Thursday, June 5, 2003

Industry notes: Manufacturing

Fuse maker, U.S. military expand deal

By Mike Boyer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

KDI Precision Products Inc., the Clermont County bomb fuse maker, has received a second large contract from the Department of Defense.

The unit of L-3 Communications Inc. was awarded an $18.5 million contract to produce the M734A1 multi-option and M783 point detonating delay fuses. The contract runs through Sept. 30, 2009.

Last month, the company, which employs 325, also received a $37.7 million contract to supply fuses for precision-guided weapons. That agreement includes an option for up to $20 million to replenish stocks depleted by the Iraq war.

Gallatin Steel's local efforts recognized

Gallatin Steel Co. near Warsaw and the Carroll County Training Consortium recently received the community involvement achievement award from the Steel Manufacturers Association, a trade group.

The training consortium worked with Gallatin Steel to enhance the local work force. Gallatin representatives served on a school-to-work steering committee that helped establish technology preparation programs, provided plant tours and speakers to explain job opportunities, provided summer jobs and internships and supported the consortium's scholarship fund.

Five of the technical program's first graduates were hired by the steel minimill.

State board helps three area businesses

The state controlling board has approved grants to three Cincinnati-area businesses for development projects:

Peter Cremer North America LP in Sedamsville received a $105,000 grant from the Biomass Initiative Fund to acquire seven heating units for biodiesel storage tanks, allowing the fuel to be used year round. The project will increase biodiesel demand and use in the state and reduce harmful air emissions, officials said.

Beaumont Machine Repair Inc. in Milford received a $15,000 grant to acquire machinery for a 21,000-square-foot expansion. The company, a developer of specialty computer-controlled machines, expects to create 25 jobs from the $780,000 investment, officials said.

Texaco Ovonic Battery Systems in Springboro received a $40,000 grant to acquire machinery for a new battery manufacturing plant. The $13.9 million project is expected to create 40 jobs.

Sessions to benefit manufacturers

TechSolve, the Bond Hill manufacturing assistance organization, hosts two events for manufacturers next week.

The 2 p.m. Tuesday meeting of the Environmental Compliance Collaborative will cover the fundamentals of federal Clean Air Act compliance and enforcement.

Thursday, it will host a daylong lean-manufacturing simulation.

The hands-on demonstration allows attendees to learn lean-manufacturing tips and techniques.

To register, contact Deb Perkins, (513) 948-2116 or e-mail,.

Plant tour to show work improvements

Midwest Manufacturing Solutions is sponsoring another look at the lean manufacturing improvements implemented at shower door maker Basco Manufacturing Co. in Mason June 24.

The plant tour is 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will highlight the company's improvements in productivity, quality and delivery.

For more information, call Sherri McDonald, (513) 381-7200, ext. 120, or go to


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