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LINE survey: Manufacturing and service-sector hiring will be steady in May

May 3, 2012

Although the rate of growth will not reach the level of a year ago, job creation will continue in the manufacturing and service sectors in May, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for May 2012. A net of 40.5...

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Fusion Metal Products completes expansion

May 2, 2012

Metal fabricating company Fusion Metal Products has added 4,200 sq. ft. to its facility in New Richmond, Wis. The addition houses a large sandblasting booth and 30-ft. powder coating batch oven....

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Daimler Buses reconfigures North American operations

May 2, 2012

Daimler Buses, Stuttgart, Germany, is reconfiguring its bus business in the U.S. and Canada. The company has signed a letter of intent with Motor Coach Industries Intl. Inc. to establish a strategic partnership to combine MCI's product, service, and sales network with Setra's North American coach...

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BAE Systems completes manufacturing center in Texas

May 2, 2012

BAE Systems, a global defense, aerospace, and security company, has completed construction of its new manufacturing center in Austin, Texas. The new facility produces technologies for the company's electronic systems sector, including circuit-card assemblies for the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon...

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Super Steel makes leadership change - TheFabricator.com

Super Steel makes leadership change

April 26, 2012

Super Steel LLC, a Milwaukee contract manufacturer serving the agricultural, construction, industrial, transportation, and defense markets, has appointed Brad Nennig as chief financial officer. In his new role, he is responsible for the company's accounting functions and internal financial...

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World export and Western Europe HRB prices up slightly; flat in China, down in U.S.

April 25, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for April 23 increased 0.9 percent to $651 per ton, FOB the port of export, after falling two consecutive times. The Western European HRB price increased 0.1 percent to $681 per ton (on a Euro basis, it was down 0.2 percent), ex-works, after...

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U.S. durable goods orders decreased 4.2 percent in March

April 25, 2012

New orders for manufactured durable goods in March decreased $8.8 billion or 4.2 percent to $2.2.6 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced April 25. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 1.9 percent February increase. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 1.1...

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ThyssenKrupp Presta Terre Haute announces expansion

April 25, 2012

ThyssenKrupp Presta Terre Haute LLC, a manufacturer of steering systems for the automotive industry, has announced a $22 million expansion of its facility in Terre Haute, Ind. The expansion, which reflects increased existing-customer orders from OEMs and new contracts with several major auto...

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Agrawal receives ASEE's 2012 James H. McGraw Award

April 25, 2012

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has awarded its James H. McGraw Award to Ashok Agrawal, M.S., P.E., vice president for academic affairs at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley, Ferguson, Mo., and a member of the SME Education Foundation board of directors, in...

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Quality Iron Fabricators to open new steel fabrication facility

April 23, 2012

Memphis, Tenn.-based Quality Iron Fabricators has begun construction on a $7 million, 40,000-sq.-ft. fabrication facility and office complex in Albany, Tenn. Equipped with CNC fabrication machinery, the new plant will be able to expand another 250,000 sq. ft. Capacity is expected to double over...

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Kenowa Industries receives minority business award

April 23, 2012

Kenowa Industries, a custom metal fabrication shop in Holland, Mich., has been named Minority-owned Business of the Year by the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce. Since 2009 the company has experienced a 66 percent sales increase and added six employees....

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Small and midsized manufacturers plan for continued growth

April 23, 2012

Prime Advantage, a buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, has announced the findings of its ninth semi-annual Group Outlook Survey to determine financial projections and top concerns of its member companies for 2012. The findings show the majority of its members are forecasting revenue...

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Fuel Total Systems California to add 100 jobs

April 23, 2012

Fuel Total Systems California Corp. has opened a new, 120,000-sq.-ft. plant in Lebanon, Ky., for the manufacture and supply of automotive fuel tank systems and related components. The company, a subsidiary of FTS Co. Ltd., is based in Toyota, Japan. The $38 million project is expected to result in...

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Bobcat to expand North Dakota operations

April 23, 2012

Bobcat Co. and Menlo Worldwide Logistics have announced the expansion of operations at Bobcat’s Manufacturing Support Center (MSC) in Bismarck, N.D., creating as many as 150 new positions. Production of Bobcat® compact attachments is moving to the new facility from a Bobcat-owned plant in...

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Central States Mfg. to build facility in South Dakota

April 23, 2012

Lowell, Ark.-based Central States Mfg., a manufacturer and distributor of metal building products, plans to expand its operations to Hartford, S.D. The company plans to construct a 40,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility on a 10-acre plot. The expansion will create up to 40 jobs in the next three...

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