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Tech Air acquires Gas & Alloy Supply Co.

September 2, 2015

Tech Air, a Danbury, Conn.-based distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related welding supplies, has completed the acquisition of Gas & Alloy Supply Co. (GASCO), a distributor of gases and welding supplied located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. GASCO becomes part of Tech...

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Grainger completes acquisition of Cromwell

September 2, 2015

Grainger, a distributor of MRO products in Chicago, has acquired Leicester, England-based MRO distributor Cromwell Group (Holdings) Ltd. and its subsidiaries. Cromwell now operates as a subsidiary of...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing growth continues, but PMI down 1.6 percentage points from July

September 2, 2015

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 32nd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 75th consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. The report was issued by Bradley J....

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Personal air breathing unit delivers grade D breathable air

September 2, 2015

Martech Services Co. offers the P-20 personal air breathing unit, which works with the existing filtered compressed air supply. The unit provides grade D breathable air for a proper NIOSH-approved respirator. With the provided 54-in. tool air hose assembly, it allows for a bypass of air for a paint...

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Camfil APC names executive VP

September 2, 2015

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), a Jonesboro, Ark.-based manufacturer of dust, mist, and fume collection equipment, has appointed Christian Debus as the new executive vice president in charge of worldwide operations. He is based at the company’s office in Tuttlingen, Germany. Debus started...

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The metal manufacturer and the employee survey

September 2, 2015

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Employee surveys can either be an important tool for improvement or virtually useless. For surveys to be useful, they need to have a purpose and, most important, spur action.

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BTD acquires Impulse Manufacturing

September 2, 2015

Detroit Lakes, Minn.-based BTD Mfg. Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Otter Tail Corp., has acquired Impulse Mfg., a metal fabricator in Dawsonville, Ga. Ron Baysden, Impulse founder and president, will retire at the conclusion of the transaction. Impulse offers services from simple laser...

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Are workers really less productive?

September 2, 2015

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According to the Labor Department, American workers aren’t as productive as they once were. But how do we measure productivity? Perhaps most important, do customers value it?

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Air filter removes contaminants down to 0.01 micron

September 2, 2015

The 0.01-micron SuperStar filter from Walmec North America is designed to provide clean, dry, compressed air, removing any vapors and contaminants down to 0.01 micron. The four-stage filtration system has flow ranges of 50, 75, or 100 SCFM. It can handle pressure ratings up to 250 PSI. The...

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Metal fabrication basics: 5 insights on the humble hand tool

September 1, 2015

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Career metalworker Tom Lipton shares his insights on something that’s often taken for granted in the fab shop: hand tools.

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Timken completes acquisition of Carlstar Belts

September 1, 2015

The Timken Co., North Canton, Ohio, a provider of tapered roller bearings, has completed the acquisition of Springfield, Mo.-based Carlstar Belts, a manufacturer of belts used in industrial, commercial, and consumer applications. In addition to belts, the Timken power transmission portfolio...

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TigerStop launches new website

September 1, 2015

Vancouver, Wash.-based TigerStop has launched a completely new company website at www.tigerstop.com. The new site presents the benefits of incorporating or improving upon lineal cutting, drilling, punching, or boring automation in a variety of manufacturing environments. Visitors can search by...

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Piab upgrades website

September 1, 2015

Piab, a provider of industrial vacuum technology, has launched a new website at www.piab.com. The suction cup section has been upgraded with a new selection guide. The product data sheets have been redesigned with the ability to compare products for performance on-screen, with differences...

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MSCI’s Economic Summit to offer insight for 2016 planning

September 1, 2015

On Sept. 9-10, 2015, the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), Rolling Meadows, Ill., will offer Economic Summit Forecast: 2016, which will cover economic volatility in the U.S. and abroad, how global forces will impact the metals market, and foreign trade. The conference, to be held at the...

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Shimco breaks ground at new Ontario headquarters

August 31, 2015

Shimco, a manufacturer of precision parts and gap-management systems, has begun construction of a 25,000-sq.-ft. headquarters in Cambridge, Ont. Its current headquarters will relocate from Markham, Ont., to Cambridge in December. The manufacturing facility will incorporate increased automation,...

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