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Brown & Sharpe Updates Website
with Improved Graphics, Accessibility

Monday, May 6, 2002
Brown & Sharpe, Inc., North Kingstown, RI, has updated its website,, giving users a choice between standard format and Flash, which provides sound and animation. Also, users now can navigate the site in one of six languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, French, German and Italian. Visitors can view product demonstrations and purchase a wide variety of metrology products at the new site, which also offers technical support.

Tube Shipments Improve in March

Friday, May 3, 2002
March shipments of mechanical tube increased 9-11 percent over February levels and increased 7-9 percent over March 2001 levels, according to data from the Steel Tube Institute of North America. But, cautions the institute, a raw material shortage and rapid price increases are causing much volatility in the marketplace. Shipments of hollow structural sections increased 7-9 percent over February and increased 5-7 percent compared to March 2001. Stainless-tube shipments posted 5-7-percent gains over February and March 2001 levels while standard pipe-shipments rose 5-7 percent in March but showed a 6-10-percent decrease as compared to March 2001.

Roll-Kraft/Ardcor Welcomes Ohio Governor

Friday, May 3, 2002
Robert Taft, governor of Ohio, recently paid a visit to Roll-Kraft/Ardcor, Mentor, OH, to discuss industry issues and to tour the producer of tube-and-pipe-mill rolls and related rollforming equipment. Taft met with engineers, manufacturing personnel and management, discussing tax incentives, health care, worker’s compensation and other company and employee concerns. He also viewed a variety o sample products produced on Roll-Kraft tooling and equipment, and learned how manufacturing affects a broad range of industries.


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