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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Ross Controls, Troy, MI, promoted Jeffrey J. Hand to president and CEO, effective May 1, 2014, replacing the recently retired John G. Smith. Hand most recently served the company as president, North American Operations;

Metalformer and precision-tooling manufacturer Oberg Industries, Freeport, PA, announced that Greg Chambers, its director of corporate compliance and safety and apprenticeship program leader, will serve on the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Council. Appointed to the position by Governor Tom Corbett, Chambers joins an 11-perso council charged with promoting apprenticeship education and improving metalworking training standards;

Phoenix Specialty Mfg., Bamberg, SC, hired Pat Moloney as COO and Billy Self as engineering manager, and promoted Russell Hurst to operations manager at Phoenix Specialty. The firm manufactures washers, shims and precision stamped parts;

German pressroom-automation equipment manufacturer Strothmann Machines & Handling GmbH has a new sales director for North America—Christian Fais. Fais will work from the company’s North American headquarters in Marietta, GA;

Steelville Mfg. Adds New Sheet Hydroforming Press

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Beckwood Press Co., St. Louis, MO, has installed a Triform sheet-hydroforming press at aerospace-industry supplier Steelville Manufacturing, Steelville, MO, a contract machine shop specializing in metalforming, milling, turning and waterjet cutting. The Model 24-5BD press features a 24-in.-dia. forming area and 5000 PSI of forming pressure. Steelville is using the press and its flexible diaphragm to replace forming of certain parts with press brakes or with solid rubber blocks and traditional matched die sets.  Learn more at and; Steelville Manufacturing is online at

Oberg Awarded Six New Apprenticeship Training Programs

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Oberg Industries, Freeport, PA, a supplier of precision stamped and machined components and tooling, has received approval from the state of Pennsylvania to establish six new apprenticeship training programs—two CNC programs in the disciplines of turning, milling and mill/turn, for operators and setup programmers . Oberg’s apprentice programs are competency-based, offered at no cost to students, and combine work-based learning, computer-based training and classroom instruction;


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