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February U.S. manufacturing technology orders up 5.7 percent from January, but down 10.6 percent from a year ago

April 8, 2013

February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $385.89 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was up 5.7 percent from January but...

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T.J. Snow celebrates 50 years in business

April 8, 2013

T. J. Snow Co., a Chattanooga, Tenn., a manufacturer and distributor of resistance welding machines and related supplies, marked its 50th anniversary in business with an open house and employee luncheon. Founded by T. J. (Jim) Snow Sr. on April 1, 1963, the company originally was conceived as a...

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Epic Systems names general manager

April 8, 2013

Engineering and fabrication firm Epic Systems Inc., St. Louis, has announced the promotion of James Owen to general manager from group manager. He oversees services in modular processes, machine vision, packaging lines, and custom machines and manages all aspects of production, from engineering and...

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Super Steel hires new staff

April 4, 2013

Super Steel LLC, Milwaukee, has announced the addition of three staff members. Yahya El-Natour has been appointed as production manager. Having worked at the company in the late 1990s as a CNC programmer, he returns from Steelwind Industries, where he served as project manager, purchasing manager,...

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ThomasNet launches scholarship program to encourage manufacturing careers

April 4, 2013

In a move to draw the next generation into manufacturing, ThomasNet® has launched its North American Manufacturing Scholarship Program. Up to 30 graduating high school seniors with an interest in manufacturing careers each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to pursue studies at a two- or four-year...

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LINE survey: Compared to a year ago, manufacturing hiring rate to drop slightly in April; service sector hiring to increase sharply

April 4, 2013

In April, the service-sector hiring rate will reach a four-year high for the month, and more than one-third of manufacturers will add jobs, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for April 2013. In April, for the...

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ISM ROB: Economic activity in manufacturing expanded in March for the fourth consecutive month, but at slower rate than February

April 3, 2013

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the fourth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 46th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued April 1 by Bradley J....

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Challenge Mfg. announces $10.3 million expansion

April 3, 2013

Challenge Mfg. Co., Walker, Mich., a manufacturer of engineered metal stampings and modular assemblies for the automotive industry, has announced plans to expand existing operations in the cities of Holland and Walker, investing $10.3 million and adding 180 jobs. As a result of the expansion, the...

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On Time Fab to expand

April 3, 2013

On Time Fab Inc., a custom metal fabrication shop in Owensboro, Ky., has announced plans to double the size of its building and add new equipment, including a plasma table that the company says will increase flexibility and decrease finishing time. The shop, which builds custom handrails, stairs,...

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Industrial Innovations installs lube management system at Tier 1 stamping plant

March 28, 2013

Industrial Innovations, Wyoming, Mich., has announced the installation of its plantwide lubrication management system at a Tier 1 automotive stamping facility in Ohio. The system comprises a Triple Pro-Mix 5 system capable of mixing a lubricant at three different ratios simultaneously and four...

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Solar Atmospheres to donate vacuum furnace to ASM teaching facility - TheFabricator.com

Solar Atmospheres to donate vacuum furnace to ASM teaching facility

March 28, 2013

In commemoration of ASM Intl.'s 100th anniversary, Solar Atmospheres Inc., Souderton, Pa., will donate a vacuum furnace to ASM for use in its Teaching Lab at its headquarters in Materials Park, Ohio. The $250,000 furnace, expected to ship in June, will allow students to perform a variety of...

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Custom Welding & Metal Fabricating adds paint booth

March 28, 2013

Custom Welding & Metal Fabricating, Waite Park, Minn., has added a paint booth to its current fabrication capabilities. The 30- by 120-ft. booth has a 28-ft. ceiling. The $1 million investment allows the company to move painting processes in-house to complement its cutting, shearing, rolling,...

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Impulse Manufacturing launches website

March 28, 2013

Impulse Manufacturing, Dawsonville, Ga., a supplier of metal fabrication products and services, has launched a new website at www.impulsemfg.com. It features an overview of the company’s capabilities and quality processes. Visitors can research the company's metal fabrication services in website...

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SigmaTEK Systems to hold annual productivity seminar series

March 28, 2013

SigmaTEK Systems LLC, Cincinnati, a provider of CAD/CAM nesting and manufacturing automation systems, has announced that its SigmaTEK Academy will take place May 14-15, 2013, in Cincinnati. The seminar brings together fabricators, cutting machine suppliers and OEMs, manufacturing software...

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CCAM unveils research, product development facility

March 28, 2013

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) near Richmond, Va., a research-based collaboration among the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, and manufacturing companies worldwide, has unveiled its new, 62,000-sq.-ft. research facility. The...

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