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Adds 4-kW Laser-Cutting Machine

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
M&M Manufacturing Co. has installed a Mazak Hypergear 2D FMS laser-cutting system at its Precision Products Division in Fort Worth, TX. The machine features a 4-kW laser to cut mild steel to 1 in. thick, as well as a material-storage tower for holding and retrieving as many as10 different sheet specifications. A pneumatic load system positions each sheet on the cutting table—with material loaded in the tower, the setup can run untended for complete shifts or over the weekend. M&M fabricates round, rectangular and spiral HVAC duct pipe and fittings, as well as sheetmetal products for roofing, ventilating and architectural applications; Learn more about the lineup of laser-cutting equipment from Mazak Optonics Corp., Elgin, IL, at

Mate Precision Tooling Expands in Latin America

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Press-tooling manufacturer Mate Precision Tooling, Anoka, MN, has expanded its network of sales representatives and dealers in Latin America, and instituted new customer-service and marketing initiatives. Having already conducted intensive product training, the company plans to hold three additional dealer-product training and maintenance seminars in 2009 to support its growing Latin American fabricating market. Mate also appointed Gus Escobar as sales engineer for the Baja, CA and Sonora area; and Victor Rodriquez as a representative in Mexico for Monterrey, Reynosa and Juarez. New dealers: Censa Tools (Baja, CA), CESMI Manutencao e Montagens Ltda (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and Proingas, S.A. (Chile). Finally, at its U.S. headquarters, Mate has added three Spanish-speaking service representatives and one Portuguese-speaking representative, and installed a dedicated Spanish-language customer-service phone line, 763/576-3700. Learn more 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;


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