Weekly Update February 10, 2009

Feb. 10, 2009
Contech files for bankruptcy NADCA releases 2008 wage/benefits survey Better Control, Safer Operation for Melting
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Contech Files for Bankruptcy
The Michigan diecaster says the Chapter 11 filing will allow it to overcome “significant debt obligations, sell certain non-core operations and address the unprecedented low volumes in the North American automotive industry by rationalizing its operational cost structure.” Read more
NADCA Releases 2008 Wage, Benefits Survey
The study compares the earnings of hourly workers, compensation programs, and benefits. It also analyzes the different compensation programs for companies of different sizes and locations, and summarizes insurance rates and data on absenteeism. Read more
Bradken Foundries Achieve New ISO Standard
Foundries in Kansas, Louisiana, and Missouri have been certified to the new ISO 9001:2008 standard. The ferrous foundries had been certified to the new ISO 9001:2000 standard, issued late last year. Read more
Featured This Week
Better Control, Safer Operation for Melting While robots in the melt shop reduce operator error, increase efficiency, cut labor costs and ensure consistent furnace operation practices, their most important contribution is significantly enhanced worker safety. Read more
Forums And Blogs
REB Blog: Snapshots in time
One bad day, or month, or year can make anyone of us despair, but our work can be our legacy. Read more
Foundry Management & Technology announces launch of Foundry Theater. Watch videos about foundry and diecasting industries. You'll see technical developments; new equipment; finishing technologies; automation systems; quality instruments and new products. You'll see how to reduce cycle times and increase productivity Watch Videos Now
Metalcasting's Next Generation
Do you know a young person who’s having an impact in metalcasting? Visit and nominate someone, or more than one, 40 years old or younger, who qualifies as a “rising star.” Read more
Upcoming Events
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CMI's Analysis & Reduction of Casting Defects,
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CMI's Melting & Heat Treating of Castings
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CMI's Introduction to Metalcasting
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