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Durable Technologies established to manage three business units

October 7, 2011

Durable Mecco, Durable Machine, and VisiMark have become part of Durable Technologies, Worcester, Mass., the top-level entity created to manage these different business units. The company reports it is improving internal communications capabilities, expanding its technical team, and adding...

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Hiring activity for October appears weak

October 6, 2011

Continuing a recent pattern of weak job growth in the U.S., hiring in October will be limited in the manufacturing sector and will fall in the service sector compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE)...

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FMA Communications names group publisher - TheFabricator.com

FMA Communications names group publisher

October 5, 2011

David Brambert has been named group publisher for FMA Communications, Inc., the publishing affiliate of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA). As group publisher, Brambert is responsible for the strategic direction of FMA's industrial publications, which include...

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ISM ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity expanded in September for 26th consecutive month

October 3, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 26th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 28th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued October 3 by Bradley J....

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Contest spotlights hometown industry

October 3, 2011

OEM manufacturer Tap Associates, Mariposa, Calif., has announced the establishment of the Machined in America contest. This national effort is organized for machine shops and manufacturing companies to participate in a fun but serious campaign to promote hometown pride and work in the U.S. Via the...

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Ace Precision takes delivery of two Laserdyne systems - TheFabricator.com

Ace Precision takes delivery of two Laserdyne systems

October 3, 2011

Prima Power Laserdyne, Champlin, Minn., has delivered two Laserdyne 795XL seven-axis BeamDirector® systems to contract manufacturer Ace Precision Machining Corp., Oconomowoc, Wis., for laser processing of components for the aerospace and power-generation industries. In addition to the two...

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LAI Intl. wins ACE Award

October 3, 2011

LAI International Inc., Phoenix, a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for OEMs, has won its fourth consecutive ACE (Arizona Corporate Excellence) Award for corporate excellence. The company was recognized in September as a Top-50 private company ranked by revenue. LAI was the only...

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Survey reveals manufacturers' top economic concerns

October 3, 2011

Chicago-based Prime Advantage, a buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, has released the findings from its latest semiannual Group Outlook Survey, revealing the top financial concerns of small and midsized U.S. manufacturers for the second half of 2011. The findings reveal that most of these...

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PMA to host inaugural Women in Manufacturing Symposium

September 26, 2011

More than 150 women executives, managers, and supervisors will gather in Cleveland Oct. 25-26, 2011, for the first Women in Manufacturing Symposium, hosted by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA). The event, designed for women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry, will...

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ITW Muller wins Greener Package™ Environmental Impact Award - TheFabricator.com

ITW Muller wins Greener Package™ Environmental Impact Award

September 26, 2011

ITW Muller, a manufacturer of stretch-wrap equipment and film based in Arlington Heights, Ill., has won the 2011 Environmental Impact Award from Greener Package. Its OctoMAX™ monitoring system, used on the Octopus 303 rotary ring stretch-wrapping machine, won the award in the packaging...

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Canada to get its own FABTECH show in 2012 - TheFabricator.com

Canada to get its own FABTECH show in 2012

September 19, 2011

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), and American Welding Society (AWS) have announced plans to launch the first FABTECH® Canada, to be held March 20 to 22, 2012, at the Toronto Congress Centre. The event will showcase the...

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Service Metal Fabricating helps fabricate 9/11 Memorial

September 19, 2011

The National September 11 Memorial at ground zero, unveiled Sept. 11, 2011, consists of a beautiful memorial park showcasing 152 brass plates positioned around the memorial pools built in the footprints of the twin towers. Service Metal Fabricating, a family business in Rockaway, N.J., was chosen...

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American Photonics builds new facility

September 14, 2011

American Photonics Co. has completed construction of its new manufacturing facility in Sarasota, Fla. The new facility quadruples the company's former capacity. APC produces CO2 laser cutting, welding, and marking optics for the manufacturing, military, aerospace, medical, and scientific markets....

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Welding a viable option for women seeking lifelong career

September 14, 2011

When it comes to sheet metal welders, the lyrics "Anything you can do, I can do better" isn’t a phrase of competition or ego. Women welders in the industry are the minority — by far — but a few of them are looking to show their male counterparts that when it comes to their craft, the question...

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FABTECH speaker supports job creation through reshoring

September 14, 2011

At FABTECH® 2011, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing exposition and conference, Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, will discuss how bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. would have a more positive impact on unemployment than anything in the...

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