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Committee recommends $50,000 for Rogue Mfg.

January 3, 2011

The Citizens Review Committee of Grand Island, Neb., has voted to recommend $50,000 of business incentives for local start-up Rogue Mfg. The request will advance to the Grand Island City Council for final approval of the Local Option Municipal Economic Development Program funds, also known as LB840...

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A.O. Smith to sell electric motor division to Regal Beloit Corp.

December 14, 2010

A. O. Smith Corp. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Electrical Products Company, an operating segment that is one of the largest manufacturers of electric motors for residential and commercial applications in North America, to Regal Beloit Corp. for...

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J & D Tube Benders receives TPJ-The Tube & Pipe Journal's Industry Award 2011

December 13, 2010

J & D Tube Benders Inc., a custom manufacturer and distributor of tubular components and assemblies located in Schofield, Wis., has received TPJ's Industry Award 2011 presented by TPJ-The Tube & Pipe Journal® and sponsored by the Tube & Pipe Association Intl. (TPA). The TPA award is...

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Clark Metal Products receives The FABRICATOR’s Industry Award 2011

December 13, 2010

Clark Metal Products, a metal fabricator based in Blairsville, Pa., has received The FABRICATOR®'s Industry Award 2011, presented by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA). The FMA award is bestowed upon an individual or company within the metal forming and fabricating...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 83.2 percent year-to-date

December 13, 2010

October U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $387.13 million, according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 2.5 percent...

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Midbrook develops factory-for-hire concept

December 13, 2010

Midbrook Inc., a Jackson, Mich.-based manufacturer of custom metal fabrications and industrial parts washers, has announced the development of its factory-for-hire concept. The company will use its facility and employees to help customers design, modify, fabricate, and ship their parts and...

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Revised bridge welding code published

December 13, 2010

The revised edition of the American Welding Society's "D1.5M/D1.5:2010 Bridge Welding Code" has been published. The new standard, known as AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5:2010, supersedes the 2008 edition. Available for a fee, the 478-page book was undertaken in response to a need for a common welding...

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LaFollette Machine marks 75 years in business

December 13, 2010

LaFollette Machine & Tool Co. Inc., LaFollette, Tenn., is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2011. Since 1936 the company has been family-owned and -operated. The ISO 9001:2008-certified firm provides metal forming services and manufactures precision laser-cut parts for the automotive,...

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Bakersfield, Calif., unions come together to educate tomorrow's work force

December 13, 2010

Members of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) in Bakersfield, Calif., are taking unprecedented measures to help ensure that when the economy rebounds, their work force is ready with the latest knowledge at their disposal. Vern Shaffer, business representative and training...

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Ball to acquire Aerocan S.A.S.

December 9, 2010

Ball Corp. has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Barclays Private Equity to acquire Aerocan S.A.S., a supplier of aluminum aerosol cans and bottles in Europe, for approximately &eruo;221 million inclusive of debt and other liabilities. The acquisition is expected to close...

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Chrysler Group LLC celebrates Sterling Heights Assembly Plant investment and extension of production

December 6, 2010

Chrysler Group LLC celebrated the extension of production, the addition of a second shift and an $850 million investment at an event today at its Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant. The celebration also marked the start of production of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger. "Today...

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Van Reenen Steel wins Swedish Steel Prize

December 6, 2010

SSAB has awarded this year's international Swedish Steel Prize to the South African company Van Reenen Steel Ltd. The company has developed a lighter and more durable body for dump trucks in the mining industry. The purpose of the prize is to provide inspiration and to disseminate knowledge about...

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METALCON's 20th annual show experiences growth

December 6, 2010

The Metal Construction Association, Newton, Mass., has announced that the 2010 METALCON International show, held Oct. 20-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, drew 5,445 designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators, and suppliers from more than 50 countries. Product experts from 300...

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SHRM LINE survey: Payrolls show signs of stabilizing in December compared with a year ago

December 6, 2010

The U.S. private-sector labor force is expected to add jobs in manufacturing in December, but the hiring pace is still too slow to put a sharp dent in unemployment, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for December...

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ISM November ROB: New orders, production, and employment growing; supplier deliveries slower; inventories growing

December 2, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 19th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued Dec. 1 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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