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EIS acquires Light Fabrications Inc.

February 22, 2012

EIS Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Co. in Atlanta, has acquired the assets of Light Fabrications Inc., a fabricator of flexible materials in Rochester, N.Y. Bob Thomas, president and CEO of EIS, stated, "This acquisition is consistent with our strategy to invest in additional...

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Caterpillar to open new factory in Georgia

February 22, 2012

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., has selected land near Athens, Ga., as the location for a new facility that will build small track-type tractors and mini hydraulic excavators. It will be part of Caterpillar's Building Construction Products (BCP) Division, which is based in Cary, N.C. These machines...

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Edac Technologies to consolidate operations in one Connecticut plant

February 21, 2012

Edac Technologies Corp., a manufacturer of components for aerospace and industrial applications, has entered into an agreement to purchase a 181,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Plainville, Conn. The move to the 15-acre site will consolidate operations currently housed in four separate...

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Turkington USA to close plant in North Carolina

February 21, 2012

Two and a half years after renovating and establishing a 60,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant in Clayton, N.C., Turkington USA is closing the facility. The manufacturer of industrial ovens, mixers, and coolers will lay off 101 people. The U.S. subsidiary of U.K.-based Turkington Industries moved to...

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Challenge Mfg. to expand in Michigan

February 20, 2012

Challenge Mfg. Co., a provider of metal forming and assembly services, has announced plans to expand its facility in Holland, Mich. The 45,868-sq.-ft. addition will house space for manufacturing and warehousing, as well as an enclosed truck dock and scrap bay. Since purchasing the building in...

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Survey shows machine tool industry had strong year worldwide

February 20, 2012

During 2011 machine tool manufacturers around the world increased their output by 35 percent compared to 2010, amid some indications that growth rate is starting to level off. Japan and Germany had substantial percentage gains in their production, and China reported double-digit expansion in dollar...

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Eclipse Automation expands into custom manufacturing

February 20, 2012

Eclipse Automation Inc. has opened an additional manufacturing facility in Cambridge, Ont. The new, 25,000-sq.-ft. facility, operating as Eclipse Custom Mfg., houses fabrication equipment; GMAW and GTAW equipment; two 10-ton, 60-ft. span cranes; and sandblasting and painting facilities. The plant,...

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Applied Research Laboratory, Sciaky to receive funding for direct digital manufacturing center

February 20, 2012

A program proposed by the Applied Research Laboratory of the Pennsylvania State University (ARL Penn State) and Sciaky Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI), to establish the Center for Innovative Metal Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) has been selected for...

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Gibraltar acquires Edvan's metal grating products business

February 20, 2012

Gibraltar Industries Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of products for building and industrial markets in Buffalo, N.Y., has acquired the metal grating fabrication and distribution business of Edvan Industries Inc. Edvan Industries, based near Edmonton, Alb., has served western Canada's oil and...

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Pelagic Tank to open plant in Oklahoma

February 16, 2012

Pelagic Tank LLC has announced plans to move into an existing 54,000-sq.-ft. facility in Enid, Okla. The manufacturer of heaters, heater tanks, and oil and gas tank vessels expects the plant to be up and running by March 15. With hiring to begin in February, the company plans to have 30 employees...

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Jay Mfg. hires client service rep - TheFabricator.com

Jay Mfg. hires client service rep

February 16, 2012

Jay Mfg., a custom metal fabricator in Oshkosh, Wis., has named John A. Milos as client service representative. In the past Milos has coordinated large-scale projects for a number of companies and his local community. He has extensive experience building and maintaining strong business...

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Enginetics Aerospace acquires Weber

February 16, 2012

Enginetics Aerospace, Huber Heights, Ohio, a manufacturer of complex sheet metal fabrications for commercial and military aircraft engines, has announced the acquisition of Weber Technologies Inc., Eastlake, Ohio. Weber also is a supplier of complex metal formed components to the aerospace...

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GE opens manufacturing operation in Kentucky

February 14, 2012

GE Appliances has opened a manufacturing facility in Louisville, Ky., to produce its new GeoSpring™ hybrid water heater. Lean manufacturing and a competitive wage structure for new employees led to the selection of Louisville as a production site for the new water heater instead of China, where...

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Manufacturing technology orders up 66.4 percent in 2011

February 13, 2012

December U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $519.98 million according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology...

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Mobile collaboration system assists with fixing equipment problems

February 13, 2012

Librestream has created a mobile collaboration system called Onsight. The system visually connects a person at the sight of an equipment problem to someone who can assist with fixing the problem. With the system, companies can take video collaboration to where equipment problems occur, whether...

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