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Jagemann Stamping Completes
Plex Online Implementation

Friday, September 24, 2010
Implementation of Plex Online manufacturing ERP software at Jagemann Stamping Co., Manitowoc, WI, took just six months and caused not a single missed shipment, reports Jagemann IT manager Patti Nowak. A software-as-a-service ERP solution, Plex Online reportedly can be deployed in less than half the time of typical ERP system installations. Learn more and download a white paper, titled Just in Time Training, here.

Learn What Lean Means to Toyota, re:
Problem Solving Methodology

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
A two-day educational program from the Tool and Die Futures Initiative, sponsored by Oakland University’s Center for Integrated Business Research and Education, will feature guest speaker Jeff Lucas, assistant manager for the Toyota Purchasing Total Cost Assessment Group. The program’s theme: Communication, Lean Manufacturing and a Problem-Solving Challenge. It sets out to explain that lean manufacturing is not a set of tools nor some new technology or software program. Rather, it’s a company culture and a of thinking, and requires concise communication and a consistent problem-solving methodology—a of life, if you will, and a necessity for competing in a global market with a competitive cost index. The program runs from Thursday, September 30 (1-5 p.m.) to Friday, October 1 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.),at Elliot Hall Auditorium at Oakland University, Auburn Hills, MI, and addresses these and other topics: • Communication and Change Point Management • Problem Solving Methodology • 14 Principles of a Culture Returning to its Roots • Driving Growth through Innovation—Developing an Innovation Ecosystem. Learn more and register to attend here.

Little Rock HVAC Fabricator Acquired

Monday, September 20, 2010
M&M Manufacturing, LLC, Fort Worth, TX, acquired The Wilkins Corp., Little Rock, AR. Wilkins operates a 50,000-sq.-ft. plant to manufacture steel duct pipe and fittings for the HVAC industry. M&M, also a supplier of HVAC pipe and fittings, operates facilities in Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston, TX, and also operates a Precision Products division that manufactures precision sheetmetal parts for a variety of industries;


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