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Messe Düsseldorf unveils single brand name for wire, cable, and tube events

February 21, 2017

Chicago-based Messe Düsseldorf, has announced that the brand name “Join the best – worldwide” will in the future include all of the international events in its wire, cable, and tube portfolio. This brand unites 10 international trade fairs: wire and Tube China in Shanghai, wire and Tube...

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LSP Technologies sells laser peening system to Guangdong University

February 21, 2017

Dublin, Ohio-based LSP Technologies Inc. has announced the sale of its 200-W Procudo® laser peening system to the Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT) in Guangzhou, China. The sale also includes paired workcell and robotic part manipulation equipment. GDUT will use the system to conduct...

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Phoenix Specialty Mfg. marks 110 years in business

February 21, 2017

Phoenix Specialty Mfg., a fourth-generation, family-owned company in Bamberg, S.C., will celebrate its 110th anniversary with a celebration for employees, customers, local and state dignitaries, and media on March 23. Founded in New York in 1907 as a medium-run washer and gasket manufacturer, the...

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Meritor earns Diamond Supplier Award from Navistar

February 21, 2017

Meritor Inc., Troy, Mich., a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, and aftermarket systems for the commercial vehicle and industrial markets, has announced it is one of 34 suppliers to earn Navistar's Diamond Supplier Award, which recognizes the top 2 percent of Navistar's supply chain....

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Hermle Machine to host dual-training event March 2

February 21, 2017

Precision machine tool builder Hermle Machine Co. will host an informational event on the German-style dual-training program to help close the manufacturing skills gap in the U.S. The event will take place March 2, 2017, at the company’s Franklin, Wis., facility.According to a Deloitte LLP study,...

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You can’t make all customers happy all of the time

February 21, 2017 | By Nick Martin

Custom fabricating shops see all kinds of jobs, large and small. Flexibility is important. But when a small job results in multiple changes that require a revised quote and the customer isn’t happy, it might be better to let the job go. Yes, you need to please customers, but you also need to make money.

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Ajax TOCCO expands aftermarket sales resources

February 20, 2017

Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic®, a manufacturer of induction heating and melting equipment in Warren, Ohio, has appointed three aftermarket sales engineers. Emil Weatherbee is responsible for Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. He has spent several years in the foundry...

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Super Steel LLC names president/GM

February 20, 2017

Super Steel LLC, Milwaukee, has promoted Jason Gaare to the position of president/general manager. He has been with the company for more than 12 years in varying technical, operational, sales, administrative, and financial capacities. The company is a contract manufacturer of metal fabricated...

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LMI Aerospace to be acquired by Sonaca Group

February 20, 2017

St. Louis-based LMI Aerospace Inc., a supplier of structural assemblies, kits, and components and provider of engineering services, has entered into a merger agreement to be acquired by Sonaca Group, a global aerostructures company based in Gosselies, Belgium. The deal is expected to close in...

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Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center awarded federal funding

February 20, 2017

The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, Plymouth, Mich., has been awarded $1.2 million over two years from the National Institute of Standards and Technology Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program for a pilot program to accelerate applied R&D, manufacturing, and technology...

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Ritter Technology acquires Primet Fluid Power

February 20, 2017

Ritter Technology LLC, Zelienople, Pa., a distributor of industrial motion and control products, has acquired Primet Fluid Power Co., Hammond, Ind. Primet sells and services hydraulic and electrical control systems principally to steel manufacturers located in the Illinois/Indiana corridor.Ritter...

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Edge gel removes soil, rust, and heat tint/weld burn

February 20, 2017

Madison Chemical has introduced TreadBrite™ Edge Gel cleaner which removes soil, laser scale, rust, and heat-treat scale, including heat tint/weld burn, by simultaneously cleaning and brightening the surface through an etching process. The viscous gel, which contains a balanced blend of...

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Former FMA board chairman dies

February 16, 2017

David J. Barber, 69, died Feb. 13, 2017, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center after a seven-year battle with renal cell cancer. Barber served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971 as a personnel management specialist. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and went on to a...

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Bystronic announces new representation in three southern states

February 16, 2017

Elgin, Ill.-based Bystronic Inc., a provider of laser and waterjet cutting machines, press brakes, automation equipment, and system software, has announced new distributor representation in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi with the expansion of the On Point Solutions Co., a distributor partner...

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Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence levels near all-time high in February

February 16, 2017

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation has released the February 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 72.2, leveling off after January’s all-time high index of 73.4.When asked about the outlook for...

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