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Chicago to Host Town-Hall Meeting
on the State of Manufacturing

Thursday, July 24, 2003
The Central States Chapter of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) will conduct a town-hall meeting on August 21 to discuss the decline of North American manufacturing and measures that can be taken to counter it. “This is the first of as many as a half-dozen town-hall meetings that we plan for the United States and Canada between now and the end of the year,” says M. Robert Weidner, III, MSCI president and CEO. The meeting is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. Speakers include Donald McNeeley, president and CEO of Chicago Tube & Iron; David Lerman, chairman and CEO of Steel Warehouse Co.; William Hickey, president, Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp.; and John Licht, chairman, president and CEO of Duraco Products. For more details, call 773/867-1300 ext. 105.

Ultra Tool & Mfg. Gains ISO Certification

Thursday, July 24, 2003
Ultra Tool & Manufacturing, Menomonee Falls, WI, has been approved for ISO 9001:2000. The firm, founded in 1969, supplies medium- to high-volume metal stampings, progressive dies, assemblies and custom machinery. It’s online at

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


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