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Two Illinois high schools earn NIMS accreditation
for precision manufacturing programs
Fairfax, Va.-based NIMS has announced accreditation of the
precision manufacturing programs at South Elgin High School,
South Elgin, Ill., and Streamwood High School, Streamwood,
Ill. The staff and faculty of both schools and of School District
U- 46 have met NIMS standards for metalworking training.
This marks the first time that each program has secured
NIMS accreditation, the only national benchmark for excellence in metalworking training as based on national industry-written, industry-approved standards.
An on-site evaluation included facility inspections of both
metalworking shops, as well as interviews with students, instructors, administrators, and local employers. Following
these events the evaluation team gathered enough evidence
to recommend accreditation and issued above-average ratings in most areas of evaluation including program purpose,
facilities, equipment/tooling/measuring devices, administration, instructional staff, and advisory committee support.
The accreditation is based on NIMS National Level I Machining Skills Standards with an emphasis on CNC milling operations, CNC turning operations, job planning, benchwork, and
layout; and measurement, materials, and safety.
Precision Metal Fabricators
to relocate in South Carolina
Precision Metal Fabricators Inc., a manufacturer of metal and fabricated metal
products, has announced plans to invest $500,000 to relocate to a larger facility in Williston, S.C., creating 19 new
jobs over the next five years.
The 75,000-sq.-ft. facility is nearly triple the size of the firm’s existing plant.
The company will update the new facility’s electrical system, offices, and workspaces, installing new air lines, fiber optics, and servers.
The move is expected to take place
in January 2016, with hiring for the new
positions to begin in Q2 2016.
Alcoa curtails smelting,
refining capacity to drive
Lightweight metals producer Alcoa has
announced its curtailing of uncompetitive smelting and refining capacity to
ensure continued competitiveness
amid prevailing market conditions. The
company has reduced aluminum smelting capacity by 503,000 metric tons and
alumina refining capacity by 1.2 million
metric tons. The curtailments will end in
The reductions will help improve the
cost position of the upstream business
and ensure competitiveness in a lower
pricing environment, including a 30
percent drop in the Midwest transaction aluminum price year-to-date. With
this action, Alcoa has closed, divested,
or curtailed 45 percent of total smelting
operating capacity since 2007.
In its aluminum business, Alcoa has
idled the Intalco and Wenatchee primary aluminum smelters in Washington
state and the Massena West smelter in
New York. The casthouses at Intalco and
Massena West, which produce value-added shaped products, will continue
to operate. The company has closed the
New York Massena East smelter permanently. The Alcoa Forgings and Extrusions facility in Massena is unaffected.
In its alumina business, Alcoa has
partially curtailed refining capacity
at its Point Comfort, Texas, facility by
about 1.2 million metric tons.
The company will separate into two
publicly traded companies in the second half of 2016: an upstream-focused
company including its mining, refining,
smelting, energy, and casting businesses, and a value-added company
including its global rolled products, engineered products, and transportation
and construction businesses.