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Gibraltar acquires Edvan's metal grating products business

February 20, 2012

Gibraltar Industries Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of products for building and industrial markets in Buffalo, N.Y., has acquired the metal grating fabrication and distribution business of Edvan Industries Inc. Edvan Industries, based near Edmonton, Alb., has served western Canada's oil and...

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Pelagic Tank to open plant in Oklahoma

February 16, 2012

Pelagic Tank LLC has announced plans to move into an existing 54,000-sq.-ft. facility in Enid, Okla. The manufacturer of heaters, heater tanks, and oil and gas tank vessels expects the plant to be up and running by March 15. With hiring to begin in February, the company plans to have 30 employees...

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Jay Mfg. hires client service rep - TheFabricator.com

Jay Mfg. hires client service rep

February 16, 2012

Jay Mfg., a custom metal fabricator in Oshkosh, Wis., has named John A. Milos as client service representative. In the past Milos has coordinated large-scale projects for a number of companies and his local community. He has extensive experience building and maintaining strong business...

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Enginetics Aerospace acquires Weber

February 16, 2012

Enginetics Aerospace, Huber Heights, Ohio, a manufacturer of complex sheet metal fabrications for commercial and military aircraft engines, has announced the acquisition of Weber Technologies Inc., Eastlake, Ohio. Weber also is a supplier of complex metal formed components to the aerospace...

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GE opens manufacturing operation in Kentucky

February 14, 2012

GE Appliances has opened a manufacturing facility in Louisville, Ky., to produce its new GeoSpring™ hybrid water heater. Lean manufacturing and a competitive wage structure for new employees led to the selection of Louisville as a production site for the new water heater instead of China, where...

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Manufacturing technology orders up 66.4 percent in 2011

February 13, 2012

December U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $519.98 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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Nissan Forklift Corp. names dealer in Texas - TheFabricator.com

Nissan Forklift Corp. names dealer in Texas

February 10, 2012

Nissan Forklift Corp., Marengo, Ill., has named Sunbelt Industrial Trucks as a new authorized dealer in north Texas, covering the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Sunbelt offers all five classes of Nissan Forklift lift trucks, as well as OEM parts and...

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FMA announces 2012 Industry Award winners

February 10, 2012

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has named Airtronics Metal Products as the winner of The FABRICATOR®'s Industry Award 2012 and Chicago Tube & Iron as the winner of TPJ – The Tube & Pipe Journal®'s Industry Award 2012. "These awards recognize...

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Bettcher Mfg. appoints CFO

February 10, 2012

Stamping manufacturer Bettcher Mfg. LLC, McAllen, Texas, has promoted Patrick Lyons to CFO. He has served as vice president of finance since joining the company in 2009. Before beginning his career with the company, Lyons held financial leadership roles in companies such as Ford Motor, BFI...

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SME Education Foundation provides CIM funding to PLTW high schools

February 10, 2012

The SME Education Foundation, Dearborn, Mich., has provided $400,000 in 2012 to 167 Project Lead The Way high schools for equipment and classroom material upgrades for their computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) programs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2018, the total U.S....

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Tredegar to close aluminum extrusion plant in Indiana

February 10, 2012

Tredegar Corp., Richmond, Va., has announced that its Bonnell Aluminum subsidiary will close its plant in Kentland, Ind. The plant, which has been operating at a loss for the past several years, is scheduled to close by Sept. 30. Eligible employees will be offered severance and outplacement...

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TrailManor to open plant in Nebraska

February 10, 2012

TrailManor Mfg. Co. LLC is renovating a facility in Hartington, Neb., for the production of lightweight recreational travel trailers. The renovation, which will create 20 full-time jobs, represents a $950,000 investment from the company and a $505,000 community development block grant from the...

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Marlin Steel wins 2012 Inner City 100 Award

February 10, 2012

Marlin Steel, a Baltimore-based manufacturer of custom wire baskets and sheet metal fabrications, has been selected for a 2012 Inner City 100 Award by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). The award spotlights the fastest-growing companies in America’s inner cities. The list of...

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Caterpillar to close Progress Rail Services plant in Ontario

February 10, 2012

Progress Rail Services, a subsidiary of Caterpillar, has announced plans to close the London, Ont., Electro-Motive Diesel locomotive plant after union workers refused to take a 50 percent pay cut. The closure eliminates 465 jobs. Production will be moved to other Caterpillar plants in North and...

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Eberl Iron Works passes leadership to third generation - TheFabricator.com

Eberl Iron Works passes leadership to third generation

February 10, 2012

Eberl Iron Works, Buffalo, N.Y., has announced that cousins John Eberl and Nora Eberl have become third-generation co-owners of the company. John, son of George Eberl, has been named CEO. Nora, the daughter of Frank Eberl, continues as CFO. George has become vice president- business analysis,...

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