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Submit Abstracts to Present at
The American Iron and Steel Institute invites abstract sub- missions for technical presentations at the 21st Annual Great Designs in Steel (GDIS) symposium, slated for Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. Comprised of more than 30 technical presentations and state- of-the-art displays, GDIS is the most respected forum for engi- neers on the subject of automotive steel. The full-day, multi- track program will feature industry topics on lightweighting, AHSS, UHSS, welding, steel engineering, sustainability and innovative use of steel in new vehicles.
To submit a topic for GDIS 2023, download and complete the abstract submission form: Abstracts should be 200-300 words, present new and signifi- cant facts, and include results achieved.
Deadline: Friday, January 27, 2023.
Core Industrial Partners Acquires Tenere
  Private equity firm Core Industrial Partners and its port- folio company CGI Manufactur- ing Holdings has acquired Tenere Inc., a manufacturer of custom mechanical solutions for the information and com- munication, fiber, and renew- able-energy end markets. Tenere is the seventh add-on acquisition to the CGI platform launched by Core in August 2021. The CGI platform covers approximately 1.4 million sq. ft. with more than 2000 employees across 14 facilities
in eight states and Mexico. Tenere’s suite of manufac-
turing capabilities and services includes prototyping, design for manufacturability, tooling, sheet metal fabrication and stamping, injection molding, assembly, integration, and test- ing. Headquartered in Dresser, WI, Tenere operates four facili- ties comprising nearly 600,000 sq. ft., including two facilities in WI, a dedicated injection mold- ing facility in Westminster, CO, and a state-of-the-art facility in Monterrey, MX.
Andritz Commissions Galvanizing Line at Nucor Arkansas
Andritz has launched a new galvanizing line supplied to Nucor Steel in Hickman, AR, which produced its first galva- nized coil on schedule last year. The new galva- nizing line has a capaci- ty of 500,000 tons/yr. and produces high- strength coated prod- ucts for the automotive industry.
Clips & Clamps Industries, Plymouth, MI, welcomes back Craig Rice as director of manufacturing engineering. Rice will direct the metal former’s manufacturing-engineering staff to promote effi-
Alro Steel Acquires Access Metals
Alro Steel has completed its acquisition of Access Metals, Bal- timore, MD, a service center specializing in small orders to cus- tomers in manufacturing, machining and fabricating. Alro Steel is a distributor of metals, industrial supplies and engineering plas- tics, with more than 75 locations in 14 U.S. states under the fol- lowing companies: Alro Steel, Alro Metals, Alro Metals Outlet, Alro Industrial Supply and Alro Plastics.
 GE Appliances Opens Water-Heater Plant in SC
Planned to serve as GE Appliances’ Manufacturing Center of Excellence for water heaters, the firm’s new $70 million state-of-the-art water-heating manufacturing plant has opened in Camden, SC. Since 2016, GE Appliances has invested $2 billion in its U.S. manufacturing and distribution operations, adding more than 3000 new employees. The vertically integrated plant will produce units starting from steel coils and will use advanced systems for metal fabrication, welding and robotics for material handling and processing, and also will perform steel enameling. During plant construction and in preparation for launch, more than 50 team leaders and maintenance employees completed more than 5700 hr. of training in robotics, welding and mechatronics at nearby Central Carolina Technical College.
Vacuum Oil-Quench Furnace Commissioned
A newly designed vacuum oil-quench (VOQ) fur- nace recently entered into production at Solar Atmospheres of Western PA, after passing a vigor- ous startup protocol. The initial temperature-unifor- mity survey, compliant to AMS 2750 F, produced ±10 F results at all setpoints. Most importantly, the critical lift-and-place transfer mechanism worked
flawlessly. Other features include the ability to attain the actual work temperatures within the 36 by 36 by 48-in. hot zone. Additionally, with an atmosphere totally devoid of oxygen there is no need to use prob- lematic oxygen probes. Material surfaces are free from intergranular oxidation along with zero evidence of decarburized or carburized surface conditions.
ciency within
for Clips & Clamps from 1994 to 2010 and brings with him more than 25 yr. of metal forming and manufacturing experience.
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its manufacturing processes. Rice previously worked

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