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Peifer Welding celebrates 50 years in business

May 4, 2015

Peifer Welding, Ronks, Pa., celebrated 50 years in business with an open house celebration on April 24. The company was founded in 1965 by Christian Peifer, a skilled welder, performing mostly wrought iron railing work. In 1980, the company’s focus moved to commercial and industrial work, with a...

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GM announces $5.4 billion in U.S. plant investments

May 4, 2015

Pontiac, Mich.-based General Motors has announced plans to invest $5.4 billion in U.S plant improvements during the next three years. This includes $783.5 million for three Michigan facilities: $124 million at the Pontiac Metal Center, $520 million for tooling and equipment for future new vehicle...

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U.S. ranked No. 1 in FDI Confidence Index for third straight year

May 4, 2015

Two-thirds of companies plan to return to pre-financial crisis levels of foreign direct investment (FDI) by 2016, according to the 2015 FDI Confidence Index® from global strategy and management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. The Index’s 15th edition, “Connected Risks: Investing in a Divergent...

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Coldwater Machine appoints account manager

May 1, 2015

Coldwater, Ohio-based Coldwater Machine Co., a designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision equipment for a variety of industries, has announced the appointment of William Schuck as account manager responsible for the Kentucky, Indiana, and southern Ohio territory. Schuck has more than 30...

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System connects baseball hat to welding helmet

May 1, 2015

ArcOne® offers CapGear™ to allow wearers to add comfort while showing off their favorite team. With the patent-pending rack-and-pinion system, forward and back adjustments are simplified. The wearer can change between a welding helmet and grinding visor by just sliding one out and the other...

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Control monitors coolant concentration levels in recycling system

May 1, 2015

Prab Inc. has introduced a new feature for monitoring and controlling coolant concentration in its Guardian™ coolant recycling system. The AC3 (automatic coolant concentration control) continually monitors coolant concentration levels and adjusts automatically to maintain programmed ratios...

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AT&F to open facility in India

April 30, 2015

Cleveland-based AT&F has announced plans to open a large-scale steel fabrication facility in Chakan, India, in early summer. The facility will fabricate and assemble metal components for OEMs in the construction, transportation, mining, building, and automotive...

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From the Web: Remembering Rosie; GM invests; new jobs; subpar growth; and Uber’s economic role

April 30, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—A tale of two Rosies; GM to invest billions; new jobs in Chattanooga; and the current and future economy.

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DGI Supply launches website

April 30, 2015

DGI Supply, a DoAll company, has launched an e-commerce website at www.dgisupply.com for U.S. customers and www.dgisupply.ca for customers in Canada. The site offers improved navigation, a robust search engine, and more than 100,000 in-stock products for immediate shipment. The fully integrated...

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Filter cleaning technology eliminates leaks across filter gaskets

April 30, 2015

Imperial Systems Inc. has introduced Even-Lock Technology. This filter cleaning technology helps ensure even gasket compression on all cartridge filters in a CMAXX industrial dust collector and eliminates leaks across the filter gaskets. The technology employs individual cams at each filter,...

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GKN named Company of the Year by British American Business Council Charlotte

April 30, 2015

U.K.-based GKN plc has been named the 2015 British Consul General Awards Company of the Year by the British American Business Council Charlotte. The award recognizes businesses that exemplify the primary mission of the BABC Charlotte, which is the promotion of bilateral trade and investment between...

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You can’t commoditize human connections

April 30, 2015

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Ken Schmidt helped turn Harley-Davidson around, not by improving product quality, but by connecting to the people who bought motorcycles. That same connection can form the backbone of a fabricator’s success.

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FMA releases "Q1 2015 Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report"

April 29, 2015

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has released its "1st Quarter 2015 Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report"—one of the most complete tools available for forecasting activity in the heart of the manufacturing cycle. According to the report, the...

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Reshoring Initiative 2014 data report emphasizes positive job trends

April 29, 2015

Chicago-based Reshoring Initiative®, an organization committed to helping manufacturers recognize the profit potential of using local sourcing and production, has published its annual data report on reshoring trends. According to the report, more than 60,000 manufacturing jobs were brought to the...

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Is your shop online? Should it be?

April 29, 2015

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You can’t escape the Internet and social media, and you shouldn’t try. An online presence is a must, and used properly, social media can be a good marketing tool for your shop.

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