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Armor-Plate Production Proves Lucrative for AZ Firm

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
LAI International, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ, a supplier to Boeing, Eaton, GE, Lockheed Martin and other Fortune 500 manufacturers, has won several contracts for manufacturing armor-plate assemblies. As part of its recent agreements, LAI received five awards for production of military-vehicle armor plating developed by the Army Research Lab, designed to stop penetrating-type explosives. LAI supplies precision components and subassemblies using processes such as hot forming, CNC machining, chemical milling and five-axis precision waterjet drilling. It operates five U.S. facilities;

Double-Sheet Detector Protects
Expanded-Metal Press Line

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Niles Expanded Metals, Niles, OH, has installed a Model 120 double-sheet detector, from Roland Industrial Electronics, Cleveland, OH, on an automatic production press used to produce expanded-metal materials. The control unit of the double-sheet detector can store as many as 255 programs, making it well-suited to the large variety of materials processed at Niles, including several grades of carbon steels, as well as magnetic and nonmagnetic stainless steels, aluminum and titanium alloys and various exotic alloys. Material thickness can range from 0.10 mm to 8.0 mm. Learn more at; Niles Expanded Metals is online at

Trio of Manufacturers Form Springmaking JV

Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The spring-manufacturing business of GR Spring & Stamping Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, has entered into a joint venture with Stumpp, Schuele, & Somappa (SSS) USA Inc., and MultiTech Industries, Inc., Carol Stream, IL. SSS USA Inc., a subsidiary of Stumpp, Schuele & Somappa Pvt. Ltd, the largest spring-manufacturing company in India, will hold a majority position in the new venture, named Stumpp, Schuele, & Somappa Spring & Wire LLC (SSS Spring & Wire LLC), and headquartered in Walker, MI. GR Spring & Stamping operates facilities in Michigan, Kentucky and Chihuahua, Mexico; Stumpp, Schuele & Somappa Pvt. Ltd operates 11 plants in India and one in Germany; Learn about MultiTech Industries and its strategic alliances at


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