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NIMS Awarded DoL Apprenticeship Contract
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) with a contract to serve as a National Industry Partner for Manufacturing with the goal of expanding and diversifying apprenticeships.
NIMS initially will receive $1.39 million to support the growth of apprenticeship programs in manufacturing; identify, develop and disseminate tools and strategies that increase access, entry and retention in apprenticeships for underrepresented populations; and assist employers in expanding apprenticeship programs, starting new programs and working together to create a pipeline of skilled workers. A significant portion of contract dollars will go through NIMS directly to companies to offset costs associated with building or enhancing apprenticeship programs.
Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and PMA’s Educational Foundation, in addition to The Association for Manufacturing Technology, National Tooling and Machining Association, Precision Machined Products Association, and Technology and Manufacturing Association have been identified as NIMS’ stakeholders that will be positively affected by the contract via the contribution of a new generation of skilled workers to the metalworking industries.
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Schuler Launches Its First China Tech Center
Schuler held an Innovation Day to formally launch a technology center for forming systems in China, a demonstration and reference center in the northern industrial city of Tianjin that offers automotive manufacturers, suppliers and other companies the opportunity to try out the latest servo-press technology. Servo TechCenter Tianjin is Schuler's first demonstration center in Asia and forms a key part of the company's strategy to increase its presence in that region.
Schuler has been operating in China with a number of sites since the early 1990s and just a few months ago acquired Chinese press manufacturer Yadon."China has enormous potential for us," says, Oemer Akyazici, China chief executive officer for Schuler. "With the products from Yadon under our belt, we are now optimally positioned to cover further market segments."
Solar Atmospheres Forms Vacuum Pump Services Corp.
Solar Atmospheres, Souderton, PA, has established a vacuum-pump service center, Vacuum Pump Services Corp., and has staffed it initially with three employees.
The Solar Atmospheres group of companies employs more than 100 mechanical vacuum roughing pumps and mechanical holding pumps. Its fleet of furnaces include some that have been in operation for more than 30 years. With mechanical-pump life on the order of five to 10 years, according to company officials, it became necessary for Solar atmospheres to establish the service center.
“We know vacuum pumps: when to have the pumps serviced, and how to service them correctly,” explains William R. Jones, CEO of Solar Atmospheres. “This is the base reason for establishing our own organization. We have also serviced pumps for other organizations, even including our competitors. So we are eager to share our knowledge and expertise, and to offer our services broadly across industry.”