Friday, November 19, 1999

INDUSTRY NOTES: MANUFACTURING


GE official to address chamber

BY MIKE BOYER
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        W. James McNerney Jr., president of GE Aircraft Engines and possible successor to GE Chairman Jack Welch, will be keynote speaker at the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce's annual business luncheon today.

        Mr. McNerney is expected to discuss how GE is preparing to do business in the 21st century through such things as its Six Sigma improvement program and electronic commerce initiatives.

        The luncheon at the Hyatt Regency downtown will also include chamber trustee elections and recognition of centennial companies and annual achievers.

Monarch to assist hospital bar-code project
        Monarch Marking Systems, the Miamisburg, Ohio, developer of bar-coding systems, is part of an industry initiative to develop bar-coding systems for Premier Inc., an alliance of 1,700 hospitals.

        The newly formed Monarch Universal Product Numbering initiative, which includes Monarch and five other companies, has signed a three-year agreement to help hospitals in the Premier network identify problems and implement effective product tracking programs using bar-coding systems.

Clopay contracts for data services
        Clopay Corp.,
the Cincinnati residential garage door maker, has contracted with GE Capital Information Technology Solutions (GECITS) in Newport to provide it with information technology services.

        GECITS is building a $30 million computer configuration and service facility in Erlanger.

        “We're excited to have a new relationship literally at our doorstep across the river in Cincinnati,” said Ed Lysne, vice president and product general manager for support solutions at GECITS.

TMG Consulting Inc. bought by Dallas firm
        Cincinnati-based TMG Consulting Inc., a provider of systems integration and financial systems consult ing, has been acquired by TexSYS RD Corp., a Dallas-based consolidator of software resellers.

        Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. TMG employs 14 at offices in Cincinnati and Birmingham, Ala.

        Dean Corbissero, TMG president, will continue as general manager for both offices. TexSYS now has offices in 17 U.S. cities and an international headquarters in Houston.

Zoomtown creates web-hosting unit
        Zoomtown.com, a subsidiary of the newly named BroadWing Inc. (formerly Cincinnati Bell Inc.), has established a new business unit to expand its web-hosting capabilities for businesses.

        The new web-hosting unit, led by William Dyer, formerly senior vice president for sales and marketing at Inacom/Vanstar, will add partnerships with application development firms to provide packaged and custom web-hosting solutions for businesses, Zoomtown.com said.

        Web-hosting is one of the fastest growing segments of the Internet market, increasing from $400 million to $900 million between 1997 and 1998, according to Forrester Group, a consulting firm.

Milacron machine helps make innovative part
        A plastic blow molding machine built by Milacron Inc. helped produce an award-winning automotive part for McCord-Winn-Textron, in Madison Heights, Mich.

        The part, which won the Society of Plastic Engineers Automotive Division Award, is a one-piece washer bottle, coolant reservoir and engine fan shroud developed by a team from Textron.

        The one-piece plastic unit weighs 4.15 pounds, 17 percent less than the individual parts separately. The part produced by a Milacron Tracker blow molding machine also won four 1998 Worldwide innovation awards from Montell North America, a leading polyolefin manufacturer.

        The one-piece unit is used on DaimlerChrysler's Dodge Dakota pickup and Durango sport utility vehicle.

       



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