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Helander Metal Spinning earns AS9100C quality management system certification

November 18, 2013

Helander Metal Spinning Co., a Lombard, Ill., provider of custom metal forming and fabricating services, has received its AS9100C certification, awarded for the improvement of product quality, delivery, and costs in the aviation, space, and defense industries. The standard, which can be applied...

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BRP opens manufacturing facility in Mexico

November 15, 2013

BRP has established a new manufacturing facility in Querétaro, Mexico, for the assembly of Rotax engines for its Can-Am off-road vehicles, assembly of the Sea-Doo Spark watercraft, and manufacturing of composite hulls and decks for Sea-Doo watercraft. By 2015 the entire Sea-Doo watercraft lineup...

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Waukesha Metal Products to acquire Revstone Fabrication

November 15, 2013

Waukesha® Metal Products, an international metal forming supplier, has announced its intention to purchase the assets of Revstone Fabrication San Luis Potosí S de RL de CV, located in San Luis Potosí, SLP, Mexico. The final agreement will be completed by Dec. 7, 2013. The 100,000-sq.-ft. plant...

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Mega deals drive surge in industrial manufacturing deal value in third quarter

November 15, 2013

Deal activity in the industrial manufacturing sector experienced an uptick in the third quarter of 2013, while merger and acquisition (M&A) value for the quarter rose to the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2007. The strength of industrial manufacturing M&A in the past three months...

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Caterpillar opens Georgia plant

November 7, 2013

Caterpillar Inc. has opened a $200 million manufacturing plant near Athens, Ga., for manufacturing mini hydraulic excavators. Currently employing about 300 workers, the 1 million-sq.-ft. plant is expected to be fully staffed with 1,400 employees by 2015. Based in Illinois, Caterpillar also has...

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Harbour Results study finds auto industry can anticipate future capacity constraints

November 7, 2013

Harbour Results Inc., Royal Oak, Mich., anticipates a vendor tooling capacity constraint within the automotive industry by 2018, according to its 2013 Vendor Tooling Study. In about five years, the required capacity of the vendor tooling industry will reach $15.2 billion, with available current...

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Fisher Barton marks 40 years in business

November 7, 2013

The Fisher Barton Group has marked the 40th anniversary of its first shipment of lawnmower blades. The company has since expanded into a family of eight manufacturing companies providing industrial components, product and process improvements, and coating technologies. Founded by metallurgist...

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Job Shop Consumption Report shows improvements in third quarter

November 5, 2013

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has released its 3rd Quarter 2013 Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report — one of the most complete tools available for forecasting activity in the heart of the manufacturing cycle. The inaugural issue of...

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Epic Systems hires project manager

November 5, 2013

Epic Systems Inc., St. Louis, an engineering and fabrication firm, has announced the hiring of Mike Wodicker as project manager. He specializes in process engineering and project management for modular process systems. A graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s...

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HFC Fabrications acquires Clark Tool & Die and Stamping Co.

November 4, 2013

HFC Fabrications, a Sun Valley, Calif., manufacturer of equipment using sheet metal fabrications, stampings, precision machined parts, and electronic assemblies, has acquired Clark Tool & Die and Stamping Co. and formed the new entity HFC-Clark, a tool, die, stamping, fabrications, and...

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Clark Metal Products hires regional sales manager - TheFabricator.com

Clark Metal Products hires regional sales manager

November 4, 2013

Clark Metal Products Co., a custom sheet metal fabricator in Blairsville, Pa., has hired Joseph Griffin as acting regional sales manager representing the Virginia and North Carolina territories. Griffin's duties include developing, managing, and defining target markets within the southern...

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SHRM LINE: Steady hiring and few layoffs expected in November

October 31, 2013

In November, the pace of hiring in manufacturing and services will rise compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for November 2013. In November, for the 16th consecutive month, the hiring rate...

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Super Steel ranks No. 6 in job creation in Wisconsin

October 31, 2013

Milwaukee-based manufacturer Super Steel has been recognized by Inc. magazine with a Hire Power Award for its growth and continued hiring. The company is ranked No. 6 among private business job creators within the state of Wisconsin over the past 18 months. Super Steel is a contract manufacturer...

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Parmatech makes changes to management team

October 29, 2013

ATW Companies Inc., a provider of custom-manufactured metal components and services based in Warwick, R.I., has announced that Parmatech Corp., its custom-manufactured metal injection molded (MIM) components and services subsidiary in Petaluma, Calif., has added new staff members and promoted...

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Report says auto manufacturing, rising oil prices will spur demand for metal pipe, tube

October 28, 2013

IBISWorld, a Los Angeles-based source of industry and market research, has updated its report on the metal pipe and tube manufacturing industry in reaction to the market’s volatility in the past five years. Volatility in the price of steel has damaged the metal pipe and tube manufacturing...

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