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Metform Forms Strategic Alliance

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Metform Intl. Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, a supplier of heavy-gauge coil-processing equipment including rollforming lines and tooling and cut-to-length lines, has formed a strategic alliance with Grupo Marafon. Located in Brazil, Grupo Marafon also provides rollforming lines and cut-to-length lines. Learn more at

Laystrom Mfg. Acquires Metal Fabrication Company

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Metal fabricator, stamper and tooling manufacturer Laystrom Manufacturing Co., Chicago, IL, acquired all of the manufacturing assets of Nitram Metal Fabricators, Inc., Elk Grove Village, IL. Laystrom will continue to operate the Nitram facility, a 24,000-sq.-ft. plant that includes a 4000-w CNC laser-cutting machine and a laser-turret punch press.

Chicago-Area Service Center Orders Coil Line

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Amtex Steel, Inc., University Park, IL, has ordered a new turret-head coil-slitting line from Braner USA, Schiller Park, IL. The line will process 60,000-lb. by 72-in.-wide hot-rolled pickled, cold-rolled and coated coils in thicknesses from 0.015 to ¼ in. at line speeds to 1000 ft./min. It includes automatic edge guides, a quick-change 150-hp slitter, and a 250-hp two-speed recoiler. Learn more at Amtex, a steel-service center serving stampers and fabricators, is online at


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