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Welding-Equipment Manufacturer Fronius
to Open U.S. HQ in Indiana

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Austrian-based Fronius International GmbH, a manufacturer of arc-welding equipment, battery-charging systems and solar electronics, announced plans to launch a new U.S. headquarters in Portage, IN, in the third quarter of 2012. The company will move from its current location in Brighton Township, MI, to a new 400,000-sq.-ft. facility, and expects to employ as many as 512 people by 2016. More at

Carpenter to Acquire Latrobe Specialty Metals

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Carpenter Technology, Wyomissing, PA, a producer of conventional and powder-metal specialty alloys, including stainless and tool steels, announced plans to acquire Latrobe Specialty Metals, Inc., Latrobe, PA, a manufacturer of high-performance materials for the aerospace, defense and energy industries. Latrobe manufactures its products—cold- and hot-work tool steels, high-speed steels and more—at facilities in PA, OH, TX and the UK, and operates seven U.S. distribution centers; More about Carpenter at

OSHA Website Explains Recordkeeping Rules

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) unveiled a new interactive website to help users determine whether injuries and illnesses are work-related and recordable under the OSHA Recordkeeping rules. The website, called OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor, is an interactive tool that simulates an employer’s interaction with a recordkeeping-rules expert. It relies on the user’s responses to questions and automatically adapts to the situation presented. Responses put into the program are strictly confidential and the system does not record or store any of the information. The advisor helps employers determine: • Whether an injury or illness (or related event) is work-related; • Whether an event or exposure at home or on travel is work-related; • Whether an exception applies to the injury or illness; • Whether a work-related injury or illness needs to be recorded; and • Which provisions of the regulations apply when recording a work-related injury or illness.


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