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NAM urges Administration and Congress to move forward with pending trade agreements

May 5, 2011

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President for International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo released this statement May 4 regarding the Obama Administration's letter to Congress on the Colombia free trade agreement (FTA): "Manufacturing continues to drive our nation's recovery, and...

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ISM April ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity grows for 21st straight month

May 2, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 21st consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 23rd consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued May 2 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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STI/SPFA presents awards for steel tanks and fabricated products

May 2, 2011

STI/SPFA, Lake Zurich, Ill., an association for fabricators of steel tanks, pipe, and pressure vessels, recently recognized member companies in specific industry categories by conferring its Steel Tank and Fabricated Product of the Year Awards for 2010. Standpipe category - CB&I, San Luis...

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HRB prices up slightly in China, down elsewhere

April 28, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for April 25 rose 0.8 percent to $633 per ton for the third consecutive rise. The Western European HRB price fell 1.2 percent to $830 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 2.2 percent), ex-works, for the second consecutive decline. The...

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U.S. durable goods orders rise for third consecutive month

April 27, 2011

New orders for manufactured durable goods in March increased $5.0 billion or 2.5 percent to $208.4 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This increase, up three consecutive months, followed a 0.7 percent February increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 1.3 percent....

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Government procurement provides potential profit

April 27, 2011

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The U.S. military has a large and stable demand for tube and pipe. Learning about this demand is the first step for a fabricator interested in becoming a U.S. government supplier.

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CenterLine (Windsor) wins 2011 Business Excellence Award

April 25, 2011

CenterLine (Windsor) Ltd., Windsor, Ont., has announced that it has won a Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011 Business Excellence Award in the product innovation category. The company designs, manufactures, and supplies products and services for welding, metal forming, and cold...

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A.T. Wall celebrates 125th anniversary

April 25, 2011

A.T. Wall Co., Warwick, R.I., is celebrating its 125th year in business. From its founding in 1886 as a jewelry finding manufacturer, the company has grown and expanded to become a global supplier of seamless, cold-drawn, specialty tubing; waveguide tubing; and metal stampings, including drawn and...

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Sharpe Products acquires fifth all-electric tube bender

April 25, 2011

Sharpe Products, New Berlin, Wis., has purchased its fifth all-electric tube bending machine, a 90-mm Lang bender. The machine can bend up to 3.5-in.-OD tube and features multiradius stacking and rolling capabilities. According to the company, the bender delivers high accuracy and repeatability,...

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Semiautomatic stretch wrapper system has simplified film threading - TheFabricator.com

Semiautomatic stretch wrapper system has simplified film threading

April 25, 2011

Combi Packaging Systems LLC offers the SW-10 stretch wrapper. The semiautomatic machine features basic components and no formal installation requirements. The pallet wrapper's manual mechanical core braking film tensioning system simplifies threading of the film. The simple control panel and...

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A method to job shop software madness

April 19, 2011

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Choosing job shop software can be a daunting task. How can you be sure to choose a system that accomplishes the tasks you want and provides the best return on investment?

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DeWys Manufacturing invests in new technology

April 18, 2011

West Michigan-based metal fabrication company DeWys Manufacturing Inc. has announced that it has invested in an automated loader/un-loader for its new laser cutting systems. The company recently acquired a new Amada Pulsar 2415 4kW 5 ft. by 16 ft. Production Laser System from Amada America. The...

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Bisco Industries opens facility in Virginia

April 18, 2011

Continuing its aggressive expansion, Bisco Industries Inc., a global distributor of electronic components, fasteners, and distribution services based in Anaheim, Calif., has opened its 38th facility. The new facility is located in Richmond, Va. Glen Ceiley is the chairman and CEO, Don Wagner is...

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DGI Supply to acquire Midwest Industrial Tools

April 18, 2011

DGI Supply, Wheeling, Ill., a DoALL Company, has signed a letter of intent to purchase all outstanding shares of Midwest Industrial Tools Inc. The owners expect the deal to be finalized by May 1, 2011. Allan Chartier, the current president and CEO of MIT, will remain with the company through the...

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TOX® Pressotechnik building cylinders in Illinois - TheFabricator.com

TOX® Pressotechnik building cylinders in Illinois

April 18, 2011

TOX Pressotechnik is now manufacturing its TOX- Powerpackage line-Q cylinders at its facility in Warrenville, Ill. These cylinders are available in 11 models with pneumatic press force from 1 to 30 tons. The cylinders are suitable for use in clinching, mounting, fastener insertion, marking,...

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