• Another welding verdict goes to manufacturers Aug 31, 2006

    An Arkansas verdict favoring welding rod manufacturers brings the welding industry to 12 of 13 in its record of prevailing against plaintiffs blaming neurological damage and other ailments on welding fumes, attorneys said.

  • Holiday notice Aug 31, 2006

    AMM’s U.S. offices will be closed Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday, and no electronic edition will be published that day. Some price data from overseas markets will be available on AMMPlus Monday and Tuesday but will not be published in the electronic edition until Wednesday.

  • CAW makes pitch for new Ford facility Aug 30, 2006

    The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union has enlisted the support of the Ontario provincial government and Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd., Oakville, Ontario, in its pitch to Ford’s head office in Dearborn, Mich., for a new small-car assembly plant next to an existing Ford plant in St. Thomas, Ontario.

  • Atlanta center installs finishing line Aug 30, 2006

    Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. Inc., Atlanta, has installed a new paint finishing line for architectural panels and assemblies at its fabrication center in Villa Rica, Ga., to speed up production.

  • Ford cutbacks driving Navistar to lay off 380 unionized workers Aug 29, 2006

    Truck and engine manufacturer Navistar International Corp., Warrenville, Ill., plans to lay off about 380 unionized employees as it cuts diesel engine output at its Indianapolis plant in the wake of production cuts by Ford Motor Co.

  • Harley-Davidson buying Australian cast wheel, hub supplier Castalloy Aug 29, 2006

    Motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson Inc., Milwaukee, is buying the assets of Castalloy Manufacturing Pty Ltd., an Australian supplier of cast motorcycle wheels and hubs.

  • Canam simplifies share structure Aug 29, 2006

    Construction fabricator Canam Group Inc., Saint-Georges, Québec, said it will cancel all multiple voting shares after a company controlled by its chairman and chief executive officer converted his multiple voting shares to holdings representing 20.66 percent of Canam’s common shares and voting rights.

  • Tower’s unions approve pacts; Ch. 11 exit eyed Aug 28, 2006

    Auto parts maker Tower Automotive Inc., Novi, Mich., will withdraw its bankruptcy court requests for cancellation of its labor contracts following the ratification of new agreements by the United Auto Workers union and the United Steelworkers union.

  • The UMW loses a court battle but feels it's winning the war Aug 25, 2006

    A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the United Mine Workers union (UMW) that sought to require periodic random checks of "self-contained self rescuers (SCSR)." The oxygen units are used when the air in a mine is compromised, as was the case in the Sago Mine disaster in West Virginia in January.

  • Building bridges with American steel Aug 25, 2006

    Knowing that the government will be using a lot of steel to revamp U.S. highways in coming years, steel industry representatives recently sat down behind closed doors with J. Richard Capka, administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), to discuss the so-called "Buy America" law.

  • ITC to probe Ovonic complaint on battery patent infringement Aug 25, 2006

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is investigating whether a German battery company is violating a patent held by Ovonic Battery Co., Rochester Hills, Mich.

  • Two light-gauge framing system manufacturers to forge alliance Aug 25, 2006

    Two large regional manufacturers of light-gauge framing and metal lathe systems Friday said they are forming a strategic alliance to create a national sales presence.

  • Navistar, Caterpillar settle lawsuits, team up on key products, services Aug 25, 2006

    Truck and engine manufacturer Navistar Corp., Warrenville, Ill., and off-road equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Corp., Peoria, Ill., have agreed to settle a number of lawsuits and will work together on engines, fuel systems, remanufacturing services and other products.

  • Navistar International set to supply new diesel engine for Ford pickups Aug 23, 2006

    While Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., has scheduled cutbacks in its F-Series truck production, the company will begin buying a new 6.4-liter diesel engine for the F-Series Super Duty from Navistar International Corp., Warrenville, Ill.

  • GM to put $663M in plants to revive Camaro Aug 22, 2006

    Four years after it discontinued production of the Chevrolet Camaro at its plant in Boisbriand, Quebec, General Motors Corp. plans to revive the muscle car at plants in Oshawa, Ontario, by late-2008.

  • Hayes licenses wheel technology Aug 22, 2006

    Wheel manufacturer Hayes Lemmerz International Inc., Northville, Mich., said its German subsidiary had entered a licensing agreement with a Russian wheel manufacturer for use of Hayes Lemmerz technology in the manufacture of passenger car wheels.

  • Edison Welding Institute teams up with SpaceForm on DRW process Aug 22, 2006

    A company spun off by Delphi Corp., Troy, Mich., to commercialize its deformation resistance welding (DRW) process has agreed to team up with the Edison Welding Institute (EWI) to develop the technology.

  • Nymex said set to swing ax ahead of initial public offer Aug 22, 2006

    Staff at the New York Mercantile Exchange are bracing themselves for a round of job cuts as the exchange prepares to trim costs ahead of an initial public offering (IPO), according to a source close to Nymex.

  • Mixed bag for centers steel shipments up, aluminum off Aug 21, 2006

    Inventories of steel and aluminum products showed their typical July increases, according to the latest statistics from the Metals Service Center Institute, Rolling Meadows, Ill., while steel shipment data reflected continued strong demand as aluminum shipments slipped.

  • LME amends afternoon session ring, kerb times effective Nov. 20 Aug 18, 2006

    The London Metal Exchange has changed the ring and kerb times for the afternoon open-outcry trading session.

  • China decrease in steel export tax rebate expected on Sept. 1 Aug 18, 2006

    China might cut its export tax rebate on finished steel by 2 percentage points on Sept. 1, according to the latest industry rumors.

  • Machine tool consumption has room to grow Aug 18, 2006

    U.S. machine tool consumption totaled $322.68 million in June, down 0.4 percent from $324.13 million the previous month but up 26.7 percent from $254.74 million in June last year, according to a joint report by the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association, Rockville, Md., and the Association for Manufacturing Technology, McLean, Va.

  • China Minmetals turning its sights to Liaoning province opportunities Aug 18, 2006

    China Minmetals Corp., the major state steel and metal trading house, plans to intensify its involvement in the steel and nonferrous industries in northeastern China’s Liaoning province.

  • A.M. Castle placing big bet on growing aerospace mart Aug 16, 2006

    A.M. Castle & Co.’s acquisition of Transtar Metals Inc. will more than double Castle’s exposure to aerospace as it looks for growth in that market to continue through the next decade.

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