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MISA Acquires Building-Products Manufacturer

Friday, July 7, 2006
Marubeni-Itochu Steel America (MISA), New York, NY, has acquired Quality Edge, Inc., Walker, MI, a rollforming company that manufactures roofing, siding and rainware finishing products—fascia, soffit, drip edge, steel siding etc. Quality Edge joins Clark Western Building Systems as part of the MISA Building Products Group. MISA, a joint venture between the steel divisions of Japan’s two largest trading groups, is the parent organization for an integrated network of affiliates in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Learn more at

Stainless-Steel Production at its All-Time High

Thursday, July 6, 2006
The International Stainless Steel Forum in Brussels announced that world stainless crude steel production in the first quarter of 2006 stood at 6.6 million metric tons, the most stainless steel ever produced in a single quarter. Compared to the first quarter of 2005, production rose by only 0.3 percent, but compared to the fourth quarter of 2005 production has risen 12.2 percent. Compared to fourth-quarter 2005, the strongest growth in 2006, 17.7 percent, has come from The Americas. Western European and African regions have increased stainless-steel production by 12.6 percent, while Asia has seen an increase of 11.1 percent

Train-the-Trainer Safety Seminars Scheduled

Wednesday, July 5, 2006
American Safety Training, Inc., Davenport, IA, has released its class schedule for August and September for its Essentials of Safety Seminars. The seminars are aimed at personnel responsible for employee health and safety, and those who develop workplace practices that must comply with OSHA regulations. Participants can attend for one, two or four days. The August schedule includes seminars near Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Hartford, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Orlando and Philadelphia. Cities slated for September seminars include Baltimore, Chicago, Columbus, Philadelphia and St. Louis. To find more information, view the detailed seminar schedule, and to register, log on to


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