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Dixie-Southern earns new certification

July 31, 2012

Dixie-Southern's Arkansas division in Springdale has achieved ASME Section VIII, Division 1 accreditation. This certification allows the facility to fabricate fired and unfired pressure vessels and certify them under the codes and standards of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers....

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FMA Communications publications win four ASBPE awards

July 31, 2012

FMA Communications Inc., Rockford, Ill., has announced that its publications have won four American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards. Tim Heston won a Silver National Award in the case history category for "Need a light—now?" from the October 2011 issue of The FABRICATOR®,...

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GE Appliances plans second shift to increase refrigerator production

July 30, 2012

GE Appliances is adding 380 second-shift production employees at its Louisville, Ky., bottom-freezer refrigerator manufacturing facility. The company also has increased the number of new production employees working in the facility from the recently announced 600 to a total of 772. About 100...

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Mound Laser breaks ground for new Ohio facility

July 30, 2012

Mound Laser & Photonics Center Inc. has broken ground for a new building in Kettering, Ohio. The company, which serves the medical device, aerospace, and defense industries, has grown from 5 to 40 employees and increased sales by 20 times in the last 10 years. The new, 20,000-sq.-ft. building...

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Case IH expands Illinois plant - TheFabricator.com

Case IH expands Illinois plant

July 30, 2012

Case IH recently broke ground on an expansion of its Goodfield, Ill., plant, which manufactures tillage and fertilizer-application equipment. The 168,000-sq.-ft. expansion project, which will accommodate a new paint line, will increase the size of the plant by about two-thirds. The paint line...

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McAllisters acquire Select Stainless

July 26, 2012

International investment banking firm 321 Capital Partners, Baltimore, has completed the asset sale of Select Stainless, a manufacturer of production and custom stainless steel food service and health care equipment in Matthews, N.C., to Larry and Betty McAllister. The 140,000-sq.-ft. facility...

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Nippon Sharyo Mfg. opens facility in Illinois

July 24, 2012

Nippon Sharyo Mfg. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Sharyo U.S.A. Inc., has begun operations at its new passenger railcar production facility in Rochelle, Ill. The plant employs 140 workers currently. In 2013 the company plans to increase the workforce to nearly 300 when the in-house...

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Job site releases list of top 10 states for manufacturing jobs

July 24, 2012

The job site americanmfgjobs.com has released a list of the top 10 states for manufacturing jobs on its site. Some of the most popular manufacturing jobs available are for assemblers, engineers, CNC specialists, and managers. The top 10 states are: California – 42,377 Texas – 32,386...

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Weeks Group, Diverse Services Group to bring joint venture to Connecticut

July 24, 2012

The Weeks Group and Diverse Services Group, two global steel building product companies, have announced plans to create Sustainable Building Systems LLC, to be located in North Haven, Conn. The 400,000-sq.-ft. facility is expected to employ more than 400 people within four years. The new company...

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Central McGowan provides supplies to Central Minnesota Career Academy

July 24, 2012

Central McGowan Inc. (CMI), Little Falls, Minn., recently supplied welding wire, contact tips, safety glasses, and welding coupons (courtesy of Midsota Mfg. Inc.) to Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services Inc. (CMJTS), Monticello, Minn., for its 2012 Central Minnesota Career Academy. The...

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Silent Drive selects Radius Steel Fabrication to manufacture lift axles

July 19, 2012

Radius Steel Fabrication, a division of SOO Tractor in Sioux City, Iowa, has entered into an agreement with Silent Drive Inc., Orange City, Iowa, to manufacture lift axle components. Silent Drive is a worldwide provider of lift axles, portable lifts, and portable surveillance platforms. Radius...

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Miller picks Pickwick as Arc Armor welder protection makeover winner

July 19, 2012

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., has announced that Pickwick Mfg. Services, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the winner of the FABTECH® Arc Armor® welding protection makeover. Pickwick received $15,000 worth of equipment, including CoolBand™ and CoolBelt™ welding heat stress-relief products,...

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Lollis Metals expanding in South Carolina

July 19, 2012

Lollis Metals Inc., a metal fabrication and machine shop, has announced plans to expand its operations in Anderson, S.C. The expansion involves the addition of 80,000 sq. ft. of space to its current facility, as well as the acquisition of Temco of the Upstate Inc., also of Anderson. The $3 million...

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Wiley Metal Fabricating launches website

July 17, 2012

Wiley Metal Fabricating Inc., a custom fabricator in Marion, Ind., has developed a new website at www.wileymetal.com. The site features a new design and layout, offering product information on the company's punching and shearing, bending and forming, cutting and sawing, and joining and fastening...

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SME works with U.S. Army to help close manufacturing skills gap

July 16, 2012

Over the next five years, up to 1 million military personnel will return to civilian life — and the civilian workforce. Currently 600,000 jobs are open in the U.S. in advanced manufacturing, with an anticipated need for 10 million skilled workers by 2020. As part of the new Department of...

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