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Hobart Institute opens new training area

January 9, 2014

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has opened a 6,360-sq.-ft. addition for training welders. The structure contains 52 new arc welding booths equipped for all processes and a fume exhaust system. Currently operating at full capacity, the institute can accommodate an...

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Clark Metal Products receives Employer of the Year Award

January 7, 2014

Clark Metal Products, Blairsville, Ind., has received an Employer of the Year Award from the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board Inc. The award recognizes employers that have contributed significantly to the workforce development system in Armstrong, Indiana, and Butler counties. Clark Metal,...

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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts drop in manufacturing employment

January 7, 2014

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, D.C., has released its employment projections for 2012 to 2022. While total employment is projected to increase 10.8 percent, or 15.6 million, during the decade, five industry sectors are projected to have decreases in employment. Manufacturing...

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General Dynamics Electric Boat to expand

January 7, 2014

General Dynamics Electric Boat and the Quonset Development Corp. have reached a 25-year lease agreement to expand Electric Boat's footprint at Quonset Business Park in Rhode Island by 42 acres, including more than 1 million sq. ft. of building space. The extended lease will allow Electric Boat to...

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Production begins at GE plant in Tennessee after $20 million investment

January 7, 2014

GE has announced the start of production of the first new GE Monogram® brand refrigerator product platform since 2001. The new product is part of a $20 million investment in the Selmer, Tenn., Monogram Refrigeration production facility. GE also announced the expansion of its warehousing...

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Whirlpool moves commercial washing machine production from Mexico to U.S.

January 7, 2014

Whirlpool Corp., Benton Harbor, Mich., is moving production of its commercial front-load washing machines from Monterrey, Mexico, to Clyde, Ohio. The relocation will create 80 to 100 new jobs in Clyde during the next three years. Production is scheduled to begin in the U.S. in April. The...

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Communication, writing skills lacking in manufacturing workforce, says survey

January 7, 2014

LMA Consulting Group, Claremont, Calif., has released the "Manufacturing and Distribution Skills Gap Report," based on a skills gap survey conducted in conjunction with the APICS - Inland Empire chapter that focused on how manufacturers and distributors are adjusting to the new "business normal" in...

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Report shows revitalization in U.S. manufacturing, urges legislative action

January 7, 2014

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., vice chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, has released a new report detailing the revitalization in U.S. manufacturing. According to the report, the manufacturing industry in the U.S. has added more than 500,000 jobs since February 2010 and exceeded...

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GM invests nearly $1.3 billion for five U.S. plant upgrades

January 7, 2014

General Motors, Flint, Mich., will invest nearly $1.3 billion in five manufacturing sites in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana to produce new fuel-efficient engines and transmissions, enhance vehicle quality, and streamline logistics. The investments combined will create or retain about 1,000 jobs....

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Ken Van Putten

Egan hires chief engineer

January 6, 2014

Mechanical contractor and fabricator Andy J. Egan Co., Grand Rapids, Mich., has hired Ken Van Putten, PE, LEED AP, CGD, as chief engineer. In this newly created position, he works with the engineering staff to enhance their design-build capabilities. Van Putten has nearly three decades of...

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Nathan Marker

Albina adds to estimating/project management team

January 6, 2014

Albina Co. Inc., Tualatin, Ore., has appointed Nathan Marker to its estimating/project management team. For the past 15 years, Marker worked in fabricating shop environments and recently worked as an estimator/project manager for a steel fabrication company. Albina offers bending of steel,...

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Ford to add three plants, 23 products in 2014

January 6, 2014

Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., has announced plans to launch 23 new vehicles and open three more manufacturing facilities (two in Asia Pacific and one in South America). Sixteen of the new vehicle launches will be in North America, including Ford Mustang®, Ford Transit Connect®, Ford...

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SigmaTEK announces upcoming webinars

December 16, 2013

SigmaTEK Systems LLC, Cincinnati, a provider of software for nesting, NC programming, and cutting of steel sheet, plate, and tube and pipe, will hold two webinars in January 2014. "MRP for Small Job Shops" is scheduled for Jan. 7 at 1:00 p.m. ET. This webinar introduces a fabrication-focused MRP...

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Kurt Mfg. to add jobs

December 16, 2013

Kurt Mfg., Minneapolis, has announced plans to locate its hydraulics division at its Pueblo, Colo., plant, resulting in the addition of 59 jobs. The new division supplies hydraulic hoses and manufactures fittings and couplings for them....

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Michigan Manufacturing Intl. opens new headquarters

December 16, 2013

Michigan Manufacturing Intl. (MMI), a supplier of mechanical assemblies and components to OEMs, has opened its new headquarters in Stevensville, Md. Products include assemblies, castings, stampings, machined parts, gears, and bearings. Services include product engineering, manufacturing, inventory...

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