hydraulic press-attachment clamps; a 5-in.-dia. piloting straightener mounted on the entry end; and a combination coil restrictor, peeler, threader and debender. Learn more at

NIMS Apprenticeships Approved by U.S. Dept. of Labor

Friday, May 19, 2006
Work continues on the development of a National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) competency-based apprenticeship system for the nation’s metalworking and metalforming industries. This work, funded by a U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) grant, aims to improve the skilled workers are trained in American manufacturing. In this system, the apprentice must demonstrate proficiency against a national set of core competencies; an individual company may add additional competency requirements. It integrates standards-based credentialing assessments with traditional on-the-job learning. Eleven PMA member companies are serving as pilot sites, and PMA Educational Foundation has been involved in the development of the apprenticeships related to metalforming and in the preparation of curriculum guides. The DoL has approved five occupations under the NIMS National Guideline Standard for Competency-based Apprenticeship: Machinist; Machine Builder; CNC Setup-Programmer-Milling; CNC Setup-Programmer-Turning; and CNC Setup-Programmer-Milling and Turning. This federal approval means that companies can now register apprenticeship programs for these occupations with the DoL as competency-based programs. Workers completing these apprenticeships will receive national certifications in their respective fields. NIMS has submitted to DoL for approval the competency requirements for Press Setup Operator-Stamping, and is developing for submission later this year Tool and Die Maker – Stamping; and Machine Tool Maintenance, Service and Repair. For more information, visit To learn more about how to implement these apprenticeships at your company or how to participate as a pilot site, contact the PMA Educational Foundation staff at 216/901-8800 or


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