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SMDI Honors Steel Innovators at Detroit Auto Show

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
At the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) presented its annual Men and Women of Steel awards, designed to recognize those who are championing the use of advanced high-strength steel (AHSS).

SMDI, a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute, presented the Industry Innovator award to Gregory Warden, executive director and global functional leader, body, exterior and dimensional engineering at General Motors. The award acknowledges automotive designers or engineers who showcase superior innovation in their use of AHSS. Warden’s team is leading in the application and advancement of AHSS and General Motors’ ongoing use of steel in its vehicles exemplifies this.

Steve Marks, industry technical support manager at Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) received the Community Hero award, which recognizes individuals and organizations whose work using steel impacts the quality of life of the community. Marks’ work includes conducting research on collision repair, OEM contract training and development, and he is a lead instructor for certification programs for I-CAR. Marks educates the next generation of technicians about the repair processes for steel, and as new steel grades are produced, Marks aids in the redevelopment of the repair process.

“The continued use of steel shows the resilience of the industry and the recognition of its strength, durability and value by automakers and consumers alike,” says Dr. Jody Hall, vice president-automotive market for SMDI. “We are extremely pleased to honor Greg and Steve for their work with steel and their commitment to creating and repairing lighter, stronger, more sustainable vehicles.”

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TN Fabricator Adds Waterjet Cutting, Expands Business

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Franklin, TN, metal fabricator Murrco Fabrication, known for constructing pit boxes used in motor sports, has expanded its markets and capabilities with the addition of a new CNC waterjet-cutting system from Jet Edge, St. Michael, MN.

With the new system, Murrco debuted its waterjet cutting service in August 2016 and quickly has found work supplying the Nashville-area home builders with ornamental iron products, including handrails, custom mailboxes, street signs and more. The company also is cutting a variety of race-car parts for local teams, as well as parts for its signature pit boxes.

The Jet Edge machine, capable of cutting precision parts from virtually any material, can accommodate sheet sizes to 5 by 13 ft. and offers water pressure to 55,000 psi. IGems waterjet software provides optimal CAD/CAM/nesting performance, according to Jet Edge ( officials.

“The waterjet service market is booming and I wanted to get involved and establish myself and my company as a waterjet service provider,” says Mike Murray, Murrco owner and president. “I plan on using my waterjet-cutting system to provide quality and accurate parts and products in a job-shop environment. As time goes on, I'm sure some new products will be added to Murrco's racing product line. Production-type work in the motorsports industry is the goal.”

New Plating Line for Gatto Industrial Platers

Monday, January 9, 2017

Gatto Industrial Platers, Inc., Chicago, IL, has installed a new, larger zinc-nickel plating line. The line enables Gatto, a provider of zinc and zinc-nickel plating and aluminum chromating for the automotive, agricultural, electrical and railroad industries, to plate both large parts and assemblies as well as high-volume orders of smaller pieces. This added plating capacity also provides quicker turnaround times for customers.

The plating tank on the new line measures 30 in. wide and 60 in. deep, and its large size enables Gatto to plate parts and assemblies to 12 ft. long and weighing to 1800 lb. 

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