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ThyssenKrupp Presta Terre Haute announces expansion

April 25, 2012

ThyssenKrupp Presta Terre Haute LLC, a manufacturer of steering systems for the automotive industry, has announced a $22 million expansion of its facility in Terre Haute, Ind. The expansion, which reflects increased existing-customer orders from OEMs and new contracts with several major auto...

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Agrawal receives ASEE's 2012 James H. McGraw Award

April 25, 2012

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has awarded its James H. McGraw Award to Ashok Agrawal, M.S., P.E., vice president for academic affairs at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley, Ferguson, Mo., and a member of the SME Education Foundation board of directors, in...

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Quality Iron Fabricators to open new steel fabrication facility

April 23, 2012

Memphis, Tenn.-based Quality Iron Fabricators has begun construction on a $7 million, 40,000-sq.-ft. fabrication facility and office complex in Albany, Tenn. Equipped with CNC fabrication machinery, the new plant will be able to expand another 250,000 sq. ft. Capacity is expected to double over...

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Kenowa Industries receives minority business award

April 23, 2012

Kenowa Industries, a custom metal fabrication shop in Holland, Mich., has been named Minority-owned Business of the Year by the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce. Since 2009 the company has experienced a 66 percent sales increase and added six employees....

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Small and midsized manufacturers plan for continued growth

April 23, 2012

Prime Advantage, a buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, has announced the findings of its ninth semi-annual Group Outlook Survey to determine financial projections and top concerns of its member companies for 2012. The findings show the majority of its members are forecasting revenue...

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Fuel Total Systems California to add 100 jobs

April 23, 2012

Fuel Total Systems California Corp. has opened a new, 120,000-sq.-ft. plant in Lebanon, Ky., for the manufacture and supply of automotive fuel tank systems and related components. The company, a subsidiary of FTS Co. Ltd., is based in Toyota, Japan. The $38 million project is expected to result in...

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Bobcat to expand North Dakota operations

April 23, 2012

Bobcat Co. and Menlo Worldwide Logistics have announced the expansion of operations at Bobcat’s Manufacturing Support Center (MSC) in Bismarck, N.D., creating as many as 150 new positions. Production of Bobcat® compact attachments is moving to the new facility from a Bobcat-owned plant in...

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Central States Mfg. to build facility in South Dakota

April 23, 2012

Lowell, Ark.-based Central States Mfg., a manufacturer and distributor of metal building products, plans to expand its operations to Hartford, S.D. The company plans to construct a 40,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility on a 10-acre plot. The expansion will create up to 40 jobs in the next three...

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SOO Tractor establishes new division

April 23, 2012

SOO Tractor, a manufacturer of Massey Ferguson and AGCO agricultural machinery in Sioux City, Iowa, has announced the establishment of its new Radius Steel Fabrication division. This division provides customized fabrication integrated with electronics and new technology, allowing SOO to diversify...

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Reshoring on the increase, but worker shortage could stifle growth

April 19, 2012

A new report from MFG.com, an online marketplace for the manufacturing industry, shows that while reshoring is increasing, U.S. manufacturers might not be able to carry the load. "There’s a severe shortage of workers," said Mitch Free, manufacturing analyst and CEO of MFG.com. "Indicators are...

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Venture achieves ISO 9001:2008 certification

April 19, 2012

Venture Mfg. Group, Beaver Dam, Wis., has become certified to ISO 9001:2008 by SAI Global. The sheet metal fabricator uses lean manufacturing techniques to perform laser cutting, punching, forming, robotic welding, GMAW/GTAW, resistance welding, and mechanical assembly....

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Ryerson to create 44 jobs in North Carolina

April 19, 2012

Joseph T. Ryerson & Son Inc., Chicago, will expand its presence in Pikeville, N.C., by moving into a second building. The company plans to create 44 jobs and invest $3 million over the next three years. The project was made possible in part by a $100,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund....

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Manufacturers urge approval of Keystone XL pipeline legislation

April 18, 2012

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse issued the following statement urging members of the House of Representatives to support H.R. 4340, which would require the approval of TransCanada’s permit to build the Keystone XL...

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EVS Metal installs robotic welding cell

April 18, 2012

EVS Metal Inc., Riverdale, N.J., a supplier of custom-fabricated sheet metal parts, machined parts, and integration and engineering services, has installed a Lincoln Electric System 35 dual fixed-table robotic welding cell. The pre-engineered robotic welding system is designed for medium- to...

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Northern Metal Fab expands operations

April 18, 2012

Metal fabrication job shop Northern Metal Fab Inc. has announced an expansion of its Baldwin, Wis., facility. The company has purchased an 80,000-sq.-ft. building close to existing facilities, more than doubling the size of its operations. The expansion will create about 30 jobs, with room for...

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