March 18, 2014
Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— manufacturing production improves; new hubs struggle to create jobs; the state of Minnesota and a robot supplier are doing their part to help train workers in the Midwest; and a Florida fabricator helps build Park Avenue’s funky sculpture.
March 17, 2014
Industrial capacity utilization soured in the booming 1990s. Today average utilization is lower, and yet the overall value of manufacturing output continues to climb. Over the long term, is capacity utilization really an accurate barometer for demand? If a fabricator's capacity utilization drops, is the shop struggling, or has it gotten more efficient?
March 14, 2014
The recent opening of two automotive assembly plants in Mexico is just the latest sign that Mexico is emerging as a major manufacturing hub for the world. However, in today's economy, global trends shift pretty quickly, and Mexico will have to evolve from just being a land of low-cost labor if it is to remain a major manufacturing player.
March 13, 2014
Editor’s note: This is welder and artist Josh Welton’s inaugural blog post for thefabricator.com. Welton, of Brown Dog Welding fame, will be writing twice monthly. This introductory post highlights important lessons learned in Welton’s welder training.
February 21, 2014
Last week autoworkers at the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., voted down a proposal to join the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. Fifty-three percent said “no” to the idea, even though Volkswagen did not actively oppose or support the vote. While the automaker may have tried...
February 14, 2014
David Tilstone, president, National Tooling & Machining Association, is pretty certain precision metalworking shops across the U.S. need help. According to a 2013 NTMA survey of its membership, just over 70 percent have a job opening that they are having difficulty filling. At least a third have...