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FMA announces 2013 Industry Award winners

February 25, 2013

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced the winners of its Industry Awards 2013. The two awards — presented by two of FMA Communications' magazines — recognize individuals or companies in the metal forming and fabricating industry and the tube...

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Second annual Manufacturing Day slated for Oct. 4, 2013

February 18, 2013

After a successful inaugural celebration last year, the next Manufacturing Day has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Manufacturers and educational institutions are encouraged to host events that will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy and draw attention to the...

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Weldco-Beales Mfg. partners with Radius Steel Fabrication

February 18, 2013

Radius Steel Fabrication-SOO Tractor, a supplier of fabricated steel equipment in Sioux City, Iowa, has entered into an agreement with Weldco-Beales Mfg. of Canada to manufacture Weldco's 12-ft. snow removal blades. Weldco-Beales designs and manufactures specialized heavy equipment attachments for...

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Trico names vice president - TheFabricator.com

Trico names vice president

February 14, 2013

Trico Corp., a provider of lubrication management services and products in Pewaukee, Wis., has promoted Jim Jung to vice president. In this position, Jung sets the vision for the company and explores opportunities for expansion into new markets. He also is responsible for executing the...

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Striker Systems adds to sales staff

February 14, 2013

Striker Systems, White House, Tenn., has named Jonathan Baker as marketing and social strategist. He is responsible for heading all promotional efforts, graphical and web-based design, and social media as it pertains to the company's global and online presence within the industry. He also is...

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Ludlow Mfg. expands, moves to new facility

February 14, 2013

Metal fabricating company Ludlow Mfg. Inc. has announced its expansion and relocation into a 75,000-sq.-ft. facility in Waukegan, Ill. The move is expected to be complete in April 2013. The company has added a Bystronic Bysprint Fiber 3015 3.0-kW laser with automation and a Bystronic BySpeed Pro...

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Etco launches metal stamping microsite

February 14, 2013

Etco Inc., Bradenton, Fla., has launched a metal stamping microsite at www.etco.com that contains information on manufacturing processes behind metal forming and stamping. The site outlines the company's history and highlights its new capabilities after several years of upgrades and investments,...

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ATW Companies relocates operations, hires account executive - TheFabricator.com

ATW Companies relocates operations, hires account executive

February 14, 2013

ATW Companies has relocated its Metalform gun magazine manufacturing operation from New Britain, Conn., to its Warwick, R.I., facility for consolidation with ATW’s firearms and defense capabilities, which include precision CNC machining, metal injection molding (MIM), laser cutting,...

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Machine tool industry around the world solidifies recovery

February 14, 2013

During 2012 machine tool manufacturers saw a leveling off of their output, which dipped 1 percent compared to 2011. Thus, they stabilized their recovery over the previous two years from the 2009 drop, when total world output fell by one-third. The statistics are cited in the 2013 World Machine...

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Survey shows 91 percent of manufacturers experiencing problems recruiting qualified employees

February 13, 2013

A new survey of 199 metalworking manufacturers published by One Voice, the joint federal advocacy program of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), underscores the severity of the skilled worker shortage. The manufacturers, who...

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NAM launches growth agenda for manufacturing resurgence

February 12, 2013

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today released A Growth Agenda: Four Goals for a Manufacturing Resurgence in America, which sets a roadmap for economic growth and enhanced competitiveness for manufacturers. Manufacturers are hopeful that the President will discuss these pro-growth...

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Cutting Edge Laser establishes new website

February 12, 2013

Cutting Edge Laser, Seattle, has released a redesigned website at www.celmfg.com highlighting its sheet metal fabrication services. A newsletter service updates customers on current events in the sheet fabrication industry. In addition, a blog provides up-to-date information on changes in the...

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SAF-West adds press brake for architectural metal fabrication

February 12, 2013

With the recent installation of a new, 175-ton, 240-in. AccurPress precision press brake, SAF-West, Redding, Calif., now can supply the architectural market with 20-ft. formed sheet metal parts. The company also offers shearing, welding, and routing services. Based in Atlanta, SAF is an...

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Clark Fixture Technologies adds sales account manager

February 12, 2013

Clark Fixture Technologies, a manufacturer of check fixtures for bent tube, wire, and formed hose in Bowling Green, Ohio, has hired Chris Smith as a sales account manager. Smith's initial responsibilities include servicing the current customer base within the U.S....

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AAM to invest more than $100 million in Michigan

February 11, 2013

American Axle & Mfg. Holdings Inc. (AAM), Detroit, has announced plans to invest more than $100 million in its manufacturing facility in Three Rivers, Mich. The investment will include the installation of new production lines, multiple assembly stations, paint line modifications, additional...

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