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Study finds delivery, pricing, sales support are top three customer expectations for manufacturers

July 16, 2014

Lisa Anderson, president of LMA Consulting GroupSM, Claremont, Calif., hypothesized that Amazon and companies like Amazon have had an impact on service demands for manufacturers and distributors. In a recent study measuring the "Amazon Effect," Anderson found that the top three areas in which...

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SigmaTEK kicks off 2014 Outdoor Adventure give-away

July 15, 2014

SigmaTEK Systems LLC, Cincinnati, a provider of CAD/CAM nesting, shop floor automation, and manufacturing business automation systems, has announced the kickoff of its 2014 Outdoor Adventure give-away. North American manufacturers, fabricators, and others within the industry can enter for a...

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Whirlpool enters into agreements to acquire majority interest in Indesit

July 14, 2014

Whirlpool Corp., Benton Harbor, Mich., and Fineldo S.p.A., Milan, Italy, have entered into a binding agreement for the sale of Fineldo's stake in Indesit Co. S.p.A. Whirlpool also entered into binding share purchase agreements with members of the Merloni family for their Indesit shares. Under these...

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Optomec receives order for print engine from RIT’s Center for Remanufacturing

July 14, 2014

Albuquerque, N.M.-based Optomec has announced that its LENS® print engine for metal components has been adopted by the Center for Remanufacturing and Resources Recovery (C3R®) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, N.Y. The system at C3R will retrofit 3-D metal printing...

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JTEKT Corp. doubles size of South Carolina facility

July 14, 2014

JTEKT Corp., a producer of bearings, automotive steering systems, and all-wheel-drive couplings, has expanded its Koyo-brand bearing manufacturing facility in Richland County, S.C. The 250,000-sq.-ft. expansion, which provides the company with the capacity to manufacture automotive wheel bearing...

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DeWys Mfg. hires inside sales coordinator

July 14, 2014

DeWys Mfg., Marne, Mich., has hired Valerie Klaas as inside sales coordinator. Before joining the company, she attended GVSU and gained inside sales experience in the construction trades. The company provides precision metal fabrication to a variety of clients from office furniture to...

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May manufacturing technology orders down

July 14, 2014

May U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $351.93 million according to AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO program), was down 10.0 percent from April and down 17.5...

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NN Inc. to establish new corporate headquarters in Tennessee

July 8, 2014

Metal bearing component manufacturer NN Inc., Johnson City, Tenn., has purchased the SunTrust Bank Building in Johnson City for use as its new corporate headquarters. At about 60,000 sq. ft., the facility provides a new base of operations for the company’s current corporate staff, with additional...

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EuroBLECH 2014 presents “Champions in Sheet Metal Working” online competition

July 7, 2014

EuroBLECH 2014, the 23rd International Sheet Metal Working Exhibition, is presenting a new online competition to recognize high standards, best practices, innovation, and excellence in sheet metal working. The competition, called “Champions in Sheet Metal Working,” will have one winner in each...

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MEC names VP of strategy, capital, and continuous improvement

July 7, 2014

Fabricating company Mayville Engineering Co. Inc. (MEC), Mayville, Wis., a supply chain partner for OEMs, has hired Chad Mitts as vice president of strategy, capital, and continuous improvement. He has nearly 20 years of leadership and manufacturing experience. Mitts served most recently as...

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BMW Group to build plant in Mexico

July 7, 2014

The BMW Group, Munich, has announced plans to build a new plant near San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The $1 billion investment is expected to create 1,500 jobs, with production to begin in 2019. Planned annual capacity is 150,000 units. The company also currently is building a plant in the state of...

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Survey reports manufacturers, distributors expect to add jobs during next 12 months

July 7, 2014

According to the 2014 McGladrey Manufacturing and Distribution Monitor, nine out of 10 executives at small and midsize manufacturing and distribution companies expect solid growth over the next 12 months, and two-thirds plan to add jobs during that period. In addition, two-thirds reported that they...

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TRUMPF Inc. names president/CEO, senior VP

July 3, 2014

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., a manufacturer of fabricating machinery and industrial lasers for flexible sheet metal processing, has announced that Peter Hoecklin has assumed the role of president and CEO. In this position, he is responsible for all of the company’s subsidiaries and business...

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Three NBT summer manufacturing camps supported by partnership with Kelly Services

July 2, 2014

This summer, three of the 24 camps funded by Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), the Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl., Rockford, Ill., have been made possible by a partnership with Kelly Services®, Troy, Mich. The sponsored camps will be conducted at Henry Ford...

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Uniweld releases training video covering oxyacetylene tip selection

June 30, 2014

:Uniweld Products Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has released a new HVAC training video from its series of informative technical shorts. Available for viewing here, the video focuses on tip selection for an oxyacetylene torch. The video discusses the factors that go into selecting the right tip,...

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