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Tower International appoints president-Americas

August 2, 2011

Tower International Inc., an integrated global manufacturer of engineered structural metal components and assemblies, has announced the appointment of Jim Bernard as president-Americas, effective August 15. Bernard succeeds Bill Pumphrey, who is leaving the company. "We are grateful for the...

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Feralloy Corp. forms joint venture with Pyramid Mouldings - TheFabricator.com

Feralloy Corp. forms joint venture with Pyramid Mouldings

August 1, 2011

Feralloy Corp., Stockton, Calif., a distributor of flat-rolled products, has formed a joint venture with Pyramid Mouldings, a provider of custom roll-formed products for the solar market. The joint venture, known as Feralloy Pyramid Structural Solutions (FPSS), will design and develop standard...

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Custom manufacturers should expect increased business, survey says

August 1, 2011

As U.S. manufacturing continues to rebound from the Great Recession, new data suggests that suppliers of custom manufacturing also should see an increase in their businesses. In a recent survey by Design-2-Part, Prospect, Conn., U.S. OEMs indicated by a margin of more than 2-to-1 that they expect...

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Quail Run Building Materials marks 25th anniversary

August 1, 2011

Quail Run Building Materials Inc., Phoenix, is celebrating its 25th year in business. Founded in 1986, the company manufactures cold-formed steel building products using mill-certified prime steel. Products include steel studs, track, flashing, dripedge, angle, clips, and RC-1. The company is a...

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Superior Joining Technologies wins work from Poland

August 1, 2011

Superior Joining Technologies Inc., Machesney Park, Ill., has shipped a welded frame to a customer in Poland for use in a papermaking machine. The frame, previously produced completely in Poland, now is formed in the U.S. and shipped to SJTI for contract welding. The company added 1,970 individual...

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ISM ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity grew slightly in July

August 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 24th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 26th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued August 1 by Bradley J....

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U.S. durable goods orders fell in June

July 27, 2011

New orders for manufactured durable goods in June decreased $4.0 billion or 2.1 percent to $192.0 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 1.9 percent May increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.1 percent....

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NSK Steering Systems America announces expansion plans

July 25, 2011

Automobile manufacturing company NSK Steering Systems America has announced plans to expand its Dyersburg, Tenn., plant using a $280,000 state grant. The expansion is expected to create 180 new jobs — 90 this year and another 90 in 2012....

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RJLK Holdings to open metal fabrication plant in South Carolina

July 25, 2011

RJLK Holdings Inc., based in Indiana, has announced plans to locate a metal fabrication and distribution plant in the former Applied Engineering facility in Orangeburg, S.C. The building will hold several subsidiaries of the company. An investment of about $10 million over the next five years will...

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Survey shows industrial companies confident in growth

July 25, 2011

From upgrading facilities to buying technology, industrial companies are investing confidently in their businesses to build upon a period of sustained growth, according to the results of the newest Industry Market Barometer™ (IMB) from ThomasNet, New York. Forty-five percent of the companies...

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Meritor announces executive appointments

July 21, 2011

Meritor Inc., a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, and aftermarket systems for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, has announced changes to its executive management team, effective immediately. Meritor's board of directors has elected Pedro Ferro to the position of vice...

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Nordfab Ducting becomes independent operation

July 18, 2011

After years of being tied operationally to a sister dust-collection company, Nordfab Ducting now operates independently as Nordfab LLC. The company, which manufactures clamp-together ducting for dust, mist, and fume collection, now operates with management, financial, and software systems...

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STI/SPFA presents steel water storage tank seminars

July 18, 2011

The Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA), Lake Zurich, Ill., will present it steel water storage tank seminar Aug. 26 in Lisle, Ill., and Sept. 29 in Sacramento, Calif. Speakers will present criteria for selection and design of water storage tanks with special focus...

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GM to invest $129 million in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan plants

July 12, 2011

General Motors Powertrain plants in Ohio and Indiana that make transmissions for Buick and Chevrolet models with eAssist fuel-saving technology will get the bulk of a $129 million investment GM announced July 12. The money is part of $2 billion being invested in 17 facilities in eight states over...

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Caterpillar to increase size of under-construction Texas plant

July 11, 2011

Caterpillar Inc. has announced plans to increase its manufacturing capabilities and capacity for hydraulic excavators that will be produced at a facility now under construction in Victoria, Texas. In August 2010 Caterpillar announced that it would build the 850,000-sq.-ft. excavator plant in...

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