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Marlin Steel Wire--From Bagels to Boeing

Thursday, January 30, 2014
The Hitachi Foundation has produced and posted to YouTube an extremely informative and interesting 5:48-long video telling the tale of Marlin Steel Wire, Baltimore, MD. Recognized as a Pioneer Employer by the foundation in partnership with the Precision Metalforming Association, Marlin Steel Wire faced, in the early 2000s, the possibility of shutting down. The video gives an inside look at how president Drew Greenblatt and his team turned the business around—eight consecutive years of growth, enabling it to expand beyond fabricating bagel-baking baskets to supplying leading OEMs like Boeing and Caterpillar.

The essence of its transformation, says Greenblatt: “Quality, engineered quick.” Watch as employees explain the firm’s innovative skills matrix, and how they are incentified to learn new skills and hit production goals:

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Tri-Con Adds New Coil Line and Controls to 300-Ton Komatsu

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Coe Press Equipment, Sterling Heights, MI, has commissioned a SpaceMaster CCL-S3-11024 compact coil line on an existing Komatsu 300-ton press at Tri-Con Industries, Lincoln, NE. Tri-Con manufactures seat components and assemblies for motorcycles, ATVs and automobiles. Also added to the press: an OmniLink 5100-APC controller from Link Systems. The Coe compact coil line combines unwinding, straightening and feeding; handles coils 3- to 24-in wide and 64-in. dia.; and includes AC digital-control servo drives and motors on the coil reel and feeder-straightener. More at

American Welding Society Welcomes New President

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Dean R. Wilson, president of Welldean Enterprises, has been named 2014 president and board chair of the American Welding Society, Miami, FL ( Welldean Enterprises provides health, safety and welding products.


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