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Tower Phasing Out Manual Press Operations

Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Tower Automotive plans to eliminate 135 of the 300 jobs at its plant in Greenville, MI, phasing out manual press operations and related work, according to an AP story. All manual stamping and related weld assembly will move to Tower plants in Elkton and Kendallville, IN, some time before January 2005.The Greenville plant will then focus on higher-margin progressive stampings and complex value-added assemblies.

Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Helps Firm Gain ISO Certification

Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Thanks to the assistance of the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), New England Electropolishing, Fall River, MA, has successfully upgraded to ISO 9001:2000. MassMEP helped the firm secure a grant to assist with the costs associated with the upgrade, and brought in an ISO expert to minimize any disruption to the finishing company’s work processes caused by upgrading its certification. MassMEP is an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology under the U.S. Department of Commerce. The national MEP system is a network of centers that provide business and technical assistance to smaller manufacturers around the country. Learn more at

Aida Dayton Technologies Dropping the “Dayton”

Tuesday, September 21, 2004
As part of its ongoing global-marketing strategy to allow metalformers access to local service and support, Aida Dayton Technologies, Dayton, OH, has changed its name to Aida-America. “The new name is more descriptive of the region we service,” says executive vice president Troy Roberts, “and strengthens and compliments the synergy we share with our manufacturing facilities around the world.” The company operates manufacturing plants, customer-support centers and service bases in more than 50 countries.


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