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MHUB business collaboration launched in Chicago

August 11, 2016

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced the launch of MHUB, a collaboration among Chicago’s leaders in business, innovation, and research designed to benefit the manufacturing industry by generating ideas, attracting talent, and increasing productivity. A joint effort of World Business...

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Gibbs Wire & Steel launches Spanish/English website

August 11, 2016

Gibbs Wire & Steel Inc., Southington, Conn., has launched a new Spanish and English language website to promote Gibbs Metals de Mexico, Queretaro, Mexico, which provides wire and strip products to manufacturers in Mexico, Central America, and South America. The website at www.gibbs.mx...

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Atlas appoints general manager

August 11, 2016

Atlas Technologies LLC, Fenton, Mich., has named Andrew Basgall as general manager. Former General Manager Bill Rogner has transitioned to director of sales. Basgall has 40 years of automotive and manufacturing experience. He previously worked as a senior project manager at...

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McLanahan/Universal Eng. to stop manufacturing operations

August 11, 2016

McLanahan/Universal Eng. has announced plans to stop manufacturing heavy equipment for the aggregate and mining industries at its plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. With manufacturing being only part of the operations at the 50-employee facility, this change will eliminate 15...

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Plex Systems acquires DemandCaster

August 11, 2016

Detroit-based Plex Systems, a provider of cloud ERP for manufacturing, has announced the acquisition of DemandCaster, a provider of cloud-based supply chain planning (SCP) systems. As a result of the acquisition, the Plex Manufacturing Cloud now delivers a suite of cloud applications for running...

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IWDC hires distribution center operations manager

August 11, 2016

The Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC) has hired Eric Schwamberger as distribution center operations manager. In this role, he is responsible for installing supply chain best practices to drive service level, efficiency, and productivity gains in the company’s Indianapolis and...

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AWS releases new technical standards

August 10, 2016

Miami-based American Welding Society (AWS) has released two new technical standards. AWS C2.20/C2.20M:2016, Specification for Thermal Spraying Zinc Anodes on Steel Reinforced Concrete, covers the application of zinc thermal spray coatings to steel-reinforced concrete using arc and flame...

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NIS names TotalNano as authorized distributor

August 10, 2016

Avenel, N.J.-based nanolubricant manufacturer Nanotech Industrial Solutions (NIS) has named New Jersey-based TotalNano as an authorized distributor. TotalNano represents coatings and sealers with nanoparticles, designed to adhere to the surfaces of a variety of materials and protect them from...

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Beckwood Press appoints engineering manager

August 10, 2016

Beckwood Press Co., Fenton, Mo., a manufacturer of custom hydraulic presses, automation systems, and sheet hydroforming equipment, has promoted Adam Strein to engineering manager. He has been part of the company’s engineering team since 2012 and has more than seven years of experience designing...

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Andritz Herr-Voss Stamco supplies multiblanking line to Metals USA

August 10, 2016

Andritz Herr-Voss Stamco Inc., Callery, Pa., part of international technology group Andritz, has supplied a turnkey multiblanking line to Metals USA, Horicon, Wis. The line, with an incoming coil capacity of 50,000 lbs., processes material ¼ in. thick by 72 in. wide. The line includes two...

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Kobelco Aluminum Products & Extrusions breaks ground in Kentucky

August 10, 2016

Kobelco Aluminum Products & Extrusions Inc. (KPEX), a subsidiary of Kobe Steel Ltd., has broken ground on a production facility in Bowling Green, Ky. The plant will manufacture and sell aluminum bumper beam material and car frame material for the automotive industry in the U.S. Fabrication...

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American Punch launches new website

August 10, 2016

American Punch Co., Euclid, Ohio, has launched a new website at www.americanpunchco.com. It features the company’s line of punches, dies, and shear blades for the metalworking and structural steel industries. A custom search function allows visitors to search for tooling by part number,...

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Pilz Automation Safety opens North Carolina office

August 9, 2016

Canton, Mich.-based Pilz Automation Safety has opened a new services delivery office in Charlotte, N.C. The office will offer safety consultants and engineers and will act as a center for smaller topic- and customer-specific training. The company's products include sensor technology, electronic...

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Hot stamping training event scheduled for Sept. 22 and 23

August 9, 2016

The Grundig Akademie Group will host NAFTA Training Center for Hot Stamping Technology, the 4th PHS Suppliers Forum, on Sept. 22 and 23, 2016, in Plymouth, Mich. Experts in the press hardening technology (PHT) industry sector will introduce state-of-the-art technology, share background knowledge,...

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UPS report shows smart operations are key to manufacturing excellence

August 9, 2016

Traditional lean and Six Sigma practices are insufficient to address the complexities of modern industrial manufacturing, and companies are turning to smart operations, which use pervasive data collection, advanced analytics, technology investments, and deeper collaboration with partners to prepare...

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