August 24, 2005 09:00 ET

FMA and JustMetalsERP Announce Webcast Series to Promote Best Practice Education Within the Metal Forming and Fabricating Industry

ROCKFORD, Ill.--(CCNMatthews - Aug 24, 2005) -

Monthly Series Begins with a Webcast on Practical and Industry Specific Approaches to Lean Manufacturing

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), a professional organization providing education to more than 1,400 members, and JustMetalsERP, a leading Microsoft partner providing software solutions for the metals industry, is pleased to announce the availability of a Webcast series designed to educate executives on key topics facing the metals industry.

The first of the Webcasts, scheduled for Sept. 22, 11 a.m. ET, will feature industry expert Dick Kallage speaking on implementing a practical approach to Lean Manufacturing.

"This Webcast series is an initiative that contributes to FMA's mandate of member education. Webcasts are a way to provide brief, timely information to our very busy members," offers Jerry Shankel, President & CEO of FMA. "We are pleased to work with JustMetalsERP and Microsoft to bring the best of technology and business practices to our members."

October features a Webcast on Minimizing Downtime: Improving Your Production Scheduling and Control. November's Webcast discusses the hot topic of China as an opportunity or threat to the domestic market.

To learn more about the Webcast series, including event registration, visit http://www.fmanet.org, or http://www.justmetalsERP.com.

About FMA

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), is a professional organization with more than 1,400 individual and company members working together to improve the metal forming and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the annual FABTECH® International/AWS Welding Show. FMA's official publications include The FABRICATOR®, TPJ -The Tube & Pipe Journal®, STAMPING Journal®, and Practical Welding Today®.

About JustMetalsERP

JustMetalsERP, an Axentia company, provides a complete software and services package designed specifically for the fabricated metals industry. Powered by one of the world's leading ERP products, Microsoft Navision, JustMetalsERP provides industry specific requirements coupled with a significant product development roadmap.

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