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Georgia Welcomes BIW-Stamping Facility

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The voestalpine Group has commenced operations at its new body-in-white (BIW) metalforming facility—Automotive Body Parts Inc.--in Cartersville, GA. The 4000-sq.-m plant, a subsidiary of the firm’s Metal Forming Division, will manufacture ultra-high-strength components for premium car manufacturers. Featured equipment includes an 1100-ton Fagor servo transfer press with 5000- by 2000-mm bed, and a 220-ton Seyi progressive-die press with 2400- by 1250-mm bed. Also on the plant floor are robotic welding and assembly cells, and a Mitutoyo CMM.

Epicor Launches Hiring Heroes Program

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Business-software provider Epicor Software Corp. announced plans to hire more than 100 U.S. military veterans—“wounded warriors” as well as active-duty personnel transitioning to the civilian workforce—over the next 12 months. As part of its Hiring Heroes program, the firm’s president and CEO Joe Cowan has issued a call to action, challenging its U.S.-based customers to join the initiative and make job opportunities available to U.S. military veterans. Learn more, and join the initiative, at

Swiss Welding-Safety Supplier Sets Up Shop in Rhode Island

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Optrel AG, Wattwill, Switzerland, a manufacturer of welding helmets and auto-darkening lenses, has opened its first North American office and distribution center in East Greenwich, RI. The new facility will house customer service, sales and marketing, and oversee distribution throughout the United States and Canada; and


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