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Fisher-Barton expands materials lab - TheFabricator.com

Fisher-Barton expands materials lab

October 18, 2010

The Fisher-Barton Group of Companies, including Accurate Specialties Inc. and Thermal Spray Technologies Inc., has announced the groundbreaking of an 1,800-sq.-ft. addition to the materials laboratory within its Fisher-Barton Specialty Products division located in Watertown, Wis. The new lab...

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Study finds China's extensive government intervention reason for unprecedented steel production growth

October 14, 2010

A new study released Oct. 14 concludes that the unprecedented growth of the Chinese steel industry is inconsistent with commercial considerations and has been facilitated by massive government intervention. The report entitled The Reform Myth: How China is Using State Power to Create the World's...

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Nexteer to hire 100 engineers by year end

October 14, 2010

Automotive supplier Nexteer Automotive is hiring both new and seasoned professionals skilled in software engineering and mechatronics, a field that combines mechanical and electrical engineering. According to the company, its development of electric power steering, a significant growth area for the...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 62.4 percent in 2010

October 11, 2010

August U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $246.42 million, according to The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA). This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 5.7 percent...

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Industrial manufacturers feel economic recovery is on track

October 11, 2010

Prime Advantage, Chicago, has announced the results of its sixth Prime Advantage Group Outlook Survey, revealing the top economic concerns of midsized industrial manufacturers for 2010. The study results indicate that the sense of confidence that returned to small and midsized industrial...

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Workshop to explore enhancement of lean tools

October 11, 2010

The Ohio State University is hosting a free workshop entitled "Industrial Engineering (IE) Science Helps to Adapt and Enhance the Lean Tools for High-Mix Low-Volume Manufacturing" on Dec. 9, 2010. Industrial engineers have an opportunity to develop the next generation of computer-aided lean tools....

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Chicago-Wilcox announces staff promotions

October 11, 2010

Chicago-Wilcox Inc., South Holland, Ill., has announced several staff changes to manage current and planned business growth in 2011 and 2012. Dan DeVeau has assumed responsibility as president of operations. He was group president at Berkshire Hathaway and chairman and owner of CP Industries Inc....

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Jensen Precast launches new metal fabrication division: Jensen MetalTech

October 8, 2010

Jensen Precast, Sparks, N.V., a manufacturer of precast concrete products, including utility vaults for electric fiber optic, gas, telecommunications, and water infrastructure, has launched Jensen MetalTech, a division of the company that engineers and manufactures steel and aluminum access...

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L.B. Foster awarded $10 million Brooklyn Bridge contract

September 29, 2010

L.B. Foster Company, Pittsburgh, Pa., is providing new roadway decking and bridge railing for the Brooklyn and Manhattan approach ramps to the famed Brooklyn Bridge. The $10 million contract will include more than 170,000 square feet of steel grid deck and 13,000 linear feet of steel railing. These...

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New law extends bonus depreciation and increased expensing for 2010

September 28, 2010

President Obama signed into law Sept. 27 the "Small Business Jobs and Credit Act," H.R. 5297, which allows businesses of all sizes to immediately write off 50 percent of the cost of depreciable property purchased and placed in service anytime during 2010. This prevision is a temporary extension of...

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GM's Indy plant caught up in UAW pay battle

September 28, 2010

The Detroit News has reported that a General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis has become a battleground pitting rank-and file UAW members against top union officials over whether autoworkers should accept pay cuts to save jobs and keep factories open. JD Norman Industries Inc. of Addison,...

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Brilex Industries enters joint-venture agreement with Excent Group

September 27, 2010

Brilex Industries Inc., Youngstown, Ohio, a supplier of medium- and large-sized fabrications, machining, and assembly to heavy industry worldwide, has purchased a 50 percent ownership stake in Enexa Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of The Excent Group, France. Enexa is the fifth company to join the...

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FMA completes salary/wage, benefit survey

September 27, 2010

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., offers the 2010 Salary/Wage & Benefit Survey, providing data for both salaried and hourly shop floor employees. It is available for electronic download for a fee at the FMA Store (www.fmastore.org). The survey details...

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Felling Trailers adds sales rep - TheFabricator.com

Felling Trailers adds sales rep

September 27, 2010

Felling Trailers Inc., an industrial trailer manufacturer and service provider in Sauk Centre, Minn., has appointed Daniel "Boone" Larsen as inside/outside sales representative. With Larsen in this position, the company anticipates an increase in brand awareness and sales in the Midwest and...

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Woodlawn Mfg. names plant manager - TheFabricator.com

Woodlawn Mfg. names plant manager

September 27, 2010

Woodlawn Mfg., Marshall, Texas, has announced that Cory R. Mayo has joined the company as plant manager. Mayo previously served as director of operations for two Stoneridge plants, a manufacturer of electronic components, modules, and systems for the automotive, truck, and agricultural markets....

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