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Olson International Implements
New Planning and Scheduling Software

Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Crediting its new software system with shaving a day and a half from its planning and scheduling cycle, metalforming company Olson Intl. Ltd. says it has eliminated waste such as overtime, premium airfreight and other factors affecting its bottom line. Olson, with plants in Lombard, IL, and Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, employs more than 500 people, supplying precision metal stampings and assemblies to the automotive, appliance and electronics industries. A long-time user of Mapics SyteLine ERP software from Mapics, Inc., it recently implemented Mapics Advanced Planning and Scheduling software that it says “synchronizes manufacturing operations using orders, materials and capacity to obtain precise delivery dates.” Log on to to learn more.

MSCI Issues Improved Metals Activity Report

Wednesday, July 30, 2003
The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) has published its Metals Activity Report (MAR), a metals-shipments and inventory report designed as a successor to the institute’s Business Conditions II report. The new MAR estimates North American shipments and inventories of the seven most popular steel products handled by metals service centers. The reports are made available, in varying levels of detail, to MSCI members, the news media and to subscribers. For more information, call 773/867-1300, ext. 105.

Spring Maker MW Industries Acquired by Quad-C

Tuesday, July 29, 2003
MW Industries, a maker of springs, fasteners and stamped products based in Logansport, IN, has been acquired by Charlottesville, VA-based Quad-C Partners Management, Inc., a private equity firm. MW had been owned by Harbor Group Industries, and during that eight-year run MW tripled in size, made six acquisitions and became the third-largest American-owned spring manufacturer, according to Daniel Sebastian, MW president and CEO. But he is excited about the new ownership. “This represents a significant step forward for MW,” he said. “Our new partnership will enable us to pursue additional complementary acquisitions, as well as provide us with the capital to support internal development programs.” For more, visit


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