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United Aluminum Expands its Website

Friday, March 26, 2004
United Aluminum, North Haven, CT, has redesigned and enhanced its website, The site gives visitors access to an in-depth aluminum technical manual, a glossary of terms, a material-requirements calculator and other features. It also hosts an online request-for-quote form, contact form and opinion survey.

Secretary Evans to Give Keynote Speech
at PMA-Supported Manufacturing Summit

Friday, March 26, 2004
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Donald L. Evans will be the keynote speaker at the Manufacturing Tomorrow Summit, slated for April 5 at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel. The summit is presented in part by the Minnesota district of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and by the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA). Other confirmed speakers include Leo Reddy, founder and CEO of the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing; Jeremy Leonard, economic consultant with the Manufacturers Alliance; Pat Cleary, senior vice president, public and external affairs, National Association of Manufacturers; and U.S. Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN). For more information, and to register to attend, surf to

Nothing but Bad News from GM

Thursday, March 25, 2004
In separate stories earlier this week, General Motors has sued two of its suppliers over rising steel prices because the suppliers sought to impose premiums on contracts to pass along some of the steel-price hikes; and announced plans to shift millions of dollars worth of white-collar jobs to India. GM filed lawsuits against steelmaker Steel Dynamics Inc. and steel-fastener manufacturer Textron Inc. after first paying higher-than-contracted prices to avoid a disruption in its business. The white-collar outsourcing move is part of a cost-cutting program that GM hopes will slash its manufacturing costs by 25 percent by the end of 2005, according to a story in the Detroit News.


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