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Gerstenslager Forms JV with Tooling Firm

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The Gerstenslager Co., a supplier of automotive stampings and assemblies with facilities in Wooster and Clyde, OH, announced plans to form a 50-50 joint venture with International Tooling Solutions, LLC (ITS), a designer and builder of tooling. The JV, named ArtiFlex Manufacturing, LLC, will provide engineering, tooling, stamping and assembly services. ITS operates three facilities—two in Grand Rapids, MI, and one in Frankfort, KY, and specializes in low-cost production of ultra-low volume dies and assembly; Gerstenslager, a subsidiary of Worthington Industries, Columbus, OH, specializes in blanking, stamping, assembly, e-coating and packaging; More about ArtiFlex at

Prima Power Laserdyne Launches
Rapido Manufacturing in Minnesota

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The Prima Power Laserdyne facility in Champlin, MN, has begun to manufacture the company’s Rapido 3D laser-processing system, used for cutting and welding. The machines previously were only manufactured and delivered to the North American market by Prima Industrie headquarters operations in Torino, Italy. The Champlin facility designs, manufactures and services the Laserdyne family of 3D laser systems;

Q1 a Record Setter
for Stainless Steel Production

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Preliminary statistics from the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) reveal that global stainless crude steel production reached 8.4 million metric tons for the first quarter of 2011, an all-time high for a first quarter and an 8.2 percent increase over Q4 2010. Strongest Q1 2011 growth came from The Americas, up 37 percent from Q4 2010 and up 6.9 percent year over year. ISSF credits global market strength to strong end-user demand and to continued replenishment of service-center stock. While ISSF expects some level of de-stocking during 2011, it foresees another year of record production;


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