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MSSC wins 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Council Award

March 19, 2014

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, Alexandria, Va., has received the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Council Award from Frost & Sullivan. MSSC was recognized for its accomplishments in increasing the number of skilled individuals entering the manufacturing workforce. MSSC is a training...

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Association for Manufacturing Excellence launches AME Values Veterans program

March 19, 2014

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence, Rolling Meadows, Ill., held a kickoff symposium for its AME Values Veterans (AMEV2) program on March 14 at DMG Mori, Hoffman Estates, Ill. The program is designed to teach U.S. employers how to recapitalize their workforce by recruiting, hiring,...

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Italian Trade Agency announces call for papers, scholarship support from SME Education Foundation

March 19, 2014

In support of the Italian Trade Agency’s call for papers for the 2014 Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards, the SME Education Foundation will award scholarships to the top winners. The IMTTA program is a competition asking upper-level students attending premier North American universities to...

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Core Crew launches website

March 19, 2014

Cincinnati-based employment agency Core Crew, formerly known as Elite Craft Support, has launched a new website at www.corecrew.com. The company works to recruit and place skilled tradespeople, including welders, pipe fitters, ironworkers, millwrights, plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. The...

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Lubricants, cleaners made for beverage can manufacturing

March 19, 2014

Henkel offers Bonderite lubricants and cleaners for the manufacture of two-piece beverage cans. L-FM 8300 and 8400 postlubricants help extend tool life, reduce bleed-through on the finished cans, and reduce tear-off rates. The lubricants can be cleaned off easily, states the manufacturer....

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Whirlpool to double size of Ohio plant

March 18, 2014

Whirlpool Corp., Benton Harbor, Mich., has announced plans to invest $40 million to nearly double the size of its Greenville, Ohio, small appliance manufacturing operations. The expansion is expected to generate about 400 new jobs by 2018, increasing the facility’s workforce to about 1,400...

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From the Web 3.18.14

March 18, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— manufacturing production improves; new hubs struggle to create jobs; the state of Minnesota and a robot supplier are doing their part to help train workers in the Midwest; and a Florida fabricator helps build Park Avenue’s funky sculpture.

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PMA member urges Congress to bring manufacturing back to U.S.

March 18, 2014

Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) member Kevin Harberts, president and CEO of Kryton Engineered Metals Inc., Cedar Falls, Iowa, has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access about reshoring, or...

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OSHA releases educational bulletin on injury-recording requirements

March 18, 2014

OSHA has released an educational resource that focuses on requirements for recording of temporary worker injuries and illnesses. The recordkeeping bulletin explains the requirements for both the staffing agency and the host employer and addresses how to identify who is responsible for recording...

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Multiple-wheel caster simplifies movement of loaded carts

March 18, 2014

Caster Concepts has developed the TWERGO™ wheel for simplified movement of loaded carts and vehicles. The tread minimizes friction and eliminates scrubbing and sliding when turning, while maintaining impact resistance. The multiple-wheel design is anchored by a spanner, and the wheel hub...

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Lockheed Martin earns three Manufacturing Leadership Awards

March 18, 2014

Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., has been recognized with three 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards for achievements in advanced manufacturing, environmentally friendly practices, and customer relationships. The awards are administered by the Manufacturing Leadership Council, Frost & Sullivan....

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Access control system prevents unauthorized use of machinery

March 18, 2014

A universal access control system that uses smart card technology to prevent fixed and mobile machinery from being used by unauthorized people has been introduced by Whiting Corp. AccessPoint controls who can operate high-value, high-risk equipment and records when they accessed it and for how...

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80/20: What can possibly go wrong?

March 18, 2014 | By Dick Kallage

The necessary conditions must be in place to implement the 80/20 method of management successfully.

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FMA, NAM partner to achieve goal of 500,000 industry certifications

March 17, 2014

The Manufacturing Institute and its partners in the Skills Certification System, including the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., have announced significant progress toward achieving a five-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based certifications to individuals....

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Forney Industries launches online ordering wizard app

March 17, 2014

Forney Industries, a family-owned welding and metalworking product company in Fort Collins, Colo., has introduced Express Upload©, an e-commerce application that accelerates the online ordering process. Participating dealers can upload their Forney Web Store order with a few keystrokes. In...

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