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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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No-drip internal-mix atomizing nozzles positively stop liquid flow

October 22, 2014

Internal-mix atomizing spray nozzles from Exair Corp. mix liquid and air inside the nozzle and produce liquid atomization up to 300 centipoise. The nozzles work the same way the company’s standard atomizing nozzles work, but they positively stop liquid flow when compressed air is shut off....

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Egan vice president named to “40 Under Forty Business Leaders” list

October 22, 2014

Mechanical contractor Andy J. Egan Co., Grand Rapids, Mich., has announced that Andy Jasper, vice president, has been named one of West Michigan’s “40 Under Forty Business Leaders” for 2014. The Grand Rapids Business Journal, which administers the annual contest, selected Jasper from a...

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Uncovering waste with an all-encompassing metric

October 22, 2014

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Manufacturing critical-path time, MCT, is a broad metric that encompasses the entire enterprise. The shorter an organization's MCT, the more adaptable and successful it can be.

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Staffing the comeback

October 22, 2014

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It’s no secret—this industry has a tough time finding people, and as demand has increased in recent years, the problem has gotten worse. Just how many people does this industry need to compete, what talents do they need to have, and how can a company attract the best? To address these questions requires realistic planning based not on perceptions, but on facts.

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Midwest Engineering Systems relocates corporate headquarters in Wisconsin

October 21, 2014

Midwest Engineering Systems Inc., a provider of custom machines and integrated systems, has moved its corporate headquarters to a 100,000-sq.-ft. facility in Pewaukee, Wis., doubling its former building size. The facility includes a 20,000-sq.-ft. machine shop, 20,000-sq.-ft. clean assembly...

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Houghton names CFO

October 21, 2014

Houghton Intl., Valley Forge, Pa., a provider of metalworking fluids and services, has appointed Keller Arnold as CFO. She has more than 25 years of experience and leadership in corporate accounting, audit, and finance in global manufacturing organizations. Before joining the company, Arnold...

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Laser engraver designed for low-output marking

October 21, 2014

The Gravotech Group offers Energy 8, a CO2 laser engraver designed for low-output marking needs in the workshop or office. The unit offers low running cost and included software. Features include front loading, user control of the laser via the interactive machine instrument panel, integrated...

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Preventive maintenance program offered

October 21, 2014

Knuth Machine Tools offers complete preventive maintenance programs to help customers maximize the performance and running life of their milling, turning, cutting, CNC machining, sawing, and sheet metal working machines. The customizable packages have options for the number of machines to be...

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Lincoln Technical Institute to add machining and manufacturing training

October 20, 2014

Lincoln Educational Services Corp., West Orange, N.J., a national provider of specialized technical training, will launch a CNC machining and manufacturing technology career training program at its Lincoln Technical Institute campus in Mahwah, N.J. Lincoln Tech has partnered with CNC...

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Stanco Metal Products expanding in South Carolina

October 20, 2014

Stanco Metal Products Inc., a family-owned provider of metal fabrication services, has announced it is investing $5.9 million to relocate to a larger facility in South Carolina. The new, 64,100-sq.-ft. facility in Anderson, S.C., will create an additional 10 local...

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Felling Trailers to celebrate 40th anniversary with open house Oct. 24

October 20, 2014

Felling Trailers Inc. will mark its 40th anniversary with a community open house with lunch on Friday, Oct. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at its Sauk Centre, Minn., location. On Nov. 1, 1974, Kathy and Merle J. Felling purchased Sauk Centre Welding, a small welding shop that catered to local...

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Fabricating thin with photochemical etching

October 20, 2014

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Faspro Technologies identified a manufacturing need inthe alte 1990s that could be met with the use of photochemical etching technology. It has since built a successful business serving the electronics industry.

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