Thursday, May 29, 2003

Industry notes: Manufacturing


KDI wins defense contract

KDI Precision Products Inc. in Clermont County has received a $37.7 million contract from the Department of Defense.

The contract to supply 48,774 electronic bomb fuses is one of the larger received by the unit of L-3 Communications Inc. and is part of the military's regular procurement.

Eric Guerrazzi, KDI president, said the agreement includes an option for an additional $20 million for reserve replenishment after the Iraq war.

KDI, which employs 325, will supply fuses and related equipment for several Navy and Air Force bombs, including precision-guided weapons such as the Joint Direct Attack Munitions and laser-guided bombs.

Most of the work will be done at KDI's plant.

It is slated to be completed by April 2005.

The agreement calls for KDI to supply 33,329 electronic bomb fuses the Navy; 13,194 to the Air Force; and smaller quantities to Egypt, the Netherlands and Belgium under the Defense Department's foreign military sales.

Contech looking to broaden sales market

Contech Construction Products Inc. in Middletown expects to push its sales to the bridge construction market to more than $100 million annually with acquisition of rights to the BEBO Concrete Arch System.

Contech has formed a new unit, Contech BEBOTech Inc. to supply the prefabricated concrete arches with spans of 12 feet to 84 feet.

The company said the acquisition makes it the largest single-source for pre-engineered bridge systems including steel, aluminum and now pre-engineered concrete.

ABM Drives opens new office in Milford

ABM Drives Inc., a unit of ABM Greiffenberger Antriebstechnik, GmbH, in Marktredwitz, Germany, has opened an office in Milford.

The company supplies AC induction motors, geared motors, brakes and drives to manufacturers of cranes, hoists, stair lifts, utility vehicles and other uses. The new office is at 2000 Ford Circle, Suite E in Milford.

TechSolve offers tips to profitable production

TechSolve, the Bond Hill manufacturing assistance organization, is offering a one-day course on how companies can develop a guide to more efficient and profitable production.

The program on "value stream mapping," a lean manufacturing process that allows organizations to visualize ways to eliminate inefficiency, starts at 8 a.m. June 6.

For details, contact Deb Perkins at 948-2116 or e-mail perkins@techsolve.com

Royster-Clark marks 20 years accident-free

Royster-Clark Inc.'s nitrogen plant in North Bend recently marked 20 years without a lost-time accident by employees.

OSHA defines a lost-time accident as an injury requiring time away from the job.

The plant's 28 employees compiled 1,472,892 hours without a lost-time injury. The plant produces 180,000 tons of nitrogen products annually, mainly for fertilizer.

AK Steel Middletown plant gets safety award

AK Steel said its Middletown coke plant has won the industry's Max Eward Safety award for the third consecutive year and fifth time in the last six years.

Presented by the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute, the award recognizes the plant with the best safety record.

The Middletown plant has completed three years without an OSHA-recordable injury.

E-mail mboyer@enquirer.com



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