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HRB downward price trend slowing

June 15, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for June 13 rose 1.4 percent to $738 per ton, FOB the port of export, after falling three weeks ago. The Western European HRB price slipped 0.1 percent to $814 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 3.6 percent), ex-works, for the second...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 105.3 percent in 2011

June 13, 2011

April U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $396.92 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology...

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LAI International wins Manufacturer-of-the-Year Award from the Arizona Manufacturing Council

June 3, 2011

LAI International, Inc., a strategic supplier of precision components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers, won a Manufacturer-of-the-Year Award from the Arizona Manufacturing Council. The company was recognized as Outstanding Small-to-Medium Manufacturer of the Year at the AMC's...

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GRT-Mars changes name

June 3, 2011

GRT-Mars Inc., Mountainside, N.J., has announced its name change to Mars Intl. Inc. The company continues to operate in its current structure, and all contact information remains the same. The company has changed its domain name and Web site address to www.marsint.com, but the old e-mail and site...

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Modest job growth to continue in manufacturing in June

June 2, 2011

Manufacturers and service-sector companies will continue to add jobs in June, but the pace of payroll growth remains insufficient to drive unemployment rates down significantly, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey...

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ISM May ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity growth slows

June 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 22nd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 24th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued June 1 by Bradley J. Holcomb,...

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Yamaha moves ATV production to U.S.

May 31, 2011

Yamaha Motor Corp., Cypress, Calif., and Yamaha Motor Mfg. Corp. of America (YMMC) have announced that production of new ATV models has been moved from overseas facilities to Yamaha's Newnan, Ga., factory. The company has invested more than $250 million in the factory in the past 10 years. This is...

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Metal Sales Mfg. expands Denver location

May 31, 2011

Metal Sales Mfg. Corp., Louisville, Ky., has added 36,000 sq. ft. to its Denver facility. The location, the largest of 20 nationwide, now has a total of 132,000 sq. ft. and employs 80 full-time workers serving Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho,...

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HRB prices down worldwide

May 26, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for May 23 slipped 0.3 percent to $634 per ton after rising four consecutive times. The World export HRB price slipped 0.5 percent to $728 per ton, FOB the port of export, after rising two weeks ago. The Western European HRB price fell...

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U.S. durable goods orders post biggest decline in six months

May 25, 2011

New orders for manufactured durable goods in April decreased $7.1 billion or 3.6 percent to $189.9 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This is the largest decline recorded in six months. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 4.4 percent March increase. Excluding...

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Seconn Fabrication earns Sustainability Award

May 23, 2011

Seconn Fabrication, Waterford, Conn., has been awarded the Sustainability Award from Legrand |Ortronics. According to Nitin Raj Sharma, director of strategic sourcing at Legrand |Ortronics, the company "was pleased to find a supplier [Seconn Fabrication] that took the initiative prior to being...

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TG Mfg. acquires AIM Industries

May 23, 2011

TG Mfg., Grand Rapids, Mich., a division of Tiger Industrial Systems, has acquired AIM Industries in Grand Haven, Mich. AIM Industries, a provider of metal stamping, CNC machining, robotic welding, and tooling, is housed in a 41,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility. TG Mfg.'s plans to integrate its...

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QuikCut announces expansion plans

May 23, 2011

Steel fabricating company QuikCut has announced a planned expansion of its Fort Wayne, Ind., facility. The $345,000 expansion will include new equipment for fabrication, sandblasting, and painting, as well as general building improvements. The company expects to add 25 employees....

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Oberg Industries expands industrial welding services

May 23, 2011

Oberg Industries, a manufacturer of precision metal components and assemblies in Freeport, Pa., has expanded its welding support services to complement its metalworking operations that include metal stamping, tooling, machining, and grinding. The company has formed a strategic alliance with...

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China to lose edge over U.S. by 2016 says manufacturing group economist

May 18, 2011

Based on recent analyses and reports, a leading manufacturing sector economist asserts the Chinese will stand to lose significant market share in the years to come, and will have not a cost advantage over U.S. manufacturing by the year 2016. "Such a statement would have evoked peals of laughter...

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