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President Obama to visit Manufacturing Day event at Millennium Steel on Oct. 3

October 1, 2014

On Oct. 3 President Obama and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will visit Millennium Steel Service in Princeton, Ind., to celebrate Manufacturing Day. Millennium supplies automotive grade steel sheet to Toyota and related parts makers. “We are pleased that the White House has chosen a...

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Skilled labor crisis, or a crisis of character?

October 1, 2014

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We call it a "skilled labor crisis," but is it really about skill? Skills can be taught. The real challenge may be much broader.

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From the Web: Manufacturing Day and comebacks

October 1, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Obama to participate in Manufacturing Day; Wisconsin fabricator wins #MfgDay14 video contest; students take to the road for heavy metal tour; an industrial ghost town seeks rebirth; and Rockford, Ill.-based Roper Whitney experiences a comeback.

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Ameristar Mfg. recognized for participation in John Deere Cost Reduction Opportunities Process

October 1, 2014

Ameristar Mfg., Mankato, Minn., has earned recognition in the John Deere Cost Reduction Opportunities Process (JD CROP), a supplier suggestion process within Deere & Co.’s Achieving Excellence program. Ameristar Mfg. supplies fabricated and stamped metal parts to John Deere’s operation in...

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America in Recovery website connects companies with ex-offender potential employees

October 1, 2014

Houston-based charity America in Recovery, created by Larry Keast, president and CEO of Venturetech, a manufacturer of heavy equipment for the oil industry, has announced the launch of a website to connect companies with potential employees who need a second chance after legal mistakes landed them...

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Cartridge dust collector requires fewer filters

October 1, 2014

Donaldson Co. Inc. has introduced the Donaldson® Torit® Downflo® Evolution (DFE) cartridge dust collector. The unit features the MaxPulse™ cleaning system and MERV 15-rated Ultra-Web® nanofiber cartridge filters. It requires fewer filters to help decrease maintenance time and cost of...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing economic activity expanded in September, but PMI fell 2.4 percentage points

October 1, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th 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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Alcoa Foundation, Discovery Education to host virtual field trip Oct. 3 for classrooms nationwide

September 30, 2014

Alcoa Foundation, Pittsburgh, and Discovery Education, Silver Spring, Md., a provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, will celebrate Manufacturing Day on Oct. 3, 2014, with an interactive virtual field trip. The Manufacture Your Future LIVE Virtual Field Trip...

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MSC Industrial Supply opens customer fulfillment center in Ohio

September 30, 2014

MSC Industrial Supply Co., Melville, N.Y., a distributor of metalworking and MRO supplies to industrial customers throughout North America, has opened a customer fulfillment center (CFC) in Columbus, Ohio. The 400,000-sq.-ft. facility — the company’s fifth CFC — employs 100 people...

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Turkish Machinery co-sponsors MDA North America show at IMTS 2014

September 30, 2014

Turkish Machinery, based in Ankara, Turkey, recently co-sponsored the inaugural Motion, Drive and Automation (MDA) North America tradeshow in conjunction with IMTS 2014, held in September in Chicago. The MDA North America show, which introduced attendees to a variety of motion control topics,...

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P&ID software upgrades 2-D drawings, streamlines workflow

September 30, 2014

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Using 2-D software in a world that has transitioned to 3-D software can be a difficult task. When Cougar Fuel Systems looked for new software, it looked for a system that also would shorten its product design time and manage the many design and production tasks. It found a suitable system when it purchased Smap3D P&ID and Smap Piping from CAD Partner Products Inc.

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Metcam receives 2014 Infor Excellence in Action Award

September 29, 2014

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, has been recognized by Infor, one of its key software vendors, with an Excellence in Action Award in the financial excellence category. The award honors organizations that have deployed Infor...

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Having the right information at the right time

September 29, 2014

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Advanced Metal Components has endured tragedy and evolved into a major employer in rural Swainsboro, Ga. Part of it comes from having the right technology, but most of the company’s evolution has involved a perception change about inventory management.

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EFD Induction receives order for two induction welding machines

September 26, 2014

Induction heating company EFD Induction, Madison Heights, Mich., has received an order for two of its Weldac solid-state induction welding machines from a North American roll forming company. The machines, which will be used to weld profiles and beams, employ IGBTs that are nearly...

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Canadian Welding Bureau opens welding training and testing facility in Alberta

September 26, 2014

The Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) has announced the opening of its western region office in Nisku, Alta. The $6.5 million project already has created more than 100 local jobs during its construction. The 18,000-sq.-ft. facility will offer education, training, and certification for welders,...

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