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Sharon Custom Metal Forming (SCMF)
Acquires Wheatland Roll Forming Division

Thursday, July 17, 2003
SCMF Inc., Hermitage, PA, has purchased the assets of Wheatland Tube’s Roll Forming Division, Warren, OH. The division’s production equipment and tooling will be relocated, including 15 roll-forming lines, several secondary presses and other ancillary equipment, and a large bank of tooling. The Wheatland division had specialized in heavy-gauge roll-formed parts and complex light-gauge lock-seamed sections. With the acquisition, SCFM now offers production of material thicknesses to 0.375 in. and widths to 40 in. In separate news, SCFM has begun expansion into a new 85,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Farrell, PA, and plans to add 20 new employees in 2003.

Mitsubishi Taps Fagor for Tandem Line

Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Mitsubishi Motors of Australia Ltd. has selected Fagor Arrasate, Bensenville, IL, to supply a AA-class tandem-press line at Mitsubishi’s new press facilities in Adelaide, Australia. The mechanical-press line consists of two 2400-ton and two 800-ton units and will produce skin parts such as body sides, doors and roofs. Fagor teamed with ABB to automate part transfer, destacking, automatic tool change and automatic racking via robots. For more, visit

Rockford Mill Appoints CEO, Establishes New HQ

Monday, July 14, 2003
Rockford Mill, exclusive distributor of Namsun machining centers in North and South America, has appointed John Forlow as chairman and CEO. Also, the company has established its new headquarters at 202 W. State St., Suite 1100, Rockford, IL 61101. Forlow’s new responsibilities include all aspects of Rockford Mill’s strategic alliance with Korean-based Namsun Corp. in conjunction with his role as business and technical liaison for Rockford Mill’s customers. The company offers vertical machining systems with three-axes capability and machines with five-sided cutting ability. Portal designs are standard and can accommodate workpieces from 40 to 250 in. wide. In addition, the machines can carry heavy workpieces and can reach traverse rates of 780 in./min. For more, visit


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