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From the Web: Remembering Rosie; GM invests; new jobs; subpar growth; and Uber’s economic role

April 30, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—A tale of two Rosies; GM to invest billions; new jobs in Chattanooga; and the current and future economy.

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DGI Supply launches website

April 30, 2015

DGI Supply, a DoAll company, has launched an e-commerce website at www.dgisupply.com for U.S. customers and www.dgisupply.ca for customers in Canada. The site offers improved navigation, a robust search engine, and more than 100,000 in-stock products for immediate shipment. The fully integrated...

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Filter cleaning technology eliminates leaks across filter gaskets

April 30, 2015

Imperial Systems Inc. has introduced Even-Lock Technology. This filter cleaning technology helps ensure even gasket compression on all cartridge filters in a CMAXX industrial dust collector and eliminates leaks across the filter gaskets. The technology employs individual cams at each filter,...

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GKN named Company of the Year by British American Business Council Charlotte

April 30, 2015

U.K.-based GKN plc has been named the 2015 British Consul General Awards Company of the Year by the British American Business Council Charlotte. The award recognizes businesses that exemplify the primary mission of the BABC Charlotte, which is the promotion of bilateral trade and investment between...

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You can’t commoditize human connections

April 30, 2015

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Ken Schmidt helped turn Harley-Davidson around, not by improving product quality, but by connecting to the people who bought motorcycles. That same connection can form the backbone of a fabricator’s success.

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FMA releases "Q1 2015 Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report"

April 29, 2015

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has released its "1st Quarter 2015 Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report"—one of the most complete tools available for forecasting activity in the heart of the manufacturing cycle. According to the report, the...

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Reshoring Initiative 2014 data report emphasizes positive job trends

April 29, 2015

Chicago-based Reshoring Initiative®, an organization committed to helping manufacturers recognize the profit potential of using local sourcing and production, has published its annual data report on reshoring trends. According to the report, more than 60,000 manufacturing jobs were brought to the...

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Is your shop online? Should it be?

April 29, 2015

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You can’t escape the Internet and social media, and you shouldn’t try. An online presence is a must, and used properly, social media can be a good marketing tool for your shop.

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Manufacturing Day welcomes three Gold sponsors for 2015

April 29, 2015

Manufacturing DaySM has announced that SME, the SME Education Foundation, and Tooling U-SME have pledged their support to the 2015 event as Gold sponsors. Manufacturing Day sponsors provide the resources to support manufacturers participating in the program, a grassroots effort by U.S....

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FCA opens industrial complex in Brazil

April 29, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has opened a new Jeep production facility in Goiana, located in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. The $2.4 billion facility, constructed over 2.5 years, comprises a Jeep assembly plant with 700 robots and a supplier park. The plant has a production capacity of...

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ERP and the (very) small shop

April 29, 2015

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With today’s cloud-based systems, advanced ERP systems no longer require a hefty IT infrastructure on-site, which can make advanced ERP available to even the smallest of shops. But from the get-go, shop owners need to plan for the upgrade, and they can start by asking a few key questions.

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Employee retention: The first 30 days

April 29, 2015

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Nothing is more frustrating than spending time and money to train new hires, only to lose them six to 12 months later. Why did they leave? Quite often the reasons go back to their first 30 days on the job.

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TECT Power Santa Fe Springs appoints general manager

April 28, 2015

Aerospace company TECT has announced the appointment of John McGara as the new general manager of TECT Power Santa Fe Springs in California. Before joining the firm, McGara served as vice president and COO at ArmorWorks Enterprises. Before that he held general management positions at Parmatech...

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MTI gains AS9100 certification

April 28, 2015

Metal Technology (MTI) has achieved AS9100 certification for its manufacturing facility located in Albany, Ore. The certification incorporates the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 in addition to adding new requirements specific to the highly regulated aerospace and defense industry. The company...

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Mist collector offers 99 percent filtration efficiency in double pass

April 28, 2015

Clarcor Industrial Air has introduced a UAS® Smog-Hog® MSH-11 compact, machine-mount mist collector. It delivers greater than 90 percent high-filtration efficiency at 0.3 µm with single pass and 99 percent for double pass. Low airflow resistance results in low motor energy consumption. The...

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