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Waukesha Metal Products' president appointed to College and Workforce Readiness Council

March 28, 2012

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has appointed Jeffrey Clark, president and CEO of Waukesha Metal Products, a contract metal forming company in Sussex, Wis., to his College and Workforce Readiness Council. The council was created to recommend policies and programs to improve students’ college and...

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ATW Companies announces acquisition of Metalform Co.

March 26, 2012

ATW Companies, Warwick, R.I., has announced that A.T. Wall, ATW's precision stamping and tube-drawing subsidiary, has acquired Metalform Co., a New Britain, Conn.,-based gun magazine manufacturing firm. The acquisition of Metalform's deep-drawing, stamping, and pistol magazine fabrication...

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Hill AeroSystems added to AGC Composites Group

March 26, 2012

AGC Aerospace & Defense, Oklahoma City, Okla., has acquired Hill AeroSystems Inc., Enumclaw, Wash., to add structures capabilities to the AGC Composites Group. Hill specializes in structural and nonstructural metal assemblies that often require complex program management and manufacturing...

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Fusion Tech to create more than 72 new jobs

March 26, 2012

Steel fabrication company Fusion Tech of Roseville, Ill., has announced that it will hire more than 72 new employees over the next two years. According to Brandon and Kathy Bentz, company founders and owners, the expansion is the result of a contract with a major manufacturer of industrial...

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Mulgrave Machine Works to receive provincial funding

March 26, 2012

Mulgrave Machine Works Ltd., a metal fabrication shop in Mulgrave, Nova Scotia, will receive $96,541 through the Productivity Investment Program (PIP) to update equipment and train workers. Under PIP's Capital Investment Incentive, the company will receive $85,791 for a new metal cutting machine,...

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Kenmode appoints director of purchasing, customer service

March 26, 2012

Kenmode Precision Metal Stamping, Algonquin, Ill., has hired Jim Shotsberger as director of purchasing and customer service. He has more than 20 years of experience in materials and supply chain management for precision metal stamping companies with operations in the U.S. and Mexico. He also has...

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SigmaTEK announces addition to Southeast region team

March 22, 2012

SigmaTEK Systems LLC, Cincinnati, has hired Scott Taylor as regional technical manager for its southeastern U.S. region. In this role, Taylor works with manufacturers to optimize the CAD/CAM nesting capabilities of SigmaNEST® software in cutting processes. After attending the University of...

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Schwartz to offer swaging services

March 22, 2012

Schwartz Aviation LLC, Rogers, Ark., has added a line of end forming machines using the elastomeric internal swaging process. The machines produce high-strength, leakproof, internally swaged tubes, according to the company. The elastomeric swaging process consists of a fitting that slips over the...

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Laser Services expands staff

March 22, 2012

Laser Services Inc., a Westford, Mass., job shop providing precision laser cutting, drilling, scribing, etching, and welding services, has announced the hiring of several new team members. The company has added two sales representatives. Phil Kendall, who focuses on OEM and component manufacturing...

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GE opens French door refrigerator factory in Kentucky

March 22, 2012

GE has opened a new factory at the Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky., that will manufacture the company’s new product line — a French door, bottom-freezer refrigerator series. The refrigerator line will support 600 new local jobs, according to the manufacturer. The new facility follows the...

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U.S. shipyards receive $9.98 million in grants to strengthen competitiveness

March 22, 2012

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced $9.98 million in grants will be awarded to 15 small shipyards throughout the U.S. to pay for modernizations that will increase productivity and help the country's small shipyards compete in the global marketplace. The U.S Maritime...

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Global market for industrial laser systems worth $10.1 billion - TheFabricator.com

Global market for industrial laser systems worth $10.1 billion

March 22, 2012

The global market for laser systems for materials processing reached $10.1 billion in 2011, according to a new survey by Optech Consulting, Taegerwilen, Switzerland. The market is 28 percent ahead of its 2010 volume and 90 percent bigger than in the crisis year 2009. East Asia presently reports...

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NBT awards 11 grants to community, technical colleges for youth day camps

March 22, 2012

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced the winners of its 2012 manufacturing camp grant awards. NBT has awarded 11 grants of $1,500 to $2,500 each to community and technical colleges...

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Laser Services implements new manufacturing software program

March 21, 2012

Laser Services Inc., a precision laser job shop located in Westford, Mass., has built out new modules in its 2009 MRP software system, E2, resulting in a 95 percent rate for on-time deliveries. Every step in the company's design and production process, from purchase orders to production and...

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International Sheet Metal Competition winners announced

March 21, 2012

More than 250 sheet metal apprentices from the U.S. and Canada participated in the 40th Annual International Sheet Metal Competition, March 5-9 in Las Vegas, hosted by the International Training Institute (ITI) for the sheet metal and air-conditioning industry. Five categories were open to...

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