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Sonora, Mexico to Host a Pair
of Manufacturing-Networking Events

Friday, September 18, 2009
The Offshore Group will host two manufacturing events in October at the San Carlos Plaza Hotel in San Carlos, Sonora. From October 20 to 22, the Aerospace Manufacturing in Mexico Conference welcomes executives from aerospace companies seeking opportunities to locate and/or source from companies in Guaymas, Sonora, a rapidly expanding aerospace cluster. And, from October 21-24, the Annual Manufacturing in Mexico Summit welcomes top-ranking executives from maquiladora companies to share ideas on how to reduce operating costs. Both events feature plant tours of production facilities operating under the Offshore Group’s shelter program. Learn more at

Indiana Coil Processor to Expand Operations
and Bring in New Slitter/Leveler

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Stripco Inc., a processor of flat-rolled steel products, announced plans to expand its facility in Mishawaka, IN, by adding a new 64,000-sq.-ft. building to house a new master coil slitter and shape-correction cluster leveler. The new slitter, from Braner USA, Inc., Schiller Park, IL, will process steel 0.035 to 0.375 in. thick on coils to 72 in. wide and weighing as much as 60,000 lb. Stripco performs slitting, edging, cutting to length, oscillating, cold rolling, annealing and tempering; Learn more about the equipment offerings from Braner USA—leveling/cut-to-length lines, multiblanking lines and specialty coil-processing systems--at

Upbeat News from a Couple of Metalformers

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Metal stamper and fabricator Dorr Industries Inc., Dorr Township, MI, which also offers value-added services including welding, assembly, plating, painting and heat treating, has expanded into the outdoor and casual furniture market, producing metal-framed picnic tables. The company added 5000 sq. ft. to its building and hired temporary workers to fuel the expansion. It has press capacity to 200 tons, and specializes in bending tube, wire and rod; Also on the upswing is Ice Industries, whose stamping, welding and assembly plant in Mason, OH, is busy preparing to launch a major contract to supply 13 different oil-pan part numbers for Navistar. The plant, one of four Ice production factories, will manufacture nine current part numbers and is building dies and tooling for four additional oil pans for the 2010 fiscal year. It will deep-draw the pans on its large tandem press line (900-ton leadoff press and four 500-ton presses) and then install heater assemblies, weld drain plugs and fittings, and paint some of the finished oil-pan assemblies. Learn more at


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