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Challenge Mfg. to build two plants in Michigan

July 25, 2014

Challenge Mfg. LLC, a Tier 1 supplier in Walker, Mich., has announced plans to open two new factories in Michigan: a $65.5-million, 430,000-sq.-ft. assembly plant in Watertown Township, and a $50-million, 450,000-sq.-ft. facility in Pontiac. The new manufacturing facilities, which will provide...

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Beretta USA to close gun manufacturing plant in Maryland

July 25, 2014

Beretta USA Corp. has announced plans to close its manufacturing plant in Accokeek, Md., citing concern over a new state firearms law that could restrict the company from being able to manufacture, store, or import firearms if some provisions are reinstated in the future. The firm will transfer...

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Core Health & Fitness to expand Virginia manufacturing plant

July 25, 2014

Fitness equipment maker Core Health & Fitness, Vancouver, Wash., has announced plans to invest $2 million to expand the former Med-Fit manufacturing plant in Grayson County, Va., creating 250 jobs. The facility has made Nautilus fitness equipment for more than 34 years. Core Health & Fitness...

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TECHNI Waterjet celebrates 25th anniversary

July 25, 2014

Waterjet cutting machine supplier TECHNI Waterjet™ marks its 25th year in business in 2014. Founded in 1989 by Darren Reukers and Glenn Langdon in Campbellfield, Victoria, Australia, the company began by providing robotic and automation systems to the automotive industry. The firm soon found a...

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Trotec Laser Inc. adds marketing manager

July 24, 2014

Trotec Laser Inc. has hired Meredith Newman as marketing manager based in the Canton, Mich., headquarters. Having previously worked in the building materials and industrial coatings industries, she comes to the company with more than 15 years of experience in marketing. Trotec designs and...

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UniCarriers Americas participates in inaugural Forklift Safety Day

July 24, 2014

Representatives from UniCarriers Americas Corp., Marengo, Ill., a manufacturer of material handling equipment, joined other members of the Industrial Truck Association in Washington, D.C., on June 10 for the inaugural Forklift Safety Day. Members in attendance met with congressmen and senators to...

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Durable Mecco acquires Stamp-Rite steel stamps division

July 24, 2014

Durable Mecco, a manufacturer of industrial marking equipment, has acquired the steel stamp division of Stamp-Rite Supersine Inc. The company has named Laurie Barcaskey, a 30-yedar veteran of the marking industry, as account manager for this group of customers. Stamp-Rite Supersine, located in...

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Linde names Conroe Welding Supply as independent distributor

July 24, 2014

Linde LLC, Murray Hill, N.J., has signed a contract to supply liquid oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to Conroe Welding Supply Inc, an independent distributor located in Conroe, Texas. Conroe Welding Supply serves the East Texas market with welding equipment and industrial and safety supplies, as...

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Colors in welds and what they mean

July 24, 2014

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The variety of colors that can occur in welds might surprise you. Sometimes they are desirable and sometimes not. It all depends on the material, the industry, and the application.

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Epic Systems listed among the top places to work in St. Louis

July 24, 2014

Engineering and fabrication firm Epic Systems Inc., St. Louis, has been selected as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces for the second year in a row. Companies are chosen based solely on employee feedback from a survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics. The survey evaluates whether...

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Metalworking handbook provides essential information for students

July 24, 2014

Industrial Press offers Shop Reference for Students and Apprentices. The compact, 550-page spinoff of Machinery’s Handbook provides essential information for students preparing for jobs in the metalworking industry, from the ability to understand and use shop mathematics to the reading and...

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Arcos names general manager

July 24, 2014

Mount Carmel, Pa.-based Arcos Industries LLC, a manufacturer of stainless steel and high-nickel alloy bare wire and covered welding electrodes, has appointed Harry Wehr to the position of general manager. He has held numerous positions within the company during his 35-year tenure, serving most...

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Ferrous powders provide extreme wear resistance

July 24, 2014

The NanoSteel® Co. has introduced ferrous powders designed to extend steel’s capabilities in near-net-shape wear parts for highly abrasive environments. The alloys feature hardnesses higher than 1,400 HV, wear resistance of less than 10 mm3 volume loss, and spherical morphology that results in...

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Differentiating in a commoditized market

July 24, 2014

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There are four principles to understand about differentiation and the buying factors that go beyond price: They always exist; they have economic value; they vary by customer; and they change with time, because yesterday’s differentiators can be tomorrow’s commodity.

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Rafter ships pipe mill upgrade

July 23, 2014

Strongsville, Ohio-based Rafter Equipment Corp. has shipped an RT-5500 weld squeeze box for a North American OCTG pipe producer. The box is part of an upgrade to the customer's existing HFI pipe mill. It is sized for up to 7.00-in.-OD by 0.375-in.-wall HSLA steel pipe. The design includes...

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