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Survey: 85 percent of manufacturing executives see manufacturing returning to U.S.

December 16, 2011

According to a survey conducted by Cook Associates Executive Search (www.cookassociates.com/executive-search), 85 percent of manufacturing executives see the possibility of certain manufacturing operations returning to the U.S., with 37 percent citing overseas costs as the major factor. Nineteen...

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U.S. economy can grow 3 percent in 2012 if key issues addressed 'coherently'

December 16, 2011

If the U.S. addresses "in a coherent manner" four key issues that impact the economy — employment, consumer behavior, global economic strain, and the role of politicians — the country can expect growth of around 3 percent in 2012, forecasts Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators...

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DeWys Mfg. adds space to Marne location

December 14, 2011

Metal fabricator DeWys Mfg. has announced plans for a building addition to its existing 60,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Marne, Mich. The 24,000-sq.-ft. addition will feature new metal fabrication equipment and will serve as home to DeWys University, where the company will offer an in-house...

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Waukesha Metal Products acquires Metal Skills Plus

December 14, 2011

Waukesha® Metal Products, Sussex, Wis., has acquired certain assets of Metal Skills Plus LLC of DeForest, Wis. The strategic acquisition expands Waukesha's capabilities and provides additional diversification of its customer base and markets served. Some of these new markets include industrial...

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Manufacturing technology orders up 80.5 percent from 2010

December 13, 2011

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $463.32 million according to AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology...

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Waukesha Metal Products wins productivity award

December 6, 2011

Waukesha® Metal Products, a provider of precision tools, stamping, fabrication, value-added services, and assembled components in Sussex, Wis., has received the 2011 Zierick Mfg. Corp. Productivity Award for its efforts to reduce significantly the price of and increase productivity for high-volume...

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Thermadyne names Built With Class contest winners

December 6, 2011

St. Louis-based Thermadyne® has announced the winners of its Built With Class welding contest. The contest was open to all students who were currently enrolled in a welding instructional program at a secondary, postsecondary, technical, or vocational school. In the beginner student category,...

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Lincoln Electric sponsors AWS's Careers in Welding trailer

December 6, 2011

The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, is partnering with the American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, to provide a hands-on welding experience to help attract new people to the profession. As part of this partnership, Lincoln Electric recently provided VRTEX® 360 virtual reality arc welders for...

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Takoda Group acquires Danco Metal Products

November 27, 2011

Takoda Group LLC, a private investment firm in Cleveland, has completed acquisition of 100 percent of the stock of Danco Metal Products Inc., a precision metal fabricator in Avon Lake, Ohio. Glenn Harbold, a Takoda Group operating partner, assumes the role of president of Danco Metal Products....

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Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Offers 2012 Capital Spending Forecast

November 22, 2011

A comprehensive analysis that projects planned 2012 capital expenditures on machinery and equipment ranging from cutting machines and ironworkers to press brakes and welding supplies is now available from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA). The 2012 Capital Spending...

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Gene Haas Foundation, SME Education Foundation align funding for machinist training

November 21, 2011

Gene Haas Foundation, Oxnard, Calif., the philanthropic arm of Haas Automation Inc., has provided a $150,000 grant to the SME Education Foundation to align machinist training with the needs of job seekers and employers in high-unemployment communities. This grant is part of a $700,000 total that...

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ETM Mfg. expands operations in New England

November 21, 2011

ETM Mfg., Wilmington, Mass., a provider of customized sheet metal manufacturing and supply chain services to OEMs, has announced plans to open a 43,000-sq.-ft. facility in Littleton, Mass., in early 2012. The $500,000 renovation of a previously vacant facility will more than quadruple the size of...

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FMA Precision Sheet Metal Operator certification program added to NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System

November 11, 2011

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with The Manufacturing Institute to bring precision metal fabrication certifications to the NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification Systems (SCS). The partnership adds FMA's...

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Officers elected to Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation

November 10, 2011

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), the charitable foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.® (FMA), has elected a new slate of officers. Traci Tapani, co-president, Wyoming Machine Inc., Stacy, Minn., was elected chairwoman; Bryan Hawkins, president/CEO, Hawkeye...

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Melitron appoints new president

November 10, 2011

Melitron Corp., a contract manufacturer of precision metal enclosures and mechanical and electronic assemblies in Guelph, Ont., has promoted Mike Turner to the position of president and CEO. Formerly the company's vice president and general manager, Turner replaces Ted Turner, who founded the...

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