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Colt Automation Makes a Move

Friday, August 20, 2004
Colt Automation Ltd., designer and manufacturer of coil-feed, coil-handling and press-automation equipment, has moved to a new facility in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. The new 48,000-sq.-ft. plant, centrally located near Toronto, houses modern fabrication and welding equipment, CNC machining equipment, advanced engineering and electrical/controls departments, an assembly and testing area and sales and administrative offices. Chris Nantau is the new national sales manager for Colt Automation. The firm offers coil-feed and straightener systems to 72-in. and 70,000-lb. capacity; space-saver systems, cut-to-length lines, coil cars, up-enders and all related coil-handling equipment. Learn more at

Coil-Processing Seminar Slated for November in Ohio

Thursday, August 19, 2004
Red Bud Industries will host a coil-processing seminar at the Sharonville Convention Center in Sharonville, OH, on November 9, 2004. The seminar will cover blanking, multi-blanking, leveling, slitting and new processes for hot-rolled black material. Speakers include industry consultant Eric Theis, formerly of Herr-Voss; Harold Kerns, an expert in slitting and shearing; and Kevin Voges, president of The Material Works, a toll-processing service center. Learn more at

Spring Business Bounces Upward

Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Manufacturers in the North American spring industry have enjoyed their fourth consecutive quarter of increased business activity, according to the Spring Manufacturers Institute (SMI), Oak Brook, IL. In its second-quarter 2004 Key Business Trends Survey, SMI shows that 78 percent of its reporting companies indicated an increase in business for the quarter ending June 30, 2004. None of the reporting companies noted a business decline over the period. The survey also noted an increase in lead times and work hours, and that the forecast for future quarters is favorable. Learn more at


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