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Wis. MEP Assistance Reportedly Nets
$215 Million in Improvements for Manufacturers

Thursday, September 15, 2005
The assistance provided by the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) during Fiscal Year 2005 has resulted in improvements valued at $215 million, according to manufacturers surveyed by WMEP. WMEP officials break that dollar figure down this : $159 million in increased/retained sales that resulted in 2381 created/retained jobs, $21 million in cost savings and $35 million in investment in new plants and equipment. Also, according to WMEP, state tax revenues are projected to increase $15.8 million as a result of higher sales and job creation. One manufacturer, Milwaukee-based Res Manufacturing Co. credits WMEP as being instrumental in the company’s certification to a new quality standard that led to new automotive-business opportunities. Res utilized WMEP expertise to convert from a QS 9000 to an ISO/TS 16949 quality management system and make other improvements. Res, which recently earned a Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award, designs and manufactures metal stampings and subassemblies and is a supplier to major automotive manufacturers. It also produces cookware handles and lawn-and-garden tools. Res has increased revenue 47 percent over the last three years, according to Dr. John Ormerod, company president, who notes unprecedented growth in the company’s automotive stamping and assembly operations. For more on WMEP services, visit

PMA Seminars Run the Metalforming Gamut

Wednesday, September 14, 2005
The Precision Metalforming Association has scheduled a host of seminars throughout the end of 2005, designed to improve your metalforming prowess and stave off the competition. For information on any of the seminars listed below, contact PMA’s Lauren Frick, tel. 216-901-8800 x163, e-mail or visit October 6: Higher-Strength Steels, Cincinnati, OH October 19-20: Forming Difficult Stampings, Cleveland, OH October 27: Estimating Metal Stamping Dies, Chicago, IL November (date TBA): Designing and Building Progressive Dies, Cleveland, OH December (TBA): Safety for the Press Operator, online December (TBA): Troubleshooting Formability Problems, Nashville, TN

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.


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