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SHARE: Launches Buyer-Rating System

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Online manufacturing marketplace, Marietta, GA, has launched a new buyer-rating system designed to add transparency and increase trust in buyer-supplier relationships. The platform incorporates objective, data-driven measures and subjective feedback on issues of buyer communication, bill-payment timeliness and more, with the aim of creating an accurate picture of the business potential a buyer represents to suppliers.

For more on’s marketplace platforms, visit

OH Manufacturers Form Apprenticeship Program

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Ten OH-based manufacturers have partnered to form the Medina County Manufacturers Partnership, an employer-led organization focused on bringing apprenticeship training to Medina County, OH, located to the south of Cleveland. The partnership’s core companies, all located within Medina County, include Automation Tool & Die, Inc.; Atlantic Tool & Die; Clampco Products, Inc.; Die-Mension Corp.; Fire-Dex, LLC; ID Images, LLC; Northlake Steel Corp.; SFS Intec, Inc.; Superior Roll Forming Co.; and Technical Tool & Gage, Inc.

The partnership’s apprenticeship programs will be offered in conjunction with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), Cleveland, OH, and Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH, and will take place in Medina County at Tri-C’s Brunswick, OH, campus. The initial focus will be on training for advanced manufacturing, with each company attaining certification for its specific apprenticeship program.

While the partnership currently is focused on workforce concerns, it hopes to address other local concerns in the future. The companies will meet in August to form an official board structure, and the partnership is in the process of creating a Web site.

For more information, contact Automation Tool & Die at 330/225-8336.

3M Launches Center for Hearing Conservation

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
3M’s Personal Safety Division, St. Paul, MN, has launched the 3M Center for Hearing Conservation (, an online resource offering guidance to health and safety professionals as they seek to prevent hearing damage within the workplace. The site offers articles, videos and toolkits to educate companies about the seven elements of hearing-loss prevention, and details ways companies can meet legal requirements.

For more on 3M’s work-safety products, visit


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