in Ontario under a multibillion-dollar deal in 2010 with Sam-sung to generate power for the province and create green-en-ergy manufacturing jobs. Ontario had started to contract for
an additional 600 m W of wind energy, but reports indicated
that the province will have enough generation capacity for at
least a decade, so the government suspended plans for new
projects in September.
Skeeter Boats has announced plans to build a trailer factory in Kilgore, Texas. As part of the expansion, the company will
add up to 35 employees who will be based in the 43,000-sq.-ft.
Global Shop Solutions, a developer of ERP software for the
manufacturing industry, has opened a third building at its
headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas. The 10,000-sq.-ft.
building is home to a 72-seat training room, a community din-ing/kitchen area with a market, and an outdoor covered patio
designed to seat up to 100 people.
Schaumburg, Ill.-based Heidenhain Corp., a provider of
linear and angle encoder products, has received the World
Class Quality ranking from Fives Giddings & Lewis, a supplier
of machines, process equipment, and production lines for the
aluminum, steel, automotive, aerospace, and energy sectors.
Twice a year, Fives Giddings & Lewis
evaluates its external providers for
process sigma (deviation from perfection), cost of poor quality, and nonconformance report days outstanding.
Heidenhain received the highest marks
in all three categories.
Jesse Garant Metrology Center has
expanded its operations in Dearborn,
Mich., to accommodate the growing demand for high-volume part inspection
for preproduction and production validation. The $15 million expansion includes
a variety of advanced imaging systems,
including industrial CT systems for inspecting large parts and assemblies.
The company provides manufacturers with identification of porosity
defects and inclusions, wall thickness
variations, part-to-CAD comparisons for
out-of-tolerance features, and dimensional measurements for First Article
Inspection reporting requirements.
Kyoc-era Corp., a provider
of precision tools for
electronics, aerospace, automotive,
Melville, N.Y.-based MSC Industrial
Supply Co., a distributor of metalworking and MRO products and services, has
acquired Deco Tool Supply Co. Deco, an
industrial supply distributor based in
Davenport, Iowa, employs more than
190 people at 10 branch offices located
primarily in the Midwest.
Boston-based Rethink Robotics has
signed deals with nine distribution partners throughout the U.S. and Europe to
extend the availability of its collaborative robots. The new U.S. distributors
are Price Eng., Hartland, Wis.; Rankin
Automation, Broomall, Pa.; Triad Tech-
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