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Britten Metalworks announces equipment, facility expansion

September 6, 2016

Britten Metalworks, a Traverse City, Mich.-based stamping and fabrication shop, has broken ground on an 18,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing expansion. The new space is expected to be fully available for manufacturing by November 2016. Additionally, the firm has added a 250-ton Accurpress press brake to...

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Research shows Manufacturing Day events foster positive perceptions of industry

September 6, 2016

Oct. 7 marks the fifth annual Manufacturing DaySM, when thousands of manufacturers will again host students, teachers, parents, job seekers, and community leaders at open houses, plant tours, and educational sessions to showcase modern manufacturing technology and available jobs. It is a chance for...

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GE breaks ground in Ontario for new multimodal “brilliant factory”

September 6, 2016

GE has broken ground on a multimodal “brilliant factory” in Welland, Ont. The facility is expected to create 220 jobs, with operations commencing in early 2018. Investment in the first phase is $165 million. The facility initially will manufacture GE Power’s reciprocating gas engines;...

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Black oxide finishing line designed for entry-level users

September 6, 2016

Birchwood Technologies has introduced the entry-level BC40E TruTemp finishing system. The seven-tank process line, with full black oxide capabilities, comes with tank system, heaters, plumbing connections, tank lids, and chemical products. The system is pre-engineered to set up quickly and operate...

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GTAW nozzles available in shield gas orifice diameters of ¾ to 1-1/2 in.

September 6, 2016

Arc-Zone.com® Inc. offers a full line of Monster™ GTAW nozzles, with shield gas orifices from ¾ to 1½ in. dia. Each nozzle is fitted with a stainless steel gas diffuser to help improve gas flow and coverage for GTAW of exotic and specialty alloys.The variety of nozzle sizes enables fabricators...

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Jet Fabricators acquired by new owner

September 2, 2016

Michigan City, Ind.-based Jet Fabricators Inc., a provider of precision machining, laser cutting, welding, and fabrication of steel, stainless steel, and aluminum, has announced that Brian Mulligan has acquired the company and will serve as president. The company fabricates multiple types of...

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Mettler Toledo to consolidate operations in Florida

September 2, 2016

Mettler Toledo, a supplier of precision scales and instruments, has announced plans to close its Hi-Speed plant in Dryden, N.Y., and its Safeline plant in Hillsborough County, Fla., and consolidate operations in Lutz, Fla. The new $30 million, 250,000-sq.-ft. facility is expected to be complete in...

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2016 Electrocoating Seminar set for Oct. 4-5

September 2, 2016

The Electrocoat Association and the Chemical Coaters Association Intl. will host the 2016 Electrocoating Seminar, Oct. 4-5, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. Oct. 4 kicks off the classroom-style program with an introduction to electrocoating. The discussion will center on cost and process efficiencies,...

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The Will-Burt Co. acquires Metham Aviation Design

September 2, 2016

The Will-Burt Co., a manufacturer of mobile telescoping mast and tower systems in Orrville, Ohio, has acquired U.K.-based Metham Aviation Design (MAD) Ltd. The acquisition adds a line of pan-and-tilt positioners and PTZ cameras to Will-Burt’s mobile elevation product portfolio. The two companies...

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Aura Fabricators to open Minnesota facility

September 2, 2016

Aura Fabricators Inc., a Dalton, Minn.-based manufacturer of ornamental railings, steel bridge components, trusses, and overhead signs, has announced plans to open a new plant in Fergus Falls, Minn.The $3.76 million project is expected to create 14 new jobs, and several current employees will be...

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Class 1 enclosed laser system introduced

September 1, 2016

Kern Laser Systems has introduced the LaserCELL with a Class 1 (safety enclosure) machine design to help ensure the safety of personnel working on or around the system. The system is CDRH- and CE-compliant to meet rigorous safety requirements set forth by U.S. and European safety regulators. Its...

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Alliance Steel adds stretcher leveler

September 1, 2016

Alliance Steel has added a new stretcher leveler to its coil processing equipment. The 72- by 240-in. line for 0.375-in.-thick material is located in Bedford Park, Ill., at the company’s main campus. “We are very excited to offer our customers laser-flat, stress-relieved material,” said Drew...

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Norma Group names Aperam as 2015 best supplier in the Americas

September 1, 2016

Norma Group, an Auburn Hills, Mich.-based provider of engineered joining technology, has presented its 2015 Global Supplier Recognition Award for North and South America to Aperam Stainless Service & Solutions USA. Aperam USA has supplied Norma Group facilities in the Americas with stainless steel...

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Heating up with a new punch/laser combo

September 1, 2016 | By Dan Davis

ACP Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, needed the speed and flexibility of modern fabricating technology to increase its manufacturing capacity as it looked to manufacturer two new product lines in its only domestic manufacturing facility.

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Metcam to host facility tours on Manufacturing Day, Oct. 7

September 1, 2016

Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, will commemorate Manufacturing Day by hosting tours for schools, businesses, and members of the community on Oct. 7, 2016, at its manufacturing facility located in Alpharetta, Ga. That morning students from five local high...

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