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Indy Community College Launches
New Manufacturing- Education Program

Friday, August 7, 2009
National Tooling and Machining Association Chairman Ron Overton told those attending the ribbon-cutting opening ceremony for the advanced manufacturing lab at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, IN, that “the manufacturing workforce of the future will need technical skills as well as an aptitude for troubleshooting in a team environment.” That’s the mission of a new Ivy Tech program, described in a recent article in The Indianapolis Star, which will offer an associate’s degree and train students in robotics, industrial engineering and other related subjects. The lab will house more than $350,000 worth of equipment to create an advanced automation environment.

Lincoln Electric Acquires Chinese Weld-Wire Maker

Thursday, August 6, 2009
Lincoln Asia Pacific, the Asian subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Cleveland, OH, has acquired Jinzhou Jin Tai Welding and Metal Co., a welding-wire manufacturer in Jinzhou, China. Lincoln Asia Pacific had owned 48 percent of the company, and acquired the remainder from Taiwan-based Kuang Tai Metal Industrial Co. and other partners. Jin Tai’s annualized sales for the first half of 2009 were $130 million. Learn more about Lincoln Electric at

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


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