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K&S adds equipment, automation

January 12, 2012

K&S Tool, Die and Manufacturing, a contract metals manufacturer in Ixonia, Wis., has added its fourth laser — a Mitsubishi 4,500-W with a new 16-shelf tower system to feed it. The automation allows lights-out manufacturing uptime for this area of the business, the company reports. The...

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Nissan Forklift Corp. produces 200,000th forklift - TheFabricator.com

Nissan Forklift Corp. produces 200,000th forklift

January 12, 2012

Nissan Forklift Corp. manufactured its 200,000th forklift in at its Marengo, Ill., facility in 2011. A 3,500-lb., Platinum II Cushion I.C. forklift was the 200,000th lift truck to be produced since the company began making forklifts in the U.S. in 1988. It took Nissan Forklift 14 years to...

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American Industrial Partners purchases Heil Trailer from Dover

January 10, 2012

American Industrial Partners, New York, a middle-market private equity group focused on acquiring and improving North American-headquartered industrial businesses, has purchased Heil Trailer Intl., Athens, Tenn., from Dover Corp. Heil Trailer is a global provider of engineered tank and specialty...

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Manufacturing technology orders maintained strength in November

January 9, 2012

November U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $430.17 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 United States Manufacturing Technology...

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Kaman appoints leader of value-added services group

January 9, 2012

Kaman Industrial Technologies Corp., Bloomfield, Conn., has appointed Gary Yingling as director and general manager, shops and services. He directs the fabrication, assembly, production, material management, capital assets, planning/forecasting, control, and operational quality of the company's...

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Cintas launches online contest to celebrate new-product release

January 9, 2012

In conjunction with the release of the new Carhartt Rental Active Jacket, Cincinnati-based Cintas has launched its search for the “Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew.” Contestants can enter the contest by submitting a short essay and photo at www.cintas.com/carharttcoldcrew. Contest organizers...

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Maysteel expands production operations with Mexico plant

January 9, 2012

Allenton, Wis.-based Maysteel LLC, a manufacturer of precision sheet metal enclosures, is expanding its sheet metal fabrication operations with the addition of a new plant in Monterrey, Mexico. The 50,000-sq.-ft. facility, which is expandable to 100,000 sq. ft., is expected to begin production in...

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LINE survey: Hiring rate will fall again in January in manufacturing and services

January 5, 2012

In January, for the third consecutive month, hiring activity will decrease and job cuts will rise in the manufacturing and service sectors compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for January...

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United Performance Metals earns nonconventional machining NADCAP approval

January 4, 2012

The laser cutting facility installed early in 2011 at United Performance Metals, Hamilton, Ohio, recently was audited and certified in accordance with the requirements of the National Aerospace Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP). NADCAP is an accreditation organization that...

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ISM ROB: While U.S. manufacturing finishes out the year on a positive note, fabricated metal products sector contracts

January 3, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 29th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 31st consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued January 3 by Bradley J....

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Sciaky enters U.S. DoD agreement with Lockheed Martin

December 20, 2011

Sciaky, Inc., a provider of welding systems and services in Chicago, has entered a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Agreement with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. With assistance from the DoD Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program, Sciaky, a subsidiary of Phillips Service...

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Survey: 85 percent of manufacturing executives see manufacturing returning to U.S.

December 16, 2011

According to a survey conducted by Cook Associates Executive Search (www.cookassociates.com/executive-search), 85 percent of manufacturing executives see the possibility of certain manufacturing operations returning to the U.S., with 37 percent citing overseas costs as the major factor. Nineteen...

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U.S. economy can grow 3 percent in 2012 if key issues addressed 'coherently'

December 16, 2011

If the U.S. addresses "in a coherent manner" four key issues that impact the economy — employment, consumer behavior, global economic strain, and the role of politicians — the country can expect growth of around 3 percent in 2012, forecasts Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators...

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DeWys Mfg. adds space to Marne location

December 14, 2011

Metal fabricator DeWys Mfg. has announced plans for a building addition to its existing 60,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Marne, Mich. The 24,000-sq.-ft. addition will feature new metal fabrication equipment and will serve as home to DeWys University, where the company will offer an in-house...

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Waukesha Metal Products acquires Metal Skills Plus

December 14, 2011

Waukesha® Metal Products, Sussex, Wis., has acquired certain assets of Metal Skills Plus LLC of DeForest, Wis. The strategic acquisition expands Waukesha's capabilities and provides additional diversification of its customer base and markets served. Some of these new markets include industrial...

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