The U.S. economy remains the largest in the world, surpassing the economies of the next four largest economies combined and nearly four times as large as the world's next largest economy, Japan. Manufacturing in the United States continues to be the leading segment in that vibrant economy according to the Manufacturing Institute, which provided this chart.
The North American Die Casting Association has put its Design for Die Casting information on its website — www.diecasting.org — to give die casters faster, more convenient access to the design program. The Internet version of the program is replacing a CD that the organization previously made available and includes information on alloy composition and properties, casting tolerances, die design and die-processing information.
As part of its 50th year celebration, T.M. Smith Tool (www.tmsmith.com) of Mt. Clemens, Mich., announced in May that David Smith, the son of D. Fred Smith, was made president of the company. The younger Smith takes over the president's position from his father and is the third generation of the Smith family to run the company. Also, James W. Sanders, CPA, was promoted to executive vice-president and chief financial officer for the company… Duggan Manufacturing (www.dugganmfg.com), a Michigan metal stamping prototype manufacturer, has established a wholly owned subsidiary, Unified Pattern Division, to provide low to medium casting production capabilities to original equipment manufacturers and Tier I automotive suppliers… Guhring Inc. (www.guhring.com) has opened a 60,000-squarefoot expansion of its manufacturing and office space at its Brookfield, Wis., headquarters.
The company said the additional space will allow it to triple the size of its PCD/CBN Diamond Tooling Division and to double the capacity for its Reconditioning Division. Guhring invested more than $1.5 million in new CNC grinding equipment for the expansion…. DNV Energy (www.dnv.us) has launched a Material and Corrosion Research Center in Columbus, Ohio, in close cooperation with Ohio State University and CC Technologies.
The center will develop new technology and methodologies related to the challenges the U.S. economy faces due to material corrosion… Mazak Canada opened its new Canada headquarters and technology center May 2, and launched a new Internet site, www.mazakcanada. ca. Mazak is planning to make that website bilingual soon…Separately, MAG Industrial Automation Systems (www.mag-ias.com), Sterling Heights, Michigan, formed MAG Canada, a sales and service organization that the company expects will expand support of machine tools, systems and services from MAG IAS companies throughout Canada… Cinetic Landis Grinding Corp. (www.cinetic-industries.com), a manufacturer of precision grinding systems, is planning to relocate its headquarters and manufacturing and assembly facility to Hagerstown, Maryland, from its current facility in Waynesboro, Pa. The new site in Hagerstown is about 15 miles from the company's current site.
MAG Industrial Automation systems group appointed Robert Wassmer as its new president. He will have responsibilities for the international operations of the company. Founded in 2005, MAG IAS includes such established and well-known companies as Cincinnati, Cross Huller, ExCell-O, Fadal, Giddings & Lewis, Hessapp, Huller Hille and Witzig & Frank.