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Ferris State Working with Hurco Cos.

Friday, August 25, 2006
Nearly 20 years ago, the Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI) Manufacturing Tooling Technology program purchased three KM3 CNC mills from Hurco Cos., Indianapolis, IN. In the past few years, thanks to a renewed partnership between FSU professors and Hurco, the university has been able to upgrade its machinery equipment multiple times. For example, in 2002, “we approached Hurco stating that we had $72,000 and needed three machines,” recalls Dean Krager, associate professor in the FSU program. “Not only did Hurco let us buy two machines at a deep discount, it gave us a third machine to use on consignment for two years and told us that we could buy it for the depreciated value at the end of the consignment period. When all was said and done, we were able to purchase approximately $180,000 worth of equipment for $90,000.” Hurco has provided FSU with other top-of-the-line machines at deep discounts, too, according to Krager, and also provides applied education experience to FSU students as well as scholarship funding. For more from Hurco, visit More on the Manufacturing Tooling Technology program at FSU can be found at

Pangborn Purchased by Atlas Holdings

Thursday, August 24, 2006
Pangborn Corp., Hagerstown, MD, a manufacturer of surface-preparation equipment, has been acquired by Atlas Holdings LLC through its Capital Equipment Resources unit. “Management is certain that under Atlas Holdings and Capital Equipment resources ownership, Pangborn will further strengthen its North American market position and re-establish itself as the preferred shot-blast and air-blast equipment and services provider in the global marketplace,” says Randy Hudson, Pangborn president and CEO.

Grant Aimed at Training IL Students
for Advanced-Technology Careers

Wednesday, August 23, 2006
The Institute of Tribology and Coatings (ITC) has received a $68,000 grant from the State of Illinois to train students to transition from school to high-skilled advanced-technology jobs. With the grant, ITC will train students from two Illinois schools, Indian Valley Vocational Center and Waubonsee Community College, in information technology, technical support, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing in aerospace, automotive, transportation, energy and other sectors. The grant is part of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s High Technology School-to-Work Initiative and is administered by the Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. For more on ITC, visit


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