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Toyota Honors Spartan Light Metal Products for Excellent Quality Spartan Light Metal Products,


a St. Louis-based supplier of aluminum and magnesium custom die castings, was recognized with


an Excellent Quality Performance Award from Toyota Motor Engi- neering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA). Te auto-


maker’s Annual Supplier Business Meeting (ABM), held in March at the Northern Kentucky Conven- tion Center in Covington, Ky., brought together approximately 1,000 supplier representatives from across North America. Spartan Light Metal Products


Pictured are (l to r) Nobuhisa Tanaka, senior vice president, TEMA; Michael White, Hannibal, Mo. plant manager, Spartan Light Metal Products; Bruce Breitzman, COO, Spartan Light Metal Prod- ucts; Donald Jubel, CEO, Spartan Light Metal Products; Osamu Nagata, president and CEO, TEMA; and Robert Young, vice president purchasing, TEMA.


was among 16 Toyota suppli- ers to receive this quality award. Spartan’s Hannibal, Mo., plant has been recognized for quality by Toyota for five consecutive years. In the U.S., about 60,000 supplier jobs are dedicated to Toyota across more than 30 states. The company collectively spent over $32 billion on parts, goods and services last year in North America. Spartan has three manufacturing


facilities and offices in St. Louis, Detroit, Tokyo and Landstuhl, Germany.


Elecast Bought John and Leah Kane have pur-


chased diecasting company Elecast Inc., Clarks Summit, Pa., from prior owner Dave Wessell. Te Scranton Times-Tribune reports


PMJ Group, which connects local businesses with potential buyers, facili- tated the purchase. “If I sold it to someone from out


of town they might move it,” Wessell said. “I’ve got some skin in here and I want to see it continue.” John Kane graduated from West


Point in 1994, served for five years in the Army, specializing in logistics, then earned an MBA from College of William and Mary. Leah Kane, who has worked for ad agencies in New York, will lead the company’s market- ing and advertising. “We think there’s some great


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growth opportunity with this com- pany,” John Kane said. Elecast’s seven employees make aluminum parts for office furniture and zinc parts for electric motors and other products. Te short-run opera- tion produces 5,000 or fewer parts per series, enabling fast turnarounds.


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