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More manufacturers announce open house schedules for Manufacturing Day

September 24, 2012

Several manufacturers have announced their participation in Manufacturing Day, a nationwide event on Oct. 5, 2012, to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and draw attention to the many rewarding, high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields. The event sponsors...

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ThyssenKrupp North America to close business unit

September 21, 2012

ThyssenKrupp North America has announced plans to close its ThyssenKrupp Access Corp. business unit, Grandview, Mo., by December. The unit manufactures stair lifts, wheelchair lifts, and home elevators. The closing, which involves manufacturing facilities in Grandview and Roanoke, Ill., and...

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Utility Trailer expands Arkansas plant

September 21, 2012

Utility Trailer Mfg. Co., a manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner® curtainsided trailers, has announced the expansion of its dry van manufacturing plant located in Paragould, Ark. The 22,000-sq.-ft. expansion includes a new modification center that...

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KTI Inc. launches new website

September 21, 2012

KTI Inc., East Windsor, Conn., has established a new website at www.ktiinc.com that defines its electron beam component, electron beam continuous bimetal strip welding, and value-added assembly welding capabilities. The continuous strip welding process allows the company to join dissimilar,...

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Mohawk Metal opens shop in Vancouver

September 21, 2012

Mohawk Metal Co., a custom metal fabricator in Eugene, Ore., has opened a 20,000-sq.-ft. shop in Vancouver, B.C. The $1.5 million expansion is expected to create up to 20 jobs by the end of 2012....

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MAC adds laser inspection equipment

September 20, 2012

MAC has installed a Xiris WI2000p laser inspection system for detecting undercut, sunk welds, pinholes, weld height, and weld register in tube and pipe. A high-speed video camera detects defects to 0.00059 in. on a typical laser welding tube mill. Direct integration with the tube mill's marking...

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TE Connectivity to close manufacturing section of Minnesota plant

September 20, 2012

TE Connectivity has announced plans to close the manufacturing portion of its plant in Shakopee, Minn., between November 2012 and January 2013, retaining sales, marketing, finance, and engineering employees at the location. The closing eliminates about 144 jobs as the manufacturing operation,...

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Banker Steel acquires Foote Steel

September 20, 2012

Banker Steel has announced the acquisition of Foote Steel Co. in Orlando, Fla. Following the successful award of several high-profile projects in Florida and Georgia, this acquisition represents a strategic decision to expand and develop market presence throughout the Southeast. Banker Steel is an...

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Manufacturers adjusting to post-recession "new normal"

September 20, 2012

Middle-market manufacturers and distributors are adjusting to the "new normal" of the post-recession era by focusing on efficiencies, operational improvements, and innovation, according to a newly released "McGladrey Manufacturing and Distribution Monitor" survey. The survey, sponsored by...

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Small, medium-sized manufacturers project strong second half of 2012

September 13, 2012

Prime Advantage, a Chicago-based buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, has announced the findings of its 10th semiannual Group Outlook Survey, revealing financial projections and top concerns of its member companies for the second half of 2012. The majority of surveyed manufacturers report...

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Counterpart expands in South Dakota

September 13, 2012

Counterpart Inc., Pierre, S.D., has broken ground on a 30,000-sq.-ft. expansion of its manufacturing plant in Brookings, S.D. The metal fabrication company produces parts and assemblies for the electronics, agribusiness, utility vehicle, polyethylene, and door and window industries. This is its...

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MSCI Manufacturing Summit events scheduled for October

September 13, 2012

The Metals Service Center Institute, Rolling Meadows, Ill., has announced two upcoming, chapter-hosted "A Manufacturing Summit: Closing the Divide Between Jobs, Policy and Growth" events. Eleven such events are being held around the country in 2012. All Republican and Democrat federal candidates...

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Manufacturing in Mexico Summit to be held in October

September 13, 2012

The Offshore Group, Tucson, Ariz., will hold its 18th Annual Manufacturing in Mexico Summit in the resort town of San Carlos, Sonora, on Mexico's Sea of Cortez, Oct. 25-26. The event is designed to enable executives and top-level sourcing personnel to examine the strategic option of initiating and...

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Cianbro acquires L.B. Foster fabrication shop

September 13, 2012

Cianbro, Pittsfield, Maine, has acquired a fabrication facility in Georgetown, Mass., from the L. B. Foster Co. The facility was built in 1982 to fabricate structural steel for buildings and bridges and includes about 40,000 sq. ft. of fabrication and coating space. The acquisition includes about...

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Boysen to build plant in Alabama

September 13, 2012

German company Boysen, a manufacturer of automotive exhaust systems, has announced plans to build a new, $34 million plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The new Boysen USA Alabama LLC facility, which will manufacture mufflers and catalytic conveyors for C-class sedans from Mercedes-Benz, will be located...

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