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All Integrated Solutions acquires Great Lakes Fasteners

August 8, 2016

All Integrated Solutions (AIS), Franksville, Wis., a portfolio company of High Road Capital Partners, has acquired Great Lakes Fasteners Corp., Grand Rapids, Mich., a value-added distributor of fasteners and industrial components and provider of vendor-managed inventory programs to OEMs. AIS,...

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SPS acquires Tubular USA

August 8, 2016

SPS, a tube and pipe manufacturer, steel distributor, and flat-rolled steel processor in Manhattan, Kan., has acquired St. Louis-based Tubular USA®, a supplier of inline galvanized pipe and tubing. SPS operates in the marketplace as Steel and Pipe Supply, Steel & Pipe Supply de Mexico, Exltube,...

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FMA partners with WorkAmerica to help manufacturing employers find credentialed workers

August 8, 2016

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced a new partnership with WorkAmerica, an online recruiting platform designed for manufacturing employers searching for workers with the appropriate skill sets, training, and credentials. On the website at...

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Cutting Systems Inc. hires regional sales manager

August 8, 2016

Cleveland-based Cutting Systems Inc., a manufacturer of precision plasma/oxyfuel cutting machines, has hired Brian Odell to serve as regional sales manager for the eastern U.S. Odell is a graduate of Ohio Northern University with a degree in industrial technology. He has more than 20 years of...

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Roof structure system by Vari-Form saves weight on 2016 Nissan Titan

August 8, 2016

Vari-Form, Livonia, Mich., has designed and produced a hydroformed steel roof structure for the 2016 Nissan Titan® pickup as part of the company’s Hydroform-Intensive Body Structures (HIBS) strategy. According to Vari-Form, the part helped Nissan meet its targets for roof strength and crash...

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Wila names VP of sales and marketing

August 8, 2016

Wila® USA, Hanover, Md., has announced the addition of Brian Sarno as senior vice president of sales and marketing. He has more than 23 years of experience within the industrial/manufacturing markets. Sarno previously served as an executive at World and Main, Interline, and Grainger. He has a...

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Coldwater Machine enters enhanced strategic partnership with Yaskawa Motoman

August 8, 2016

Coldwater, Ohio-based Coldwater Machine Co., a manufacturer and integrator of assembly automation and special machines for the automotive, appliance, energy, and aerospace industries, has entered into an enhanced strategic partner agreement with Yaskawa Motoman, Miamisburg, Ohio. The Ascend16...

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Alro Steel adds tube cutoff system

August 8, 2016

Alro Steel, a distributor of metals, industrial supplies, and plastics, has expanded its processing capabilities to include a new Hautau RC60 tube cutoff system at its Potterville, Mich., location. The machine offers ID/OD chamfers of both ends, high production speeds, and precision tolerances,...

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Ultrasonic tester inspects tube weld zones online during continuous production

August 8, 2016

Designed to test for longitudinally oriented defects typical of the ERW process, Magnetic Analysis Corp.’s Echomac® WLD ultrasonic testing system has new operating conveniences for inspecting tube weld zones online during continuous production. The system typically comprises four channels...

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Laser made for annealing, ablating on metals

August 5, 2016

RMI Laser LLC has released the A-10 laser marking system. Available in 10- and 20-W versions, the diode-pumped, solid-state, Nd:YVO4, 1,064-nm marking system has a specifically tuned beam that enables the uniform distribution of energy required for annealing and ablating. The machine can...

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Cleaner/degreaser designed for tough cleaning on industrial equipment

August 5, 2016

Permatex® offers Spray Nine® heavy-duty cleaner/degreaser for use in a variety of hard-to-clean applications on heavy-duty commercial and industrial equipment. The all-in-one cleaner removes dirt, grease, and tough soils from all types of equipment while also disinfecting them. The product is...

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NCI to host Manufacturing Day events in Ohio, Nevada, and Texas

August 4, 2016

In celebration of National Manufacturing DaySM 2016, Houston-based NCI Building Systems Inc. is opening three of its manufacturing facilities to the public on Oct. 7 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. As part of an ongoing effort to promote the strength of U.S. manufacturing and increase...

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Miles ahead with design and welding

August 4, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Fed up with waiting on his welding subcontractor, an owner of a landscape design company regained control and gets a creativity boost by learning how to weld.

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AI Industries builds with automation push

August 4, 2016 | By Robert Colman

Some people look at automation in a manufacturing setting as a threat to future job creation. That’s not the case for Surrey, B.C., Canada-based AI Industries. It has invested in automated processing equipment for its structural steel fabricating business and grown its work force simultaneously.

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Type 27 blending wheel finishes fillet welds

August 4, 2016

Rex-Cut’s Type 27 blending wheel, designed for controlled blending, helps fabricators blend fillet welds while keeping the integrity of the weld intact. The wheel is shaped into a curved edge, giving the user the ability to create a true radius shape every time, says the company. The disc is...

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