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Yarde Metals to be Acquired

Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., Los Angeles, CA, has agreed to acquire Yarde Metals, Inc., a metals service center company headquartered in Southington, CT. Yarde, which processes and distributes stainless-steel and aluminum-alloy plate, rod and bar products, operates additional service centers in Pelham, NH; East Hanover, NJ; Hauppauge, NY; High Point, NC; Streetsboro, OH; and Limerick, PA. Reliance owns a network of more than 150 locations in 37 states and in Belgium, Canada, China and South Korea. It’s online at

Roll-Kraft Expands Toolroom Capacity in Canada

Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Roll-tooling manufacturer Roll-Kraft, Mentor, OH, has installed a new vertical CNC machine at its Brampton, Ontario, Canada facility. The machine is the eighth CNC machine at the plant, and will manufacture large roll tooling, to 49-in. dia., for the tube and pipe industry. Learn more at

New Research and Development Organization
Set to Aid Metalforming Companies

Friday, July 21, 2006
The Ohio State University (OSU) and The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) have jointly established the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Precision Forming (CPF). The center, funded in part by the National Science Foundation and participating companies, aims to be the leading North American research and development organization supporting metalforming companies, by developing innovative, cost-effective and environmentally friendly processes, tooling and equipment. It will conduct projects in close collaboration with industry and transfer the results to its member companies. CPF will use extensively the knowledge base developed at the Engineering Research Center for Net Shape Manufacturing at OSU, which is now merged with CPF. Learn more at


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