Hypertherm has an array of sustain-
ability goals it plans to meet by 2020.
Those goals include producing zero
landfill waste, improving the energy
efficiency of its global operations by
30 percent, and reducing the carbon
impact of its products by 20 percent.
Kennametal Inc. has announced
plans to relocate its world headquar-
ters to an urban location as it reposi-
tions the company for growth in global
markets, recruits new talent, and
strengthens innovative partnerships
with leading universities. The compa-
ny will move its corporate leadership
team to downtown Pittsburgh while
maintaining a substantial presence at
its current headquarters in Latrobe, Pa.
The company is a provider of materials science, tooling, and wear-resis-tant technologies.
North American Tool Corp., a manufacturer of taps, dies, and gauges
for the industrial marketplace based
in South Beloit, Ill., has been named
Supplier of the Year by the Industrial
Buyers Consortium (IBC).
Each year IBC recognizes distributors and suppliers that best represent
the dedication, quality, and standards
of excellence that customers have
come to expect from members of
IBC’s marketing group. The recipient
of the Supplier of the Year award is
determined by a distributor vote.
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries’
industrial coatings business has bro-
ken ground on a new application de-
velopment center for liquid coatings
at its Oak Creek, Wis., plant. The facil-
ity will support development of cus-
tom formulations of liquid coatings,
and it will enable the company to
simulate customer production lines
for new coatings and application tri-
als and for application training.
Scheduled to open in February
2016, the center will comprise mul-
tiple curing ovens, robotic paint ap-
plicators, and spray booths with tem-
perature and humidity controls.
The company offers powder, elec-
trocoat, pretreatment, and liquid
products for metal finishing to manu-
facturers in numerous industries.
WARDJet, Tallmadge, Ohio, has un-
veiled its WARDKit On The Go mobile
salesroom. The truck features a 5- by
5-ft. waterjet cutting system, flat-
screen TVs, and drop-down walls.
The truck kicked off its All-American
Tour in mid-September at the Akron
Mini Maker Faire in Akron, Ohio. More
than 1,300 visitors saw the waterjet
machine make foam robot keychains
and custom pieces.
Yaskawa America Inc., Motoman
Robotics Division, an industrial robotics company based in Miamisburg,
Ohio, has been selected by Honda to
receive a Special Recognition Award.
Honda honored the company along
with other suppliers that provide indirect products and services to Honda
automotive plants located in Indiana
AK Steel, West Chester, Ohio, has issued a notice under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification
(WARN) Act to hourly and salaried
employees at its Ashland Works in
Kentucky that it intends to temporarily idle the blast furnace and related
steelmaking operations at the facility
as a result of challenging domestic
The company said it has appropriate steelmaking capacity at its other
plants to meet customer requirements and does not expect any interruptions in shipments to its customers. The firm does not intend to idle
the hot-dip galvanizing line at Ashland Works that primarily services automotive customers.
“We are taking this necessary step
due to the onslaught of what we believe are unfairly traded imports of
carbon steel that have been flooding
our shores. These imports have substantially reduced order intake rates,
production rates, shipment volumes,
and selling prices,” said James L. Wain-scott, chairman, president, and CEO.
AK Steel, along with other domestic
steel companies, has filed antidumping and countervailing duty trade
cases with the International Trade
Commission with respect to coated,
cold-rolled, and hot-rolled carbon
steel products in an attempt to combat these foreign imports.
The WARN begins a 60-day period
that must be given before idling operations and laying off employees under the WARN Act.
If market conditions do not improve, the idling of the affected portions of the facility is expected to begin in mid-December 2015 and could
last more than six months.
Ashland Works produces carbon
steel slabs, along with hot-dip galvanized and galvannealed coated steels.
The plant employs about 940 people.
AMI Metals Inc., Brentwood, Tenn.,
a subsidiary of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., Los Angeles, has been
awarded a multiyear contract by
Lockheed Martin to provide aluminum flat-rolled material for the F- 35
Joint Strike Fighter. The five-year contract, with an estimated value of $300
million, runs Jan. 1, 2017, through
Dec. 31, 2021.
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