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Gore (Elkton, MD; www.gore.com), a supplier of expanded PTFE and medical products such as membranes and cables, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Operating 45 facilities around the world, the company has been a fixture on Fortune magazine’s list of best companies to work for since 1984. . . .Omni Components Corp. (Hudson, NH; www.omnicomponents.com) has been named Supplier of the Year in 2007 by Orthofix International (McKinney, TX; www.orthofix.com), an orthopedic products company. Supporting Orthofix with engineering and manufacturing services, Omni earned the honor based on its service, delivery, and quality of product. . . .Investment management company Berwind Corp. (Philadelphia; www.berwind.com) has acquired Specialty Coating Systems Inc. (Indianapolis; www.scscoatings.com), a company specializing in parylene conformal coating services, systems, and materials. . . .Testing services provider Microtest Laboratories (Agawam, MA; www.microtestlabs.com) has doubled its analysis capabilities by acquiring another MicroSeq microbial identification system. Using the new system, the company can provide precise bacteria and mold identification tests in 24 hours, compared with the one-week turnaround some traditional tests require. . . .The ISSAC Award for Innovation competition, presented by ISSAC Medical (Tustin, CA; www.issacmedical.com), is offering a $10,000 cash prize this year to the individual or group that best demonstrates innovation in the field of drug-eluting combination products. The deadline to register for the competition is December 1. The company specializes in the processing of drug-eluting components found in medical devices. . . .Siemens Energy & Automation (Alpharetta, GA; www.exiderdome.com) presents exiderdome, a multimedia, hands-on, traveling industrial automation expo. Touring across the United States until May 2009, the show will stop in New York City this November and Charlotte, NC, in December. . . .Premier Research Group S.A. (London; www.premier-research.com), a provider of clinical research and trial services to medical device manufacturers, is now certified to ISO 13485:2003 standards. The company has experience with such medical applications as analgesia, oncology, and infectious disease treatment. . . .Family-run CNC Software Inc. (Tolland, CT; www.mastercam.com) is celebrating its 25th anniversary since developing the original Mastercam 2-D CAM program. The current version of Mastercam can help product designers with a variety of operations, including milling, wire EDM, and plasma and laser cutting. . . .Tekra Corp. (New Berlin, WI), a supplier of engineered plastic films, has been named an authorized dealer of Sabic Innovative Plastics’ (Pittsfield, MA; www.geplastics.com) polycarbonate film products in the United States and Canada. Sabic manufactures high-performance Lexan, Valox, and Ultem film products. . . .Lubrizol Specialty Chemicals Manufacturing Co. (Cleveland; www.lubrizol.com) is expanding its Estane specialty thermoplastic polyurethanes facility in Shanghai to meet growing demand. Manufacturing capacity will be nearly doubled at the Song Jiang plant.