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Metal formers expect steady conditions during next three months but are increasingly cautious as end of quarter draws near

September 14, 2010

According to the September 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies continue to expect steady business conditions during the next three months. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 134 metal...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 58.9 percent in 2010

September 13, 2010

July U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $266.08 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was up 10.1 percent from...

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Greenberry Industrial opens facility in Washington

September 13, 2010

Greenberry Industrial, a provider of mechanical, structural, and civil construction and fabrication services in Corvallis, Ore., has opened a new fabrication facility in Vancouver, Wash., to serve customers requiring large tanks, pressure vessels, modules, bridge steel, and large structural...

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Americans support work force, see government policies as disadvantageous for manufacturing

September 13, 2010

Americans expressed faith in the country's work force but voiced concerns that government policies may be putting the manufacturing sector at a disadvantage and dissuading Americans from pursuing production jobs, according to a new Labor Day survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute....

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Ace Metal Crafts one of four plants to be featured in the Largest Laser Tour in America

September 12, 2010

Stainless steel fabricator Ace Metal Crafts, Franklin Park, Ill., is one of four Chicago-area plants to be featured in the Largest Laser Tour in America. The tour is part of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl.®'s (FMA) first LaserFab Conference to showcase the latest technologies...

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USW files trade case to preserve clean, green manufacturing jobs in America

September 10, 2010

The United Steelworkers (USW) union has filed a comprehensive trade case under Section 301 of the trade law identifying a broad array of Chinese policies and practices that threaten the future of America's alternative and renewable energy sector. The case alleges that China has utilized hundreds of...

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ArvinMeritor's ProTec High Mobility Independent Suspensions to be equipped on BAE Systems' Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicle

September 10, 2010

ArvinMeritor, Inc. has announced that its Meritor ProTec™ High Mobility Independent Suspensions (HMIS) will be standard on BAE Systems' Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicle (MTV), providing advanced force protection, mobility and ride quality. Initial production deliveries to BAE Systems will begin in...

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Manufacturers launch campaign opposing higher energy taxes

September 8, 2010

As a part of its "Manufacturing Means Jobs!" campaign, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has launched a multi-state, multi-million-dollar advertising campaign opposing costly energy taxes. The campaign comes days after the announcement of a $50 billion infrastructure proposal that...

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Joining Technologies opens laser additive manufacturing facility - TheFabricator.com

Joining Technologies opens laser additive manufacturing facility

September 7, 2010

Joining Technologies has added a new laser cladding workcell to its laser additive manufacturing division and is opening an additional production facility to house the unit, along with other equipment related to the laser additive process. The 10,000-sq.-ft., multipurpose industrial flex...

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Direct Metals Co. achieves ISO 9001:2008 certification

September 7, 2010

Direct Metals Co. LLC has become an ISO 9001:2008-certified organization at both locations in Kennesaw, Ga., and Park City, Ill. Its ISO conformance extends to warehousing, sales, fabrication, and distribution of all its industrial metals and fiberglass products. The company also is...

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wire and Tube China 2010 see record participation

September 7, 2010

The upcoming wire China 2010, the 4th All China - International Wire and Cable Industry Trade Fair, and Tube China 2010, the 4th All China - International Tube and Pipe Trade Fair, will be larger than ever before. A record 1,200 exhibitors from around the world will occupy 801,900 sq. ft. of...

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SHRM LINE survey: Manufacturing expected to bring on more workers in September, but hiring activity has slowed in recent months

September 7, 2010

According to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for September 2010, the manufacturing hiring index improved in September on a year-over-year basis by a net of 24.2 points (a net of 38.0 percent of companies will hire in...

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Sub-Zero to move 100 hourly jobs from Madison, Wis., to Arizona

September 2, 2010

As reported in the Wisconsin State Journal, Sub-Zero is moving 100 of its nearly 500 hourly jobs from Madison, Wis., to a new factory in Goodyear, Ariz., over the next two years. The company said its goal is "to streamline production and consolidate manufacturing." In a news release, Chuck Verri,...

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ISM August ROB: New orders, production, employment, and inventories growing; supplier deliveries slower

September 1, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 13th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 16th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued Sept. 1 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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PMT Corp. acquires Prototype Tooling and Manufacturing Inc.

August 31, 2010

As reported in Crain's Detroit Business, metal stamping supplier PTM Corp. has acquired Fraser, Mich.-based Prototype Tooling and Manufacturing Inc. in a move to add a large press operation and nonautomotive customers. Terms of the acquisition, which closed June 30, were undisclosed. The...

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