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Grant Supports Exports of Automotive Aftermarket ProductsRussia Being Targeted

Friday, September 19, 2014
U.S. exports hit an all-time record of $2.3 trillion in 2013, says the Department of Commerce, supporting more than 11 million jobs. A key component of that are exports of automotive aftermarket products, which has received support from the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration in the form of a $2.2 million federal grant. A chunk of the grant, $300,000, has been awarded to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), Diamond Bar, CA. SEMA pledges to use the grant, in part, to expand exporting opportunities for its members with a new annual fact-finding and sales mission to Russia. Learn more here.

Puerto Rican Manufacturer to Implement State-of-the-Art ERP Package

Thursday, September 18, 2014
AKM Manufacturing, San Juan, Puerto Rico, a manufacturer of electronic devices and components and other sheetmetal products, will implement Epicor ERP version 10, integrating the firm’s four divisions—sheetmetal work, CNC machining, electrical equipment and lighting. The ERP software is expected to facilitate collaboration and coordination among the four divisions. Gaining added praise from AKM executives: Epicor’s quoting tool and unique point-of-sale offering;

Balluff Opens New Customer Support Center, Complete with Green Concepts

Thursday, September 18, 2014
A new 48,000-sq.-ft. facility in Florence, KY, is now the home of the Balluff customer-support center, featuring green concepts and worker-friendly features such as collaborative areas and open-concept desks. The facility includes high-end technical-application and vision labs for product testing, and a state-of-the-art training room. Balluff manufactures products for industrial sensing and networking;


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