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Shop management encompasses everything from strategic planning to the nuts and bolts of statistical process control. Whether you're an executive, manager, or supervisor, you'll find articles about overcoming challenges and struggles just like yours.

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Weldaloy appoints VP/GM

September 15, 2016

Warren, Mich.-based Weldaloy, a provider of custom copper, aluminum, and other nonferrous forgings, has promoted Kurt Ruppenthal from vice president and chief manufacturing executive to vice president and general manager. Before joining the company in 2014 as engineering manager, Ruppenthal served...

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American Metal Roofs donates roof for veteran’s memorial in Michigan

September 15, 2016

American Metal Roofs, Flint, Mich., has donated the roofing materials for the Veterans Bell Memorial in Montrose, Mich. The memorial honors active-duty veterans, as well as reservists and National Guardsmen.What started out as a tribute by Charlie Emmendorfer of CRE Welding in Montrose to honor his...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Changing the hierarchy and file names within CAD assemblies

September 15, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis provides file organization and renaming guidance, so that the CAD operator doesn’t make a needless mistake that can boost frustration and reduce modeling efficiency.

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Coldwater Machine hires VP of sales and marketing

September 14, 2016

Coldwater, Ohio-based Coldwater Machine Co. has hired Daniel Barry as vice president of sales and marketing. He has more than 25 years of capital equipment and automation experience in a variety of industry sectors. Before joining the company, Barry formed WEMA Vogtland America LLC in 2010, a U.S....

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Meritor donates $5,000 to American Red Cross for Louisiana flood relief efforts

September 14, 2016

Meritor Inc., Troy, Mich., has donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts in Denham Springs, La., which was hard-hit by flooding in August. An estimated 90 percent of homes and businesses were damaged in the southeast Louisiana town of 10,000 people.The company is a...

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Winning new business in custom metal fabrication

September 14, 2016 | By Tim Heston

It can take a long time for a prospect to become a major customer, and of course there are no guarantees. This makes building a diverse customer base easier said than done. Through rebranding and restructuring, one custom fabricator in Minnesota aims to change this.

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TRUMPF founds venture capital company

September 14, 2016

TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG, a manufacturer of sheet metal processing equipment and industrial lasers based in Ditzingen, Germany, has founded TRUMPF Venture GmbH, a venture capital company for funding technology startups. The aim of the company is to fund promising young companies that want to play a...

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Matheson completes acquisition of U.S. assets divested by Air Liquide

September 14, 2016

Matheson Tri-Gas, Basking Ridge, N.J., a provider of industrial and specialty gases, has completed its acquisition of certain U.S. assets divested by Air Liquide. The acquisition includes 18 air separation units, two nitrous oxide plants, four CO2 plants, three Airgas retail stores in Alaska, and...

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5S: The foundation for the lean journey

September 14, 2016 | By Jeff Sipes

5S is critical for any lean journey. And by getting it right—that is, treating it as an important and measurable process that affects the business—fabricators can use 5S to make their office or shop floor a better place to work.

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College and the manufacturer

September 13, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Why is college so expensive? Sky-high demand may have something to do with it. Other businesses could learn a thing or two from custom fabricators and other manufacturing sectors, where a four-year college degree isn't the only ticket to success.

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Optomec, Fryer team up to expand industrial use of metal additive manufacturing

September 13, 2016

Optomec, a supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing (AM) systems for 3-D printed metals in Albuquerque, N.M., has signed an agreement with machine tool producer Fryer Machine Systems, Patterson, N.Y. As part of the agreement, Fryer will integrate the Optomec LENS® Print Engine metal AM...

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MSC launches video campaign

September 13, 2016

MSC Industrial Supply Co., a distributor of metalworking and MRO products and services, has launched its “Built to Make You Better” video campaign. The series features success stories and testimonials from a variety of MSC customers.The videos, available at www.mscdirect.com/better, present...

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MPG closes Brillion Iron Works foundry as part of optimization strategy

September 13, 2016

Metaldyne Performance Group Inc. (MPG), Southfield, Mich., a provider of components for use in powertrain and suspension applications for the light, commercial, and industrial vehicle markets, has announced the planned closure of Brillion Iron Works, which it recently acquired from Accuride Corp....

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Manufacturing Day 2016—You in?

September 13, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Frustrated by politics, the economy, or other things over which you have no control? Focus your energy on doing something positive for your industry. Participate in Manufacturing Day. You’ll be glad you did.

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Falcon Steel changes name to Falcon Steel America LLC

September 13, 2016

Following recapitalization by Chase Bank, ReignRock Capital Partners LLC, and Inverdale Capital Management LLC, Falcon Steel Co. has changed its name to Falcon Steel America LLC. Based in Haltom City, Texas, the company is a designer, fabricator, and engineering provider of products and services...

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