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C. Cowles & Co. to relocate Massachusetts division to Connecticut

August 21, 2014

Diversified manufacturer C. Cowles & Co. is relocating its Carlin Combustion Technology division from Massachusetts to North Haven, Conn. The company will consolidate the division, along with its corporate offices and four other manufacturing divisions, in the new facility. The relocation has...

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JBT Corp. awarded $6+ million equipment order from Atlanta airport

August 20, 2014

JBT Corp., Chicago, has announced that its JBT AeroTech business has been awarded a contract exceeding $6 million to supply gate equipment for the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport Concourse T optimization project. The order, placed by the Winter Johnson Group, includes Jetway® passenger...

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Stainless steel handwheels available with or without revolving handle

August 20, 2014

J.W. Winco Inc. offers GN 227.4 A4 stainless steel spoked handwheels in inch and metric sizes, with or without a revolving handle. The RoHS-compliant handwheels offer high mechanical strength and are not affected by shock and knocks. The handwheel body is pressed A4 (AISI 316L) stainless steel,...

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Thompson Metal Fab relaunches website

August 20, 2014

Thompson Metal Fabrication, a fabricator of heavy structural steel and plate in Vancouver, Wash., has revamped its website at www.tmfab.com to present a list of conducted and completed fabrication studies. The redesigned site emphasizes the company’s three decades of experience and...

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Telescoping arm designed for fume extraction in limited space

August 20, 2014

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced a telescoping arm as an option on the FILTAIR® SWX series of stationary fume extractors and the FILTAIR 2000-12000 centralized system models. It is available in 8 in. dia. for the SWX series or in 6 or 8 in. dia. for the industrial centralized fume...

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Bayless Marketing Services hires regional sales director

August 20, 2014

Industrial marketing and sales agency Bayless Marketing Services, dba C. Bayless & Associates, located near Atlanta, has named Michael Mosher as regional sales director for manufacturing bases located in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. Based in Arcworth, Ga., Mosher is responsible for sales...

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Air nozzle helps ensure nonmarring blowoff

August 20, 2014

Exair’s new polyether ether ketone (PEEK) Pico Super Air Nozzle™ delivers a small, precise blowoff with high-velocity airflow. The nozzle is 0.63 in. long and 0.20 in. dia., permitting installation in tight spaces. Its PEEK thermoplastic construction provides self-lubricating qualities with a...

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Shell Lubricants commits to Manufacturing Day as sole platinum sponsor

August 19, 2014

On Oct. 3, 2014, manufacturers around the nation will open their doors to the public and host events highlighting the importance of manufacturing to people's everyday lives. Recognizing the importance of the grassroots initiative known as Manufacturing Day, Shell Lubricants stepped up its...

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Metal Seal Precision resumes production following plant fire

August 19, 2014

Metal Seal Precision Ltd., a manufacturer of precision metal components and subassemblies, has resumed production following a fire that destroyed a portion of its Mentor, Ohio, plant on July 25, 2014. The fire, which destroyed about one-third of the plant, caused more than $50 million in damage....

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Kennametal CEO to retire

August 19, 2014

Latrobe, Pa.-based Kennametal Inc. has announced that Chairman, President and CEO Carlos Cardoso has decided to retire from the company effective Dec. 31, 2014. Cardoso has served as president and CEO since January 2006 and was elected chairman two years later. He joined the company in April...

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Clark Metal recognized for community impact

August 19, 2014

Clark Metal Products, Blairsville, Pa., was a finalist in the Community Impact category of the 2014 Governor’s ImPAct Awards. The company was recognized for its sustained commitment to growth and development of its employees and the communities in which it does business. Governor Tom Corbett,...

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From the Web: Bicycle of the future; chocolate + welding; fabricator’s creative boom; and jobs

August 19, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Handlebars become a lock; an unlikely twosome—chocolate and welding; fabricator gets creative; who’s hiring, maybe; and small business’s thoughts on hiring.

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Mills Products hires R&D manager

August 19, 2014

Mills Products, Brentwood, Tenn., a metal forming company providing hydroformed, roll formed, and tube stamped parts for the automotive and appliance industries, has appointed David Brinker its R&D manager. Before joining the company, Brinker worked for more than 25 years in the R&D model shop for...

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Producing a little bit of everything, every day

August 19, 2014

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Legrand’s West Hartford, Conn., plant produces cable management systems and has been on a lean manufacturing journey since the early 1990s. Results of improvement efforts abound, including quick tool-change stations by the company’s punch presses. The FABRICATOR sat down with Michael Kijak, West Hartford plant manager and Rui Monteiro, one of the company’s lean managers, to talk about some of the highlights. Read the article.

Flange protectors designed for simplified installation, removal

August 19, 2014

Caplugs offers new patented flange protectors designed for simplified installation and removal with flexibility to help enable easier alignment with bolt holes. The toggle-lock flange protectors shield the raised faces of flanges. The covers are equipped with a thick pad for security and...

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