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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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ESAB’s management systems achieve triple worldwide recertification

August 8, 2014

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has achieved ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 recertification for its quality, environmental, and occupational health and safety management systems. This triple recertification covers all of the company’s activities, people, and units...

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Cadence Inc. acquires new capabilities, expands internationally

August 8, 2014

Staunton, Va.-based Cadence Inc., a contract manufacturer and maker of complex components and subassemblies for medical device and life sciences companies, has acquired three operating business units of Plainfield Precision Holdings: Plainfield Precision, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; Plainfield Precision,...

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Becknell Industrial to develop headquarters for Poynter Sheet Metal

August 8, 2014

Becknell Industrial, an Indianapolis-based developer of industrial properties, has announced that construction is underway on a 100,440-sq.-ft. industrial facility for Poynter Sheet Metal, a sheet metal and custom metal crafter, in Greenwood, Ind. Poynter's new facility will feature 28-ft. clear...

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American Axle to build tech center at Michigan headquarters

August 8, 2014

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. has announced plans to invest about $20 million in its Detroit headquarters to add a technical center. The facility, which will be used to produce prototypes and test manufacturing lines, is expected to employ 75 to 100 people. Construction is...

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TRUMPF presents 2014 awards to sales representatives

August 8, 2014

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., manufacturer of fabricating machinery and industrial laser systems, has presented its 2014 sales achievement awards. Mid Atlantic Machinery Inc., Harrisburg, Pa., received the Outstanding Representative Performance Award in recognition of the company’s...

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Praxair launches workforce development program

August 7, 2014

Praxair Inc. has launched a Skills Pipeline program, a multifaceted approach to help address the growing need for skilled workers in today’s global economy. The first phase of the program will provide more than $300,000 to train 100 new welders in an accelerated one-year curriculum in Louisiana....

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Ford, suppliers work together to develop industry-first technologies for Mustang, F-150

August 7, 2014

Ford Motor Co. has announced details on new development techniques used to create its 2015 Mustang® and F-150®. As the company embarks on its most aggressive product launch year to date, it’s looking to its suppliers to help differentiate its products. Among the supplier technologies being...

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Honda Power Equipment Mfg. celebrates 30 years of production with $8.5 million capital investment

August 7, 2014

Honda Power Equipment Mfg. marked the 30th anniversary of operations at its Swepsonville, N.C., facility by announcing an $8.5 million investment to innovate production processes and add new products. The investment includes a new line for producing two-stage snow blowers and preparation for adding...

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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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CNH Industrial expands construction equipment production in Iowa

August 6, 2014

CNH Industrial N.V. has announced that it is investing $24 million to expand production in Burlington, Iowa, with the addition of the company’s crawler dozer production line. The expansion will create approximately 50 full-time jobs. Preparation will begin later this year, and production on...

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Women in Manufacturing announces 2014 inaugural board of directors

August 6, 2014

Women in Manufacturing™ (WiM), a national organization dedicated to the attraction, retention, and advancement of women in the manufacturing sector, has announced the election of 12 members to its inaugural board of directors. The board members are:Karla Aaron, president, Hialeah Metal...

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Self-cleaning table removes slag, scrap automatically during cutting

August 6, 2014

Koike Aronson Inc./Ransome has introduced the Klean Sweep automatic slag removal table. The self-cleaning cutting table removes slag and scrap automatically during cutting operations, eliminating production interruptions and reducing labor costs. It can be used with various laser, oxyfuel, and...

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How to build a little of everything, every day

August 6, 2014

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Legrand’s West Hartford facility has been on the lean journey for several decades, and the journey hasn’t stopped. The focus continues to be on clear communication and documentation, good metrics, ergonomics and safety, staff incentives—and producing a little of everything every day.

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Caterpillar Foundation announces $11 million in investments for Africa

August 5, 2014

The Caterpillar Foundation, supported by Caterpillar Inc., continues working to alleviate poverty worldwide, including on the African continent, through a series of investments. Since 2010 the foundation has invested $30 million in African programs that address access to clean water, energy,...

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