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From the Web: Retraining in Atlantic City; Ford fast tracks aluminum truck; U.S. mfg losing ground

August 27, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Atlantic City casino workers to retrain for fab jobs; aluminum body truck production picks up speed; U.S. factories keep losing ground; materials providers focus on 3-D printing; and young entrepreneur stresses leadership.

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Economic reality and the skilled-worker issue

August 22, 2014

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The only thing missing from the skilled worker shortage were rising wages for skilled workers that were apparently in demand. Could that be changing?

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Aluminum oil tank repair

August 21, 2014

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A welded aluminum oil tank extended the life of a Formula Ford, making it race-worthy again.

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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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Swindling, murder, and additive manufacturing

August 19, 2014

A generation or two from now, additive manufacturing may have changed everything, but the technology doesn't have storybook origins.

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A strong balance sheet = A strong business

August 15, 2014

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Metal fabricators are a conservative lot, but that can be a very good thing, especially in light of the unpredictable times in which we live.

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The walk-in customer

August 14, 2014

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Working in a small business has a lot of perks, but often requires the duties of multiple job titles. My title at Barnes MetalCrafters is “product designer,” but I use that term loosely when people ask what I do. It is hard to describe what I do, because for the most part, it changes every...

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Metal fabrication and the Internet of things

August 12, 2014

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If the majority of activities in a supply chain added value, what kind kind of world would that create?

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Make government work

August 11, 2014

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The act of not reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. is just the latest example of how the extreme dysfunction found in Congress is slowing down what could be a more robust economic recovery.

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Saving a stool and a memory

August 7, 2014

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Some things simply can’t be replaced. That’s when repair welding really comes in handy.

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Keep it simple, senators!

August 6, 2014

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Can we depend on our representatives to undo some of what they have been doing? Maybe, maybe not. But it would be nice if they would.

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From the Web: 3-D printing warheads; jobs lost and jobs added

July 30, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— More about 3-D printing, this time on a larger scale; the state of steel jobs in Northwest Indiana; politics and fabricating; and one company’s solution to the skilled worker shortage.

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See women in manufacturing

July 30, 2014

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Women now comprise more than a quarter of the manufacturing workforce, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—28.7 percent of the 14.8 million people employed in industry in the U.S.

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A new kind of skilled workforce

July 28, 2014

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The need for skilled worker continues unabated, but the issue has many wrinkles of complexity. For one, technology has changed the nature of the job.

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Colors in welds and what they mean

July 24, 2014

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The variety of colors that can occur in welds might surprise you. Sometimes they are desirable and sometimes not. It all depends on the material, the industry, and the application.

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