SPAL technology provides metal and alloy produces with the facility for improved metal cleanliness through creating a barrier of inert gas, most notably Argon or Nitrogen, between the molten metal and the surrounding atmosphere. Surface protection technology prevents oxidation of the metal or contact with atmospheric moisture allowing the production of cleaner metals and hence higher quality and increased production yields.

Etienne Lepoutre, president of Air Liquide U.S. LP commented $quot;We appreciate the confidence shown by these two companies in our technology and capabilities. Air Liquide is commited to providing high levels of service and expertise by delivering advanced solutions to meet the individual application needs of customers to help them be more productive and achieve greater operational and environmental efficienices$quot;.

MCM Precision Castings, Inc., located in northwest Ohio, specializes in an array of metal casting products. The company serves the automotive, food, business and industrial, textile, tool, agricultural, marine, material and electrical industries and has recently been selected as a new prototype and pre-production foundry for Harley Davidson Motorcycles.

Urschel Laboratories Inc. of Valparaiso, Indiana is the world leader in the design, manufacture and sales of precision food cutting equipment. Its products are used by every major food processor in the U.S. and in over 100 countries worldwide.