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Trade-Mark Industrial hosts open house at new Ontario facility

May 29, 2015

Multitrade contractor Trade-Mark Industrial Inc. hosted an open house at its new, 365,000-sq.-ft. facility in Cambridge, Ont., for customers and industry partners. The event included guided tours, 3-D modeling demonstrations, large equipment displays, design and clash detection demonstrations, and...

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Small-scale linear encoder designed for limited-space applications

May 29, 2015

Numerik Jena’s LIK 41 kit-style optical linear encoder, available from Heidenhain Corp., is suitable for motion feedback applications in which space is limited. It has a graduation of 20 µm with lengths up to 98.43 ft. The scale can be mounted in two ways. Singleflex is mounted directly to...

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OSHA, Health Canada partner to coordinate chemical labeling, classification requirements

May 29, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington, D.C., has announced it will continue its partnership with Health Canada to align U.S. and Canadian regulatory approaches regarding labeling and classification requirements for workplace chemicals through the Regulatory...

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LG Chem adding workers at Chevy Volt battery plant site

May 29, 2015

LG Chem Michigan Inc., Holland, Mich., is adding production equipment and new processes and expects to employ several hundred people by the end of the year. The facility manufactures large lithium-ion polymer batteries for electric vehicle (EV) and energy storage applications. It is a wholly...

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GM to invest $1.2 billion in Indiana plant

May 29, 2015

General Motors is investing $1.2 billion in its full-size pickup truck plant in Fort Wayne, Ind., for upgrades and technology that will improve the plant’s competitiveness in assembling light- and heavy-duty models. Construction of the new pretreat, electrocoat paint operation and sealing...

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Downdraft worktable removes dust, smoke, vapors

May 29, 2015

Kalamazoo Industries offers the DCV-8 enclosed downdraft worktable, designed to draw dust, smoke, and vapors down and away from the operator during hand grinding, polishing, and finishing. The unit is constructed of 12-ga. steel with a 30- by 34-in. tabletop constructed of reinforced 14-ga....

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Solar Atmospheres opens facility in South Carolina

May 28, 2015

Solar Atmospheres, Southeast, has opened its doors for business in Greenville, S.C. Its first furnace was brought online the first week of May. Other furnaces will continue to be delivered and brought online over the summer months. At full production capability, the company will be able to...

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CNH Industrial’s agricultural plant hosts Rep. Paul Ryan

May 28, 2015

CNH Industrial N.V., Burr Ridge, Ill., a producer of industrial equipment and commercial vehicles, hosted Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at its Case IH agricultural equipment manufacturing plant in Racine, Wis. Ryan, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, met with company executives and managers to...

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QCMI wins #1 Healthiest Companies Award for second consecutive year

May 28, 2015

Precision machining company Quality Controlled Mfg. Inc. (QCMI), Santee, Calif., has received the 2015 #1 Healthiest Companies Award in the small company category (1 to 100 employees), sponsored by the San Diego Business Journal, for the second consecutive year. Thirty-one awards were presented in...

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A modern take on accountability

May 28, 2015

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The definition of accountability has evolved to mean responsibility with consequences. Ideally, entry-level and other low-level employees should have accountability over the outcomes of their work, but that accountability must be based on objectivity and fairness. Otherwise, an accountability scheme can actually weaken an organization instead of strengthening it.

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Ascent Aerospace wins Airbus A330neo wing final assembly line upgrade

May 28, 2015

Ascent Aerospace, Santa Ana, Calif., has announced that its Ascent Integration European operation has been awarded a contract by Airbus to retrofit the Airbus Broughton (Wales) A330 wing assembly lines to the new A330neo configuration. Under this contract, Ascent Integration will have overall...

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Ranger bump cap protects wearer from impact, elements

May 28, 2015

Ergodyne has introduced the Skullerz® 8955 ranger bump cap. It combines an impact-resistant ABS shell with a wide brim for shade and protection from the elements. The hat is compliant to EN 812: 2012, with a patented flanged shell design that expands or contracts to fit the worker’s head in...

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Driving change, not fork trucks

May 28, 2015

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Quality Industries has changed a lot in two years, and in another two years it will change even more. A new management team is putting a new emphasis on engineering and continuous improvement.

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Thybar’s Louisville plant receives Kentucky’s Governor’s Health and Safety Award

May 27, 2015

Addison, Ill.-based Thybar Corp., a manufacturer of custom sheet metal products serving the HVAC and sheet metal industries, has announced that its plant in Louisville, Ky., has received Kentucky’s Governor’s Health and Safety Award in recognition of outstanding safety and health performance at...

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Talent shortage grows as risk for the manufacturing industry, reveals BDO study

May 27, 2015

While the manufacturing industry is in resurgence, concern over the industry’s talent shortage is escalating. Findings from the third annual BDO USA LLP analysis of risk factors listed in the most recent 10-K filings of the largest 100 publicly traded U.S. manufacturers reveal that challenges...

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