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Lee Spring (Brooklyn, NY; www.leespring.com) has awarded first place in its Better Springs Build a Better World contest to Brian Gall of Airon Corp. (Melbourne, FL; www.pneuton.com). Using a Lee Spring compression spring as a component, Gall designed a line of critical-care respiratory devices....Machining center and tooling provider Mazak Corp. (Florence KY; www.mazakusa.com) is expanding its headquarters by 50,000 sq ft. The work is due for completion by December 2008....Robotics provider Adept Technology Inc. (Livermore, CA; www.adept.com) is expanding its product distribution into Mexico. Automatizaciones Garco S.A. de C.V. (Monterrey, Mexico) will be the exclusive distributor of Adept’s robots, controls, and vision products in the region....Concordia Medical (Warwick, RI; www.concordiamedical.com) has unveiled its new 25,000-sq-ft ISO 13485:2003–certified facility. The plant accommodates the company’s plans to scale up contract manufacturing and R&D. Adhesives supplier Ellsworth Corp. (Germantown, WI; www.ellsworth.com) has established a subsidiary company, Ellsworth Latin America Adesivos LTDA in São Paulo, Brazil. Operating a sales office and warehouse, the subsidiary will provide adhesives, sealants, coatings, and UV and LED curing equipment to the Latin American medical device market....Optical packaging provider and contract manufacturer Avo Photonics (Horsham, PA; www.avophotonics.com) has opened a facility in Toronto. With enhanced optoelectronic characterization and prototyping capabilities, the facility provides a clean and stable environment for precise laser and optical component characterization.