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J.L. Becker restructures sales force

July 20, 2016

J.L. Becker, a Plymouth, Mich.-based manufacturer of industrial heat-treating equipment, has added sales managers on national and regional levels. Patrick Weymer has been promoted to the position of national sales manager. He has more than 20 years of sales experience, which includes...

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SKS extends worldwide network of subsidiaries

July 20, 2016

Kaiserslautern, Germany-based SKS Welding Systems GmbH, a producer of automated and robot-assisted welding systems, has announced it is extending its global organization by adding three new subsidiaries, doubling its number to six. The subsidiaries are SKS Welding Systems Inc. in Rochester...

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Prime Controls takes third place at 2016 Innovation Index Awards

July 20, 2016

Dayton, Ohio-based Prime Controls, a manufacturer of double metal sheet sensors and controls for the can-making, automotive, and appliance industries, has taken third place in the global fluency category at this year’s Innovation Index Awards. The awards recognize local organizations that...

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Metalsa receives FCA US 2016 Sustainability Supplier of the Year Award

July 20, 2016

Metalsa, a supplier of structural components for light and commercial vehicles based in Monterrey, Mexico, has received the Sustainability Supplier of the Year Award from FCA US LLC. Metalsa is one of 23 recognized automotive suppliers demonstrating dedication to the fields of innovation, quality,...

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Jobs that Pay tour stops at All-Clad Metals

July 20, 2016

Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino continued the "Jobs that Pay" tour recently with a visit to the All-Clad Metals manufacturing facility in Canonsburg, Pa. The visit included a tour of the facility and discussion about the company's recent hiring trends and...

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Orbital ATK, Fly S.p.A. announce $68 million, long-term supply agreement

July 19, 2016

Orbital ATK Inc., Dulles, Va., a provider of aerospace and defense technologies, has entered into a long-term aerospace supply agreement with Fly S.p.A. of Italy, a division of the Forgital Group. Under the $68 million agreement, Fly will provide metallic case components through 2026 for the...

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FCA US Belvidere Assembly earns bronze status for World Class Manufacturing efforts

July 19, 2016

FCA US, Auburn Hills, Mich., has announced that its Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois has been awarded bronze status for its efforts to improve in World Class Manufacturing (WCM). Belvidere Assembly earned a minimum of 50 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars following a two-day...

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Mazak Optonics partners with Fox Machinery Associates

July 19, 2016

Elgin, Ill.-based Mazak Optonics Corp. has partnered with Fox Machinery Associates as its distributor based in Bridgeport, Pa. Fox Machinery Associates serves manufacturers and job shops in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia focusing on Mazak’s line of laser...

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ITA announces 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award winner

July 19, 2016

The International Titanium Association (ITA) has announced Clyde E. Forney as the winner of its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Forney, who has worked in the titanium industry for 45 years, was instrumental in the development and commercialization of Ti-3Al-2.5V alloy as the material of choice for...

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Hetran acquired by Big B Mfg.

July 19, 2016

Orwigsburg, Pa.-based Hetran Inc., a supplier of precision machines for the cold finishing industry, has been acquired by Big B Mfg., Klingerstown, Pa. Now named Hetran-B, the firm will continue to supply the same product line, but under the leadership and service of Big B Mfg. Big B Mfg. is a...

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Bauer Welding & Metal Fabricators announce staff additions

July 19, 2016

Bauer Welding & Metal Fabricators, a provider of tube fabrication and welding in St. Paul, Minn., has announced two staff additions. Brian Hitt has been named director of operations. He has 20 years of product engineering and lean manufacturing experience with John Deere and Polaris Industries....

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Lantek to provide software for Promotech pipe cutting machines

July 18, 2016

Lantek Systems Inc., Mason, Ohio, has reached an agreement with Polish company Promotech to supply its sheet metal software with Promotech’s pipe profile cutting machines. The equipment can cut pipes up to nearly 5 ft. dia. and about 39 ft. long with oxyfuel or plasma. Promotech manufactures...

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Fronius names regional sales manager for Northeast

July 18, 2016

Fronius USA, Portage, Ind., has promoted Wes Doneth to regional sales manager for the Northeast. He joined the company in 2008 as tech support manager for the Perfect Welding Division. In 2013 he moved into sales and held the position of area sales manager for Michigan and Indiana. Doneth has a...

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Northeast Ohio student wins SkillsUSA national welding competition

July 18, 2016

Connor Roberts, a high school student from Willoughby-Eastlake Tech Center in Willoughby, Ohio, took home the gold medal from the SkillsUSA Championships held June 22-23, 2016, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. Roberts will receive a Lincoln Electric POWER MIG® 210 MP...

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Epic Systems, Boy Scouts team up for STEM workshop

July 18, 2016

Manufacturing engineering and fabrication firm Epic Systems Inc. recently teamed up with the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America for a mini-engineering event. The workshop, held at Epic’s fabrication and manufacturing engineering facility in South Saint Louis, Mo., had more than...

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