Friday, January 3, 2003

Industry Notes: Manufacturing

Forecast for R&D funds flat

Industrial research and development spending will be flat in 2003, according to the annual forecast by Columbus-based Battelle and R&D magazine.

Overall R&D spending is expected to rise 3 percent this year to almost $302 billion due to a projected 10.5 percent increase in federal spending and a 7 percent increase in university and nonprofit spending, according to the forecast.

Industrial R&D still represents the biggest piece of overall research spending at $194 billion, but is expected to rise less than 1 percent.

Added to the lingering effects from Sept. 11 and the faltering economy that affected last year's R&D spending, are the new federal Department of Homeland Security and major corporate accounting scandals as factors influencing research spending, the forecast says.

Johnson Controls awards suppliers

Southwestern Ohio Steel in West Chester and Feintool System Parts in Blue Ash were among 45 suppliers of Johnson Controls Inc., recognized for their performance by the Plymouth, Mich.-based automotive and facility systems company.

Southwestern, a steel service center, won a gold award, and Feintool, a machine tool supplier, received a silver award.

MedSource opens support center

MedSource Technologies Inc., a Minneapolis-based engineering and manufacturing services provider in the medical device market, has opened a product development support center in Highland Heights.

Matt Otten, technical center manager, said the center aims to establish a network of technical contractors. MedSource, which does manufacturing for other medical equipment makers, includes Ethicon Endo-Surgery in Blue Ash among its clients.

Information: Mr. Otten at (859) 448-0810 or e-mail

Meeting to discuss storage regulations

Regulations for ozone-depleting compounds and above- and below-ground storage tanks will be discussed at the Jan. 14 meeting of TechSolve's environmental compliance collaborative.

The session at the Bond Hill center starts at 2 p.m. and is free to manufacturers. It will include representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Fire Marshal's Office.

Information: Rene Wall at 948-2076 or

Stanley named to advisory committee

James W. Stanley, vice president of safety and health at AK Steel, has been named to the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health by Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.

The 12-person committee advises the secretaries of labor and health and human services on occupational safety and health programs.

He's the second AK Steel executive to be named to a post within the Bush administration. Chairman Richard Wardrop last month was named to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

Mr. Stanley joined AK Steel in 1996 after serving the Occupation Safety and Health Administration for nearly 25 years, serving the last two years as deputy assistant secretary of labor for OSHA..

Session to focus on speed vs. change

The role of speed in overcoming resistance to change will be the focus of the next free manufacturing benchmarking case study sponsored by Midwest Manufacturing Solutions.

The session begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Manor House Banquet and Conference Center in Mason. To register, contact Sherri McDonald at 381-7200, ext. 120 or visit


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