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Bliss Clearing Niagara
Now Under Müller Weingarten Umbrella

Friday, September 22, 2006
Müller Weingarten AG is expanding its international service business through the purchase of intellectual property rights as well as land and buildings of Bliss Clearing Niagara Inc. The new company, named BCN Technical Services and operating out of Hastings, MI, is to be headed by Paul Nicholson, currently managing director of Müller Weingarten UK Ltd. BCN specializes in the supply of spare parts, maintenance and repair of presses built by the former companies Bliss, Clearing and Niagara. The aim of this acquisition is to expand service activities in North America and Europe, according to explains Roland Kuehnel, the new chief financial officer at BCN Technical Services. The number of presses built by Bliss, Clearing and Niagara that are still operational is estimated at between 75,000 and 100,000 worldwide, offering an excellent basis for the future growth, according to company officials.

Entry-Level Training in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Thursday, September 21, 2006
Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) members are participating in an innovative program designed to meet employer needs by providing manufacturers in PMA’s Twin Cities District with well-trained entry-level employees. The Minnesota Make It Happen metalforming skills program helps employers meet demands for a skilled workforce by connecting industry, education, workforce development service providers and potential employees. In its first year, the program has more than 60 graduates. “What’s unique about this program is that employers drive the demand and the content,” says Joe Fredkove, member of the PMA Educational Foundation board of trustees and director of training and business development for Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie, MN, which is carrying out the training effort. “Manufacturing companies are asking for highly focused training that prospective or newly hired employees can complete in a short timeframe.” Some 23 companies, many of them PMA members, are actively supporting the effort, advising on the curriculum, sending employees through the training, and participating in associated job fairs. The executives formed a Super Advisory Group to ensure that the program meets their needs. Elizabeth Abraham, CEO of another PMA member company, Top Tool Co., Minneapolis, MN, believes that this investment in training helps meet business objectives and has a positive impact on the bottom line. “Only with highly trained employees can we meet our goals of providing a quality product in a timely manner for the best value,” she says. “When we do that, we can better meet our customer demands and increase sales.” Funding for the project is provided through the Center for Workforce Success at the National Association of Manufacturers Manufacturing Institute, the Annie Casey Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Hitachi Foundation and the PMA Educational Foundation. For more information about the project, contact Dave Sansone at PMA Educational Foundation, 216/901-8800,

F&G Multi-Slide Earns Delphi Recognition

Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Delphi Corp. recently presented its Pinnacle Award for Supplier Excellence to F&G Multi-Slide Inc., Franklin, OH, for meeting or exceeding Delphi’s quality, delivery, service and competitive-costs expectations. Among award criteria for direct suppliers is a 50-percent improvement in non-conformances, no major disruptions to Delphi manufacturing sites and being active in the Delphi Supplier Suggestion Program. F&G Multi-Slide ( offers design and engineering services, prototype development, multi-slide die making, stamping and wire forming.


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