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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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Caster Concepts launches online configurator

October 28, 2013

Caster Concepts, a manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial casters and caster wheels in Albion, Mich., has announced the launch of a new product configurator at www.casterconcepts.com. The online catalog includes 2-D drawings and 3-D CAD models of the company's complete line of off-the-shelf...

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D&S Mfg. becomes majority employee-owned company

October 24, 2013

D&S Mfg. has announced that through an additional stock purchase by its ESOP trustee, the company now is majority employee-owned. According to President Mike Dougherty, this action ensures the facility will stay in Black River Falls, Wis. When employees leave the company, through retirement or...

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RuMo Group LLC acquires Cecor

October 24, 2013

RuMo Group LLC, Madison, Wis., has announced its acquisition of Cecor, a Verona, Wis.-based manufacturer of coolant sump cleaners and heavy-duty carts for collecting and handling plant scrap. Cecor remains at its original location, doing business under the Cecor brand. Eric D. Mott, owner and...

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Aluminum crane reduces rolling resistance - TheFabricator.com

Aluminum crane reduces rolling resistance

October 24, 2013

Konecranes offers the XA aluminum workstation lifting system. Designed for use in industries such as automotive, the lightweight crane handles low loads up to 2.2 tons. Features include modular design, high structural stiffness, small rolling resistance, and quiet operation. Coupled with the...

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How to Double Revenue Over 12 Months

October 23, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Senior Editor Tim Heston talks with Frank Cucchiara, general manager at Gap Partners Inc., about how the contract fabricator, nestled amid the north Georgia mountains, doubled revenue over 12 months. Read the article.

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System simplifies time and attendance recordkeeping, job costing

October 23, 2013

CheckMate JobData from Dynamic Systems is a time and attendance and job costing system for small to midsized companies. The bar code on an employee's badge is scanned at the beginning and end of the shift, and at any time in between when the employee changes jobs or departments. The system keeps...

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System controls airflow in dust collectors - TheFabricator.com

System controls airflow in dust collectors

October 23, 2013

Keller USA's ProFix is a modular option for centralized or cell dust and mist collection systems. With a rapidly shutting damper, the unit readjusts automatically to any airflow variations inside the system. Maximum and minimum airflow parameters can be set individually, with gradual adjustment...

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MFGfind marketplace seeks to expand custom manufacturing industry

October 23, 2013

A new online manufacturing marketplace, MFGfind, has launched at www.mfgfind.com with the intent to bring new business to custom manufacturers, including smaller shops. The marketplace connects customers with custom manufacturers, such as machinists, 3-D printers, welders, and other craftsmen, and...

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GM presses first parts at $200 million body shop in Texas

October 23, 2013

The first of three mammoth stamping presses is up and running at General Motors' newest stamping facility in Arlington, Texas. The $200 million contiguous stamping plant has added 180 jobs to the manufacturing complex. The new facility produces large metal parts such as doors, hoods, and side...

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American Hydroformers increases capability for specialized welding technique

October 23, 2013

American Hydroformers, Fort Wayne, Ind., a fabricator with capabilities in hydroforming, hydraulic press work, metal stamping, and tube forming, has added a TRUMPF® TLF 6000 Turbo welding laser to deliver specialized welding techniques. According to the company, the machine combines precision and...

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How to start, establish, and grow a welding or manufacturing business

October 22, 2013 | By Vicki Bell

Many welders and other highly skilled workers likely have thought about going into business for themselves, but lacked the business knowledge required to launch a successful venture. A new book endeavors to provide that knowledge.

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Rotary encoder employs Profibus communications - TheFabricator.com

Rotary encoder employs Profibus communications

October 22, 2013

Heidenhain offers Leine & Linde's new version of a rotary encoder supporting condition monitoring systems. The model 862, which incorporates the Profibus DP communication interface, is a heavy-duty incremental encoder for tough motion control environments, such as those in the steel and wind...

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Control software optimizes waterjet tool paths - TheFabricator.com

Control software optimizes waterjet tool paths

October 21, 2013

OMAX® Corp. has introduced Intelli-MAX® 20 intuitive control software that automatically optimizes the tool paths of the company's abrasive waterjet systems. The new automatic tool path planning engine in the software improves the artificial intelligence of the waterjets, creating less...

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