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Fastener Manufacturer Gains Laboratory Accreditation

Thursday, August 17, 2006
Continental Midland, LLC has had its laboratory in Franklin Park, IL, A2LA-certified. The certification, from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, covers a wide range of products including, plastics, printed wiring boards, insulation systems, information technology appliances, and measuring and testing equipment. The A2LA is a nationally recognized accreditation organization that accredits testing laboratories in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025--General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.

Foundation Announces Record Level
of Workforce-Development Grants

Wednesday, August 16, 2006
The Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation (PMAEF) will make available training and education grants totaling $208,500 during the 2007 fiscal year, according to Gretchen Zierick, PMAEF chair. The budget represents an increase of nearly $40,000 over the 2006 budget, and is the highest ever from the foundation. PMAEF accepts requests for funding from organizations whose programs and services promote, enhance and support the development of a metalforming workforce in the United States. Download an application at, or call Anne Cunningham at 216/901-8800.

Textron Out of the Fastening Business

Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Textron Inc., Providence, RI, has sold its Fastening Systems unit to a California-based private equity firm, Platinum Equity. The sale follows several similar moves made recently by Textron in its effort to divest itself of non-core manufacturing businesses. Textron owns leading aircraft manufacturers Bell Helicopter and Cessna Aircraft, among other well-known brands. Learn more at


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