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Vero Intl. Acquires Die-Design Software Provider

Tuesday, September 13, 2005
CAD/CAM software supplier Vero Intl., Bingham Farms, MI, acquired Smirtware, Inc., Wixom, MI, a developer and licenser of stamping-die-design software for the automotive industry. Its customers include Ford, General Motors and Chrysler in North America, and Fiat in Italy and Volvo in Sweden.

AddisonMckee to Build New Plant, Add Capacity

Monday, September 12, 2005
With three-yr. revenue growth of 64 percent and expectations to grow by 42 percent over the next two years, AddisonMckee, Wilmington, OH, manufacturer of machines for tube bending and end forming, will construct a new 66,550-sq.-ft. facility. It will increase manufacturing space by 66 percent compared to its current facility, and offer an additional 85,000 sq. ft. for future expansion. The firm employs 126 in the United States (145 in Europe and Asia), and expects to hire 35 more in the next three years.

New Welding Scholarship Available

Friday, September 9, 2005
A new annual scholarship to help students further their welding educations at the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, OH, has been established by Johannes and Deborah Howell Kurd and by Robb and Joann Howell, in memory of their parents William B. and Marcia H. Howell. U.S. citizens with the proper credentials can apply for the $750 scholarship by April 1 of each year through The Troy Foundation, 910 West Main St., Troy, OH 45373. Download an application at


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