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NAM endorses Secretary of Commerce nominee

February 3, 2009

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today welcomed President Barack Obama's nomination of Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) as Secretary of Commerce, calling Gregg a "champion of manufacturing who...

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Lincoln Electric announces cost-saving measures

February 2, 2009

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. today announced actions to lower its fixed and variable cost structure to align its business with the current economic environment. These measures include the...

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Dimensioning in a 3-D CAD system

February 1, 2009

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Columnist Gerald Davis explains that preparing a 3-D CAD model without dimensions may look great, but it doesn't really do anybody any good. For example, a 3-D CAD model with dimensions helps quality control inspectors.

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Randolph Tool purchases National Knife and Service Grinding

January 29, 2009

Randolph Tool Co., Hartville, Ohio, has purchased National Knife Co. and Service Grinding Co., Berea, Ohio.Randolph Tool has specialized in the manufacturing and sharpening of industrial knives and...

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Durable goods orders down fifth straight month

January 29, 2009

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that new orders for durable goods fell by 2.6 percent in December, a larger decline than the 2 percent economists had forecast.December's decline marked...

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HRB prices plumbing the bottom

January 28, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™World export HRB price for January 26 dropped 4.6 percent to $480 per ton, FOB the port of export, after rising the last reported period. The United States HRB...

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TRUMPF names vice president, lasers

January 27, 2009

Dr. Christian Schmitz is joining TRUMPF Inc. as the vice president, lasers, effective February 1. He will be located at the company's North American headquarters in Farmington, Conn. The announcement...

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Mining lucrative medical device prospects

January 27, 2009

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The medical device industry segment holds promise for growth, and profit for stamping companies willing to work within its regulations and challenges.

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Chrysler, Fiat announce strategic alliance

January 20, 2009

Chrysler and Fiat have signed a nonbinding agreement for a strategic alliance in which Italian automaker Fiat will receive an "initial" 35-percent stake in Chrysler, leaving the door open to expanding...

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Metal forming companies expect slight uptick in business conditions

January 19, 2009

According to the January 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect a slight uptick in business conditions during the next three months....

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Iowa exec in line to be first woman chair of NAM

January 15, 2009

Mary Vermeer Andringa, president and CEO of Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa, began her two-year term on January 1, 2009, as vice chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of...

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RathGibson announces new CEO

January 14, 2009

Lincolnshire, Ill.-based RathGibson, a global manufacturer of welded, welded and drawn, and seamless stainless steel, nickel, and titanium tubing, has appointed Michael Schwartz to the position of...

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Global Economic Crisis

'It's the economy, stupid'

January 13, 2009

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The annual "Fabricating Update" survey of metal fabricators about their main business concerns revealed that the economy, which edged out steel prices as the industry's leading concern in 2008, now outranks all other concerns by a huge margin. This latest survey also polled readers of "Stamping News Brief" and "Tube Talk" for an even greater sampling of the metal manufacturing industry.

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Forklift intended for towing heavy, extremely large loads in rough terrain

January 13, 2009

Sellick Equipment Ltd. has introduced the STT80 tow forklift, designed for towing heavy or extremely large loads in rough terrain.Available in both two- and four-wheel drive, the forklift has a lift...

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Rust preventive extends water-based metalworking fluid life

January 13, 2009

Rustlick from ITW Rocol offers a long-term rust preventive that helps extend the life of water-based metalworking fluids by reinforcing their original rust preventives.Over time cutting fluids lose...

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