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Press Tonnage Control Earns Energy Savers Award

Tuesday, May 25, 2004
The Entrepreneurs for Energy Efficiency, Houston, TX, has presented its National Energy Savers Award to Ford Motor Co. for the automaker’s work in commercializing the Force Modulator system. The energy-efficient technology was developed to improve the operation of stamping presses, particularly those used to form lighter-weight materials such as high-strength steel and aluminum. The system, developed by Smedberg Machine Corp. and marketed by Metalforming Controls Corp., provides a soft hit, user-controlled tonnage at all points in the stroke, hold on bottom and a controlled binder-ring return. As lack of tonnage control during the press stroke has been considered a barrier to the use of aluminum and high-strength steel, this technology will accelerate use of these materials in auto/truck applications, thus reducing vehicle weight and improving fuel economy, according to the technology’s backers. That capability resulted in the award presentation. For more, visit

Ferguson Metals Honored by Buckeye State

Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Ferguson Metals, a Hamilton, OH-based supplier of specialty stainless steel and high-temperature alloys, has won an award in the Commitment to Excellence tier of the Ohio Award for Excellence. The award, patterned after the Malcolm Baldridge Award, recognizes companies that have demonstrated a serious commitment to excellence and a process for continuous improvement. “We have embraced a philosophy of continuous improvement that is driven by programs such as the roadmap to Excellence and ISO certification,” said H. ne Ferguson, president, commenting on the award. The company will receive its award at a conference to be held this September in Columbus.

Service Center Institute Names New Directors

Monday, May 24, 2004
The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) confirmed 10 new board members at its recently held annual meeting. The new directors include Lawrence J. Burr, president and CEO of Atlas Steel Products Co.; Everett P. Chesley, executive vice president and CFO of Integris Metals; Mark Haight, general manager of Infra-Metals Co.; James D. Hoffman, vice president of Earl M. Jorgensen Co.; Michael Hoffman, president and CEO of Macsteel Service Centers, USA; Anthony Leto, executive vice president of The Wagner Cos.; Richard Robinson, president of Norfolk Iron and Metal Co.; Edward M. Siegel Jr., president and CEO of Russel Metals, Inc.; and Frank M. Walker, president and CEO, Feralloy Corp. For more, visit


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