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Minn.-Based Workforce-Development Program
Earns DoL Recognition

Friday, August 29, 2008
Minneapolis, MN-based HIRED, which provides direct job- and skill-development assistance to low-income adults, dislocated workers, people making the welfare-to-work transition and others, received the Excellence Award for Leveraging the Power of Partnerships from the U.S. Department of Labor. The DoL recognized HIRED for its M-Powered training program, developed in collaboration with Hennepin Technical College and the Precision Metalforming Association. M-Powered trains Minnesota jobseekers for careers in manufacturing. It encompasses 96 hr. of training in disciplines such as shop math, blueprint reading, precision measurement and machine operation, and meets National Institute for Metalworking Skills credential requirements. More than 150 people have completed the program and nearly 94 percent of graduates have been placed in jobs. Learn more at<.a>.

Producer of Perforated and Expanded Metal Products
Opens 18th Service Center

Thursday, August 28, 2008
McNichols Co., Tampa, FL, opened its newest service center near Kansas City, KS. The newly constructed 24,000-sq.-ft. facility in suburban Lenexa is the firm’s 18th service center in North America, and includes 12,000 sq. ft. dedicated to fabrication services—plasma-arc cutting, welding and more. McNichols manufactures perforated and expanded metals, wire cloth and various types of grating and flooring;

Website a Showcase for Resistance-Welding
Equipment, and Much More

Thursday, August 28, 2008
RoMan Manufacturing, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, a manufacturer of AC transformers, DC power supplies, switch gear and other specialty products, has launched a new website at In addition to showcasing the firm’s resistance-welding prowess, the site highlights its expertise in glass melting and forming, as well as plating and heattreating. And, the website includes several pages dedicated to RoMan’s application of environmental-conservation initiatives.


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