Friday, August 11, 2000

Industry notes: Manufacturing

Armor Metal acquires firm, plant

By Mike Boyer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Armor Metal Group, a growing Cincinnati contract manufacturing company, has acquired Cincinnati Industrial Machinery, a manufacturer of metal-finishing equipment, from Eagle-Picher Industries.

        The purchase price wasn't disclosed. Cincinnati Industrial Machinery, which makes high-volume industrial washers, dryers and ovens, employs about 70 at its 120,000-square-foot plant in Sharonville. Eagle-Picher, a diversified manufacturer based in Cincinnati, has recently been selling some of its smaller businesses.

        It's the third acquisition in the last two years by Armor Metal, acquired in 1996 by Dave Schmitt.

        Mr. Schmitt said the acquisition would expand Armor Metal's contract manufacturing capability, give it a regular product line of Cincinnati Industrial metal finishing equipment and room to expand.

        Armor Metal, formerly Armor Metal Fabrication, plans to move operations from its plant at 3408 Beekman St. in South Cumminsville in about a month to Cincinnati Industrial's plant at 3280 Hageman St.

        Founded in 1922, Armor Metal also has plants in Hamilton and in Madison, Ind. It employs 220 and has sales under $50 million.

ShopPro Software gets $1.5M order ShopPro Software, a division of Sharonville-based CDC Hold ings Inc., has won an order valued at almost $1.5 million to supply its Web-enabled enterprise resource planning software to Groupe Laperriere & Verreault in Three Rivers, Quebec.
        GL&V is a leading manufacturer of propriety equipment for the pulp and paper industry. The ShopPro software order includes seven plants starting with GL&V's Hudson Falls, N.Y., operation and then a second plant in Nashua, N.H. The other five plants will be added next year, the company said.

Seminar focuses on "nimble' manufacturing Three area manufacturers will share their experiences in adopting “nimble” manufacturing techniques at a half-day seminar Aug. 24. The seminar, sponsored by Midwest Manufacturing Solutions, will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Gregory Centre in downtown Cincinnati.
        The speakers include John Kaiser, president of Xomox in Blue Ash; Dan Cunningham, president of Long-Stanton Manufacturing Co. in Hamilton; and Doug Smith, director of operations at Mutual Manufacturing in Cincinnati.

        The seminar is designed to show how “job-shop” manufacturers can improve productivity, cut delivery time and improve quality in a short period. For more information, contact Christina Mann at 381-7200, Ext. 130.

Hazardous materials topic of meeting
        Transportation of hazardous materials will be discussed at the Alliance for Chemical Safety meeting Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Avon Woods Nature Center. The alliance is composed of Cincinnati industries, agencies and citizens interested in chemical safety.


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