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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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Malco Products to open facility in Nebraska

August 31, 2016

Malco Products Inc., Annandale, Minn., has announced plans to open a facility in an existing building in DeWitt, Neb. The firm produces HVAC equipment and tools for automotive, fence, and roofing work. Production at the new location is expected to begin in...

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Would your shop survive a natural disaster?

August 31, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

One in three small businesses have felt the impact of storms or extreme weather, and nearly 40 percent do not reopen after being hit by a natural disaster. Preparation is key to survival.

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Entries sought for 2017 Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition

August 31, 2016

Wauconda, Ill.-based ET Foundation, the educational and scientific organization devoted to promoting and advancing aluminum extrusion processes and technologies, and Bonnell Aluminum are seeking entries for the 2017 International Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition. Cash scholarships will...

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Atlas API Training course to introduce quality control for welding

August 30, 2016

A new online training course offered by Atlas API Training, Houston, is designed to reduce the learning curve associated with becoming a quality control professional for welding in the petrochemical and power industries. The online course, titled Introduction to Quality Control for Welding, is...

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Mobile product makes customer relationship data available from anywhere

August 30, 2016

Global Shop Solutions has released its new Mobile Customer Relationship Management (CRM) product. The product lets salespeople, customer service reps, and company executives who use the ERP system see customer data from their smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.Customers can view sales...

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ASMAG Group looks to take over Ingenia

August 30, 2016

The ASMAG Group, Almtal, Austria, a provider of tube and profile manufacturing machinery, currently is in negotiations on the takeover of Ingenia GmbH, Linz, Austria, which went into insolvency on July 20, 2016. The effort depends on the successful restructuring of Ingenia, which ASMAG estimates...

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Order fulfillment velocity makes the difference

August 30, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Haydon Corp. was an early adopter of business software, and it continues to use its enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform comprehensively. The software, along with standard business practices baked into the company’s DNA, has helped the roll former maintain an extremely short order fulfillment cycle.

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Protective packaging paper withstands sharp metal edges

August 30, 2016

Cortec offers CorShield® VpCI®-146 reinforced paper that provides corrosion protection and tear strength. The Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibiting (VpCI) paper can be used to package ferrous and nonferrous metals and finished goods with pointed, oddly shaped, or sharp edges that would typically...

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Communication in custom metal fabrication: Good ideas, good stories, good community

August 30, 2016 | By Tim Heston

For years Jones Metal, a Mankato, Minn.-based custom fabricator, has published not an occasional employee newsletter, but a weekly digital paper, available at touchscreen kiosks throughout the front office and shop floor. The publication keeps everyone up-to-date on important metrics, spreads improvement ideas and, perhaps most important, builds community.

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Tenneco to open new facility in Tennessee

August 29, 2016

Fortune 500 automotive supplier Tenneco, Lake Forest, Ill., a manufacturer of clean air and ride performance products and systems, has announced it will open a facility in Spring Hill, Tenn., creating up to 200 new jobs during the next three years.The clean air manufacturing plant will support...

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Lockheed Martin/Crowley Fabricating partnership wins Nunn-Perry Award

August 29, 2016

Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company in Owego, N.Y., and Crowley Fabricating & Machining Co., a provider of metal stamping, CNC milling and turning, waterjet cutting, and sheet metal fabricating and assembly in Endicott, N.Y., together have been named the U.S. Navy’s only...

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Poor customer drawings create headaches and costly rework

August 26, 2016 | By Nick Martin

Most job shops encounter situations in which the customer provides inadequate drawings and details. You are told, “This is all we have, make it work.” These jobs can be frustrating and costly.

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Forty-three veterans graduate from Workshops for Warriors

August 25, 2016

Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit school assisting veterans who are transitioning into civilian life through advanced manufacturing training, certification, and job placement, recently held its summer graduation at its Barrio Logan-based educational facility in San Diego.The school honored its 43...

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Aisin USA to expand in Indiana

August 25, 2016

Aisin USA Mfg. has announced its plans to add up to 100 jobs at its 1,700-worker auto parts plant in Seymour, Ind., by the end of 2018. The Japanese-owned manufacturer says it will renovate and buy new equipment to accommodate design changes for the door frame components, seating, and trim molding...

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Advanced Heat Treat Corp. receives Nadcap Merit status for heat treating

August 25, 2016

Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) has been awarded Nadcap Merit status for heat treating (ion nitriding) at the MidPort location in Waterloo, Iowa. The company has held Nadcap accreditation since 2013. This status recognizes AHT’s demonstrated, ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer...

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