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Milwaukee Wire Products
Gets New Name, New China Plant

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Charter Automotive is the new name taken by Milwaukee Wire Products, Milwaukee, WI, to reflect its commitment to global automotive customers. The firm, a division of Charter Manufacturing Co., Mequon, WI, manufactures engine dipsticks, transaxle retaining rings, valve keys and valve-spring retainers. To further its global reach, in February 2007 Charter Manufacturing acquired Valve Train Components Limited, Lichfield, England; and recently opened a manufacturing, warehouse and distribution facility in Wuhu, China. Learn more at

Minster Acquires Feed-Line Manufacturer

Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The Minster Machine Co., Minster, OH, has acquired the assets of Dynamics Feeds, Inc., High Point, NC. Dynamic Feeds’ founder Robert Allred joins Minster as general manager of marketing and sales for the Minster Automation Division, headquartered in Beaufort, SC. Learn more at

NTMA + PMA = One Dynamic Advocacy Duo

Monday, September 22, 2008
In unity there is strength. That’s why the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), Cleveland, OH, and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), Ft. Washington, MD, have agreed to combine their federal-government advocacy programs. The goal: Promote government policies to ensure a strong U.S. manufacturing sector. While PMA and NTMA each have worked separately for many years on advocacy campaigns, they’ll now combine resources to present a strong, united front to members of Congress and the administration. Working on their behalf will be The Franklin Partnership, LLP, a bipartisan government-relations firm with expertise on legislative issues important to small- and mid-market metalworking companies. “While dozens of trade associations represent various metalforming technologies,” says Jim McGregor, chair of PMA’s Government Relations Committee, “only a few are actively engaged in Washington, D. C. PMA’s partnership with NTMA to fight for manufacturing in America is a big step forward in increasing our industry’s effectiveness in lobbying for policies that help create high-wage, high-skilled jobs among small- and mid-market manufacturers.” To learn more, log on to PMA’s advocacy website,


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