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Wheelabrator Earns Safety-Program Recognition

Wednesday, July 23, 2003
The Georgia Department of Labor has issued its Award for Excellence for workplace safety to Wheelabrator, LaGrange, GA, for achieving a minimum 250 workdays with no lost-time injuries, illnesses or fatalities. The firm manufactures blast-cleaning and surface-preparation equipment. It’s online at

Machine-Tool Consumption off 24.4 Percent

Tuesday, July 22, 2003
AMT—The Association for Manufacturing Technology, and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association have released their joint statistical data for May 2003 that shows a 24.4 percent drop in machine-too consumption for the year, compared to the same period in 2002. “America’s investment in modern manufacturing equipment is at one of its lowest points in history,” stated Albert Moore, AMT president. By region, the Northeast is off 33 percent from 2002 figures; the Southern region shows an 8.3 percent drop; Midwest, off 22.9 percent; the Central region is down 25.6 percent; and the Western region is off 39.6 percent.

Metal Stamper Taps Chinese Market

Monday, July 21, 2003
Turning the tables on low-cost Chinese imports of ferrules, shells, eyelets and metal stampings, Peterson Manufacturing, Sarasota, FL, has found a to sell its stampings into the Chinese markets. Peterson has partnered with MMC International, Glendale, CO, a manufacturer’s representative firm with an office in Singapore and contacts throughout Asia. The alliance enables Peterson to establish accounts in China for its deep-drawn parts. Peterson can compete by eliminating secondary operations as it can incorporate drawing, flanging, piercing, notching, dimpling, threading, necking, slotting, lancing, curling and lettering into the press process. It eyes Chinese markets for its transfer-press technology in the areas of home and small appliances, gauges, sensors and controls, valves, plumbing accessories, hose assemblies, locks, water sprinklers and hand tools. The firm is online at


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