PM News:Italian Manufacturers Band Together

I-Tech Corporation is an established group of Italian machine tool manufacturing companies that have joined together to effectively market and support their products throughout North America.

Italian Manufacturers Band Together
I-Tech Corporation is an established group of Italian machine tool manufacturing companies that have joined together to effectively market and support their products throughout North America.

To better support its existing customers, I-Tech Corp. has opened a Machine Tool and Machine Accessories Sales and Service facility in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. The location features easy access to international airports as well as major expressways.

Future plans include adding a showroom and demo area to the facility.

Appointed Vice President. Universal Stainless and Alloy Products, Inc., has appointed Dudley J. Merchant to vice president of sales and marketing for the company.

Mr. Merchant has more than 25 years of steel industry experience, with a background in manufacturing as well as extensive sales and marketing expertise in the specialty steel segment.

Hydromat Celebrates 25 Years. From humble beginnings in a rented office and shop space of 2,750 square feet, Hydromat (St. Louis, Missouri) has grown and evolved to nearly 200 associates and 200,000 square feet under roof. Hydromat machines produce precisely machined component parts for countless applications such as automotive airbags, ABS braking and fuel injectors.

Management Services. The Surface Engineering Coating Association (SECA), a North American association of vacuum thin coating companies, has selected Teeter Marketing Services (TMS), LLC, (Niagara Falls, New York) to manage the association. Additionally, Fred Teeter, president of TMS, will become managing director of SECA. SECA, formerly based in Cleveland, Ohio, will now be based at the University of Buffalo Technology Incubator in Amherst, New York.

Modular Quick Change Tooling In Kuwait. The U.S. Army’s National Automotive Center has deployed its first Mobile Parts Hospital, a self-contained mobile mini-manufacturing center, to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in support of the American Forces in Iraq.

The Mobile Parts Hospital was developed in a collaboration between the U.S. Army’s National Automotive Center (NAC) (Warren, Michigan) and the Center for Advanced Technologies at Focus:Hope (Detroit, Michigan).

The Parts Hospital will produce a variety of critically needed replacement parts for military vehicles with tooling provided by Valenite. The hospital’s rapid manufacturing system is the automotive equivalent of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH).

OSHA Compliant Safety Programs. Webnettraining, LLC annouces the addition of DOT hazmat (hazardous materials) awareness and basic first aid to its growing list of safety and health training programs available over the Internet at its Web site.

The online safety training can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any computer with Internet access. This is designed to make scheduling of safety training easier, and it eliminates the organizing of “safety meetings.” It also allows safety training to be delivered to all shifts and locations. More information is available at the company’s Web site (www.webnettraining.com).

Major Expansion. The Saint-Gobain High-Performance Materials Northboro R&D Center held an open house November 7th to celebrate the completion of a $2 million expansion of the site.

According to the company, the Northboro expansion is the first of three R&D milestones. The other two will be held in Cavaillon, France, and in a location in China within the year.

New SME President. Richard C. Peters, CMfgE, PE of Bucyrus, Ohio, has been named president of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) for 2004. Mr. Peters, chief manufacturing engineer at The Timken Co. (Bucyrus, Ohio), is joined by three other officers and three directors on the SME Executive Committee of the Board.

Joining Mr. Peters on the 2004 Executive Committee are: President-elect Eugene M. Nelson, Ford Motor Company, (ret) (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan), Vice President William J. Geary, The Boeing Company (Seattle, Washington), Secretary/Treasurer Edward H. Abbott, CMfgE, PE, Ford Motor Company, (ret)(Ann Arbor, Michigan), and SME Directors F. Brian Holmes, Columbia Plastics Ltd. (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada), Richard L. Kegg, PhD, FSME, CMfgE, PE, Milacron Inc. (ret) (Cincinnati, Ohio) and George E. West, Jr., PACCAR Inc. (Bellevue, Washington).