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Outside Processors Council merges with Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.

March 28, 2011

The Outside Processors Council (OPC) has merged with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) in an effort to further strengthen the two industry organizations and add value to members. The merger was announced at FMA's 15th Annual Toll Processing Conference in March in...

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Toyota to U.S. plants: ‘Prepare to shut down’

March 24, 2011

CNN.com has reported that a Toyota spokesman has said the company's U.S. manufacturing arm is preparing for a possible shutdown because of parts shortages from Japan. Word reportedly has gone out to all 13 of Toyota's factories in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This does not mean that the...

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Carrier Corp. to sell its North American bus air-conditioning business

March 22, 2011

Carrier Corp., a unit of United Technologies Corp., has entered into an agreement to sell its bus air-conditioning business in the United States and Canada to Mobile Climate Control, a global provider of climate control solutions to the commercial vehicle industry. Mobile Climate Control is a...

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MCA announces plans for semiannual meeting

March 21, 2011

The Metal Construction Association (MCA), Glenview, Ill., will hold its 2011 semiannual meeting Aug. 1-3 at The Umstead in Raleigh, N.C. The events will include interactive council and committee sessions with discussion of current work in development. The mission of the volunteer-led MCA is to...

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Scot Industries to open Indiana facility

March 21, 2011

Scot Industries Inc., a manufacturer of steel tube and bar products based in Lone Star, Texas, has announced that it will establish a new production facility in Auburn, Ind., creating up to 65 new jobs by 2014. The facility initially will produce turned, ground, and chrome-plated steel bars for...

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Titanium

Adventures in titanium—Why is my stovepipe hat assembly warping, turning blue, and cracking?

March 21, 2011

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Fabricating a titanium stovepipe hat assembly had one shop perplexed. What was causing the material to turn blue, warp, and crack? Why was it so difficult to make this part fit into the next assembly?

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HRB prices rise in U.S. and Western Europe, fall elsewhere

March 16, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for March 14 rose 2.8 percent to $958 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the eighth consecutive increase. The Western European HRB price rose 2.8 percent to $838 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 2.2 percent), ex-works, for the seventh...

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Keynote speakers at FMA annual conferences say U.S. manufacturing can return to global leadership

March 15, 2011

Two spirited keynote speeches that offered bullish perspectives on the future of U.S. manufacturing — with specific caveats — highlighted The FABRICATOR®'s Leadership Summit, 6th Annual Metal Matters and FMA's 15th Annual Toll Processing Conference, held in early March in Orlando. Emily...

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3-D CAD: Modeling with limited resources - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Modeling with limited resources

March 14, 2011

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Columnist Gerald Davis reminds us that CAD modeling has its limitations and that it's still necessary to build a prototype rather than just relying on simulation.

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Dixie-Southern opens new corporate headquarters

March 14, 2011

Dixie-Southern has opened corporate headquarters in Bradenton, Fla. The new facility houses the sales, estimating, finance, human resources, and administration departments. The current Duette, Fla., location remains the engineering and manufacturing/quality center with project management and...

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Pneumatic roll-out shelving rack has 4,000-lb. capacity - TheFabricator.com

Pneumatic roll-out shelving rack has 4,000-lb. capacity

March 14, 2011

Proper Storage Systems has introduced full-extension pneumatic roll-out shelving racks for storing and accessing heavy tooling and materials, with a capacity of 4,000 lbs. The racks offer shelf widths from 36 to 66 in. and shelf depths of 36 or 48 in. in two-, three-, and four-shelf models. The...

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E&E Metal Fabrication moves to new facility

March 14, 2011

E&E Fabrication Inc. has opened a new facility in Lebanon, Pa., with 21 employees. It plans to hire 25 to 30 new employees in the next year. The company received an order from Starlight Energy LLC to make equipment for biomass energy production....

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Fronius USA names segment managers

March 14, 2011

Fronius USA LLC, Brighton, Mich., has promoted Stefan Mayr to segment manager resistance welding/DeltaSpot. He has been with the company for more than 13 years, working in resistance welding R&D and serving as key account manager for robotics and integration. Josh Williamson has joined the...

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Armor Contract Mfg. installs large-scale blast, paint system - TheFabricator.com

Armor Contract Mfg. installs large-scale blast, paint system

March 14, 2011

Armor Contract Mfg., Mason, Ohio, has installed a 3,100-sq.-ft., full-service blast, primer, and paint system, interlinked with a monorail system. "Objectives for our new capabilities include government shipping containers, UL-listed diesel fuel tanks, large industrial power genset enclosures,...

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Abrasive cutter option allows sectioning in the X-axis direction - TheFabricator.com

Abrasive cutter option allows sectioning in the X-axis direction

March 14, 2011

Buehler's AbrasiMatic® 300 abrasive cutter now features the optional X-Bed for sectioning in the X-axis direction. The accompanying digital display tracks X-axis travel to help improve precision, consistency, and repeatability in serial (parallel) sectioning applications. The benchtop...

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