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Corporate real estate study shows manufacturing returning to U.S.

August 14, 2012

The onshoring of jobs to the U.S. and other Western developed countries will continue strongly through 2020, according to CoreNet Global, an association of corporate real estate executives in Atlanta. Earlier this year CoreNet released Corporate Real Estate 2020 (CRE 2020), a forward-looking study...

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Manufacturing technology orders up 8.8 percent in 2012

August 13, 2012

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $462.95 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was down 0.6 percent from May and down 1.8...

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TorrMetal adds EDM for prototyping, diemaking

August 13, 2012

TorrMetal Corp., Cleveland, has added the MD+PRO III Advance wire EDM to its custom metal stamping services. The machine creates precision-tolerance prototypes and concept parts and provides small-lot production and toolmaking capabilities for repeat and long-run production. TorrMetal produces...

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Accurate Perforating names business development manager

August 13, 2012

Accurate Perforating, Chicago, has named David Baer as business development manager. In this position, he works to expand the company's presence in existing key markets and lead the initiative to penetrate new target markets. Baer's duties include assisting in market assessment, sizing, and...

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Collins Associates announces plant expansion

August 13, 2012

Collins Associates Inc., parent company of Venco/Venturo Mfg., has announced plans for a 30 percent plant expansion at its Cincinnati headquarters, with construction complete by the end of 2012. The expansion is a result of the company's 20 percent growth in sales since the recession ended....

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Judson A. Smith celebrates 50th anniversary

August 9, 2012

ATW Companies Inc., Warwick, R.I., a provider of custom-manufactured metal components and services, has announced that Judson A. Smith, its custom and precision tubing products subsidiary, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in business. Judson Smith started the company in Boyertown, Pa., in 1961...

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FABTECH Intl. named one of 25 fastest-growing trade shows

August 2, 2012

FABTECH® Intl. Chicago, the metal forming and fabricating trade show co-sponsored by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has been named one of the 25 fastest-growing trade shows by Trade Show News Network, a division of U.K.-based Tarsus Group. FABTECH...

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Video details laser cutting capabilities

August 2, 2012

United Performance Metals, Hamilton, Ohio, has added a new video to its website detailing the capabilities of its Mazak Virtek laser cutting system. Entitled "UPM's Cutting Edge Laser," the video illustrates the machine's capabilities and describes its quality control and reverse-engineering...

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Valley Craft acquired by Minnesota businessman

August 2, 2012

Valley Craft Industries Inc., Lake City, Minn., a company newly formed by Minnesota businessman Dennis Campbell, has acquired substantially all of the assets of Valley Craft Inc., a former division of Liberty Diversified Intl. (LDI). Valley Craft, a metal fabrication company, produces a portfolio...

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FMA founder Milo J. Pitkin Jr. dies

August 2, 2012

Milo J. Pitkin Jr., 76, founder of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., died July 18 at his home in Poplar Grove, Ill. Pitkin was a graduate of Drake University with a bachelor's degree in business. In addition to founding FMA, Pitkin served as the first...

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Contract manufacturing continues to grow, manufacturing business steadies

August 2, 2012

As U.S. manufacturing appears to have steadied from a growth spurt in 2011, contract manufacturing continues a two-year trend of positive growth. In the recent third annual Design-2-Part (D2P) Manufacturing Trends Survey, 42 percent of U.S. OEMs indicated that they expect to have more outsourcing...

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CB&I to acquire Shaw Group

August 2, 2012

CB&I, The Woodlands, Texas, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shaw Group, a FORTUNE 500® company primarily focused on serving clients in the power generation and government services sectors. The acquisition is expected to close in early 2013. The new business sector created...

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Labor productivity No. 1 factor for global manufacturing competitiveness, survey says

August 2, 2012

In a new global survey commissioned by Kronos Inc., Chelmsford, Mass., and conducted by IDC Mfg. Insights, labor productivity ranked the highest among all 11 countries surveyed as the most important factor for achieving manufacturing success. Factors such as modern infrastructure, government...

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LINE survey: Gains will be small, but August’s hiring rate in the manufacturing and service sectors will surpass 2011 levels

August 2, 2012

Following national trends for the labor market, hiring will steadily continue in the manufacturing and service sectors in August, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for August 2012. A net of 40.6 percent of...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing sector economic activity contracts for 2nd consecutive month; primary and fabricated metals sectors report growth

August 1, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in July for the second time since July 2009; however, the overall economy grew for the 38th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued August 1by Bradley...

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