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OEM News 05/13/2008

May 13, 2008
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GM Canada Announces Windsor Facility to Cease Operation in 2010
Following discussions during ongoing contract bargaining with the CAW, General Motors of Canada today announced the Windsor Transmission plant will cease operation in the second quarter of 2010. This is when current 4-speed front wheel drive transmission production mandates are completed. Read More

Alcoa to Close Operations in Puebla, Mexico and Del Rio, Texas
Alcoa announced that its Alcoa Electrical and Electronics Solutions business will close its operations in Puebla, Mexico and its warehouse in Del Rio, Texas during the third quarter of 2008.
This decision is necessary due to lower production demand and a change in logistics processes.
The restructuring will result in the permanent reduction of about 65 associates in Del Rio and approximately 1,400 in Puebla. The charges related to the restructurings were previously reported by Alcoa. Read More

3M to Acquire Quest Technologies Inc.
3M announced that it is broadening its safety and protection equipment offerings with an agreement to acquire Quest Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of environmental monitoring equipment, including noise, heat stress and vibration monitors. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Read More

First Boeing P-8A Poseidon Gets Its Wings
Boeing joined the wing assembly and fuselage of the first P-8A Poseidon airplane for the U.S. Navy on May 1 in Renton, Wash. Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) are working together to build the P-8A, a military derivative of the 737-800, on a new final assembly line. The factory's third line takes advantage of the proven efficiencies, manufacturing processes and performance of the highly reliable Next-Generation 737. Read More

General Dynamics Gets $116 Million for Abrams Tank-Related Work
General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics based in Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded a contract worth $116 million for the purchase of long-lead materials for work associated with the Abrams main battle tank. Read More

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Welding Magazine and Welding Web Announce Launch Of Welding Theater
Welding Magazine and Welding Web are pleased to announce the beta launch of Welding Theater at Think of it as YouTube for welders. It provides videos about welding process and equipment. In the not-too-distant future, it will also be open to the posting of amateur videos by anyone involved in the welding industry. Click Here For More Information
Welding Magazine Webcasts
Here's How You Make Your Welding Cell More Competitive
Join Us May 14,2008 for Balluff's Webcast: Protect sensors and connectivity from heat, slag and impact! If your organization is spending a great deal of time on sensor and related connectivity change out in welding cells, there’s something definitely wrong. It doesn’t have to be that way! Unfortunately, hundreds of companies have accepted that sensing in welding environments automatically equates to high rates of machine down time, high maintenance costs, and high material costs. There are reasons how and why it’s gotten to that point and we will examine those in this webinar.Click here to register for this FREE Webinar!
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