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Shop management encompasses everything from strategic planning to the nuts and bolts of statistical process control. Whether you're an executive, manager, or supervisor, you'll find articles about overcoming challenges and struggles just like yours.

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AM General awarded more than $151 million for Humvee sales, service

October 4, 2016

South Bend, Ind.-based AM General has been awarded $151 million in new Humvee contracts and modifications to existing domestic and international contracts for vehicles and parts for Afghanistan, Ukraine, and the U.S.National Guard and Reserves.The contracts cover items including new production...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing sector expanded overall in September; primary metals, fabricated metals contracted

October 4, 2016

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September following one month of contraction in August, and the overall economy grew for the 88th consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®.The report was issued October...

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Pennsylvania SBDC announces Oct. 5 events for Manufacturing Week

October 3, 2016

The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) has announced “Duquesne University SBDC Presents: Export Basics,” to be held Oct. 5 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. as part of Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week, Oct. 1-7, 2016.Held at 1 Woodland Road in Pittsburgh, this course is designed for...

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Sinterite installs 60,000-lb. powder blender at Advantage Metal Powders

October 3, 2016

Sinterite, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company, has installed a 60,000-lb. double-cone powder blender at Advantage Metal Powders Inc., a powder-blending facility in Ridgway, Pa.The carbon steel cones are fabricated on-site by Sinterite. The unit operates on a 200-HP motor with a gear-to-gear...

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M. Davis & Sons names VP of risk management

September 30, 2016

Todd P. Moran has been named vice president of risk management by M. Davis & Sons Inc., a woman-owned, fifth-generation mechanical/electrical contractor and fabricator based in Wilmington, Del. Moran, who has been the company’s safety director since 2000, has more than 20 years of experience in...

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Shift workers and the challenges they face

September 30, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Not all of us work 9 to 5. Some people work different shifts. While some enjoy doing so, it isn’t for everyone. No matter the reason behind it, those who work odd hours must be keenly aware of the aspects of such work that potentially are detrimental to their health and quality of life.

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Southern Metal Fabricators hires sales engineer

September 29, 2016

Custom metal fabricator Southern Metal Fabricators Inc., Albertville, Ala., has appointed Al Strasburg as sales engineer. Strasburg has 35 years of experience in material handling, having worked for DW Industries, Confab, and Industrial Material Handling. He also is co-founder of Bulk Systems and...

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Free videos let students use STEM skills on virtual Toyota assembly line

September 29, 2016

With the support of the Toyota USA Foundation, teachers nationwide now have new resources to help students see real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills in advanced automotive manufacturing settings. Teachers are invited to use Toyota’s three new Spark...

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Tech Air acquires Liquid Technology, JW Goodliffe & Son

September 29, 2016

Tech Air, a Danbury, Conn.-based distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related welding supplies, has completed the acquisition of Liquid Technology Corp., Apopka, Fla., and has signed an agreement to acquire the local distribution assets of Linden, N.J.-based JW Goodliffe &...

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Collaborative project brings operational 3-D printed excavator one step closer to reality

September 29, 2016

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Milwaukee, has announced the recent 3-D printing of a prototype excavator using large-scale additive manufacturing technologies.Known as Project AME (Additive Manufactured Excavator), the excavator is being 3-D printed in three components—cab,...

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Got to pay your dues in modern-day fabricating

September 28, 2016 | By Dan Davis

As the metal fabricating business gets more complex, shops have to be smart about investing in technology, developing robust information technology systems, and investing in employee training.

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Competitive analysis software application helps manufacturers benchmark quotes

September 28, 2016

MFG.com has announced the availability of ShopIQ, a competitive analysis software application that helps suppliers and manufacturers benchmark their bids against quotes from competitors. The tool, which is available to all paid subscribers of MFG.com, eliminates manual data reviews and delivers...

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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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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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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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