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New High-Speed Slitting Line for Steel Processor

Thursday, August 25, 2005
M C Steel, upon its relocation from Elk Grove Village, to Wheeling, IL, decided to upgrade its slitting capabilities, adding a high-speed slitting line from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL. The line can process coil to 75 in. wide in thicknesses to 0.250 in. The line includes Red Bud’s Camber Trac system that allows the slitter to move relative to the material, eliminating the potential of losing the trimmed scrap. Also included, Constant Passline Slitting, which, according to Red Bud officials, automatically positions the top and bottom slitter knives so that both are centered relative to the thickness of the material. As a result, the load on the knives is equalized, leading to longer knife life and improved cut quality. Red Bud also announced installation of new blanking lines at Russel Metals, Boucherville, Canada, and Curtis Steel Co., Ltd., Houston, TX.

Parts Maker Chooses Plexus Online
as Manufacturing Information System

Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Swoboda, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, a producer of plastic parts with metal inserts for the automotive and other industries, has selected Plexus Online as its manufacturing information system. In choosing Plexus Online, Swoboda officials cited the software’s ability to mesh with the company’s quality and operational needs. For more, visit

Formtek Purchases Producer
of Rollforming Equipment

Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Formtek Metal Forming, Inc., a supplier of rollforming equipment and tooling, has acquired the operating assets of Tishken Products Co., Detroit, MI. Tishken produces rollforming, edge-conditioning and strip-thickness sizing machines; carbide saw-mill machines; and cutoff presses as well as rollform tooling. Tishken operations will relocate to one of Formtek’s facilities.


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