The AP (4/20) reports Titan-Atlas Manufacturing, “a company that makes prefabricated homes, will start production this year of small wind turbines at its plant in North Charleston,” South Carolina. “The small turbines are installed on rooftops or poles and supplement other energy sources.” The AP notes, “The company also makes wind turbines in Canada.”

New Website Highlights Key Zinc Message was re-launched this week with a new look and a new purpose – to redefine how IZA interacts with the world on the web.

The site explores the value of zinc in its main uses and highlights the industry’s social-responsibility and sustainable development activities.Other features include an expanded, searchable zinc resource center and the use of digital and social media to showcase the versatility and essentiality of zinc. In 2010, there were over 50,000 unique visitors to the website.

A main focus while developing the new site was to broaden zinc’s connection with cyber-visitors of all ages and interests.“We want to engage our web visitors and also make it as easy as possible for them to explore the world of zinc online,” said Rob Putnam, IZA’s Director of Communications.

In addition to making the website more interactive and informative, much of the content developed for the site is mirrored in print and other digital media that can be readily adapted by IZA members and others to share the positive messages of zinc.

“Our new website illustrates well the many progressive programs the industry is undertaking and offers informative and positive messages about zinc to its visitors” said Stephen Wilkinson, IZA’s Executive Director.

While the new web site is a big step into zinc’s digital future, IZA will continue to roll out new features and additions, with even more enhancements planned ahead.We invite you to visit

Innovative Die Castings Wanted!

To be a winner in today’s economy, you must meet and even exceed expectations. In a competitive global market, customers take notice of the best. NADCA knows that competition improves the competitor. With its annual International Die Casting Design Competition, it recognizes and rewards the outstanding casting designs of the year. Each entry is judged on its design, quality, cost savings, ingenuity, innovation and industry-changing potential.

Entering and winning is one of the best ways to gain visibility with leading decision-makers. The competition is open to aluminum, magnesium and zinc die castings. Any number of castings may be entered. However a separate entry form is required for each casting or assembly of castings. In addition, the metal surface cannot be improved or concealed by tumbling, shot blasting, coating or other surface treatments.

Judging is conducted by an independent panel of experts from the die casting industry, with no ties to eligible companies. The four equally weighed criteria are ingenuity of casting/product design; overall quality; cost savings; and market-expanding potential.Winning castings will be displayed during the 2011 Die Casting Congress & Tabletop in Columbus, OH and winners will be honored during the Die Casting Design Luncheon.NADCA’s Die Casting Engineer Magazine,Website and the Design Website will also feature the winning castings.

This competition helps promote increased use of die castings by recognizing and publicizing outstanding designs. For more information on the 2011 International Die Casting Design Competition please visit, or contact Alex Monroe at for more details.

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