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ISM October ROB: New orders, production, and employment growing; supplier deliveries slower; inventories growing

November 1, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 18th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued Nov. 1 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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Great Dane Trailers breaks ground for Statesboro plant

November 1, 2010

Great Dane Trailers has begun building a new manufacturing plant in Statesboro, Ga. The project represents an investment of $33.5 million by the company and is expected to create more than 400 jobs over the next four years. The new plant will produce single- and multitemp refrigerated trailers to...

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AutoForm files patent infringement lawsuit against ETA

November 1, 2010

AutoForm Eng. GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland, has filed a lawsuit against Engineering Technology Associates Inc. (ETA), Troy, Mich., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The lawsuit involves AutoForm's United States Patent No. 7,623,939 (the 939 patent), entitled "Method for...

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Economic analyst explains how U.S. can increase exports

November 1, 2010

Nobody doubts that the U.S. must get better at exporting, says Dr. Chris Kuehl. There was a call earlier in 2010 to increase exports by 5 percent in the next few years, but there was nothing to support that goal in subsequent speeches, and congressional action has actually made things worse....

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Nippon Sharyo to expand U.S. railcar business

November 1, 2010

Nippon Sharyo U.S.A. Inc., Arlington Heights, Ill., has announced its decision to expand operations in the U.S., including the establishment of its own passenger railcar production facility in Rochelle, Ill. The strategy is to increase competitiveness in the expanding U.S. passenger railcar market...

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Germantown Tool & Machine adds two robotic GMAW systems

November 1, 2010

Germantown Tool & Machine Inc., Huntingdon Valley, Pa., has acquired two robotic welding systems to add to its GMAW capabilities. The Fanuc M-16iB20 six-axis robots with R-J3iC controls are equipped with Lincoln PowerWave® 455M power sources. Capacities include a 65-in. reach and up to 8-ft....

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Nordex opens for business in Arkansas with grand opening of wind turbine plant

November 1, 2010

Nordex USA celebrated the official opening of its flagship wind turbine manufacturing plant in the U.S. October 29. Representing a $40 million investment, the 150,000 square foot plant is one of the most modern production facilities in the wind industry, optimized for lean flow and reduced lead...

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GM to invest $190 million, add 600 jobs at Lansing Grand River

October 29, 2010

General Motors has announced a $190 million investment in its Lansing Grand River assembly plant for the production of a new Cadillac model. The investment will create 600 jobs and result in the addition of a second shift. According to the company, the announcement brings the total of new U.S....

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Three Northern Ohio businesses get tax credit to create, retain jobs

October 26, 2010

TheMorningJournal.com has reported that three Northern Ohio businesses—U.S. Steel in Lorain, BASF Corp. in Elyria, and U.S. Refractory Products LLC in North Ridgeville—will receive tax credits to create 290 jobs and retain hundreds more, according to the Ohio Department of Development. United...

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Taylor-Winfield Corp. announces sale of its assets to The Brilex Group of companies

October 25, 2010

The Brilex Group has acquired the assets of metalworking machinery supplier Taylor-Winfield Corp. A new company, Taylor-Winfield Technologies Inc., has been formed and funded by Brian and Alex Benyo, co-owners of The Brilex Group of companies. "Taylor-Winfield Technologies core competencies will...

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SigmaTEK aims seminar at manufacturers using cutting, punching machines

October 25, 2010

Manufacturing software provider SigmaTEK Systems, Cincinnati, hosted its first SigmaTEK Academy seminar series Oct. 5-8. The educational series, targeted toward manufacturers using plasma, laser, punch, and waterjet cutting machines, was intended to help fabricators improve their productivity using...

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ILSCO Extrusions to restart Greenville, Pa., plant, add new jobs

October 25, 2010

ILSCO Extrusions is in the process of restarting operations at the former Signature Aluminum plant in Greenville, Pa. The former Signature Aluminum plant had been closed since April 2009. At least 52 jobs will be created at the plant within three years. ILSCO invested nearly $5 million to buy the...

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GE to invest $432 million, create 500 jobs in establishing U.S. Centers of Excellence for design and manufacture of refrigeration products

October 19, 2010

GE has announced that it plans to invest $432 million to establish four U.S.-based refrigeration design and manufacturing centers of excellence and create 500 new "green" jobs by 2014, bringing the company's total U.S. investment announced since 2009 to more than $1 billion and jobs created to...

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Caterpillar announces key components joint venture with China Liyuan

October 18, 2010

Caterpillar (China) Investment Co., Ltd. (Caterpillar China), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., and AVIC Liyuan Hydraulics Co., Ltd. have signed a joint-venture agreement to establish a company to design and manufacture medium- and heavy-duty hydraulic pumps and motors for the...

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Fisher-Barton expands materials lab - TheFabricator.com

Fisher-Barton expands materials lab

October 18, 2010

The Fisher-Barton Group of Companies, including Accurate Specialties Inc. and Thermal Spray Technologies Inc., has announced the groundbreaking of an 1,800-sq.-ft. addition to the materials laboratory within its Fisher-Barton Specialty Products division located in Watertown, Wis. The new lab...

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