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Lex South steel plant opens in Texas

September 29, 2016

Chicago-based Lex Holding Co., a distributor of flat-rolled steel products for a variety of industries, has opened its newest location, Lex South, in Houston. The plant is projected to produce up to 15,000 tons of flat-rolled steel per month, offering cold- and hot-rolled, coated, hot-rolled...

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Beckhoff USA opens sales/support office in Texas

September 28, 2016

Savage, Minn.-based Beckhoff Automation LLC has opened a regional sales and support office in Plano, Texas. The 2,600-sq.-ft. office provides sales and engineering expertise for customers in the south-central U.S.The facility includes sales offices, engineering labs, and training facilities. Local...

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Cast-Fab to close Cincinnati plant

September 28, 2016

Cast-Fab Technologies Inc. has announced it will close its Cincinnati plant in November, eliminating 97 jobs. The company manufactures gray and ductile iron castings, patterns, steel welded fabrications, and precision sheet metal...

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WARDJet announces winners of Build It! Challenge

September 28, 2016

WARDJet, Tallmadge, Ohio, has announced the winners of its Build It! Challenge, a waterjet build-off competition between students and industry professionals held at IMTS 2016. Grand-prize winners received waterjet systems valued at more than $200,000. On the professional side, John Mullet of...

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Accurate Screw Machine achieves AS9100C certification

September 28, 2016

Accurate Screw Machine (ASM), a division of MW Industries Inc., has achieved AS9100 Rev. C certification for its Fairfield, N.J., manufacturing plant. The firm manufactures custom electronic hardware, fasteners, and precision machined components for the aerospace and general industrial...

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Solar Atmospheres Southeast gains Nadcap approval for low-pressure vacuum carburizing

September 28, 2016

Solar Atmospheres Southeast, Greenville, S.C., has completed its first round of surveillance audits for maintaining its AS9100 and Nadcap accreditations. The company also expanded its scope of Nadcap approval to include low-pressure vacuum carburizing.The company offers thermal processing in...

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Feinwerktechnik hago GmbH opens Hago Automotive Corp. in Mississippi

September 27, 2016

Automotive supplier Feinwerktechnik hago GmbH, Küssaberg, Germany, has opened a new site, Hago Automotive Corp., in Iuka, Miss. The key production system at the plant is a 630-ton Schuler servo press. The press will be used to produce sheet metal parts for body shells, gear-boxes, and exhaust gas...

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Drew Industries announces executive change

September 27, 2016

Drew Industries Inc., Elkhart, Ind., has announced that David M. Smith, CFO, will leave the company at the end of 2016 to pursue other opportunities. He has been with the company since September 2015. Brian Hall has been named interim CFO. He will serve in this role until the board elects Smith’s...

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Survey predicts solid revenues for midsized U.S. manufacturers through 2016

September 27, 2016

Prime Advantage, a Chicago-based buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, has announced the findings of its 15th annual “Purchasing and Manufacturing Survey,” revealing financial projections and top procurement insights of more than 750 U.S. manufacturing companies. The results show...

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Manufacturing Leadership Council names six issues that will disrupt the industry

September 26, 2016

Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council (MLC), Mountain View, Calif., an executive-level leadership organization dedicated to achieving transformational growth for the manufacturing industry, has identified six critical issues facing the manufacturing industry as it undertakes its...

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Capital Machine Technologies appoints president

September 26, 2016

Tampa, Fla.-based metal fabrication machine distributor Capital Machine Technologies has promoted William (Bill) Citron to the position of president. Citron joined the company in 2013 as COO. He succeeds Dan Pentaudi, who is transitioning to CEO and remains active with the...

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GE to close Texas turbine manufacturing operations

September 26, 2016

General Electric has announced plans to close its turbine manufacturing operations in East Houston, Texas. The Channelview facility’s turbine servicing, engineering, and project operations functions will remain open. According to the company, the extended downturn in the energy industry has...

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Huth Ben Pearson hires marketing and sales associate

September 23, 2016

Huth Ben Pearson Intl., a manufacturer of compression pipe benders and end forming equipment in Hartford, Wis., has hired Jeanette Clayton to the newly created position of marketing and sales associate. Clayton previously worked at Guarantee Digital. She has a bachelor’s degree from the...

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AM General selected to build postal delivery vehicle prototypes

September 23, 2016

AM General, South Bend, Ind., a manufacturer of vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide, has announced that its designs for advanced postal vehicles have been selected by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) as part of the USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Prototype Awards, in...

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Andes Coil Processors adds incremental rail service in Indiana

September 22, 2016

Andes Coil Processors LLC has announced its Gary, Ind., steel coil toll processing facility now is able to accept railcars via Canadian National (CN) Railway Co. The routing location within the CN system is the Burns Harbor, Ind., station. The added rail service bolsters the existing rail service...

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