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Schwartz to offer swaging services

March 22, 2012

Schwartz Aviation LLC, Rogers, Ark., has added a line of end forming machines using the elastomeric internal swaging process. The machines produce high-strength, leakproof, internally swaged tubes, according to the company. The elastomeric swaging process consists of a fitting that slips over the...

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Laser Services expands staff

March 22, 2012

Laser Services Inc., a Westford, Mass., job shop providing precision laser cutting, drilling, scribing, etching, and welding services, has announced the hiring of several new team members. The company has added two sales representatives. Phil Kendall, who focuses on OEM and component manufacturing...

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GE opens French door refrigerator factory in Kentucky

March 22, 2012

GE has opened a new factory at the Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky., that will manufacture the company’s new product line — a French door, bottom-freezer refrigerator series. The refrigerator line will support 600 new local jobs, according to the manufacturer. The new facility follows the...

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U.S. shipyards receive $9.98 million in grants to strengthen competitiveness

March 22, 2012

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced $9.98 million in grants will be awarded to 15 small shipyards throughout the U.S. to pay for modernizations that will increase productivity and help the country's small shipyards compete in the global marketplace. The U.S Maritime...

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Global market for industrial laser systems worth $10.1 billion - TheFabricator.com

Global market for industrial laser systems worth $10.1 billion

March 22, 2012

The global market for laser systems for materials processing reached $10.1 billion in 2011, according to a new survey by Optech Consulting, Taegerwilen, Switzerland. The market is 28 percent ahead of its 2010 volume and 90 percent bigger than in the crisis year 2009. East Asia presently reports...

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NBT awards 11 grants to community, technical colleges for youth day camps

March 22, 2012

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced the winners of its 2012 manufacturing camp grant awards. NBT has awarded 11 grants of $1,500 to $2,500 each to community and technical colleges...

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Laser Services implements new manufacturing software program

March 21, 2012

Laser Services Inc., a precision laser job shop located in Westford, Mass., has built out new modules in its 2009 MRP software system, E2, resulting in a 95 percent rate for on-time deliveries. Every step in the company's design and production process, from purchase orders to production and...

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International Sheet Metal Competition winners announced

March 21, 2012

More than 250 sheet metal apprentices from the U.S. and Canada participated in the 40th Annual International Sheet Metal Competition, March 5-9 in Las Vegas, hosted by the International Training Institute (ITI) for the sheet metal and air-conditioning industry. Five categories were open to...

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Harrisburg Area Community College becomes MERIT center

March 21, 2012

Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), Harrisburg, Pa., is now a Motoman Endorsed Robotics Instructor Training (MERIT) center, serving the regional manufacturing workforce. According to the company, the area has an installed base of more than 1,000 robots. The center, located at the...

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Eberl Iron Works announces staff promotions

March 21, 2012

Eberl Iron Works, a Buffalo, N.Y., metal fabrication, distribution, and installation group, has announced three new staff appointments. Denise C. Wilson has been promoted to executive administrator. She joined the company in March 2008 as bookkeeper and receptionist. Wilson attended...

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Caterpillar to expand South Carolina manufacturing facility

March 19, 2012

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., has announced plans to expand its manufacturing facility in Sumter, S.C., nearly tripling the plant's square footage. The facility currently produces small hydraulic cylinders used in a variety of Cat® products. The additional capacity will bring the production of...

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AET opens new manufacturing facility

March 19, 2012

Applied Energy Technologies (AET), a global provider of solar mounting systems, has announced the opening of its manufacturing facility in Maumee, Ohio. The plant expands the company's capacity by 250 percent with more than 108,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and warehouse space. The facility...

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S&H Metal Products expanding in Indiana

March 15, 2012

S&H Metal Products, a provider of galvanized and aluminum sheet metal for the RV industry, has announced plans to expand its operations in Topeka, Ind. The expansion, which will include new CNC equipment, is expected to create up to 18 new jobs in the next three years....

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HRB prices down in Western Europe and U.S., up elsewhere

March 14, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for March 12 rose 1.7 percent to $656 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the second consecutive increase. The Chinese HRB ex-works price increased 0.5 percent to $569 per ton for the fourth consecutive increase. The Western European HRB...

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Leed Fabrication expanding in Colorado

March 13, 2012

Leed Fabrication Services, Brighton, Colo., has purchased a 21,842-sq.-ft. building in Loveland, Colo., to expand its cutting, bending, and welding capacity to build steel equipment for the oil and gas industry equipment. The company plans to employ 50 people at the new facility by summer, with...

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