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Curveballs in a small fabricating shop

June 24, 2015

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Diversity is essential for a small shop’s viability. It also can make for some interesting jobs that require ingenuity and produce beautiful work.

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A job shop story about diving in head first

June 23, 2015

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Many fab shop owners aren't in this business for the money. The act of diving in head first drives them.

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Practice and preparation produce better athletes and welds

June 23, 2015

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Practices professional athletes use to improve their skills translate to producing high-quality welds and products.

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Still Building America—It’s a family affair

June 16, 2015

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Craig Montgomery of M&L Fabrication credits his family for much of his success in developing and sustaining his skills and passion for working with metal. The business he owns with his brother is thriving and growing.

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Do we have a college bubble?

June 16, 2015

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The housing and higher education markets are eerily familiar.

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Keeping an eye on Mexico

June 12, 2015

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No matter what happens with Congressional approval of Trade Promotion Authority, Mexico is moving forward with its plan to be the manufacturing hub to not only the U.S., but the world.

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More manufacturing institutes on the agenda?

June 4, 2015

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President Obama wants $150 million to expand innovation network.

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When welding repairs require special attention

June 4, 2015

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Some welding jobs require special attention to prevent damaging other parts of the structure being welded. A little thought before beginning a project goes a long way.

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Safety in the hands of the next generation

May 28, 2015

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One fabricator suggests that younger workers in a metal fabricating setting are more likely to follow safety rules and regulations because they don't want to cut corners. That may bode well for boosting manufacturing's image in the eyes of others who may associate death and dismemberment with manufacturing.

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Handling bottlenecks in a small shop

May 27, 2015

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Bottlenecks occur in all businesses. How you handle them makes a big difference in your shop’s operation and success.

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Dealing with a medical hiatus from welding

May 26, 2015

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Medical issues are difficult, even more so when they limit your ability to work. Imagine having surgeries on your wrists when you are a welder and being told you have a long recovery time.

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Still Building America—Fabricating at lightning speed

May 20, 2015

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Drew “Ruby” Parker has landed what many would consider a dream fabricating job—body hanger for a racing team. Where will this job take him?

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Chipping away at fabricating success

May 14, 2015

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If you walk into a fabrication shop today, you more than likely are going to see a machining center on the shop floor. It's not that these shops are chasing machining work; they are just looking to add more manufacturing services to win more business from their current customer base.

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Manufacturers push hard for trade promotion authority

May 11, 2015

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Mechanism to protect investors outside the purview of U.S. courts proves to be an issue of concern for those that oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

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Metal fabrication ripe for consolidation, or not?

May 11, 2015

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Will the custom metal fabrication business become more consolidated in the years to come? It's hard today, but more than likely, it will depend on the fabricator's customer base.

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