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Atlantic Tool & Die Hosts New Honda Sneak Preview

Thursday, September 08, 2005
Atlantic Tool & Die Company, Cleveland, OH, hosted the first public appearance of the all-new eighth-generation 2006 Honda Civic at its manufacturing complex on Sept. 7, providing a sneak preview of the Civic sedan and high-performance Civic Si coupe before they went on sale Sept. 15. Atlantic produces more than 50 stamped parts or component assemblies for the new models, including the sedan produced in Ohio at Honda of America Mfg.’s East Liberty Auto Plant. At the event, Larry Jutte, senior vice president of procurement at Honda of America, announced that Atlantic will be getting more Honda business in 2006 from two new products that Honda will produce in Ohio. Atlantic will supply parts for a new Acura SUV at Honda’s Marysville Auto Plant, as well as for the new Honda CR-V, which will begin production for the first time in the United States at the East Liberty Auto Plant. Atlantic employs 600 associates in five plants throughout the United States--three plants in Ohio, one in Texas and one in Alabama—and an engineering center in Costa Rica. Honda has 600 suppliers in North America, including 160 in Ohio. Last year, its purchases in North America totaled more than $14 billion.

PMA Educational Foundation Announces Grant Budget

Wednesday, September 07, 2005
For 2006, the Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation (PMAEF), Cleveland, OH, will make available a $170,000 grant budget to support and develop training and education for metalforming skills, and to improve the awareness of careers in metalforming. In addition, the PMAEF Board of Trustees, chaired by Susan Wilkey, decided in August to remove the $5000 cap on grant awards that had been in place for the last two years. PMAEF will accept requests for funding from October 1, 2005, through March 1, 2006. For information and to download an application, log on to, or call 216/901-8800.

Prepainted-Coil Slitting Line

Friday, September 02, 2005
ATAS Intl., Allentown, PA, a manufacturer of commercial and residential metal roof, wall and ceiling systems, has installed a new single-loop coil-slitting line from Braner/Loopco, Schiller Park, IL. The line can process 15-ton 60-in.-wide coils of prepainted aluminum, galvanized steel, and copper and zinc alloys in gauges from 0.015 to 0.075 in. Line speed peaks at 1000 ft./min. The line includes a production-reporting system, and coil cars equipped with wireless operator controls.


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