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Industry News: AMTMA Enjoys Positive Meeting

PHOENIX-Nearly half of the current membership of the American Measuring Tool Manufacturers Association (AMTMA) gathered for a three-day meeting March 14 to 16 in Phoenix. The annual meeting had several firsts-its first end user as a member, its first meeting under the leadership of the members themselves and its first in-depth look at the market in which their measurement tools are used.
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Industry News: Wenzel Acquires Xspect Solutions

WIXOM, MI-Wenzel GmbH of Germany has acquired Xspect Solutions Inc. (Wixom, MI). Xspect Solutions has been the distribution partner of Wenzel in North America since its formation in 2002, and has been the Wenzel Distributor of the Year for both 2005 and 2006. Xspect has engineered market penetration in the United States, which now represents the largest market for Wenzel CMM products outside of its domestic German market. Xspect Solutions supplies new Wenzel CMMs with its OpenDMIS software to the North American markets, and Xspect Solutions annual sales exceeded $15 million in 2006. Its corporate customers include John Deere, General Electric, TRW, Federal-Mogul, Cummins, Delphi and Whirlpool. Details of the sale were not disclosed.
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Industry News: Baldrige Awards Presented

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Vice President Dick Cheney and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez presented three U.S. organizations with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest honor for organizational performance excellence. 

The 2006 Baldrige Award recipients are:  Premier Inc., San Diego, service; MESA Products Inc., Tulsa, OK, small business; and North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, MS, health care.
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Industry News: Manufacturing ISM Report Released

TEMPE, AZ-Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February following a decline in January, while the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, according to the nation’s supply executives in the Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business.
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AIA 2007-2008 Board of Directors Announced

ANN ARBOR, MI-The Automated Imaging Association (AIA) announced its board of directors for 2007-2008 at its annual Business Conference in Orlando, FL. John Merva, vice president of sales and marketing at CCS America Inc., has been elected president.
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David Dechow Receives AIA Achievement Award

ANN ARBOR, MI-David Dechow, president of Aptúra Machine Vision Solutions, is the recipient of the 2007 Automated Imaging Achievement (AIA) Award. The award, which was presented to Dechow by the AIA in February at the annual AIA Business Conference in Orlando, FL, honors industry leaders for outstanding contributions in industrial and scientific imaging.
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Delcam Consolidates North American Sales

Delcam has consolidated its structure in North America to create a single sales organization for its Power Solution and FeatureCAM product lines. Glenn McMinn has been appointed president of Delcam North America. In this new position, he will be responsible for coordinating the activities and overall management of the combined North American sales and support teams.

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