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years via a capital investment of more than $1.25 million.
and local employers.
The accreditation is based
petitively interview for struc- tured 480-hr. paid on-the-job training with the manufactur- ers. All participants will earn college credits and have the opportunity to earn National Institute for Metalworking Skills credentials.
Bystronic Earns Supplier Recognition from John Deere
Laser Mechanisms Buys Laser System and Component Maker
on NIMS National Skill Stan- dards for Machining Level I with a focus on manual machining skills.
Bystronic Inc., Elgin, IL, has earned recognition as a Part- ner-level supplier for 2015 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Part- ner-level status is Deere & Co.’s highest supplier rating. Bystronic was selected for the honor in recognition of its ded- ication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commit- ment to continuous improve- ment, according to Deere & Co. officials. Company employ- ees accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies held this past December in Moline, IL.
Laser Mechanisms, Inc., Novi, MI, announced that it has acquired Livonia, MI- based Visotek, developer and manufacturer of turnkey laser systems and peripheral com- ponents. Visotek produces its Smart Laser Tools line that company officials say will sim- plify the use of lasers in any environment. The acquisition is expected to complement Laser Mechanisms’ core busi- ness of providing laser-beam delivery products. Visotek will continue to operate as an independent entity in support of its existing customer base.
Grant Targets Technical Training to Assist MN Manufacturers
A Minneapolis-St. Paul- area manufacturing consor- tium seeking technically skilled employees to help spur company growth will benefit from a $446,090 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant awarded to Hennepin Techni- cal College. The grant will train 84 new and current manufac- turing employees, the Min- nesota Department of Employ- ment and Economic Development announced.
Lantek to Supply Waterjet Corp. Machines with CAD/CAM Software
 Bystronic supplies sheet- metal cutting, bending and automation technology to vari- ous John Deere operations.
“Building a global partner- ship with the Waterjet Corpo- ration will enable it to offer its customers a turnkey solution which is fully supported inter- nationally,” says Alberto Martínez, Lantek chief execu- tive officer.
This three-year project will train employees of Dayton Rodgers, Minneapolis; Morris- sey, Inc., Bloomington; Min- nesota Grinding, Inc., Min- neapolis; Boker’s, Inc., Minneapolis; EJ Ajax & Sons, Fridley; Marshall Manufactur- ing Company, Minneapolis; Pellco Machine, Inc., St. Michael; Top Tool, Minneapo- lis; PERBIX, Brooklyn Park; and Harvey Vogel Manufactur- ing Co., Woodbury.
Lantek has reached an agreement to supply its Expert CAD/CAM software with Waterjet Corp.’s waterjet-cut- ting machines worldwide, with Lantek providing software tai- lored to each machine in Waterjet Corp.’s range.
 WV Machine-Tool Tech. Program Earns NIMS Accreditation
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The Machine Tool Technol- ogy Program at Untied Techni- cal Center, Clarksburg, WV, has been nationally accredit- ed by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). NIMS accreditation is the highest benchmark for metal- working training programs in the United States.
Phoenix Manufacturing Acquired by Turnkey Processing Solutions
 Turnkey Processing Solu- tions, LLC (TPC), Warrenville, IL, has purchased Phoenix Manufacturing, an industrial OEM/custom fabrication com- pany. Phoenix Manufacturing currently employs 32 people and operates manufacturing facilities in Cole Camp and Glasgow, MO. The facilities will continue to operate under the Phoenix Manufacturing brand.
HIRED, a nonprofit organi- zation, will recruit, assess and enroll 42 entry-level, low- income trainees for the train- ing project and match each one with a case manager for coaching and support servic- es. Both entry-level trainees and current employees of the manufacturers will attend classroom instruction for Pre- cision Metal Stamping (148 hr.) or CNC Machine Operator (352 hr.).
Camfil Debuts Enhanced Website
In addition to the purchase of Phoenix Manufacturing, TPC plans to expand its opera- tions in both Cole Camp and Glasgow to include 45 new jobs created over the next two
Technical-center staff and faculty met the stringent quali- ty requirements set forth by NIMS, including a program self-audit, the certifying of fac- ulty and students in NIMS national industry credentials, and an intensive two-day on- site evaluation. This visit included a comprehensive facility inspection, observation of student safety habits, and a series of in-depth interviews with faculty, administrators
After successfully complet- ing classroom training, the entry-level trainees will com-
Camfil Air Pollution Con- trol, Jonesboro, AR, has launched a new website designed to showcase the company’s expanded family of dust-, mist- and fume-collec- tion equipment for manufac- turing industries. A responsive website designed for all types of devices, provides instant access from the home- page to the company’s recent- ly added lines of mist collec- tors, wet scrubbers and compact dust collectors with cleanable filter systems, as
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