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Industrial Manufacturers Report Renewed Economic Optimism

NEW YORK-Large, U.S.-based industrial manufacturers report renewed optimism about the U.S. and world economies over the next 12 months, despite continued concern about high energy prices, according to Pricewater-houseCoopers' Manufacturing Barometer. In the year ahead, these companies expect solid revenue growth, a higher level of new investments, as well as an upturn in hiring and M&A activity.
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SATO Purchases Checkpoint's Barcode Systems (BCS) Businesses

CHARLOTTE, NC-SATO, a company in the Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC) industry and barcode printing, labeling, and EPC/RFID solutions, has successfully completed the acquisition of Checkpoint Systems Inc.'s former BCS businesses as well as the Hand-held Labeling Systems (HLS) in the United States.
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Errata

In the February 2006 issue, the photo published in "Developing a Formal Calibration Plan," (page 22) was inaccurate. At right is the correct photo of Quality Calibration Service Inc.'s calibration lab.
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Association News

The Association for Operations Management (APICS, Alexandria, VA) announces the 2006 board of directors. The board took office January 1.
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Business News

Arco Electronics (Camarillo, CA) has moved to a larger facility in Southern California. The move to this 20,000 square foot facility will allow the company to expand its inventory.
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People News

Janos Technology Inc. (Keene, NH) appoints Karl Martinson to business development manager for defense and aerospace. Martinson has a broad base knowledge of the optical fabrication technology and extensive experience in managing strategic planning, technical sales and marketing communication efforts simultaneously.
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In memory of Ren Owen

FRANKLIN PARK, IL-Ren Owen, Sloan Valve Company's vice president of business development, passed away on January 6, 2006.
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CEOs and Business Leaders at WCBF's Global Six Sigma Summit & Awards

CHICAGO-WCBF's Global Six Sigma Summit announces a speaker panel of business minds and thought-leaders for leadership and senior executives to take quality to the next level.
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Metris acquires LK, 3D Scanners and Arc Second

LEUVEN, BELGIUM-Metris announces the simultaneous acquisition of LK Ltd. (Derby, UK), 3D Scanners Ltd. (London) and Arc Second Inc. (Virginia, WA). Total funds in excess of 35 million euro have been raised to finance the acquisition and integration of the three privately held companies.
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Reed Exhibitions Launches Quality Expo China 2006

One of the highlights of Reed's Assembly Technology Expo China 2006 (August 29 to 31, Shenzhen Exhibition and Convention Center) will be the Quality Expo China 2006, which brings together the cumulative knowledge of professional engineers and experts.
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