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Manufacturing technology consumption up 83.2 percent year-to-date

December 13, 2010

October U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $387.13 million, according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 2.5 percent...

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Midbrook develops factory-for-hire concept

December 13, 2010

Midbrook Inc., a Jackson, Mich.-based manufacturer of custom metal fabrications and industrial parts washers, has announced the development of its factory-for-hire concept. The company will use its facility and employees to help customers design, modify, fabricate, and ship their parts and...

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Revised bridge welding code published

December 13, 2010

The revised edition of the American Welding Society's "D1.5M/D1.5:2010 Bridge Welding Code" has been published. The new standard, known as AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5:2010, supersedes the 2008 edition. Available for a fee, the 478-page book was undertaken in response to a need for a common welding...

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LaFollette Machine marks 75 years in business

December 13, 2010

LaFollette Machine & Tool Co. Inc., LaFollette, Tenn., is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2011. Since 1936 the company has been family-owned and -operated. The ISO 9001:2008-certified firm provides metal forming services and manufactures precision laser-cut parts for the automotive,...

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Bakersfield, Calif., unions come together to educate tomorrow's work force

December 13, 2010

Members of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) in Bakersfield, Calif., are taking unprecedented measures to help ensure that when the economy rebounds, their work force is ready with the latest knowledge at their disposal. Vern Shaffer, business representative and training...

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Ball to acquire Aerocan S.A.S.

December 9, 2010

Ball Corp. has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Barclays Private Equity to acquire Aerocan S.A.S., a supplier of aluminum aerosol cans and bottles in Europe, for approximately &eruo;221 million inclusive of debt and other liabilities. The acquisition is expected to close...

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Chrysler Group LLC celebrates Sterling Heights Assembly Plant investment and extension of production

December 6, 2010

Chrysler Group LLC celebrated the extension of production, the addition of a second shift and an $850 million investment at an event today at its Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant. The celebration also marked the start of production of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger. "Today...

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Van Reenen Steel wins Swedish Steel Prize

December 6, 2010

SSAB has awarded this year's international Swedish Steel Prize to the South African company Van Reenen Steel Ltd. The company has developed a lighter and more durable body for dump trucks in the mining industry. The purpose of the prize is to provide inspiration and to disseminate knowledge about...

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METALCON's 20th annual show experiences growth

December 6, 2010

The Metal Construction Association, Newton, Mass., has announced that the 2010 METALCON International show, held Oct. 20-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, drew 5,445 designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators, and suppliers from more than 50 countries. Product experts from 300...

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SHRM LINE survey: Payrolls show signs of stabilizing in December compared with a year ago

December 6, 2010

The U.S. private-sector labor force is expected to add jobs in manufacturing in December, but the hiring pace is still too slow to put a sharp dent in unemployment, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for December...

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ISM November ROB: New orders, production, and employment growing; supplier deliveries slower; inventories growing

December 2, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 19th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued Dec. 1 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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GM to add 1,000 engineering and development jobs in Michigan

November 30, 2010

General Motors has announced that it will add 1,000 engineers and researchers in Michigan over the next two years to expand its vehicle electrification expertise and lead in the development of electric vehicles from hybrids to electric vehicles with extended-range capability, like the Chevrolet...

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Practical Welding Television wins Digital Azbee Award

November 29, 2010

FMA Communications Inc. has announced that Practical Welding Television has won a Silver Digital Azbee Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). Webisode four of Practical Welding TV, "Learn Better GTAW Practices," won a Silver Award in the Step-by-Step/How-To video...

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Gap Partners expands in Georgia

November 29, 2010

Gap Partners Inc., Clayton, Ga., and the Development Authority of Rabun County have finalized a deal in which Gap Partners will use more than 26,000 sq. ft. of space with the option for an additional 65,000 sq. ft. at the new Rabun Business Park. The action enables Gap Partners to undertake a major...

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The Metal Shop adds press brake

November 29, 2010

The Metal Shop LLC, Crystal Lake, Ill., has added a Toyokoki APB5620Wu press brake to its operations. The new machine supplements the 10-ft. 100 Accurpress already on the shop floor. The custom metal fabrication shop primarily serves the tradeshow exhibit industry....

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