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Talan Products Wins 2015 Evolution of Manufacturing Award

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Talan Products, Cleveland, OH, a full-service metal-stamping company and manufacturer of tooling and engineered parts, has received a 2015 Evolution of Manufacturing Award presented by Smart Business magazine. Talan ( was honored for its achievements in manufacturing, including its commitment to safety and efficiency in its manufacturing processes. The company’s incident rate decreased from nearly 20 in 2006 to zero in 2014. Over the same span, its DART rate (days away, restrictions, transfers) decreased from 10 to zero. Talan has maintained a DART rate of zero since 2013.
Talan’s commitment to efficiency is demonstrated in its investment in new equipment. The company purchased a remanufactured 600-ton Minster Hevi-Stamper press, to go online in the spring. The press will be paired with a new deburring machine capable of handling stampings to 14 in. dia. Both new machines will be installed as part of a new production line that will allow Talan to bring previously outsourced work inhouse.
"We are extremely honored to receive a 2015 Evolution of Manufacturing Award," says Talan CEO Steve Peplin. "It’s a tremendous source of pride for us, because it has come as the result of hard work and commitment from all of our people as we continue to work to maintain high standards in everything we do and continue taking steps to increase the ease of doing business with Talan."
Talan was among 10 companies honored at the 2015 Evolution of Manufacturing Conference Feb. 19 at the Advanced Technology Training Center on the Metro Campus of Cuyahoga Community College.

American Welding Society Elects 2015 President and Board Chair

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
David J. Landon has been named as the 2015 president and chair of the board of the 70,000 member American Welding Society (AWS), headquartered in Miami, FL. Landon has been an active member of AWS ( for more than 30 years and served as its vice president from 2012-2014. He has been a contributing member to many technical committees and won several AWS awards, including the District 16 Dalton E. Hamilton Memorial Certified Welding Inspector of the Year award and numerous meritorious awards. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in welding engineering from LeTourneau University in Longview, TX.
Landon’s passion for training new welders and mentoring others is the main focus of his presidential year. Consistent with that, the Iowa Section of AWS has launched the David J. Landon Scholarship. The endowment is made possible by donations of the Iowa Section of the American Welding Society, Vermeer Corp. and the matching gift program of the American Welding Society.
Living in Pella, IA, Landon is manager of welding engineering for Vermeer Corp., an industrial and agricultural equipment company.

Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Friday, February 27, 2015

Arku Maschinenbau GmbH, Baden-Baden, Germany, has appointed Marcus Bartle to the newly created position of co-managing director. The company manufactures levelers and coil-handling equipment;

Lake Air Companies, Minneapolis, MN, has appointed Craig Rix as general manager of its Lake Air Metal Stamping division. The organization provides metal stamping and other forming and fabrication services;

Dengensha America, Bedford, OH, has added Curtis Dietrich for customer sales and service support for the Southern United States. The company supplies resistance-welding and feeder equipment;


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