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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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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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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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Lockheed Martin Joint Light Tactical Vehicle completes successful manufacturing review

December 16, 2013

The Lockheed Martin Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) team, Dallas, has successfully completed the government's Manufacturing Readiness Assessment (MRA), an important step on the path to vehicle production at the company’s Camden, Ark., manufacturing complex. The assessment, which measures...

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NBT announces spring scholarship winners

December 16, 2013

Nine students seeking careers in manufacturing each earned $1,500 or $2,500 toward their postsecondary studies from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs®, The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill. For the first time NBT awarded manufacturing...

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FMS adds sales team member

December 16, 2013

Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS), Rockford, Ill., has announced the addition of Karl Zoller to its sales team. Zoller, who covers the Illinois territory, has more than 30 years of experience in metal fabrication. FMS sells Prima Power, RAS, Midwest Sandright, Sertom, Baykal, and other metal...

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As economy gains momentum, manufacturers could be left out, says ThomasNet.com

December 16, 2013

Just as the U.S. jobless rate hits a five-year low, and companies project stronger growth, manufacturers are in danger of losing out on the upswing because of a lackadaisical recruitment and rebranding effort, according to research from ThomasNet.com. A recent ThomasNet.com® Industry Market...

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Epic Systems hires mechanical designer

December 11, 2013

Epic Systems Inc., St. Louis, has hired Dave Stawarski as mechanical designer. He is responsible for process design for piping, fabrication drawings, and the creation of mechanical and structural models. Assisting in general project support, he is involved in the company’s process projects, from...

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United Steel launches United Metal Solutions

December 11, 2013

United Steel Inc. has launched a new division to fabricate metal parts and components. United Metal Solutions provides strategic production services for manufacturers, maintenance and repair operations, public utilities, aerospace companies, and power generation firms located primarily in the...

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Southern Metal Fabricators launches new website

December 10, 2013

Southern Metal Fabricators Inc. (SMF), a custom metal fabricator in Albertville, Ala., has launched a mobile-friendly portfolio website at www.southernmetalfab.com. The site highlights recent projects across categories such as pollution control, material handling, bulk handling, and industrial...

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