Friday, November 16, 2001

Industry notes: Manufacturing

W. Chester firm lands contract

By Mike Boyer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CAE Ransohoff, the West Chester-based supplier of water-based metal cleaning machinery, has won an estimated $4.4 million contract from DaimlerChrysler AG.

        The contract, expected to include up to 40 machines, is for a cleaning system for a new automatic transmission production line being installed at the automaker's Kokomo, Ind., transmission plant. The new transmission will be used in the Jeep Liberty, Mercedes M Class and new DC 300 Series, and the 4.0 Liter Jeep.

        The DaimlerChrysler contract is the third major North American auto transmission-related project won by CAE Ransohoff in the past year, said Stephen Temple, chief executive officer.

        He said the company, part of CAE's Cleaning Technology Group, has seen one of the strongest periods for new orders in the past three months.

        “We are hopeful that this exceptional performance on the order entry side is an indication that the long-awaited rebound for this market sector is just around the corner,” he said.

AK Steel product wins magazine award

        AK Steel's AgION antimicrobial-coated steel is one of nine winners of the “Best of What's New” award in home technology by Popular Science magazine.

        The magazine picked the AgION coating, which the Middletown steel maker has licensed from Boston-based AgION Technologies, from among thousands of new innovations it reviewed this year.

        The AgION compound contains inorganic silver ions that kill bacteria on a continuing basis. AK Steel is participating in the construction of a concept home outside Los Angeles, which is using the steel in everything from appliance surfaces to heating and ventilating ducts.

Orders for metal machines decline

        Orders for machines that cut and form metal continued to slump in September, according to two industry trade groups.

        Orders totaled $191.3 million in September, down 52 percent from $400.7 million a year ago, according to AMT — Association for Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, American Machine Tool Distributors' Association.

The two trade groups compile a monthly survey of order activity from reports submitted by participating manufacturers and distributors.

        In the five-state region, which includes Ohio and Indiana, September orders totaled $80.7 million, down 47 percent from a year ago.

        Through the first three quarters of this year, machine tool orders totaled $2.07 billion, down 33 percent from the same period last year. The September figures were also down 9 percent from August.

Cintas Corp. facility "Employer of the Year'

        Cintas Corp.'s West Chester call center has been named “Employer of the Year” by the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission for its hiring of individuals with physical and mental disabilities.

        “Cintas sets a standard that no other company in Southwestern Ohio comes close to matching,” said John Scudder, the commission rehabilitation program specialist.

        Last year, the call center hired 19 people with disabilities through the Ohio commission. Disabled workers represent about 12 percent of the 150 who work at the center answering catalog sales calls for the Mason-based uniform supplier.

        Contact Mike Boyer at 768-8494; fax 564-6991; or e-mail


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