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U.S. economy can grow 3 percent in 2012 if key issues addressed 'coherently'

December 16, 2011

If the U.S. addresses "in a coherent manner" four key issues that impact the economy — employment, consumer behavior, global economic strain, and the role of politicians — the country can expect growth of around 3 percent in 2012, forecasts Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators...

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Computer-assisted quoting software creates simple to complex quotes

December 14, 2011

Quik Quote™ quoting software is an Excel® worksheet that uses computer-assisted quoting technology to create simple to complex quotes, regardless of an individual's computer skills. The software provides nine modules that can have different labor rates with unlimited expansion. According to the...

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DeWys Mfg. adds space to Marne location

December 14, 2011

Metal fabricator DeWys Mfg. has announced plans for a building addition to its existing 60,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Marne, Mich. The 24,000-sq.-ft. addition will feature new metal fabrication equipment and will serve as home to DeWys University, where the company will offer an in-house...

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Waukesha Metal Products acquires Metal Skills Plus

December 14, 2011

Waukesha® Metal Products, Sussex, Wis., has acquired certain assets of Metal Skills Plus LLC of DeForest, Wis. The strategic acquisition expands Waukesha's capabilities and provides additional diversification of its customer base and markets served. Some of these new markets include industrial...

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Manufacturing technology orders up 80.5 percent from 2010

December 13, 2011

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $463.32 million according to AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology...

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2012 forecast: The good and bad of economic gumbo - TheFabricator.com

2012 forecast: The good and bad of economic gumbo

December 9, 2011

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Positives and negatives probably will pepper the business climate in 2012. Manufacturing has led the economic recovery. Unemployment will remain high, and businesses will still seek technical talent. Equipment spending probably will continue apace. So will company acquisitions, but they won’t be as prevalent as they could be. . Mixed together, these ingredients make for a good news-bad news gumbo in 2012.

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Got milling? You’re hired. - TheFabricator.com

Got milling? You’re hired.

December 9, 2011

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A good machinist is hard to find. Why? It’s a mixture of factors. Machining suffers from the same image problem as the other manufacturing trades, so not enough people enter the field. But this country also lacks hands-on training programs.

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Waukesha Metal Products wins productivity award

December 6, 2011

Waukesha® Metal Products, a provider of precision tools, stamping, fabrication, value-added services, and assembled components in Sussex, Wis., has received the 2011 Zierick Mfg. Corp. Productivity Award for its efforts to reduce significantly the price of and increase productivity for high-volume...

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Thermadyne names Built With Class contest winners

December 6, 2011

St. Louis-based Thermadyne® has announced the winners of its Built With Class welding contest. The contest was open to all students who were currently enrolled in a welding instructional program at a secondary, postsecondary, technical, or vocational school. In the beginner student category,...

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Lincoln Electric sponsors AWS's Careers in Welding trailer

December 6, 2011

The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, is partnering with the American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, to provide a hands-on welding experience to help attract new people to the profession. As part of this partnership, Lincoln Electric recently provided VRTEX® 360 virtual reality arc welders for...

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3-D CAD: Document management and revision control - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Document management and revision control

November 30, 2011

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Columnist Gerald Davis offers fabricators guidance in dealing with an engineering change order to a 3-D CAD model.

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Takoda Group acquires Danco Metal Products

November 27, 2011

Takoda Group LLC, a private investment firm in Cleveland, has completed acquisition of 100 percent of the stock of Danco Metal Products Inc., a precision metal fabricator in Avon Lake, Ohio. Glenn Harbold, a Takoda Group operating partner, assumes the role of president of Danco Metal Products....

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Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Offers 2012 Capital Spending Forecast

November 22, 2011

A comprehensive analysis that projects planned 2012 capital expenditures on machinery and equipment ranging from cutting machines and ironworkers to press brakes and welding supplies is now available from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA). The 2012 Capital Spending...

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Gene Haas Foundation, SME Education Foundation align funding for machinist training

November 21, 2011

Gene Haas Foundation, Oxnard, Calif., the philanthropic arm of Haas Automation Inc., has provided a $150,000 grant to the SME Education Foundation to align machinist training with the needs of job seekers and employers in high-unemployment communities. This grant is part of a $700,000 total that...

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