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First Aluminum Industry Summit coming to NYC in June

February 17, 2011

The inaugural Aluminum Industry Summit is scheduled to take place June 7 and 8 in New York City. The two-day program, supported by industry publications American Metal Market and Metal Bulletin, will cover the global aluminum supply chain from alumina to end use and will feature speakers and...

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Fan control station adjusts speed of up to 18 fans to match seasonal conditions - TheFabricator.com

Fan control station adjusts speed of up to 18 fans to match seasonal conditions

February 17, 2011

The new touchscreen Fan-Commander™ control station from Rite-Hite Fans controls the operation of up to 18 high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) Revolution® or Revolution SP fan models. The control adjusts the speed of the fans to match seasonal conditions. During winter the correct fan speed...

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NBT announces 2011 national manufacturing camp grant awards

February 17, 2011

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced the winners of its 2011 manufacturing camp grant awards. NBT awarded nine grants of $2,500 each to community and technical colleges that offer...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 85 percent in 2010

February 14, 2011

December U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $446.76 million, according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing...

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Bipartisan House caucus to focus on strengthening mfg, helping put Americans back to work

February 9, 2011

U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) have renewed their mission to strengthen U.S. manufacturing and help employers put Americans back to work by re-establishing the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus for the 112th Congress. Co-chairs Manzullo and Ryan, who co-founded the...

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Small business optimism sees modest increase; now at three-year high

February 8, 2011

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Index of Small Business Optimism rose 1.5 points in January, a modest increase, opening the new year with a reading of 94.1, the highest level since December 2007 when the recession started. According to the NFIB, the slight overall uptick in...

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Illinois Reshoring Initiative launches response to President Obama's call to create jobs

February 8, 2011

In his Jan 25, 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama focused on the need to create jobs, especially manufacturing and technical jobs, and the challenge of doing so in an increasingly competitive world. Responding to the address, the Illinois Reshoring Initiative has announced its program...

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Made in USA

The repatriation of U.S. manufacturing: The case for bringing business home

February 7, 2011

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Some manufacturing work formerly outsourced to other countries is beginning to return to the U.S. What’s behind this shift, and how can fabricators best position themselves to acquire some of this repatriated work?

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Genesis Systems Group establishes robotic welding scholarship

February 7, 2011

Robotic workcell integrator Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, Iowa, has announced a new scholarship resulting from an agreement among Genesis Systems Group LLC, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Engineering Program, and Scott County Schools. The Andy Zinn-Genesis Systems Group scholarship is...

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Waukesha Metal Products achieves Best-In-Class Quality designation

February 7, 2011

Waukesha® Metal Products, Sussex, Wis., has announced that it is listed in the Best-In-Class Quality Performance level in the stamping commodity by one of its top customers. Waukesha Metal Products manufactures more than 107 custom metal stampings for this customer that ship to 10 different plant...

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Bishop-Wisecarver earns Green Business certification

February 7, 2011

Bishop-Wisecarver Corp., Pittsburg, Calif., manufacturer of guided motion components and systems, has been certified as a Green Business through the Bay Area Green Business Program. The certification indicates that the company helps to strengthen and sustain the quality of the environment in Contra...

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Boring tool system supports spindle speeds up to 6,600 SFM

February 7, 2011

Big Kaiser has introduced the new, large-diameter Kaiser 318 series, a complete tooling system supporting aluminum and steel components for twin-cutter rough boring, precision finish boring, and precision OD turning operations. The system bores from 7.87 to 13.39 in. OD for ISO40/HSK-A63 tapers,...

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FABTECH shifts show dates to November 14-17

February 7, 2011

FABTECH show management announced a shift in dates for FABTECH 2011. North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event will now open on Monday, November 14 and run through Thursday, November 17 at Chicago's McCormick Place. The show originally was scheduled to begin on...

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Hiring expectations and manufacturing vacancies increase

February 3, 2011

The U.S. private sector labor force is forecasted to add jobs in manufacturing and services in February, but a rise in vacancies and recruiting difficulty suggests employers may be having trouble filling some openings, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading...

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ISM January ROB: U.S. manufacturing expands at fastest rate in seven years

February 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 20th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued February 1 by Norbert J....

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