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The growing versatility of turret punch presses

September 14, 2004

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Recent improvements in press drive technology, machine control design, tooling, and CAD/CAM programming software are increasing the throughput capability and the overall versatility of CNC turret punch press equipment.

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The case for open-book management

September 14, 2004

Editor's Note: This column was prepared by the staff of Winning Workplaces, a not-for-profit organization that helps small and midsized businesses create better work environments.Some companies' financial information is not exclusively in the realm of accountants and top management. Everyone from...

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AK Steel to increase Type 409 stainless steel price

September 10, 2004

Ak Steel has announced that it will increase the base price of its Type 409 hot-rolled and cold-rolled stainless steel sheet and strip products by approximately 5 percent, effective with shipments on...

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Health insurance premiums increase five times earnings, inflation growth rate

September 9, 2004

Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums increased an average of 11.2 percent in 2004, less than 2003's 13.9 percent increase, but still the fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth,...

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Manufacturing activity rises at slower rate in August

September 2, 2004

According to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), manufacturing activity rose in August for the 15th consecutive month, but at a slower rate than in July. The August ISM index was 59 percent, 3...

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July mass layoffs highest since July 2001, but span longer period

September 1, 2004

In July 2004, U.S. employers took 2,094 mass layoff actions, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor's...

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National summit to evaluate current U.S.-Cuba trade

August 30, 2004

The National Summit on Cuba, an educational forum in which U.S. leaders discuss the state of current U.S.-Cuba relations, will be held Oct. 8, 2004, at the University of Tampa's Plat Hall, in Tampa,...

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China reduces number of 2004 wire, tube tradeshows

August 27, 2004

Recent events and decisions by Chinese industry organizations, authorities, and exhibition promoters have resulted in the decision to eliminate the previously announced 2004 Wire Asia and Tubetec....

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Grants to assist Florida workers affected by Bonnie and Charley

August 25, 2004

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao has announced a National Emergency Grant of up to $50 million, with an initial release of $16 million, to assist workers in Florida affected by tropical storm...

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IMF sees world economic growth of 4.6 percent in 2004, 2005

August 20, 2004

Reuters has reported that International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Rodrigo Rato sees world economic growth of around 4.6 percent in 2004 and 2005, according to an interview published August...

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AMT President says manufacturing is coming back to life

August 18, 2004

John B. Byrd III, president of AMT-The Association for Manufacturing Technology, is encouraged by recent reports indicating North American manufacturing is showing signs of growth."June's machine tool...

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NABE Survey: Terrorism biggest threat to economy

August 17, 2004

A member survey conducted by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) found 40 percent of respondents named terrorism as the largest short-term threat to the economy, more than double...

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U.S. representatives ask Bush to act on China's currency policy

August 13, 2004

A bipartisan group of 87 members of congress signed and delivered a letter to the White House August 10 that urges President Bush to address promptly China's unfair and discriminatory undervalued...

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Most U.S. companies to hire, increase retention efforts in rest of 04

August 12, 2004

Management Recruiters International has announced the results of its 54th annual International Hiring Survey, indicating that 58 percent of executives who participated plan to make new hires during...

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Slitting ultrahigh-strength steels

August 10, 2004

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The automotive industry's search for stronger and lighter materials spawned new steel grades to meet higher strength-to-weight ratio requirements. While these materials allow automotive engineers to design lighter and stronger components, they present stampers and coil processors with some...

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