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Sustainable growth in the sunny Southwest

March 13, 2014 | By Tim Heston

You might have noticed the employees of CAID Industries Inc., Tucson, Ariz., walking around FABTECH 2013 with bright yellow shirts indicating that the fabricator was hiring. The company is looking for the right talent to help turn the $40-million-a-year business into something much larger.

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Increasing vehicle age sustains growth in brake rotors, drums, and calipers aftermarket

March 12, 2014

North American consumers are spending more on parts and service because they are keeping their cars and light trucks longer due to prolonged economic uncertainty. The increasing average age of vehicles — which currently stands at 10.5 years — will drive the aftermarket for brake rotors, drums,...

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Portable air cleaner source-captures pollutants from multiple applications

March 12, 2014

Micro Air® Clean Air Systems has released a brochure that showcases its TM 1000 TaskMaster, a portable unit that source-captures pollutants and fumes from grinding, welding, cutting, and gluing. The brochure shows the available attachments, including improved articulated source-capture arms...

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V-Tech opens Indiana plant

March 11, 2014

V-Tech Eng. Inc., Bluffton, Ind., a producer of food processing equipment for the baking and snack food industries, has opened a new site in Adams County, Ind. The plant expands the company’s manufacturing space by 125 percent to accommodate recent business growth and the company’s plans for...

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Linde's Alabama plant receives Responsible Care certification

March 11, 2014

Linde LLC’s air separation plant in Birmingham, Ala., has been certified under the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® program. The Birmingham plant produces and delivers oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to steel producers and metal fabricators in Alabama and six surrounding states....

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Kolene Corp. marks 75 years in business

March 11, 2014

Detroit-based Kolene Corp., a provider of manufacturing cleaning technology, celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014. Founded by John H. Shoemaker, the company is led today by third-generation Chairman and CEO Roger L. Shoemaker. The company provides integrated cleaning systems based on...

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Wiley Metal Fabricating adds two machines

March 11, 2014

Wiley Metal Fabricating Inc., a custom fabricator in Marion, Ind., has added a waterjet cutter and large press brake to its fabricating line. The Flow Mach 3 4020b waterjet cutter operates at 50 HP with a pump rated to 60,000 PSI and a 13-ft. by 6-ft. by 6-in. cutting area. The waterjet cutter...

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From the Web 3.11.14

March 11, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from content published on the Web during the past week— planes, dragsters, “old lady welders,” and a close look at today’s factory worker.

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Rolling induction

Rolling induction preheating for roll-welded pipe

March 10, 2014 | By Kristi Endries

Preheating pipe before welding can be a cumbersome, tedious task. A new technology, rolling induction heating, addresses some of the concerns associated with other heating methods.

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Preventing weld defects through proper consumables care

March 10, 2014 | By Tina Geraghty

SMAW electrodes are magnets for moisture if they aren’t properly stored, maintained, or handled. Moisture—hydrogen—can ultimately lead to cracks when deposited into the weld puddle. You can minimize moisture pickup with proper electrode storage and handling procedures to ensure that consumables operate at optimal levels.

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Michigan Mfg. Intl. releases new video

March 6, 2014

Michigan Mfg. Intl. (MMI) has posted a new capabilities video online at www.michmfg.com. The video, shot in the company’s new headquarters facility in Stevensville, Md., highlights the company’s manufacturing equipment and warehouse. It gives an overview of the company’s capabilities and...

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Kemper to provide equipment to Oman welding school

March 6, 2014

Kemper GmbH, Vreden, Germany, has announced it will equip a welding school in Muscat, Oman, with 100 welding workstations equipped with extraction and filter technology, welding booths, and noise-protection walls. Installation of the equipment will begin in April. The school, being built from...

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Storage, retrieval systems create small footprint

March 6, 2014

Vidmar® offers products that accommodate storage and retrieval of tools, repair equipment, and machinery components. The STAK System® creates up to a 70 percent smaller footprint than horizontal beam rack storage, says the company. It stores as high as 24 ft. and can operate with one...

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SHRM LINE: Hiring, layoff rates to decline in March

March 6, 2014

In March, manufacturing and service-sector companies will add jobs at a lower rate compared with a year ago according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for February 2014. Layoff rates will fall in March compared with a...

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Schuette Metals wins 2013 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year special award

March 5, 2014

Schuette Metals, Milwaukee, a manufacturer of fabricated metal components for the architectural, agricultural, energy, and defense industries, is one of nine Wisconsin companies awarded the 2013 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. Schuette, which...

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