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Thompson Metal Fab relaunches website

August 20, 2014

Thompson Metal Fabrication, a fabricator of heavy structural steel and plate in Vancouver, Wash., has revamped its website at www.tmfab.com to present a list of conducted and completed fabrication studies. The redesigned site emphasizes the company’s three decades of experience and...

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Telescoping arm designed for fume extraction in limited space

August 20, 2014

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced a telescoping arm as an option on the FILTAIR® SWX series of stationary fume extractors and the FILTAIR 2000-12000 centralized system models. It is available in 8 in. dia. for the SWX series or in 6 or 8 in. dia. for the industrial centralized fume...

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Bayless Marketing Services hires regional sales director

August 20, 2014

Industrial marketing and sales agency Bayless Marketing Services, dba C. Bayless & Associates, located near Atlanta, has named Michael Mosher as regional sales director for manufacturing bases located in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. Based in Arcworth, Ga., Mosher is responsible for sales...

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Air nozzle helps ensure nonmarring blowoff

August 20, 2014

Exair’s new polyether ether ketone (PEEK) Pico Super Air Nozzle™ delivers a small, precise blowoff with high-velocity airflow. The nozzle is 0.63 in. long and 0.20 in. dia., permitting installation in tight spaces. Its PEEK thermoplastic construction provides self-lubricating qualities with a...

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Shell Lubricants commits to Manufacturing Day as sole platinum sponsor

August 19, 2014

On Oct. 3, 2014, manufacturers around the nation will open their doors to the public and host events highlighting the importance of manufacturing to people's everyday lives. Recognizing the importance of the grassroots initiative known as Manufacturing Day, Shell Lubricants stepped up its...

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Metal Seal Precision resumes production following plant fire

August 19, 2014

Metal Seal Precision Ltd., a manufacturer of precision metal components and subassemblies, has resumed production following a fire that destroyed a portion of its Mentor, Ohio, plant on July 25, 2014. The fire, which destroyed about one-third of the plant, caused more than $50 million in damage....

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Kennametal CEO to retire

August 19, 2014

Latrobe, Pa.-based Kennametal Inc. has announced that Chairman, President, and CEO Carlos Cardoso has decided to retire from the company effective Dec. 31, 2014. Cardoso has served as president and CEO since January 2006 and was elected chairman two years later. He joined the company in April...

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Clark Metal recognized for community impact

August 19, 2014

Clark Metal Products, Blairsville, Pa., was a finalist in the Community Impact category of the 2014 Governor’s ImPAct Awards. The company was recognized for its sustained commitment to growth and development of its employees and the communities in which it does business. Gov. Tom Corbett,...

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From the Web: Bicycle of the future; chocolate + welding; fabricator’s creative boom; and jobs

August 19, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Handlebars become a lock; an unlikely twosome—chocolate and welding; fabricator gets creative; who’s hiring, maybe; and small business’s thoughts on hiring.

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Mills Products hires R&D manager

August 19, 2014

Mills Products, Brentwood, Tenn., a metal forming company providing hydroformed, roll formed, and tube stamped parts for the automotive and appliance industries, has appointed David Brinker as its R&D manager. Before joining the company, Brinker worked for more than 25 years in the R&D model shop...

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Producing a little bit of everything, every day

August 19, 2014

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Legrand’s West Hartford, Conn., plant produces cable management systems and has been on a lean manufacturing journey since the early 1990s. Results of improvement efforts abound, including quick tool-change stations by the company’s punch presses. The FABRICATOR sat down with Michael Kijak, West Hartford plant manager and Rui Monteiro, one of the company’s lean managers, to talk about some of the highlights. Read the article.

Flange protectors designed for simplified installation, removal

August 19, 2014

Caplugs offers new patented flange protectors designed for simplified installation and removal with flexibility to help enable easier alignment with bolt holes. The toggle-lock flange protectors shield the raised faces of flanges. The covers are equipped with a thick pad for security and...

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Asset management software generates conditional text alerts

August 18, 2014

Wintriss Controls Group has announced a new capability for its ShopFloorConnect® asset management and OEE software: It now can generate conditional alerts automatically from any machine. Each alert is a custom text or e-mail message that is sent to selected recipients whenever preset...

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MEC to open manufacturing facility in Virginia

August 18, 2014

Mayville Engineering Co. Inc., Mayville, Wis., has announced plans to open a manufacturing facility in Atkins, Va. The 148,000-sq.-ft. facility will manufacture products for blue-chip OEMs. The company serves the agricultural, commercial vehicle, construction, forestry, on-/off-road power...

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Green hand cleaner suitable for industry

August 18, 2014

Metalloid Corp. has introduced Addvance botanical hand cleaner, a USDA Bio-Preferred product. The heavy-duty cleaner, suitable for industry, is gentle on hands and tough on soils. Its emollient effect relaxes and softens the skin. Derived from natural coconut oil, the hand cleaner contains no...

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