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Richards Childress Racing Partners with Metris

LEUVEN, BELGIUM-Richard Childress Racing (RCR) is investing in a multi-million dollar partnership with Metris to use the Belgium-based company’s integrated metrology solutions in the production of the nine-time NASCAR champion racing organization’s engines and racecars.
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Quality Expo Moves to September

CHICAGO-Canon Communications, a producer of trade shows for advanced technology manufacturing companies, announced that Chicago will be the site of the nation’s largest design and manufacturing trade show when the company co-locates Quality Expo, Assembly Technology Expo and National Manufacturing Week shows September 25 to 27, 2007.
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People News

YESTech Inc. (San Clemente, CA) promotes Kevin Garcia to applications manager. His responsibilities include system installation scheduling for all systems, providing support and troubleshooting backup for the on-sight application engineers,
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NAM Welcomes New Chairman

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) board of directors unanimously approved the nomination of Charles E. (Chuck) Bunch, chairman of the board and CEO of PPG Industries Inc. (Pittsburgh), to become NAM chairman for the 2007-2008 term, commencing January 1, 2007. Bunch has served as vice chairman to NAM chairman John Luke since October 1, 2005.
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Manufacturing technology consumption up 22.3% in 2006

MCLEAN, VA-August U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $300.15 million, according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was up 3.4% from July and up 2.1% from the total of $294.1 million reported for August 2005. With a year-to-date total of $2,381.37 million, 2006 was up 22.3% compared with 2005.
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Leica Geosystems Receives Market Leadership Award

NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI-Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon Metrology company, has received a market leadership award in the laser tracker market segment from Frost & Sullivan, a New York-based global growth consultancy firm. Leica Geosystems was selected for this award based on the company’s sales growth and its commitment to emerging technologies.
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U.S. Automakers Closing Quality Gap

MILWAUKEE, WI-Despite rising vehicle costs and gas prices, consumers are giving the auto industry its highest perceived quality rating in a decade, according to the Quarterly Quality Report, released by
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Association News

• Intercomp Co.'s (Minneapolis) Eric Peterson has been elected the 2006 Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE) president. Peterson works at Intercomp Co. as sales manager for their complete line
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People News

• Comet (Garbsen, Germany) appoints Jochen Dietel as technical services team leader. Dietel has more than 11 years of experience as a service manager in the field of micro- and
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Manufacturing Technology Consumption Up 24.4% in 2006

MCLEAN, VA-July U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $278.47 million, according to the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA) and The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies
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