Thursday, April 24, 2003

Industry notes: Manufacturing

Aurora buys another casket firm

By Mike Boyer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Aurora Casket Co. in Indiana has made its second acquisition in as many months. Privately held Aurora purchased Hastings Casket Co. in Hastings, Neb., for an undisclosed price.

In March, family-owned Aurora purchased Cortrim Hardwood Parts Co., a Tennessee-based maker of wood caskets. Hastings supplies funeral homes in Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota and Wyoming from a distribution center in central Nebraska.

Aurora said Hastings Casket would bolster its national distribution network.

Conference on steel coatings

AK Coatings, the unit of Middletown's AK Steel marketing its antimicrobial steel coating, will hold its second technology conference on May 13 in Dallas.

The daylong session will feature a series of speakers on the latest developments in antimicrobial technology.

AC Nielsen reports that U.S. consumers spent $540 million on antibacterial products in 1999 and annual spending will continue to grow through 2005.

Panel discussions on antimicrobials in heating, air-conditioning, food processing and medical equipment will be part of the conference.

For more information, go to

Tomak Precision thriving at 50

Tomak Precision Inc., a Lebanon maker of close-tolerance machined parts, is marking its 50th anniversary.

The company, which employs about 30, is owned by Al Schaeper Sr. who acquired the business in 1985.

The company has moved from its original building on 535 N. Broadway to a new facility at 2600 Henkle Drive in the Lebanon Commerce Park.

Despite the slump in manufacturing, Tomak officials say they have used lean manufacturing techniques to become more efficient and are looking to expand.

Epcor and Casco earn certification

Two local companies recently received quality certifications signifying their compliance with international standards.

Epcor Foundries, a division of Seilkop Industries Inc. at 425 North Bend Road, Carthage, received QS-9000:1998 and ISO 9002:1994 certifications. Epcor makes machined aluminum sand and permanent mold castings.

Casco Manufacturing Solutions, 3107-3111 Spring Grove Ave., Camp Washington, has received an upgraded ISO 9001:2000 registration for its research and development facility. The company first achieved ISO 9001 registration in 1998. Casco sews, seals and upholsters products.

Automation on display at expo

Rockwell Automation, industrial automation supplier, and its Tristate distributors F.D. Lawrence Electric Co., Cincinnati Belting & Transmission and Rexel Electrical Supply are holding a symposium and expo April 29 and 30 at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton, Ohio.

For more information contact Rockwell's Cincinnati sales office at 942-9303 or go to


Mall makers bet on Deerfield
Airport raising fee for access
Fed: It's not all negative
Milacron's loss picture improves
Industry notes: Manufacturing
Tristate summary
Business digest
Morning memo
What's the buzz?