March: Chicago-based Style-Master Inc. files for Chapter 11 protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The firm's rocky history began with its 1991 founding by Martha Williams and David Sabin.
March: The National Electronics Products Stewardship Initiative announces that more than a dozen electronics manufacturers have agreed to charge fees or pay front-end costs on their equipment in the United States to help fund recycling.
August: The banks of the River Aist swell not once, but twice, flooding Engel Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH's Schwertberg, Austria, plant. The plant already is closed for the company's regular, two-week summer holiday, but 600 employees cut their holiday short to pitch in with the Austrian army on the massive cleanup of the 345,000-square-foot complex.
September: Moll Industries Inc. is forced into involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy by its chief lender, Highland Capital Management LP, which claims Moll is past due on loans of $48.4 million.
October: Toolmaking groups propose a march on Washington to show anger over work lost to Asia. The newly formed Manufacturers for Fair Trade Coalition of Meadville, Pa., is set to lead the demonstration. The American Mold Builders Association of Roselle, Ill., and the National Tooling & Machining Association of Fort Washington, Md., support the idea, though they question the value of a march. Later in the month, the government releases a report on the mold and tooling industry's economic woes.