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Jensen Precast launches new metal fabrication division: Jensen MetalTech

October 8, 2010

Jensen Precast, Sparks, N.V., a manufacturer of precast concrete products, including utility vaults for electric fiber optic, gas, telecommunications, and water infrastructure, has launched Jensen MetalTech, a division of the company that engineers and manufactures steel and aluminum access...

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L.B. Foster awarded $10 million Brooklyn Bridge contract

September 29, 2010

L.B. Foster Company, Pittsburgh, Pa., is providing new roadway decking and bridge railing for the Brooklyn and Manhattan approach ramps to the famed Brooklyn Bridge. The $10 million contract will include more than 170,000 square feet of steel grid deck and 13,000 linear feet of steel railing. These...

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New law extends bonus depreciation and increased expensing for 2010

September 28, 2010

President Obama signed into law Sept. 27 the "Small Business Jobs and Credit Act," H.R. 5297, which allows businesses of all sizes to immediately write off 50 percent of the cost of depreciable property purchased and placed in service anytime during 2010. This prevision is a temporary extension of...

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GM's Indy plant caught up in UAW pay battle

September 28, 2010

The Detroit News has reported that a General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis has become a battleground pitting rank-and file UAW members against top union officials over whether autoworkers should accept pay cuts to save jobs and keep factories open. JD Norman Industries Inc. of Addison,...

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Brilex Industries enters joint-venture agreement with Excent Group

September 27, 2010

Brilex Industries Inc., Youngstown, Ohio, a supplier of medium- and large-sized fabrications, machining, and assembly to heavy industry worldwide, has purchased a 50 percent ownership stake in Enexa Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of The Excent Group, France. Enexa is the fifth company to join the...

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FMA completes salary/wage, benefit survey

September 27, 2010

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., offers the 2010 Salary/Wage & Benefit Survey, providing data for both salaried and hourly shop floor employees. It is available for electronic download for a fee at the FMA Store (www.fmastore.org). The survey details...

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Felling Trailers adds sales rep - TheFabricator.com

Felling Trailers adds sales rep

September 27, 2010

Felling Trailers Inc., an industrial trailer manufacturer and service provider in Sauk Centre, Minn., has appointed Daniel "Boone" Larsen as inside/outside sales representative. With Larsen in this position, the company anticipates an increase in brand awareness and sales in the Midwest and...

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Woodlawn Mfg. names plant manager - TheFabricator.com

Woodlawn Mfg. names plant manager

September 27, 2010

Woodlawn Mfg., Marshall, Texas, has announced that Cory R. Mayo has joined the company as plant manager. Mayo previously served as director of operations for two Stoneridge plants, a manufacturer of electronic components, modules, and systems for the automotive, truck, and agricultural markets....

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Timken completes acquisition of QM Bearings and Power Transmission

September 22, 2010

The Timken Company has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Ferndale, Wash.-based QM Bearings and Power Transmission Inc. That location, as well as manufacturing facilities in Prince George, British Columbia, and Wuxi, China, along with distribution facilities in Ontario, Texas, and...

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Lincoln Electric pipeline welding seminar scheduled for October

September 21, 2010

Lincoln Electric will offer a free pipeline welding seminar for contractors and professionals in the pipeline industry. The two-day session will take place on Monday, Oct. 11, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the company’s corporate headquarters in...

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SME presents Lean to Green Manufacturing Conference

September 21, 2010

The demand for sustainability is growing stronger every day, and manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment while increasing profitability. To help practitioners better understand how green efforts can create growth and improve competitiveness, the Society of...

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NEX Solutions ranks 38th on Inc. 5000 list

September 21, 2010

Inc. magazine has ranked NEX Solutions, Litchfield, Mich., 38th in the manufacturing category and 1,883rd overall on its fourth annual Inc. 5000 ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The company's ranking is based on a three-year growth of 144 percent. "Economic conditions...

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LAI International wins third-consecutive ACE Award for corporate excellence

September 21, 2010

LAI International Inc., a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers, has won its third-consecutive ACE Award for corporate excellence. The company was recognized Sept. 16 as a Top-50 Private Company ranked by revenue at the 16th Annual Arizona Corporate...

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Metal formers expect steady conditions during next three months but are increasingly cautious as end of quarter draws near

September 14, 2010

According to the September 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies continue to expect steady business conditions during the next three months. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 134 metal...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 58.9 percent in 2010

September 13, 2010

July U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $266.08 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 USMTC program, was up 10.1 percent from...

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