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U.S. durable goods orders fell in June

July 27, 2011

New orders for manufactured durable goods in June decreased $4.0 billion or 2.1 percent to $192.0 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 1.9 percent May increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.1 percent....

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NSK Steering Systems America announces expansion plans

July 25, 2011

Automobile manufacturing company NSK Steering Systems America has announced plans to expand its Dyersburg, Tenn., plant using a $280,000 state grant. The expansion is expected to create 180 new jobs — 90 this year and another 90 in 2012....

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RJLK Holdings to open metal fabrication plant in South Carolina

July 25, 2011

RJLK Holdings Inc., based in Indiana, has announced plans to locate a metal fabrication and distribution plant in the former Applied Engineering facility in Orangeburg, S.C. The building will hold several subsidiaries of the company. An investment of about $10 million over the next five years will...

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Survey shows industrial companies confident in growth

July 25, 2011

From upgrading facilities to buying technology, industrial companies are investing confidently in their businesses to build upon a period of sustained growth, according to the results of the newest Industry Market Barometer™ (IMB) from ThomasNet, New York. Forty-five percent of the companies...

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Meritor announces executive appointments

July 21, 2011

Meritor Inc., a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, and aftermarket systems for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, has announced changes to its executive management team, effective immediately. Meritor's board of directors has elected Pedro Ferro to the position of vice...

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Nordfab Ducting becomes independent operation

July 18, 2011

After years of being tied operationally to a sister dust-collection company, Nordfab Ducting now operates independently as Nordfab LLC. The company, which manufactures clamp-together ducting for dust, mist, and fume collection, now operates with management, financial, and software systems...

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STI/SPFA presents steel water storage tank seminars

July 18, 2011

The Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA), Lake Zurich, Ill., will present it steel water storage tank seminar Aug. 26 in Lisle, Ill., and Sept. 29 in Sacramento, Calif. Speakers will present criteria for selection and design of water storage tanks with special focus...

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GM to invest $129 million in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan plants

July 12, 2011

General Motors Powertrain plants in Ohio and Indiana that make transmissions for Buick and Chevrolet models with eAssist fuel-saving technology will get the bulk of a $129 million investment GM announced July 12. The money is part of $2 billion being invested in 17 facilities in eight states over...

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Caterpillar to increase size of under-construction Texas plant

July 11, 2011

Caterpillar Inc. has announced plans to increase its manufacturing capabilities and capacity for hydraulic excavators that will be produced at a facility now under construction in Victoria, Texas. In August 2010 Caterpillar announced that it would build the 850,000-sq.-ft. excavator plant in...

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ATK to open aircraft part production facility in Utah

July 11, 2011

Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) is nearing completion of its Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence (ACCE) in Clearfield, Utah. The new facility will serve as the headquarters for ATK Aerospace Structures' commercial aircraft programs and will support the manufacturing of commercial aircraft...

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Mixed signals: Hiring rate declines in July; recruiting difficulty rises

July 11, 2011

Manufacturers and service-sector companies will add jobs at a lower rate in July compared with a year ago, yet HR professionals are still struggling to recruit workers for key positions, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE)...

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Endress+Hauser opens manufacturing plant in Indiana - TheFabricator.com

Endress+Hauser opens manufacturing plant in Indiana

June 27, 2011

Endress+Hauser has opened a new temperature instrument production facility in Greenwood, Ind. The 12,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant builds temperature sensors, thermowells, transmitters, recorders, flow computers, safety barriers, displays, and other instrumentation for customers in North and...

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20 students earn manufacturing scholarships from FMA

June 20, 2011

Twenty students seeking careers in manufacturing each earned $1,500 toward their college or trade school education from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA). This year FMA awarded manufacturing scholarships totaling $30,000. The 2011 winners are: Nicholas Cullum,...

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CCAT expands Advanced Manufacturing Center

June 20, 2011

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT), East Hartford, Conn., has expanded its Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) to include a machining applications laboratory. At the AMC, new technologies are evaluated, proven, and transferred to production. The center allows for development...

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Motoman Robotics recertified as continuing education provider - TheFabricator.com

Motoman Robotics recertified as continuing education provider

June 20, 2011

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has recertified Motoman Robotics, Dayton, Ohio, a division of Yaskawa America Inc., as an authorized provider under the new ANSI/IACET 1-2007 standard. Motoman Robotics has been an authorized provider since 1993,...

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