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MEC announces board appointment

June 6, 2016

MEC (Mayville Eng. Co. Inc.), Mayville, Wis., has elected Timothy L. Christen to its board of directors. Christen retired as chairman and CEO of accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly in May 2016. Christen, who currently serves as chairman of the board of the American Institute of CPAs, is a...

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Quality Industries opens Texas facility

June 3, 2016

Quality Industries has announced the opening of a precision metal fabricating facility in Denton, Texas. The 86,000-sq.-ft. plant is located a few miles from Peterbilt Motors, one of the company’s main customers. The plant, which employs 34 people, features a $1.4 million laser/punch...

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MNI launches online industrial marketplace

June 3, 2016

MNI, Evanston, Ill., a compiler of manufacturing data, has announced the launch of IndustryNet®, http://industrynet.com, an online industrial marketplace that connects industrial buyers and suppliers. More than 420,000 suppliers selling products and services across the entire supply chain...

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Engaging people on the shop floor: Turn underutilized employees loose

June 3, 2016

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Keeping all employees engaged all the time isn’t easy, but the benefits are substantial. Ultimately, such engagement unleashes employee talent.

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Manufacturing DaySM welcomes Alliance for American Manufacturing as Gold Sponsor

June 3, 2016

The Manufacturing DaySM 2016 co-producers have announced that the Alliance for American Manufacturing has pledged its support to the national movement as a Gold Sponsor for the fourth consecutive year. The official date for this year’s fifth annual celebration is Oct. 7, 2016. Manufacturing...

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One metal manufacturer, one name, many services

June 3, 2016

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Merrill Technologies Group, Saginaw, Mich., has implemented a strategy that managers hope will double the size of the company over the next five years.

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Dual-intensity, multi-LED, broad-beam, UV-A LED lamp made for NDT inspection

June 2, 2016

The QUADRAN™ 365 series multi-LED, dual-intensity, broad-beam, UV-A inspection lamps from Spectronics Corp. are designed for a variety of NDT applications. They feature four ultrahigh-flux, UV-A LEDs for fluorescent inspection, plus a white light LED for flaw location. Their broad-beam...

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Capital Machine Technologies expands into three southern states

June 2, 2016

Capital Machine Technologies has announced the expansion of its machine sales and service in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The firm distributes fabricating machinery and robotic welding systems from such manufacturers as Mazak, Messer, Flow, Safan, AccurPress, Hyd-Mech, Faccin,...

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How to maximize rebates on lighting upgrades

June 2, 2016

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If you are considering a lighting retrofit, chances are you're already aware that tax incentives and rebates are available, and you're counting on them to shorten your ROI.

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Look Trailers opens Pennsylvania facility

June 2, 2016

Middlebury, Ind.-based Look Trailers has opened a facility in Mountain Top, Pa. The 84,000-sq.-ft. plant is the fifth manufacturing facility for the company, which produces Look, Pace American, and Cargo Express enclosed cargo trailers. At full production, the new facility will have two...

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Modules combine bearing, angle encoder technologies

June 2, 2016

Heidenhain has introduced the MRP 2000, 5000, and 8000 angle encoder modules, which merge bearing and angle encoder technologies. The modules contain bearing sets not conventionally available and can be integrated with various encoder types to yield highly stiff modules. The bearing combines a...

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SHRM LINE: Healthy hiring expected in June, mixed compared to a year ago

June 2, 2016

In June, the rate of job creation will drop in manufacturing and rise modestly in services compared with the previous year, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM®) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE®) survey for June 2016. Job creation rates will be...

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Fabricators and their power hammers

June 2, 2016

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Power hammers are pieces of equipment that hark back to the earliest days of metal fabricating. Today’s power hammers allow fabricators to lean on the technology, not purely on brawn, to deliver the shaping blows. While power hammers are not found in many precision sheet metal shops, many operations do employ them. In fact, they are a key part of the operation.

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A Memorial Day tribute to honor Darla Welton's dad and remember his friends killed in action

June 1, 2016

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The U.S recently celebrated Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. To commemorate this occasion, Josh Welton has turned the podium over to his better half, Darla, who honors her dad and his fellow soldiers killed in action in this moving tribute.

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Manufacturers must deal with new OT rules

June 1, 2016

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U.S. manufacturers have to come to terms with the new overtime rules issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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