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ESI Group Sets Dates for Virtual Engineering Conference

Friday, June 25, 2004
ESI Group, with U.S. offices in Bloomfield Hills, MI, is offering conferences worldwide to discuss digital simulation for virtual engineering. The provider of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes will offer its U.S. conference, AmeriPam, November 3-4, 2004, in Detroit, MI. The conference allows attendees to learn more about ESI Group’s computer-aided-engineering products and software tools, backed by case histories on how the products assisted manufacturers. For more information or to register, visit

Fairchild Semiconductor Earns
Automotive Certification for Manufacturing

Friday, June 25, 2004
Fairchild Semiconductor, South Portland, ME, has earned the ISO/TS 16949 automotive certification for all of its manufacturing facilities worldwide that produce automotive products. The company supplies electronic products to automotive manufacturers such as Siemens, Bosch and Delphi. For more, visit

Congress Restores Funding for
Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Thursday, June 24, 2004
In what has been hailed as a victory for manufacturers, The U.S. House of Representatives has approved $106 million in FY 2005 funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). MEPs are a network of nationwide centers that provide resources small and medium-sized manufacturers including assistance with process improvements, worker training, business practices and information technology applications. The Bush administration budget had included $39 million for MEPs in FY 2005, down from an FY 2003 operating budget of $106 million. The Precision Metalforming Association, working with a coalition of Congressional offices and associations, sought to restore funding to the $106 million level. The Senate, in coming weeks, is expected to request similar funding. In FY 2002, according to PMA, MEPs served 18,000 manufacturers, resulting in $681 million in cost savings for those manufacturers and 35,000 jobs saved or created. The Department of Commerce reports that the federal government’s ROI in MEPs is $4 in federal tax revenue for every $1 invested in the program.


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