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LINE survey: Hiring gains expected in February, but job growth rate still behind 2011

February 2, 2012

The hiring outlook for February shows a net gain in employment in the manufacturing and service sectors, although the pace of job creation lags that of a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for February...

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Reliance Steel to acquire McKey Perforating Co.

February 1, 2012

Reliance Steel & Aluminum has announced that a subsidiary is acquiring McKey Perforating Co. Inc., a metal perforating and fabricating company in Berlin, Wis. The deal includes a McKey subsidiary in Manchester, Tenn. Terms were not disclosed. Reliance said McKey had sales of about $18 million...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing starting year on positive note as new orders, production, and employment grow in January

February 1, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 30th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 32nd consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued February 1 by Bradley J....

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Simufact expands team with new head of R&D

January 31, 2012

Simufact Engineering GmbH, Hamburg, Germany, a provider of software and services for process simulation in manufacturing, has hired Dr. Ralph Bernhardt as its new head of research and development. In this position, he drives strategic and long-term topics in the R&D area, focusing on alliances...

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Erdrich Umformtechnik to open plant in Georgia

January 31, 2012

Erdrich Umformtechnik GmbH & Co. KG, a German automotive supplier, will construct a $39 million metal stamping facility in Dublin, Ga., creating 178 jobs. Erdrich is a midsized, family-owned company that produces complex metal parts and subassemblies for the automotive industry. The company...

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Marlin Steel adds laser cutting machine

January 31, 2012

Marlin Steel, a producer of sheet metal products and custom wire baskets in Baltimore, has installed a new laser cutting machine. The new laser joins the company's robots, 138-ton press brake, and 20-ton sheet metal punch press. Marlin Steel supplies precision metal fabrication to customers such...

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DeWys Mfg. adds new laser

January 31, 2012

DeWys Mfg., a metal fabrication company in Marne, Mich., has installed an Amada Pulsar 2415 aIV NT production laser system. The machine replaces an older turret punch press. According to the company, the laser can turn around short-run production jobs quickly without affecting the promised...

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Leadership Summit keynote speakers to discuss how to navigate the changing market

January 30, 2012

Compelling and educational keynote addresses covering the vital role of manufacturing in the economy, new technology, and tactics to identify and target new markets and customers will highlight The FABRICATOR®'s Leadership Summit: 7th Annual Metal Matters, Feb. 29-March 2, in Scottsdale, Ariz.....

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Briggs Equipment, LiftOne now distributing Hyster products

January 30, 2012

After each acquiring portions of Barloworld Handling assets, two companies are now distributing and servicing Hyster® brand lift trucks. Briggs Equipment Inc., located in Dallas, now represents Hyster in Florida, Arkansas, and portions of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama,...

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Blue Giant opens stocking location near Los Angeles

January 30, 2012

Blue Giant Equipment Corp., Brampton, Ont., has opened a new, 22,000-sq.-ft. dock equipment and parts stocking location near Los Angeles in response to increased demand in the western U.S. The company provides loading dock and material handling equipment including dock levelers, vehicle...

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Exodus to grow in response to distribution alliance with Caterpillar

January 30, 2012

Exodus Machines has announced plans to expand its material handling machine manufacturing operations in Superior, Wis. The announcement comes after Exodus formed an alliance with Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., to sell the machines exclusively through the Caterpillar distribution network. Exodus...

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Quality Die Set expands in Indiana

January 30, 2012

Flora, Ind.-based Quality Die Set Corp. has added about $200,000 in new equipment to its stamping production line. The expansion has resulted in nine new jobs, and the company plans to add another six to its employees this year, doubling its workforce size from a year ago. The growth is largely a...

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HRB prices on an uptrend

January 26, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Western European HRB price for January 23 rose 2.6 percent to $662 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 1.2 percent), ex-works, for the second consecutive rise. The World export HRB price rose 2.2 percent to $643 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the fourth...

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Airtronics adds new laser to robotic fleet - TheFabricator.com

Airtronics adds new laser to robotic fleet

January 24, 2012

Airtronics Metal Products (AMP) has added a new Amada Gemini FO M2 3015 laser to its 100,000-sq.-ft. San Jose, Calif., plant. The 4,000-W, dual-processing robotic laser machine includes a rotary index to cut medium to thick materials. The rotary index is located on one of three shuttle pallets,...

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ATAS launches new Web site

January 24, 2012

ATAS Intl. Inc., Allentown, Pa., has established a revamped Web site at www.atas.com featuring a new look, updated content, additional features, and revised tools. Users no longer have to register to see product details. Products have been divided into roofs, walls, ceiling and soffit, mansards,...

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