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Job Shop Consumption Report shows improvements in third quarter

November 5, 2013

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has released its 3rd Quarter 2013 Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report — one of the most complete tools available for forecasting activity in the heart of the manufacturing cycle. The inaugural issue of...

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Epic Systems hires project manager

November 5, 2013

Epic Systems Inc., St. Louis, an engineering and fabrication firm, has announced the hiring of Mike Wodicker as project manager. He specializes in process engineering and project management for modular process systems. A graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s...

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Going cellular: A year later - TheFabricator.com

How cellular manufacturing can work in contract manufacturing

November 5, 2013 | By Tim Heston

For the past year one contract fabricator in Georgia has operated under the cellular manufacturing concept. Even in the shop’s high-product-mix environment, the concept is working—even thriving.

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Apple picking for the 21st century - TheFabricator.com

Apple picking for the 21st century

November 5, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

Phil Brown Welding of Conklin, Mich., designed and fabricated the Apple Harvester, a machine that makes picking apples easier, faster, and allows for picking at night, not just during daylight hours.

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HFC Fabrications acquires Clark Tool & Die and Stamping Co.

November 4, 2013

HFC Fabrications, a Sun Valley, Calif., manufacturer of equipment using sheet metal fabrications, stampings, precision machined parts, and electronic assemblies, has acquired Clark Tool & Die and Stamping Co. and formed the new entity HFC-Clark, a tool, die, stamping, fabrications, and...

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Clark Metal Products hires regional sales manager - TheFabricator.com

Clark Metal Products hires regional sales manager

November 4, 2013

Clark Metal Products Co., a custom sheet metal fabricator in Blairsville, Pa., has hired Joseph Griffin as acting regional sales manager representing the Virginia and North Carolina territories. Griffin's duties include developing, managing, and defining target markets within the southern...

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SHRM LINE: Steady hiring and few layoffs expected in November

October 31, 2013

In November, the pace of hiring in manufacturing and services will rise compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for November 2013. In November, for the 16th consecutive month, the hiring rate...

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Super Steel ranks No. 6 in job creation in Wisconsin

October 31, 2013

Milwaukee-based manufacturer Super Steel has been recognized by Inc. magazine with a Hire Power Award for its growth and continued hiring. The company is ranked No. 6 among private business job creators within the state of Wisconsin over the past 18 months. Super Steel is a contract manufacturer...

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CNC digitizing canned cycle introduced

October 31, 2013

Diversified Machine Systems has introduced a simplified CNC digitizing canned cycle developed by Fagor Automation. Designed to reduce digitizing setup time, the cycle allows the operator to set up the CNC machine center in a few minutes for digitizing simple or complex parts by using a single...

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Parmatech makes changes to management team

October 29, 2013

ATW Companies Inc., a provider of custom-manufactured metal components and services based in Warwick, R.I., has announced that Parmatech Corp., its custom-manufactured metal injection molded (MIM) components and services subsidiary in Petaluma, Calif., has added new staff members and promoted...

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Programming simplified on milling machine CNC - TheFabricator.com

Programming simplified on milling machine CNC

October 28, 2013

Heidenhain Corp. offers the Acu-Rite MILLPWR G2 CNC for milling machines. According to the manufacturer, the control is simple and easy to operate for vertical knee mills while maintaining the same power as its MILLPWR predecessor. Programming is done via plain language user prompts accompanied...

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Report says auto manufacturing, rising oil prices will spur demand for metal pipe, tube

October 28, 2013

IBISWorld, a Los Angeles-based source of industry and market research, has updated its report on the metal pipe and tube manufacturing industry in reaction to the market’s volatility in the past five years. Volatility in the price of steel has damaged the metal pipe and tube manufacturing...

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Haier America to relocate to New Jersey

October 28, 2013

Haier, a China-based appliance manufacturer, will move its Haier America production facility from Manhattan, N.Y., to Wayne, N.J. The relocation is expected to create 500 jobs....

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Lincoln Electric receives Boy Scouts of America's North Star Award for volunteer efforts

October 28, 2013

The Boy Scouts of America has awarded Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, with its North Star Award for the welding equipment manufacturer's efforts in supporting the BSA's Welding Merit Badge program, which rolled out in 2012. The award is presented by councils on behalf of the National Court of Honor...

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9to5 Seating to move China-based manufacturing operations to Tennessee

October 28, 2013

Office seating manufacturer 9to5 Seating has announced it will relocate its China-based manufacturing operations to Union City, Tenn. The $39.5 million relocation will create 510 new jobs over the next five years. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2014, at which time the company will...

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