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China to lose edge over U.S. by 2016 says manufacturing group economist

May 18, 2011

Based on recent analyses and reports, a leading manufacturing sector economist asserts the Chinese will stand to lose significant market share in the years to come, and will have not a cost advantage over U.S. manufacturing by the year 2016. "Such a statement would have evoked peals of laughter...

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Mitsubishi Power Systems, Governor Rick Scott discuss how to attract business investment to Florida

May 17, 2011

Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas Inc. (MPSA) executives joined Florida Governor Rick Scott May 16 in a round table discussion that focused on how the Sunshine State can become more competitive in attracting additional manufacturing jobs and corporate investment. MPSA President and CEO Koji...

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thefabricator.com adds comprehensive glossary to site

May 16, 2011

FMA Communications Inc. has announced the addition of a comprehensive industry glossary to its Web site, www.thefabricator.com. The glossary, listed under the "Industry Directory" navigational tab or directly at www.thefabricator.com/glossary, currently lists more than 570 industry terms with an...

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Robot orders surge 31 percent in first quarter of 2011

May 16, 2011

North American robotics companies enjoyed their best opening quarter since 2007, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., the industry's trade group. A total of 4,021 robots valued at $263.5 million were ordered by North American manufacturing...

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Manufacturing expected to return to U.S. from China

May 16, 2011

Within the next five years, the U.S. is expected to experience a manufacturing renaissance as the wage gap with China shrinks and certain U.S. states become some of the cheapest locations for manufacturing in the developed world, according to a new analysis by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)....

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Livers Bronze Co. celebrates 65th anniversary

May 12, 2011

Livers Bronze Co., Kansas City, Mo., a nationwide leader in architectural handrailing design, is celebrating its 65th anniversary. Family-owned Livers, now under the 4th generation's leadership, is one of only a handful of companies in the U.S. to manufacture custom railing systems from design and...

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HRB prices down in U.S., up elsewhere

May 11, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for May 9 rose 0.5 percent to $636 per ton for the fourth consecutive increase. The Western European HRB price rose 0.2 percent to $832 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 1.1 percent), ex-works, after falling two consecutive times. The...

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March manufacturing technology consumption up 57.6 percent

May 9, 2011

March U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $511.15 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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Metcam adds 30 positions, enters training partnership

May 9, 2011

Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, has added 30 new positions to its facility in Forsyth County, Ga., increasing its overall workforce size by 20 percent. The jobs are available not only for candidates with previous sheet metal fabrication experience, but also...

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NAM urges Administration and Congress to move forward with pending trade agreements

May 5, 2011

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President for International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo released this statement May 4 regarding the Obama Administration's letter to Congress on the Colombia free trade agreement (FTA): "Manufacturing continues to drive our nation's recovery, and...

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ISM April ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity grows for 21st straight month

May 2, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 21st consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 23rd consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued May 2 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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STI/SPFA presents awards for steel tanks and fabricated products

May 2, 2011

STI/SPFA, Lake Zurich, Ill., an association for fabricators of steel tanks, pipe, and pressure vessels, recently recognized member companies in specific industry categories by conferring its Steel Tank and Fabricated Product of the Year Awards for 2010. Standpipe category - CB&I, San Luis...

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HRB prices up slightly in China, down elsewhere

April 28, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for April 25 rose 0.8 percent to $633 per ton for the third consecutive rise. The Western European HRB price fell 1.2 percent to $830 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 2.2 percent), ex-works, for the second consecutive decline. The...

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U.S. durable goods orders rise for third consecutive month

April 27, 2011

New orders for manufactured durable goods in March increased $5.0 billion or 2.5 percent to $208.4 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This increase, up three consecutive months, followed a 0.7 percent February increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 1.3 percent....

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CenterLine (Windsor) wins 2011 Business Excellence Award - TheFabricator.com

CenterLine (Windsor) wins 2011 Business Excellence Award

April 25, 2011

CenterLine (Windsor) Ltd., Windsor, Ont., has announced that it has won a Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011 Business Excellence Award in the product innovation category. The company designs, manufactures, and supplies products and services for welding, metal forming, and cold...

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