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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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How to save U.S. manufacturing

August 18, 2014

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The majority of U.S. citizens agree that manufacturing is vital to the economy and national security. So what can be done to save manufacturing? In his new book, Dr. William Killingsworth outlines a five-step program the government must implement to make it happen.

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DOT Quality Services names director of operations

August 15, 2014

DOT Quality Services, a Chicago-based accredited certification body that specializes in certification audits to international standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 3834 for the structural steel and metals fabrication industry, has promoted Mike Mauris to director of operations. Previously serving as...

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A strong balance sheet = A strong business

August 15, 2014

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Metal fabricators are a conservative lot, but that can be a very good thing, especially in light of the unpredictable times in which we live.

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Deere announces factory layoffs

August 15, 2014

Deere & Co., Moline, Ill., has announced it will reduce the size of its manufacturing workforce at some agricultural equipment factories in response to current market demand for its products. The action will place more than 600 employees at four locations on indefinite layoff. In addition, the...

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Coast Composites and Odyssey Industries add machining capabilities

August 15, 2014

Coast Composites and Odyssey Industries, members of the AIP Aerospace Tooling Group, have announced the installation of Parpas XS milling machines at their facilities. Coast Composites, Santa Ana, Calif., took delivery of an XS high-velocity, 5-axis milling machine manufactured by Parpas...

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Briggs & Stratton to acquire Allmand Bros.

August 15, 2014

Milwaukee-based Briggs & Stratton Corp., a producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Allmand Bros Inc., Holdrege, Neb., a manufacturer of towable light towers, industrial heaters, and solar LED arrow boards. “The acquisition of...

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BorgWarner expands operations in Illinois

August 15, 2014

BorgWarner, Auburn Hills, Mich., has announced plans to invest $9.4 million in its plant in Dixon, Ill., over the next three years. The expansion is expected to create 40 jobs in manufacturing, product engineering, supplier quality, supply chain, and technical and quality support. The plant...

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