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Receive Online Training on Plasma-Arc Cutting

Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Hypertherm, Hanover, NH, has launched the Hypertherm Cutting Institute, an online classroom where visitors can learn more about plasma-arc-cutting (PAC) technology and Hypertherm’s PAC products. When fully stocked with training programs, the institute will offer introductory courses on plasma technology and cutting applications aimed at high-school students, technical and university school students and fabricating-plant employees. Learn more at

Atlas Steel Associates Form ESOP

Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Associates working at Atlas Steel Products, Twinsburg, OH, have formed an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) and acquired the distributor of steel products from the family of the late Lawrence J. “Bo” Burr. Atlas employs more than 80 people, most of which joined the ESOP. John Adams, former Atlas chief financial officer, is president and chief executive officer. Learn more at

Minn.-Based Workforce-Development Program
Earns DoL Recognition

Friday, August 29, 2008
Minneapolis, MN-based HIRED, which provides direct job- and skill-development assistance to low-income adults, dislocated workers, people making the welfare-to-work transition and others, received the Excellence Award for Leveraging the Power of Partnerships from the U.S. Department of Labor. The DoL recognized HIRED for its M-Powered training program, developed in collaboration with Hennepin Technical College and the Precision Metalforming Association. M-Powered trains Minnesota jobseekers for careers in manufacturing. It encompasses 96 hr. of training in disciplines such as shop math, blueprint reading, precision measurement and machine operation, and meets National Institute for Metalworking Skills credential requirements. More than 150 people have completed the program and nearly 94 percent of graduates have been placed in jobs. Learn more at<.a>.


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