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American Metal Roofs wins 2016 Guildmaster Award

May 31, 2016

Metal roofing contractor American Metal Roofs, Flint, Mich., has received a 2016 Guildmaster Award from GuildQuality, a third-party customer satisfaction surveying company based in Atlanta. The award recognizes home builders, remodelers, and contractors that show a continued commitment to service...

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AAR Corp. to liquidate aerospace parts manufacturing equipment

May 31, 2016

AAR Corp. will liquidate its aerospace precision metal parts and manufacturing operations in Huntsville, Ala., on June 22, 2016. The public on-site and online auction of machines, tools, labs, and equipment, hosted by Machinery Network Auctions Inc. (MNA), will take place at 10:00 a.m. CDT at 140...

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Women in Manufacturing elects TRUMPF associate director of marketing as 2016 chair

May 27, 2016

Women in Manufacturing (WiM), Cleveland, has elected Sheila LaMothe, associate director of marketing and public relations for Farmington, Conn.-based TRUMPF Inc., as 2016 chairperson of the WiM board of directors. LaMothe served as WiM’s vice chairperson in 2015 and has participated on the WiM...

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Tenere expands sheet metal fabrication to Mexico

May 27, 2016

Tenere Inc., Dresser, Wis., a provider of complex metal and plastic components and assemblies, has announced the expansion of its sheet metal capabilities with the addition of a facility in Monterrey, Mexico. The new Tenere Monterrey sheet metal operation is the company’s first wholly owned...

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Closed-loop control developed for additive manufacturing systems

May 26, 2016

Sciaky Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries Inc., has developed the patented IRISS℠ (interlayer real-time imaging and sensing system) closed-loop control to power its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM™) systems. The closed-loop control provides consistent process...

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Cincinnati Incorporated accepts Manny Award for BAAM machine

May 26, 2016

Cincinnati Incorporated’s (CI’s) Big Area Additive Machine (BAAM) was named Biggest Breakthrough of the Year at the 2016 Manny Awards, sponsored by Cincinnati magazine. The Manny Awards recognize the accomplishments of manufacturers in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. BAAM, an industrial-sized...

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Growth strategies for fabricators

May 26, 2016

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Many small businesses grow quickly in the early years, but eventually growth hits a plateau. Big gains in additional growth come from gaining new customers or acquiring another company. In Going to Market, a presentation at The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit, Lisa Wertzbaugher, sales and marketing manager for fabricator Superior Tube Products, discussed a four-part strategy for expanding the company’s sales, revenue, and profitability.

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Electric dust collector creates airflow up to 6,000 CFM

May 26, 2016

Marco has released the Dustmaster® 6,000 CFM electric dust collector. It provides ventilation for and collecting airborne dust and debris from enclosed worksites. Features include a reverse-incline blade fan that is matched with a 15-HP Baldor® electric motor to produce the airflow. The...

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Voting workers off the island

May 25, 2016

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Working in a job shop or any small, tightknit organization requires attributes beyond job skills. If you don’t measure up, you might find yourself voted off the island and out the door.

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Spacesaver acquires Viking Metal Cabinet Co.

May 25, 2016

The Spacesaver Corp. has expanded its museum storage lines with the acquisition of Viking Metal Cabinet Co., Plainfield, Ill. The acquisition allows Spacesaver to offer design, installation, and maintenance of metal museum cabinets, shelving, art racks, custom components, and compact storage...

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Midwest Engineered Systems expands in Wisconsin

May 25, 2016

Midwest Engineered Systems Inc., a provider of custom machines and integrated systems, has announced an expansion of manufacturing and engineering office space in Waukesha, Wis. The new 60,000-sq.-ft. facility is located next door to the company’s corporate headquarters. It features 50,000 sq....

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Industrial matching event to connect suppliers, end users in Chicago region

May 25, 2016

The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) and Chicago Metro Metal Consortium will host a Manufacturing Matchmaking event on June 23, 2016, at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Ill. The event is designed to increase sales opportunities for firms in the primary metals, metal...

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Large back-blow air nozzle cleans IDs

May 25, 2016

Exair’s new model 1008SS 1 NPT back-blow air nozzle has been designed to blow debris and liquids from pipe or hose IDs, axle housings, bores, holes, internal threads, and other internal part features found in hydraulic cylinders, gearboxes, and differential housings. An array of holes provide...

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Babcock & Wilcox closes West Point manufacturing plant

May 24, 2016

North Carolina-based Babcock & Wilcox has announced it has ended production at its West Point industrial boiler manufacturing plant in Mississippi. The closure affects 165 workers, with 50 remaining to help wind down operations. In 1998 the 250,000-sq.-ft. plant employed 700 people as the...

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Weldaloy announces expanded capabilities

May 24, 2016

Warren, Mich.-based Weldaloy, a provider of custom copper, aluminum, and other nonferrous forgings, has expanded its seamless rolled ring capabilities, allowing the company to produce a wide variety of ring sizes in less time. In addition to investing in new manufacturing equipment, the company...

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