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Machinery, transportation equipment to see big export gains, report says

August 28, 2013

Some of the biggest gains in U.S. exports, caused by a widening U.S. production cost advantage over leading European nations and Japan, are likely to be seen in machinery and transportation equipment, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a Chicago-based global management...

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Gap Partners opens facility in Georgia

August 27, 2013

Gap Partners Inc., a precision sheet metal fabrication company, has moved to a new facility in Rabun Gap, Ga. The move consolidates two locations to one 92,000-sq.-ft. building. The new facility uses lean manufacturing principles to manufacture sheet metal products, including universal mounting...

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Wynnchurch Capital acquires Imperial Group

August 27, 2013

Wynnchurch Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm with offices in Detroit and Toronto and an affiliate office in Montreal, has acquired Imperial Group L.P. from Accuride Corp. in partnership with BMO Mezzanine Fund. Imperial is a metal fabricator supplying light- and medium-gauge fabricated...

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Student wins silver medal at International WorldSkills Competition

August 27, 2013

Alex Pazkowski of Saline, Mich., a student at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich., represented the U.S. during the biennial WorldSkills Competition and won a silver medal in the welding competition. He also won Best in Nation as part of the U.S. WorldTeam. The 42nd international event...

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Global Green Lighting opens new Tennessee facility

August 27, 2013

Global Green Lighting, a manufacturer of low-energy lighting control systems, has opened a new 180,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tenn. The LED products use 75 percent less energy than traditional streetlights, the company reports....

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Jetcam announces U.K. expansion

August 27, 2013

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l., Monaco, has announced the foundation of Jetcam UK Ltd. The new, separately owned company provides Jetcam CAM, nesting, and material management products, as well as pre- and postsales services, including training and technical support. In addition to traditional on-site...

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Sturm Ruger to open North Carolina facility

August 27, 2013

Gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co., Southport, Conn., has announced plans to open a new plant in Mayodan, N.C. The plant, expected to employ 470 workers, is scheduled to begin production in early 2014....

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Benteler Automotive to close Grand Rapids facility

August 27, 2013

Benteler Automotive, an automotive parts supplier based in Germany, has announced that it will close its Grand Rapids, Mich., plant by March 2014. The company plans to relocate most of the laid-off employees to the company's other facilities in western Michigan. The plant currently employs 220...

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Shell Lubricants joins Manufacturing Day as Gold Sponsor

August 26, 2013

Shell Lubricants has joined Manufacturing Day 2013 as a Gold Sponsor, supplying the national initiative with resources to support manufacturers participating in the program, a grassroots effort by U.S. manufacturers to improve public perception of manufacturing in America by coordinating...

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Nearly 80 percent of manufacturers to develop mobile apps this year

August 26, 2013

Placeholder IDC Mfg. Insights, Framingham, Mass., has announced the availability of a new report, "Business Strategy: Looking Forward to the Corporate Application Store" (Doc #MI241960), that discusses the rising trend of using a corporate app store to manage the proliferation of mobile apps...

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Falls Stamping & Welding to invest $5.7 million in Virginia metal stamping operation

August 26, 2013

Falls Stamping & Welding Co., a metal stamping company serving the automotive, trucking, and nonautomotive markets, will invest $5.7 million to establish an operation in Pulaski, Va. The company will supply metal subassemblies to the Volvo Trucks plant in Dublin, Va., through a major contract....

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Advance Welding marks 35th year in business

August 26, 2013

Advance Welding, a Nadcap-accredited provider of fusion welding, resistance welding, and brazing in West Springfield, Mass., is celebrating its 35th anniversary. The company's quality system is ISO 9001- and AS9100-certified. The company, which serves the aerospace, defense, marine, medical, and...

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Weber Automotive to establish new facility in South Carolina

August 22, 2013

Weber Automotive, a maker of vehicle components, will establish a new automotive parts manufacturing operation in North Charleston, S.C. The facility will make drive train components beginning in 2015. The $51 million investment is expected to generate 84 new jobs over the next four years....

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Volkswagen trainees first in U.S. to receive German apprenticeship certificate

August 22, 2013

At Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant, 12 trainees have passed the final exam for the automation mechatronics program, becoming the first U.S. students to receive an official graduation certificate from the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) and the German American...

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United Stainless Inc. announces expansion of Tennessee facility

August 22, 2013

United Stainless Inc. has announced plans to expand its United Stainless Cutting and Fabricating facility in Selmer, Tenn. The expansion will include a 30,000-sq.-ft. building addition that will accommodate additional cutting and fabrication equipment, along with more efficient storage and...

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