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Zarges closes Amarillo plant

May 11, 2012

German company Zarges has closed its plant in Amarillo, Texas, after two years of producing the metal interiors of wind turbine towers. The company cites the economy and uncertainty over governmental production tax credits to wind companies as reasons for the closure. The company employed 10 to 15...

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AT&F installs steel plate blasting system

May 10, 2012

Metal fabricating company AT&F, Cleveland, has installed a new steel plate blasting system as part of its strategy of installing the largest metal forming and processing equipment available. The new machine enables the company to blast steel plate up to 12 ft. wide and 7 in. thick. The...

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Hyundai Motor Mfg. Alabama to add third production shift

May 10, 2012

Hyundai Motor Mfg. Alabama LLC (HMMA) has announced plans to add a third production shift at its Montgomery, Ala., facility. HMMA will add 877 positions to support the addition of the third shift, bringing the total number of jobs created at the plant to more than 3,000. The facility's 2012...

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ARF wins 2012 Leading Edge Award

May 10, 2012

American Roll Form, an employee-owned custom metal fabricator in Painesville, Ohio, has been selected as a winner of the 2012 Leading Edge Award, presented by Entrepreneurs Edge and Crain's Cleveland Business. According to the sponsors, the award honors middle-market companies operating in...

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IFH Group names new president

May 10, 2012

The IFH Group, Rock Falls, Ill., a manufacturer of custom-fabricated hydraulic oil reservoirs, fuel tanks, and lubrication storage and handling systems, has named Keith Ellefsen as president. He succeeds James King Jr., who retains his position as CEO. Ellefsen has served as vice president of...

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Tweet/Garot Mechanical hires VP of administration

May 10, 2012

Tweet/Garot Mechanical Inc., Green Bay, Wis., has hired Christopher R. Howald as vice president of administration. His responsibilities involve managing and directing corporate functions, including safety and risk management, accounting, contract administration, human resources, legal, and...

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Force Fabrication moves to new facility in California

May 8, 2012

Force Fabrication, a precision sheet metal fabricator and manufacturer for the telecommunications, medical, high-technology, and military/aerospace industries, has completed the transition of its manufacturing facility from Ventura, Calif., to Newbury Park, Calif. The move gives the company...

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Triton Industries earns AS 9100:C/ISO 9001:2008 certification

May 8, 2012

Triton Industries Inc., a Chicago-based precision metal fabricator, has earned AS 9100:C/ISO 9001:2008 certification from Quality Systems Registrars (QSR). The certification follows a comprehensive review of management systems and operations. These certification standards define the requirements...

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NTMA-U graduates to receive college credits at University of Akron

May 7, 2012

The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) has announced that it has finalized an agreement with the University of Akron to grant up to 21 college credits to graduates of NTMA-U, the association's advanced manufacturing skills training program. The new apprenticeship program, developed...

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Triune Specialty Vehicle Mfg. names VP of sales engineering

May 7, 2012

Triune Specialty Vehicle Mfg., a designer and manufacturer of custom trailers and self-propelled vehicles in Madison Heights, Mich., has named Roger J. Ruel to the newly created position of vice president of sales engineering. Ruel previously served as vice president of sales engineering at MRA...

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Briggs, LiftOne named Hyster dealers for Southeast

May 3, 2012

Hyster Co., Greenville, N.C., has named Briggs Equipment and LiftOne as authorized dealers for Hyster® lift trucks in Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., respectively. This follows an announcement of Barloworld's intention to sell its U.S. assets to Briggs and LiftOne. The companies are two of the...

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Manufacturing Institute and partners increase credentialed workforce

May 3, 2012

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) and its partners have announced significant progress towards achieving a five-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based credentials to individuals, positioning them for employment and advancement in manufacturing jobs. Over the past year, the...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing expanded in April for 33rd consecutive month

May 3, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 33nd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 35th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued May 1 by Bradley J. Holcomb,...

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Whirlpool to close Arkansas plant June 29

May 3, 2012

Whirlpool has announced that June 29 will be the official closing date for its Fort Smith, Ark., plant. The closure will eliminate 917 jobs. The company has been in Fort Smith for more than 45 years, employing more than 4,500 people in 2006....

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Pratt Industries to open plant in Michigan

May 3, 2012

Pratt Industries Inc., a Belleair Beach, Fla., manufacturer of transport trailers, will open a plant in Niles Township, Mich. The facility is expected to create up to 400 jobs by the end of 2012....

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