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Welding training system upgraded - TheFabricator.com

Welding training system upgraded

February 7, 2012

Lincoln Electric has released an upgrade program for the VRTEX® 360 virtual reality arc welding training system. The upgrade package includes a new motorsports garage virtual environment, filled with race cars. Students can weld with the POWER MIG® 350MP wire feeder/welding machine. To...

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Stamping die design software add-on released

February 7, 2012

Logopress Corp. and its North American distributor, Accurate Die Design Inc., have released a Progressive Blank Companion add-on to the SolidWorks®-based Logopress3 software. The add-on allows metal stamping die designers to model the 3-D, complex-shaped, intermediate stages of a progressively...

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Chrysler to add 1,800 jobs, third crew at Belvidere Assembly

February 7, 2012

Chrysler Group LLC has announced that it will add about 1,800 jobs at its Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois, which includes the addition of a third crew and hundreds of jobs for production of the all-new Dodge Dart®, by the third quarter of 2012. The last time the plant ran three shifts was in...

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Knapheide Mfg. to add jobs

February 7, 2012

Knapheide Mfg. has announced plans to add up to 100 new jobs at its plant in Quincy, Ill. The company has filled 40 positions already — mostly welding jobs — and is still searching for 60 more workers. For inexperienced workers, a four-week certificate welding program is available for a fee...

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Service Stampings adds new equipment

February 7, 2012

Metal stamping and fabrication company Service Stampings Inc., Willoughby, Ohio, has increased its production capabilities with four equipment additions: a Haas CNC vertical machining center, a PEMserter series 4 press, a Dake Johnson JH-10 horizontal band saw, and a SmartCAM Advanced Milling™...

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First in, first to win

February 3, 2012

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Just over two years ago, Steel Fabrication Inc. was like many other metal fabricators that relied on its own blend of different cost calculators and spreadsheets to job quotes. This type of manual effort often led to incorrect and late quotes. That's changed, however, with the company's adoption of product cost management software.

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GM to build $200 million stamping facility in Texas

February 2, 2012

General Motors has announced plans to start construction on a $200 million stamping facility that will create about 180 jobs. The new facility, part of the company's Arlington, Texas, manufacturing complex, will produce large stamping components for the next-generation full-size Chevrolet®...

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Mid Atlantic Machinery to host Machine Tool Madness show

February 2, 2012

Mid Atlantic Machinery will host the Machine Tool Madness show at its Harrisburg, Pa., showroom March 28-29 for welders and fabricators interested in rolling, robotic welding, eliminating secondary operations, and improving bending techniques. Manufacturers at the show will include TRUMPF,...

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AMECO USA creates backdrop for the Ronald Reagan statue in Washington, D.C. - TheFabricator.com

AMECO USA creates backdrop for the Ronald Reagan statue in Washington, D.C.

February 2, 2012

AMECO USA, a Cleveland-based custom metal fabrication company, produced the crescent-shaped backdrop for the Ronald Reagan Memorial Statue installation at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. Adorned with an eagle head motif and the president's name, the 40-ft.-long, 10-in.-thick,...

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55 percent favor government subsidies to U.S. manufacturing

February 2, 2012

In President Obama's State of the Union address in January, he proposed corporate tax credits and reductions to encourage an increase in U.S. manufacturing jobs. A new survey shows a majority of Americans nationwide are in agreement with the idea. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone...

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LINE survey: Hiring gains expected in February, but job growth rate still behind 2011

February 2, 2012

The hiring outlook for February shows a net gain in employment in the manufacturing and service sectors, although the pace of job creation lags that of a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for February...

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How a recession changes a market

February 1, 2012

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Tim Heston talks with Tony Bloom, co-owner of Mohawk Metal Co., a Eugene, Oregon, fabricator that took off on the growth path during the recession, and hasn't looked back since.

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Reliance Steel to acquire McKey Perforating Co.

February 1, 2012

Reliance Steel & Aluminum has announced that a subsidiary is acquiring McKey Perforating Co. Inc., a metal perforating and fabricating company in Berlin, Wis. The deal includes a McKey subsidiary in Manchester, Tenn. Terms were not disclosed. Reliance said McKey had sales of about $18 million...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing starting year on positive note as new orders, production, and employment grow in January

February 1, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 30th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 32nd consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued February 1 by Bradley J....

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Balancing effectiveness with efficiency - TheFabricator.com

Balancing effectiveness with efficiency

February 1, 2012

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They represent several different areas of metal fabricating, but all members of The FABRICATOR's Advisory Board share the same observation: In today' manufacturing world, working lean is OK, but only if you are working effectively.

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