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Graco Inc. named 2016 Best Workplace in Manufacturing and Production

May 2, 2016

Graco Inc., Minneapolis, has been recognized as one of the 2016 Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production, according to Fortune magazine. The company, a supplier of technology for the management of fluids and coatings in industrial and commercial applications, ranked No. 10 on the list...

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Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair to be held May 17 in Manchester, Conn.

May 2, 2016

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) and Capital Workforce Partners will host an Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair at the Army & Navy Club in Manchester, Conn., on May 17, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Employers interested in participating in the job fair should contact Lynn...

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Forty-six veterans graduate from Workshops for Warriors

May 2, 2016

Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit school assisting veterans who are transitioning into civilian life through advanced manufacturing training, certification, and job placement, held its spring graduation at its educational facility in San Diego last month. The 46 graduates now are prepared to...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing economic activity continued to expand in April

May 2, 2016

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the second consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 83rd consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. The report was issued May 2 by Bradley J....

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The Arsenal of Democracy—When Detroit bailed out the U.S. government

May 2, 2016

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Remember when the U.S. government bailed out Detroit? Many people were up in arms over the action. Perhaps knowing more about the automakers’ contributions to winning WWII might have softened some opinions. Here’s a short story about Chrysler's role.

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Do you manage scrap properly?

May 2, 2016

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A metal fabricator checks incoming raw material before signing off on it. Doesn't it make sense to pay as much attention to the material leaving the facility? The potential return on the effort suggests "yes."

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True Position Mfg. to host ribbon-cutting May 6

April 28, 2016

True Position Mfg. Inc., a veteran-owned metal manufacturing and fabrication company, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Davenport, Iowa, facility on May 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The company, a lean Six Sigma fabricator, provides value-added metal products and services to...

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Koike Aronson names new president

April 28, 2016

Arcade, N.Y.-based Koike Aronson, a manufacturer of metal cutting and positioning equipment, has appointed James McAuliffe Jr. to the positions of president/COO. He most recently served as CFO at Rigidized Metals Corp. He has extensive experience in finance, distribution, acquisitions,...

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FMA Metal Fabrication Lab holds open house

April 27, 2016

The future is officially a brighter place for students in Palatine, Ill., and for the manufacturing industry at large. On April 26, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) and Harper College held an open house to show off the new $1.5 million FMA Metal Fabrication Lab. Attendees were able...

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Stärke Material Handling Group expands dealership network in Quebec

April 27, 2016

Industrial lift equipment manufacturer Stärke Material Handling Group, Thorold, Ont., has added J-Spec Atelier Mécanique to its network of independent dealerships in Quebec. The firm provides equipment sales and rental, customer service, and technical support in Saint Amable, Que., and the...

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SME survey results reveal parental misconceptions of manufacturing careers

April 27, 2016

Dearborn, Mich.-based SME has released results from a national survey of parents on their views related to careers in manufacturing. The results show that parents do not necessarily have the most up-to-date information or perspective on manufacturing and the opportunities available. "The...

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Lantek names chief commercial officer

April 27, 2016

Lantek, Mason, Ohio, has appointed Juan José Colas as chief commercial officer. Colas, who serves on the board of directors, is responsible for global commercial strategy and business development for the corporation, as well as the two key markets of U.K. and France. Colas previously worked at...

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Plex Systems names recipients of Plex Impact Awards

April 27, 2016

Plex Systems, Troy, Mich., a provider of cloud ERP for manufacturing, has announced the winners of its Plex Impact Awards. The awards honor manufacturers for industry leadership, innovation, and transformation. Firstronic, a Grand Rapids, Mich., provider of electronic manufacturing services to...

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Tennessee metal manufacturer ramps up research

April 27, 2016

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MECO, a metal manufacturer in east Tennessee, has a history both in product line and contract manufacturing. Moving forward, company leaders consider R&D the key to future growth.

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Fabricating a copper chimney cap

April 27, 2016

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Custom fabricating shops bid all kinds of jobs. Sometimes these jobs involve materials and processes beyond those the shop typically encounters. They make for interesting work that can require brushing up on little-used skills. Building a copper chimney cap was just such a job for Barnes MetalCrafters, one that resulted in a beautiful, functional work of art.

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