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NEWSCAST Future Die Cast and Engineer-


ing (Shelby Township, Michigan) has acquired Smithfield Manufactur- ing (Clarksville, Michigan) and the Clinton Township, Michigan-based Conner Engineering. Formed in 1990, Future owns V-


Line Precision Products (Walled Lake, Michigan) and Algonac Cast Products (Algonac, Michigan. Metaldyne Performance Group


(Southfield, Michigan) announced it will close Brillion Iron Works by the fourth quarter of 2016. Metaldyne had purchased Brillion from Accuride Corporation. Transfer opportunities will be made available to relocate employees to other MPG locations as opportunities exist. Elyria Foundry Company LLC,


owner of Elyria & Hodge Found- ries (Elyria, Ohio) announced it has


entered into a joint venture with Cast-Fab Technologies (Greenville, Pennsylvania). Cast-Fab’s customer base, intellectual property, operations and selective metalcasting equipment will be transferred and integrated into Elyria & Hodge Foundries. Cast-Fab’s metalcasting will be


discontinued. B&L Information Systems


(Bridgman, Michigan) recently has been selected as the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software technol- ogy of choice for several metalcasters in both the U.S. and Canada. Recent signings of metalcasters to Odys- sey ERP software include: Canada Alloy Castings Company (Kitchener, Ontario), Fonderie Poitras (Ltee. of L’Islet, Quebec), General Die Casters Inc. (Twinsburg, Ohio), and Weath- erly Castings & Machine Company (Weatherly, Pennsylvania).


B&L Information Systems also hosted the annual Odyssey users’ conference, Spectrum, in St. Joseph, Michigan on September 18-20. Over 70 attendees from more than 40 metalcasting companies came to the conference. Jeff Cook, AFS president, deliv-


ered the event’s keynote address. Guardian Software Systems


(Oconomowoc, Wisconsin) will be moving to a new facility in the same city. Construction is under- way on its 2,900 sq. ft. office build- ing. It is expected to be completed in December. ASCO has founded an American


subsidiary in Jacksonville, Florida. Te new venture, ASCO Carbon Dioxide Inc., allows ASCO to strengthen its market position in the business areas of dry ice blasting and dry ice production.


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