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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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FMA Communications announces partnership with NOMMA

August 30, 2010

FMA Communications Inc., Rockford, Ill., has announced a partnership with the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA). Under the partnership, FMAC serves as the exclusive sales representative for Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metal Fabricator magazine, adding it to its...

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Solar Mfg. receives order for vacuum carburizing furnace

August 30, 2010

Solar Mfg. Inc., Souderton, Pa., has received an order for a specialized top-loading vacuum furnace required by a manufacturer of tube fittings, adapters, valves, filters, and related coupling hardware. Primary application of the vacuum furnace will be for the development and expansion of...

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LAI Intl. named to Inc. 5000 for fourth consecutive year

August 30, 2010

LAI Intl. Inc., a Scottsdale, Ariz., contract manufacturer of precision components and subassemblies, has again been ranked among the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. by Inc. magazine. The company has been on the Inc. 5000 list since it began in 2007. This year it earned the ranking...

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August business conditions report: Metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain fairly steady during next three months

August 23, 2010

According to the August 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain fairly steady during the next three months. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 130 metal...

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Lincoln Electric launches EPA regulations awareness campaign

August 23, 2010

Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, has introduced phase 2.0 of its "Are You Ready?" fume control regulation awareness campaign. The campaign and its supporting materials are designed to aid fabricators in understanding the effects and requirements associated with the EPA Metal Fabrication Hazardous Air...

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DeWys Manufacturing advances machining capabilities

August 23, 2010

Marne, Mich.-based metal fabrication company DeWys Mfg. has acquired a new SL-30 CNC lathe and a VF-5XT vertical machining center from Haas Automation Inc. The new machines are designed to provide heavy cutting ability, extreme rigidity, and high thermal stability, according to the company. "With...

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Urban wind tower raised at Orion Energy Systems - TheFabricator.com

Urban wind tower raised at Orion Energy Systems

August 23, 2010

Orion Energy Systems Inc., Manitowoc, Wis., recently raised the first urban wind tower in Manitowoc County, which will help offset energy consumed at the company's technology center. A video and images of the event can be seen at www.oriones.com/20kw_wind_tower_raising.php. Urban wind is the...

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9 students win manufacturing scholarships from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs

August 19, 2010

Nine students seeking careers in manufacturing earned $1,500 toward their college or trade school education from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.® (FMA). This year NBT awarded scholarships totaling $13,500 to college- or trade...

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Caterpillar Foundation donation to help clean up Port-au-Prince

August 18, 2010

More than 150,000 people in Haiti’s most impoverished slum will benefit from a massive drainage canal clean-up project thanks to a donation by the Caterpillar Foundation, the Pan American Development Foundation announced. Nearly 1,200 residents of the Port-au-Prince slum of Cite Soleil will be...

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Bunting increases college scholarship program

August 10, 2010

Bunting® Magnetics Co., Newton, Kan., has announced the 2010-2011 recipients of the Walter F. Bunting and June A. Bunting Memorial Scholarships. This year 18 scholarships were awarded, up from 12...

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