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Manufacturers struggle to hire highly skilled workers

January 12, 2010

As employers across the country continue to shed hundreds of thousands of jobs, many manufacturers are facing an ironic dilemma. As they eliminate positions — mainly repetitive, assembly-type...

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General MetalWorks Corp. receives 2010 Industry Award

January 12, 2010

General MetalWorks Corp. (GenMet), a custom metal fabricator based in Mequon, Wis., has received The FABRICATOR's Industry Award 2010, presented by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association,...

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Nucor Executive Vice President Joe Rutkowski to retire; Joe Stratman to assume additional responsibilities

January 11, 2010

Nucor Corp. Executive Vice President of Business Development Joseph A. Rutkowski announced today his plans to retire at the end of February after 21 years of service with the company. Rutkowski began...

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November manufacturing technology consumption up 16 percent

January 11, 2010

November U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $178.83 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association, and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing...

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h & h tube.

Small manufacturer, big heart

January 11, 2010

Founded in 1930 to supply radiator components to the budding automotive industry, H & H Tube was built on a tradition of seeking challenges—pursuing new customers in diverse markets, chasing manufacturing challenges, and often building its own equipment. This created a cycle of learning by doing that allowed it to pursue still more challenges. A change in management a few years back enabled the company to go further still in kaizen events, ISO certification, and so on.

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Factory orders rose 1.1 percent in November 2009

January 5, 2010

New orders for manufactured goods in November, up seven of the last eight months, increased $3.9 billion or 1.1 percent to $365.3 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. This followed a 0.8...

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Feralloy Corp. announces death of Vice President and GM Stephen J. Szcesniak

January 4, 2010

Stephen J. Szcesniak, vice president and general manager of Feralloy's Saint Louis Division, died November 28 at his home in Edwardsville, Ill.Steve, 56, was with Feralloy Corp., a subsidiary of...

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Manufacturing activity expanded for fifth consecutive month in December, but fabricated metal products among sectors that contracted

January 4, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the eighth consecutive month, said supply executives in the latest...

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Metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain fairly steady during next three months

December 17, 2009

According to the December 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain fairly steady during the next three...

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Call for conference papers about seamless and welded tubular product technology, processes

December 17, 2009

The Tube & Pipe Association, International® (TPA), USA, and the International Tube Association (ITA), U.K., have collaborated to organize a conference devoted to seamless and welded tubular...

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HRB prices off bottom

December 16, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for December 14 rose 4.0 percent to $575 per metric ton, FOB the mill, after four consecutive falls. The World export HRB price rose...

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Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part V

December 15, 2009

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How are bending, flanging, coining, embossing, stretching, curling, hemming, ironing, necking, and drawing related? They all are common metal forming operations. Find out more about these processes in this final installment of stamping expert Art Hedrick's sheet metal stamping series.

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Air dryer for laser purge helps protect system's mirrors

December 15, 2009

Parker Hannifin has introduced a line of Balston— air dryers for purging of industrial laser plenums, which protect the laser system's mirrors from dirt and moisture.The dryers use membrane...

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Pop-up transfer conveyor handles up to 250 lbs.

December 15, 2009

TKF offers a light-duty, pop-up transfer conveyor that handles loads up to 250 lbs. The conveyor uses compact, motorized, roller-driven strands rather than chain drives to help reduce noise. No...

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Five-roll weld squeeze box designed for high-frequency induction welded profile, direct-weld roll forming

December 15, 2009

Rafter Equipment offers the RT-2000S five-roll weld squeeze box, designed for the high-frequency induction welded profile or direct-weld roll forming industry.The weld box uses a design that pushes...

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