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ISM ROB: Manufacturing economic activity expanded in September, but PMI fell 2.4 percentage points

October 1, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. The report was issued by Bradley J....

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Alcoa Foundation, Discovery Education to host virtual field trip Oct. 3 for classrooms nationwide

September 30, 2014

Alcoa Foundation, Pittsburgh, and Discovery Education, Silver Spring, Md., a provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, will celebrate Manufacturing Day on Oct. 3, 2014, with an interactive virtual field trip. The Manufacture Your Future LIVE Virtual Field Trip...

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MSC Industrial Supply opens customer fulfillment center in Ohio

September 30, 2014

MSC Industrial Supply Co., Melville, N.Y., a distributor of metalworking and MRO supplies to industrial customers throughout North America, has opened a customer fulfillment center (CFC) in Columbus, Ohio. The 400,000-sq.-ft. facility — the company’s fifth CFC — employs 100 people...

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Turkish Machinery co-sponsors MDA North America show at IMTS 2014

September 30, 2014

Turkish Machinery, based in Ankara, Turkey, recently co-sponsored the inaugural Motion, Drive and Automation (MDA) North America tradeshow in conjunction with IMTS 2014, held in September in Chicago. The MDA North America show, which introduced attendees to a variety of motion control topics,...

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Metcam receives 2014 Infor Excellence in Action Award

September 29, 2014

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, has been recognized by Infor, one of its key software vendors, with an Excellence in Action Award in the financial excellence category. The award honors organizations that have deployed Infor...

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EFD Induction receives order for two induction welding machines

September 26, 2014

Induction heating company EFD Induction, Madison Heights, Mich., has received an order for two of its Weldac solid-state induction welding machines from a North American roll forming company. The machines, which will be used to weld profiles and beams, employ IGBTs that are nearly...

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Canadian Welding Bureau opens welding training and testing facility in Alberta

September 26, 2014

The Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) has announced the opening of its western region office in Nisku, Alta. The $6.5 million project already has created more than 100 local jobs during its construction. The 18,000-sq.-ft. facility will offer education, training, and certification for welders,...

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DHA Filter makes dust cartridges pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 25, 2014

Jacksonville, Fla.-based DHA Filter has announced it will partner with Komen North Florida to spread breast cancer awareness to the U.S. manufacturing community. For the month of October, the company will replace its blue helix pleat stabilizers — which lock the pleats of the dust cartridge —...

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MK Precision named to Philadelphia 100 list of fastest-growing companies

September 25, 2014

Medical device contract manufacturer MK Precision, Philadelphia, has announced it has earned a spot on the Philadelphia 100, which honors the fastest-growing privately held companies in the greater Philadelphia region. To receive this distinction, a privately held company in the region must...

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AIP Aerospace launches Ascent Aerospace

September 25, 2014

Brian Williams, CEO of AIP Aerospace (AIPA), Santa Ana, Calif., has created Ascent Aerospace, a wholly owned unit of AIPA. Ascent Aerospace will be organized into two groups: Ascent Tooling Group (including Coast Composites, Odyssey Industries, and Global Tooling Systems), a provider of...

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ABB to join UN network to promote energy efficiency

September 24, 2014

ABB, Zurich, a manufacturer of transformers, electric motors, and variable-speed drives, has announced that it is joining the United Nations Environment Programme’s global action on improving appliance and equipment efficiency. The company will provide expertise on energy-efficient motors and...

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IRMCO adds two staff members

September 23, 2014

Metal forming lubricant manufacturer IRMCO®, Evanston, Ill., has hired Michael Krocko as field technical engineer and Michael Krueger as sales engineer covering Michigan, northern Indiana, and northern Ohio. Krocko provides support and troubleshooting for the company’s lubricants in the...

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Energy Department to provide $2 million to support tall wind turbine tower manufacturing

September 23, 2014

The Energy Department, Washington, D.C., has announced it will give $2 million to two organizations for developing tall wind turbines to harness the stronger winds that occur at higher heights. These projects will support the design and manufacturing techniques to produce towers that are nearly 400...

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Sciaky to provide turnkey EBAM system to Lockheed Martin Space Systems

September 22, 2014

Sciaky Inc., Chicago, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries Inc. (PSI) and provider of large-scale additive manufacturing systems, has received a purchase order from Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Bethesda, Md., to provide a turnkey electron beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) system for use...

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SEMA awarded federal grant to increase exports of automotive aftermarket products

September 19, 2014

Diamond Bar, Calif., trade organization SEMA, which represents the automotive specialty equipment market, has been awarded part of a $2.2 million federal grant to expand exports of automotive aftermarket products into foreign markets including Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and China. The...

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