Industry Headlines

Laser Shipments Down

Shipments of industrial laser equipment and systems for North America and U.S. exports were down 13% for the second quarter of 2001 when compared to the same quarter of last year, according to the Laser Systems Product Group of The Association for Manufacturing Technology.
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Can't Get No Satisfaction

Consumers are less satisfied with major manufactured goods this year than they were in 2000, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) produced by the University of Michigan Business School.
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Faro Signs Agreement

Faro Technologies Inc. (Lake Mary, FL) has signed a worldwide preferred supplier agreement with Vought Aircraft Industries Inc.
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Boeing and TecSec Form Relationship

The Boeing Co. (Chicago) and TecSec Inc. (Vienna, VA) have formed a strategic relationship that includes a $10 million equity in-vestment by Boeing.
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Business News From March 2002

The L.S. Starrett Co. (Athol, MA) has rolled out the Starrett Equipment Finance program. The equipment-leasing program allows customers to defray their initial investment.
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GM Revamps Design Process

General Motors Corp. (Detroit) has named Mark Hogan, currently the president of e-GM, to the position of group vice president of advanced vehicle development.
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New Starrett Unit

The L.S. Starrett Co. (Athol, MA) has launched Starrett Calibration Services, a subsidiary to provide calibration of precision tools and gages.
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Manufacturing Workers Earning More

Manufacturing workers in nonsupervisory roles are making more money this year than last.
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General Motors Recalls 1.9 Million Vehicles

General Motors Corp. (Detroit) is recalling 1.9 million passenger vehicles because of a potential problem in the steering column.
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People News From March 2002

Antonio Sirano has been named the manager of quality assurance at Fala DM Group (Farmingdale, NY).
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