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February 27, 2008

M-7 Technologies Awarded $1.6 Million Appropriation for Industrial Metrology Center of Excellence

M-7 Technologies, Youngstown, OH, in conjunction with Youngstown State University was awarded a $1.6 million Department of Defense appropriation to develop a National Center of Excellence in Industrial Metrology and Three-Dimensional Imaging. President and CEO Mike Garvey tells us the center will apply the funding to “advance the use of this technology to improve readiness, reduce the cost of manufacturing, verifying, modifying, upgrading and repairing equipment and facilities, reduce cycle times, enable mass customization, allow rapid cost-shifting, and create a highly lean defense manufacturing sector.”

M-7 is a provider of metrology inspection, laser scanning, and reverse engineering services with three generations of experience in the region’s manufacturing economy. Started in 1918 by Garvey’s grandfather as a bronze foundry providing castings to the area’s steel mills, for the last 12 years the company has focused on extending the operating lifecycle of heavy industrial equipment. Garvey is a member of the ASTM E57 Committee on 3D Imaging Systems, secretary of the E57.02 Test Methods Subcommittee, a former examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and a member of local and State of Ohio workforce development committees.

Congressman Tim Ryan, representative for Ohio’s 17th Congressional district, where Youngstown is located, remarked that this appropriation is one of several that will advance the district’s “transition to a high-tech corridor corridor,” adding the projects will provide “needed products to our military and help move our manufacturing sector to the next level of technological advancement.” Garvey notes that Ohio’s manufacturing economy is the third-largest in the nation.

Mike Garvey will participate in a Service Provider Forum at SPAR 2008 and will also present an update on the work of the ASTM E57.02 Test Methods Subcommittee.

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