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NTMA-U graduates to receive college credits at University of Akron

May 7, 2012

The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) has announced that it has finalized an agreement with the University of Akron to grant up to 21 college credits to graduates of NTMA-U, the association's advanced manufacturing skills training program. The new apprenticeship program, developed...

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Triune Specialty Vehicle Mfg. names VP of sales engineering

May 7, 2012

Triune Specialty Vehicle Mfg., a designer and manufacturer of custom trailers and self-propelled vehicles in Madison Heights, Mich., has named Roger J. Ruel to the newly created position of vice president of sales engineering. Ruel previously served as vice president of sales engineering at MRA...

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Briggs, LiftOne named Hyster dealers for Southeast

May 3, 2012

Hyster Co., Greenville, N.C., has named Briggs Equipment and LiftOne as authorized dealers for Hyster® lift trucks in Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., respectively. This follows an announcement of Barloworld's intention to sell its U.S. assets to Briggs and LiftOne. The companies are two of the...

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Manufacturing Institute and partners increase credentialed workforce

May 3, 2012

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) and its partners have announced significant progress towards achieving a five-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based credentials to individuals, positioning them for employment and advancement in manufacturing jobs. Over the past year, the...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing expanded in April for 33rd consecutive month

May 3, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 33nd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 35th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued May 1 by Bradley J. Holcomb,...

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Whirlpool to close Arkansas plant June 29

May 3, 2012

Whirlpool has announced that June 29 will be the official closing date for its Fort Smith, Ark., plant. The closure will eliminate 917 jobs. The company has been in Fort Smith for more than 45 years, employing more than 4,500 people in 2006....

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Pratt Industries to open plant in Michigan

May 3, 2012

Pratt Industries Inc., a Belleair Beach, Fla., manufacturer of transport trailers, will open a plant in Niles Township, Mich. The facility is expected to create up to 400 jobs by the end of 2012....

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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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