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Detroit Tool Metal to Train Hundreds in Robotic Welding

Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC), Springfield, MO, has partnered with Detroit Tool Metal Products Co., Lebanon, MO, to directly support job training for as many as 250 Detroit Tool employees. Detroit Tool, due to its plans to close its manufacturing plant in Fort Madison, IA, by year’s end and consolidate operations in Lebanon, expects to hire an additional 225 employees at its Lebanon facility by the end of 2010. OTC will offer Detroit Tool employees a robotic-welding-specific course in advanced manufacturing, to help the firm establish a new engineering center with an emphasis on tooling design, product improvement, improved manufacturing processes, product qualification and new-product design. Detroit Tool performs precision metal stamping, welding, assembly and other metal-fabrication services; OTC is online at

Misumi USA Launches New Website,
with Upgraded E-Commerce Functionality

Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Upgraded navigation makes it easier than ever to quickly find, order and track the shipment of products from the firm’s extensive portfolio of die and mechanical factory-automation components, cataloged on the website of Misumi USA, Inc., Schaumburg, IL. The website,, includes a product configurator and web ordering system, and a powerful new search engine to help users quickly locate and configure specific products and enter their orders. A “My Page” features allows users to customize a personal page to save such items as a My Components List, Product Bookmarks and Order & Quote History.

Metals Distributor Awarded Huge Defense Contract

Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, the troop support center of the Defense Logistics Agency, named TW Metals, Exton, PA, a prime vendor for metal products and awarded it a contract to support the Northeast region of the United States. The contract is for $96 million—fixed price with economic price adjustment--with a maximum dollar-value limit of $288 million. TW Metals’ Government Business Unit in Carol Stream, IL, will manage the contract for its customers—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Federal civilian agencies. TW Metals distributes a broad range of products, including extrusions, fittings, pipe, sheet, and plate, of carbon, alloy and stainless steels, and alloys of aluminum, nickel, and titanium;


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