Archive for September 16, 2008

EGI expands southern operations

Author: EGI press release : 09/16/08

September 2, 2008. Ellwood Group, Inc. announced its purchase of the all of the stock of Interstate Southwest Ltd, Navasota, TX from Balmoral Fund I LP, Los Angeles, and others. ISW is a leading closed-die forge shop with drop hammers up to 50,000# and mechanical presses up to 7,000 tons making forged and heat treated parts up to 2,500#. It manufactures parts for the transportation, off-road equipment, power generation, oil and gas and other heavy industrial sectors. It employs 307 persons.

The plant will be known as “Ellwood Texas Forge Navasota” and will operate as a part of Ellwood Texas Forge, Houston. Mark Cianci, president of ETF, expects to retain the experienced veterans who make up the incumbent ISW management.

The Navasota plant will be headed by Dr. Valli Senthilnathan as vice president and general manager, reporting to Cianci.The Navasota plant complements ETF’s Houston facility, which includes 11,000 and 6,000 ton closed-die hydraulic presses and which manufactures parts up to 5,000#.

OSHA Regional News Release

Author: Ben Conaway : 09/16/08

HERMITAGE, Pa. — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today joined Ellwood Crankshaft and Machine Inc. (ECM) to announce a partnership designed to foster a safe workplace for employees, and implement a successful safety and health management system. The signing ceremony was held today at the company’s facility in Hermitage.

“This agreement is another stepping stone toward creating a safe and healthful work environment,” said Theresa Naim, director of OSHA’s area office in Erie, Pa. “Our partnership with ECM strengthens our goal of eliminating employee exposure to jobsite safety and health hazards.”

As part of the partnership, ECM will promote, institute and maintain a safety and health management system to protect its employees based on OSHA guidelines which include: management leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and training.

ECM also will aim to reduce injury and illness rates to levels that would make it eligible to apply for OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) in two years. More than 2,000 worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA’s VPP. Over the years, the VPP has proven to be an effective means of reducing injuries, illnesses, fatalities and costs, while fostering a more productive workforce and increasing employee morale.

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