Brief yet comprehensive listing will assist manufacturers in assessing qualifications of potential metal forming and stamping suppliers.

SYLVANIA, Ohio – November 4, 2009 – Asking the important questions -- and receiving the correct answers -- regarding potential metal forming and metal stamping suppliers is now made easier, utilizing a white paper released today by Ice Industries.

The release of the Metal Forming Partner Checklist white paper comes at a critical time. The current economic environment has many manufacturers re-evaluating their production processes, and posing critical questions. For instance, is a press shop better outsourced rather than maintained as an “in house” cost center? For potentially or currently outsourced work, how can a manufacturer determine which supplier will best meet its cost, quality, and timeliness criteria?

Should a decision to outsource be reached, it is more important than ever to select the best possible metal forming partner. The Metal Forming Partner Checklist can provide a vital evaluation structure. Examples of important supplier attributes included are: what value added processes they bring to the table; whether their quality standards are equal to your own; and, if their financial stability results in you being confident of an uninterrupted flow of parts?

The Metal Forming Partner Checklist white paper is recommended for any manufacturer evaluating their metal forming work centers, press shops and/or suppliers.

About Ice Industries

Ice Industries is an international provider of large format, deep draw, high tonnage metal stamping, welding, and assembly. Ice Industries serves a balanced customer base including the appliance, HVAC, refrigeration, automotive, off highway, fire & safety, and heavy truck markets. Ice's broad offerings include highly automated processes that provide high volume stampings using multiple tooling types and equipment capabilities. All locations have broad equipment capability, including stamping presses that range in size from 30 to 2,200 tons. The company has four production facilities: Deerfield Manufacturing in Mason, Ohio near Cincinnati; Grenada Stamping & Assembly in Grenada, Mississippi; Ronfeldt Manufacturing in Toledo, Ohio; and Ice Mexico in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Ice’s headquarters is located in Sylvania, Ohio. Production facilities are ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and TS 19649 certified. For more information please visit us at