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Fatal work injuries decreased slightly in 2011

September 27, 2012

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, D.C., has released preliminary results from its National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Findings show that the number of fatal work injuries in 2011 was slightly lower than final results from 2010. Last year, 4,609 workers died from work-related...

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Metal Spinners adds fiber laser system for aerospace component fabrication

September 27, 2012

Metal Spinners Inc., a Malden, Mass., job shop offering multiaxis laser cutting and engineering services for turbine engine components, has acquired a turnkey Laserdyne 795XL system with a third-generation BeamDirector and an IPG fiber laser. The company offers fabricating, machining, and...

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Reliance Steel to purchase GH Metal Solutions

September 27, 2012

Metals service center Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., Los Angeles, has announced plans to purchase GH Metal Solutions Inc. The Alabama-based GH Metal Solutions is a steel processor and fabricator....

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Service manager course preps workers for residential service

September 27, 2012

The International Training Institute (ITI), Alexandria, Va., the education arm of the unionized sheet metal and air conditioning industry, offered a service manager course for the first time in June at the Local 88 training center in Las Vegas. Taught by Darrell Garrison, the five-day, 40-hour...

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U.S. durable goods orders drop 13.2 percent—largest decrease since January 2009

September 27, 2012

New orders for manufactured durable goods in August decreased $30.1 billion or 13.2 percent to $198.5 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down following three consecutive monthly increases, was the largest decrease since January 2009 and followed a 3.3 percent July...

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Glenn Metalcraft adds to sales staff

September 25, 2012

Glenn Metalcraft, Princeton, Minn., has named Dan Patnode to the position of sales manager and John Sautter as outside salesperson. Patnode, who joined the company one year ago, oversees outside and inside sales. Sautter is the company's first contact with new customers in the Midwest. The company...

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aPriori appoints CFO

September 25, 2012

Provider of product cost management software for discrete manufacturers in Concord, Mass., aPriori has announced the appointment of Eric Sockol as CFO. He is responsible for the company's financial and administration operations, reporting to President and CEO Stephanie Feraday. Before joining the...

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Zachry Holdings purchases Mississippi industrial fabrication facility

September 24, 2012

Zachry Holdings Inc., San Antonio, Texas, has expanded its presence in the Southeast with the purchase of a large industrial fabrication facility in Moss Point, Miss., from Day & Zimmermann (D&Z). The facility fabricates piping systems and vessels for large projects in the power,...

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Americas Ovens division to expand in Cleveland

September 24, 2012

Manitowoc Foodservice, New Port Richey, Fla., has announced plans to expand manufacturing and establish a new headquarters for the Americas Ovens operating company at its Cleveland location. The new, 30,000-sq.-ft. headquarters operation will include new quality systems, computerized work...

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More manufacturers announce open house schedules for Manufacturing Day

September 24, 2012

Several manufacturers have announced their participation in Manufacturing Day, a nationwide event on Oct. 5, 2012, to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and draw attention to the many rewarding, high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields. The event sponsors...

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ThyssenKrupp North America to close business unit

September 21, 2012

ThyssenKrupp North America has announced plans to close its ThyssenKrupp Access Corp. business unit, Grandview, Mo., by December. The unit manufactures stair lifts, wheelchair lifts, and home elevators. The closing, which involves manufacturing facilities in Grandview and Roanoke, Ill., and...

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Utility Trailer expands Arkansas plant

September 21, 2012

Utility Trailer Mfg. Co., a manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner® curtainsided trailers, has announced the expansion of its dry van manufacturing plant located in Paragould, Ark. The 22,000-sq.-ft. expansion includes a new modification center that...

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KTI Inc. launches new website

September 21, 2012

KTI Inc., East Windsor, Conn., has established a new website at www.ktiinc.com that defines its electron beam component, electron beam continuous bimetal strip welding, and value-added assembly welding capabilities. The continuous strip welding process allows the company to join dissimilar,...

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Mohawk Metal opens shop in Vancouver

September 21, 2012

Mohawk Metal Co., a custom metal fabricator in Eugene, Ore., has opened a 20,000-sq.-ft. shop in Vancouver, B.C. The $1.5 million expansion is expected to create up to 20 jobs by the end of 2012....

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MAC adds laser inspection equipment

September 20, 2012

MAC has installed a Xiris WI2000p laser inspection system for detecting undercut, sunk welds, pinholes, weld height, and weld register in tube and pipe. A high-speed video camera detects defects to 0.00059 in. on a typical laser welding tube mill. Direct integration with the tube mill's marking...

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