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Virtual Prototyping Conference

Monday, September 30, 2002
ESI Group, Shelby Township, MI, provider of digital simulation products for prototyping and manufacturing processes, presents the AmeriPAM 2002. The North American conference and exhibition on digital simulation runs November 6 in Clinton Township, MI, north of Detroit. Attendees will hear about virtual prototyping and virtual manufacturing, including stamping and die-design optimization. View the complete conference agenda and register online at

Metal Stamper Upgrades Its
Business-Management Software System

Friday, September 27, 2002
Almco Steel Products, Bluffton, IN, has selected Plexus Online manufacturing software to handle its inventory control, quality management, purchasing, accounting, EDI and other business functions. Almco supplies stamped parts and assemblies to heavy-truck and automotive manufacturers. Plexus will improve its capabilities for lot traceability, ISO 9000 compliance, inspection-data collection and in other areas. Plexus Online, Clarkston, MI, is an application service accessed through a standard web browser—no software needs to be installed at the user PC. Learn more at

Cold Metal Products Secures Financing Approval

Friday, September 27, 2002
U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved up to $48 million in debtor-in-possession financing to enable Cold Metal Products, Pittsburgh, PA, to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The firm, an intermediate strip-steel processor, will be able to continue its existing wage and benefit programs for active employees.


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