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Hawk Mfg. to acquire NQM

January 14, 2014

CNC machine shop Hawk Mfg., Charlotte, N.C., a partner of Global Earth Energy Inc., Wilmington, N.C., has signed an agreement to acquire NQM Inc., an aerospace machine shop. The acquisition is expected to close on or before March 1. Hawk is acquiring companies that manufacture complementary...

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Miller Mfg. acquires Allied Precision Industries

January 10, 2014

Miller Mfg. Co., Eagan, Minn., has purchased Allied Precision Industries Inc. (API), Elburn, Ill. According to Miller, the acquisition broadens and strengthens its offerings of farm, ranch, and pet products. Miller continues to market acquired products under the API product brand. Miller will...

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Lubricating system distributes high-viscosity lubricants at up to 500 PSI

January 10, 2014

Industrial Innovations has introduced the Pro-Mix model to its Spra-Rite lubricant proportional mixing machines. They blend synthetic, semisynthetic, and emulsified lubricants at multiple dilution ratios. The machines feature a new controls package that can run single or multiple machines and...

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Recruiter helps manufacturers fill technical positions

January 9, 2014

Prevue HR Systems acts as an extension of a manufacturing company's human resources department by providing turnkey hiring of technical personnel. Using an automated online hiring system and consulting services, the firm helps HR professionals evaluate candidates and fill key positions. The...

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Super Steel announces organizational changes

January 9, 2014

Super Steel, a contract manufacturer in Milwaukee serving the agricultural, construction, industrial, transportation, and defense markets, has announced several staff changes. Jason Gaare has been named vice president of sales and materials. He has held various leadership positions within the...

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Hobart Institute opens new training area

January 9, 2014

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has opened a 6,360-sq.-ft. addition for training welders. The structure contains 52 new arc welding booths equipped for all processes and a fume exhaust system. Currently operating at full capacity, the institute can accommodate an...

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Bearing racks hold up to 75 lbs. per cradle

January 9, 2014

Durham Mfg. offers two new bearing racks made of cold-rolled steel. Each unit has six full-panel cradles holding up to 75 lbs. each. When fully extended, the cradles allow the compartment box to be opened beyond a 90-degree angle to prevent accidental closure. The racks have a positive closure...

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Reels feature re-engineered fluid path

January 9, 2014

Coxreels® has introduced an entirely re-engineered fluid path on the 1195 series reels. The reels now come standard with an inline swivel and a remodeled, low-profile outlet riser offering full-flow characteristics and an increased operating-pressure range. Featuring a one-piece, all-welded...

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Encouraging employees to solve problems

January 8, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Yesterday’s “Fabricating Update” e-newsletter featured an item about a soft skills gap—how manufacturers are finding that their current employees and potential hires, are deficient in communication and problem-solving skills. According to a recent survey of hiring managers and human...

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Machine communication device features 1-ms signal capture interval

January 7, 2014

Spectrum CNC Technologies™ has announced the release of the WiBox™ 1.5 wireless (or wired) machine data collection and bidirectional CNC machine communication device. It supports all the features of its predecessor, but now can capture machine signal intervals as small as 1 ms. The...

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Clark Metal Products receives Employer of the Year Award

January 7, 2014

Clark Metal Products, Blairsville, Ind., has received an Employer of the Year Award from the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board Inc. The award recognizes employers that have contributed significantly to the workforce development system in Armstrong, Indiana, and Butler counties. Clark Metal,...

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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts drop in manufacturing employment

January 7, 2014

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, D.C., has released its employment projections for 2012 to 2022. While total employment is projected to increase 10.8 percent, or 15.6 million, during the decade, five industry sectors are projected to have decreases in employment. Manufacturing...

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General Dynamics Electric Boat to expand

January 7, 2014

General Dynamics Electric Boat and the Quonset Development Corp. have reached a 25-year lease agreement to expand Electric Boat's footprint at Quonset Business Park in Rhode Island by 42 acres, including more than 1 million sq. ft. of building space. The extended lease will allow Electric Boat to...

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Production begins at GE plant in Tennessee after $20 million investment

January 7, 2014

GE has announced the start of production of the first new GE Monogram® brand refrigerator product platform since 2001. The new product is part of a $20 million investment in the Selmer, Tenn., Monogram Refrigeration production facility. GE also announced the expansion of its warehousing...

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Whirlpool moves commercial washing machine production from Mexico to U.S.

January 7, 2014

Whirlpool Corp., Benton Harbor, Mich., is moving production of its commercial front-load washing machines from Monterrey, Mexico, to Clyde, Ohio. The relocation will create 80 to 100 new jobs in Clyde during the next three years. Production is scheduled to begin in the U.S. in April. The...

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