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Steelmakers Unite to Support New Marketing Initiative

Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), Washington, DC, has established the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), with the mission “to advance the competitive use of steel through a market-driven strategy that promotes cost effective steel-based solutions.” SMDI will operate as an AISI business unit funded by eight steel steel-producing companies. U.S. Steel’s J. James Kutka, Jr., senior vice president—strategic planning and business development, heads the new SMDI board; AISI senior vice president David C. Jeanes is SMDI president. Learn more at

Fabricator Adopts Wellness Programs
to Improve Employee Health and Welfare

Monday, August 11, 2008
Metal-fabrication job shop D&S Manufacturing, Black River Falls, WI, has partnered with its insurance provider, Gundersen Lutheran Occupational Health, to offer its employees a series of wellness programs. The programs are designed to improve employee morale, reduce absenteeism and encourage lifestyle changes to positively impact employee health. The goal is to identify emerging heath problems that might be avoided or minimized through minor changes in diet and exercise, according to D&S president Michael Dougherty. D&S manufactures large-scale components and weldments for customers such as Caterpillar, Trane Co. and Parkson;

Rollformer Equipped to Handle
Thick, High-Strength Steel

Monday, August 11, 2008
Custom Rollforming Corp. (CRC), Moundridge, KS, a manufacturer of custom rollformed products, has installed a rollforming line designed to form heavy-gauge profiles using high-strength steels. The new line, from Bradbury, features a 20,000-lb.-capacity stock reel, tooling mounted on 3-in. arbors, and a heavy-duty seven-roll straightener. A 16-pass line, it can accept coils to 24 in. wide and boasts a 150-hp output. At the exit end is an oversized part straightener and a 100-ton flying-cutoff press. Learn more about CRC at


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