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MI Stamper Adds 600-Ton Press, New Coil Line

Monday, June 29, 2009
PTM Corp., Fair Haven, MI, has installed a new 600-ton mechanical press from Eagle Press & Equipment Co., Ltd., Oldcastle, Ontario, Canada (, rated to 60 strokes/min. and equipped with an Allen Bradley Panel Vision control. Feeding the press is a 48-in. feed line provided by Dallas Industries, Inc., Troy, MI ( and a 20,000-lb.-capacity straightener and uncoiler from Mecon Industries, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada ( Press bed size: 144 by 54 in. PTM, which supplies metal stampings fourslide parts, is online at

Automotive Stamper Announces $6.4 Million Expansion

Monday, June 29, 2009
Ralco Industries Inc., Pontiac, MI, announced plans to invest $6.4 million to expand to a larger facility, thanks in part to state tax credits worth a combined $2.6 million over seven years. The tax credit helped to convince the firm to expand in Michigan rather than move to a competing site in Tennessee. Ralco, which according to its website “specializes in converting expensive castings into low-cost welded assemblies for automotive exhaust-gas-recirculation (EGR) systems,” expects to hire 100 additional workers as part of its expansion. It also manufactures steering components, suspension and chassis brackets, seating components and other automotive parts;

Waterjet-Cutting Technology to Become
Part of Boeing-Sponsored Research Facility

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, Catcliffe (Rotherham) UK, has partnered with waterjet-cutting equipment manufacturer WardJet, to further develop its expertise in advanced-materials cutting and forming. Richard Ward, owner and president of WardJet, Tallmadge, OH, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the AMRC. Learn more about WardJet at The AMRC, a collaboration between the University of Sheffield’s engineering group and Boeing, is online at


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