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FABTECH speaker supports job creation through reshoring

September 14, 2011

At FABTECH® 2011, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing exposition and conference, Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, will discuss how bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. would have a more positive impact on unemployment than anything in the...

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EIS acquires Cobra Wire & Cable

September 14, 2011

EIS Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Co. and Atlanta-based distributor of process materials, production supplies, and value-added fabricated parts, has acquired the stock of Cobra Wire & Cable Inc. from Merit Capital Partners and Fulton Capital. Cobra, with headquarters and a...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 102.9 percent from 2010

September 12, 2011

July U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $506.97 million according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology...

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Ace Metal Crafts moves headquarters

September 8, 2011

After 51 years in the same location in Franklin Park, Ill., Ace Metal Crafts has moved to an 82,000-sq.-ft. plant in Bensenville, Ill. The company performs stainless steel fabrication, using laser cutting, forming, welding, sanitary finishes, and value engineering. The move to a much larger plant...

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Midbrook announces factory-for-hire concept

September 8, 2011

Midbrook Inc., a Jackson, Mich.-based manufacturer of custom metal fabrications and industrial parts washers, has announced that it will use its facility and skilled employees to help customers with new product ideas design, modify, fabricate, and ship their parts. The company developed the...

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ISM ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity grew at slighty slower rate in August

September 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 25th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 26th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued September 1 by Bradley J....

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Layoffs rise, hiring declines for third month in a row

September 1, 2011

In September, job growth will fall behind the rate from a year ago in the manufacturing and service sectors, and payroll cuts are also rising for the month, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for September 2011....

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John Deere factory celebrates 100th anniversary

August 29, 2011

John Deere Horicon Works, Horicon, Wis., is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Products produced at the facility range from horse-drawn grain drills to the latest in lawn care equipment and utility vehicles. "100 years of successful business is a great accomplishment. It is a true testament to...

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Dennen Steel breaks ground on new facility in Mississippi - TheFabricator.com

Dennen Steel breaks ground on new facility in Mississippi

August 29, 2011

Dennen Steel Corp., a contract stamping manufacturer of steel products, has begun construction of a 50,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Iuka, Miss. The project represents a company investment of more than $7.4 million and will initially create 50 new jobs. The facility will purchase large...

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ABI acquires Interstate Tool assets

August 29, 2011

Avery Barron Industries LLC (ABI), Tulsa, Okla., has formed Avery Barron Industries – Stamping LLC (ABI‐Stamping) with the acquisition of the assets and trade name of Interstate Tool and Mfg. Co. The acquired company, a tool and die manufacturer providing metal stampings to domestic and...

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Quaprotek to open manufacturing plant in Tennessee

August 29, 2011

Quaprotek USA has announced plans to invest $22 million in an existing 63,000-sq.-ft. building in Ripley, Tenn. The manufacturing plant, which is expected to create more than 120 jobs over five years, will produce metal parts for vehicles, engines, and power trains....

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Female student wins Skills USA's national sheet metal competition - TheFabricator.com

Female student wins Skills USA's national sheet metal competition

August 23, 2011

At Skills USA's 47th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., June 19-24, Olivia Keech, 16, won gold in the high school sheet metal category — the second gold award for Delcastle Technical High School in Newark, Del. For the competition, the high school junior...

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Wildeck acquires Ladder Industries

August 23, 2011

Wildeck Inc., Waukesha, Wis., a manufacturer of custom industrial steel work platforms, material lifts, and safety guarding products, has announced the acquisition of Ladder Industries Inc., Goodyear, Ariz., and Sacramento, Calif. Ladder Industries now is a subsidiary of Wildeck, operating as a...

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EMT West names managing director

August 23, 2011

EMT (Elite Mfg. Technologies) West, Henderson, Nev., has appointed Rahul Sarkar to the new position of managing director. As managing director, he is responsible for overseeing all facility operations and production, as well as direct quality and lean manufacturing initiatives. Sarkar has more...

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Airtronics Metal Products launches subsidiary to build food carts, trailers

August 23, 2011

Airtronics Metal Products, San Jose, Calif., a sheet metal design, engineering, and fabrication firm, has launched Metal Gourmet™, a subsidiary devoted to the design, assembly, and distribution of high-end mobile food carts and trailers. "What distinguishes Metal Gourmet from other food cart...

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