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Apex Tool Group appoints CEO

October 24, 2014

Apex Tool Group LLC, Sparks, Md., a provider of industrial hand and power tools, has appointed Thomas Wroe Jr., current chairman of the board, to the additional role of CEO. He succeeds Steve Breitzka, who is stepping down to begin the next phase in his career. Wroe previously served as CEO of...

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USW joins petition for duties on welded API line pipe imports

October 24, 2014

The United Steelworkers (USW) union has joined a petition calling on the U.S. Commerce Department (DOC) and International Trade Commission (ITC) to impose antidumping and countervailing duties on welded API line pipe imports from South Korea and Turkey. The union, along with steelmakers American...

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Automec named as OEM supplier for TigerStop

October 24, 2014

Automec Inc. of Waltham, Mass., a provider of CNC gauging for press brakes and shears, has added TigerStop® programmable gauges to its product line. The company offers six models for metal forming applications. The operator programs cut or punch dimensions into the control and positions the...

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TCI Precision Metals names president/COO

October 24, 2014

Gardena, Calif.-based TCI Precision Metals has named Ben Belzer as President and chief operating officer. Representing the third generation in the closely held company, Belzer has been with the company full time since 2004. John Belzer is stepping aside but remains active as the company’s CEO....

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Steel Market Development Institute appoints VP of Steel Recycling Institute

October 24, 2014

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), Washington, D.C., a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), has named Mark A. Thimons as vice president of the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI). He succeeds Gregory Crawford, who is retiring. Thimons joined the SMDI in November...

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Forming Technologies hires managing director for China

October 24, 2014

Forming Technologies Inc., Burlington, Ont., a developer of software for the design, simulation, and costing of sheet metal components, has hired Jerry Zhu as managing director for China, based in Guangzhou. Zhu has more than 15 years of sales and sales management experience. He previously...

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Marines to start nonprofit aimed at connecting veterans with the skilled trades

October 24, 2014

Veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps have rallied together to start the Guns to Arcs Program, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Atlanta, aimed at connecting unemployed veterans with the welding industry and skilled trades. Launching its initial fundraising campaign on Jan. 7, 2015, the group hopes to...

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Arc Welding 101: API 1104 qualifications

October 24, 2014

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Q: What is the procedure to qualify welding procedure specifications (WPS) as well as a welder to American Petroleum Institute (API) Standard 1104, Welding Pipelines and Related Facilities? What tests are necessary to qualify? A: Your questions are good ones. I often receive similar questions...

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UniCarriers Americas hosts visit from U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren

October 23, 2014

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., visited UniCarriers Americas Corp.’s headquarters for the Americas in Marengo, Ill., on Oct. 15. The congressman met with the forklift manufacturer’s executive team before touring the facility and participated in a town hall-style meeting with more than 30...

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U. S. Steel Canada announces ratification of new collective agreement with USW Local 1005

October 23, 2014

U. S. Steel Canada Inc., Hamilton, Ont., has announced that its employees represented by United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1005 have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement that will extend through until March 31, 2015. The agreement covers about 600 employees at the company's Hamilton Works...

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LAI Intl. acquires Zak Inc.

October 23, 2014

LAI Intl. Inc., Tempe, Ariz., an RLJ Equity Partners’ portfolio company, as announced the acquisition of Zak Inc., Green Island, N.Y., a manufacturer and certified turnkey supplier of precision machined and custom fabricated components for the power-generation, specialty metals, and oil and gas...

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Americase celebrates 30th anniversary

October 23, 2014

Waxahachie, Texas-based Americase Inc., a developer of custom cases for the aviation, aerospace, oil, gas, government, education, audio/visual, sporting, and military industries, is marking 30 years in business. Bill Kinsala founded the company as a manufacturer of custom gun cases for...

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Gas cylinder valves incorporate quick-action lever for opening, closing

October 23, 2014

Linde Gases has developed EVOS™ gas cylinder valves. They employ a quick-action lever in place of the more traditional hand-wheel mechanism for opening and closing of the valve. This functionality helps ensure simplified opening and fast closing in case of emergency, and it allows the user to see...

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Metal sculpting for SEMA—Derelicts and Hellcats

October 23, 2014

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Metal artists find inspiration in many places. Derelicts and Hellcats inspired Josh Welton to create his versions of classic vehicles and motorcycles to be displayed at SEMA’s Art Walk in November.

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Arc Welding 101: A WPS lesson for beginners

October 23, 2014

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Q: Recently I was given a weld procedure specification (WPS) from a contractor to review. It’s still lying on my desk. Do you have any tips for a beginner like myself on how to review a WPS? Habeeb R. A: It’s time to pick up that WPS off your desk and give it a good, hard look. The first...

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