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Obamacare and the workforce

February 26, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Obamacare is having a big impact on the workforce, one that's estimated to result in 2.5 million workers leaving their jobs by 2024.

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President Obama announces two new public-private manufacturing innovation institutes

February 26, 2014

President Obama has announced the establishment of two new manufacturing innovation institutes led by the Department of Defense, supported by a $140 million federal commitment combined with more than $140 million in nonfederal resources. The Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing...

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MMI partners with Grupo Prodensa to distribute manufacturing equipment in U.S., Mexico

February 25, 2014

Machinery Marketing International (MMI), a distributor of CNC metalworking and fabricating machinery in Chicago, has announced its partnership with Grupo Prodensa, a Mexico-based organization that establishes and develops business relations between Mexico and foreign markets. In addition to an...

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Jensen Maritime selected to design some of first LNG bunker barges in U.S.

February 25, 2014

Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.'s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, has been awarded a contract to design some of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barges in the U.S. for customer LNG America LLC, a Houston-based LNG fuel supply and distribution...

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From the Web 2.25.14

February 25, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from content published on the Web during the past week.

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Ohio State, University of Michigan join forces with EWI to open research institute near Detroit

February 25, 2014

The Ohio State University and EWI, both of Columbus, Ohio, are teaming up with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., to run a $148 million, high-tech manufacturing research institute near Detroit. The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Canton, Mich.,...

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Catalyst Connection extends honors to All-Clad Metalcrafters, Accutrex Products

February 24, 2014

Catalyst Connection, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit economic development organization that provides services to regional manufacturers, has presented awards to All-Clad Metalcrafters, Canonsburg, Pa., and Accutrex Products, Southpointe, Pa. All-Clad Metalcrafters, a producer of bonded cookware,...

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Metl-Span opens seventh manufacturing facility

February 24, 2014

Metl-Span®, a division of NCI Group Inc., has opened its seventh manufacturing facility devoted to the production of the company’s Envolution™ line of architectural insulated metal panels and custom fabrication. The 109,000-sq.-ft. plant, located in Colonial Heights, Va., is a LEED®...

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Arnprior to expand operations in New York

February 24, 2014

Arnprior Rapid Mfg. Solutions Inc., a fabricated metal product manufacturer, has announced plans to remain in Rochester, N.Y., rather than move operations to Tennessee and Connecticut, investing $3.68 million in new technology and equipment. The renovation is expected to add 30 new jobs. The...

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Barnes Metalcrafters

The Fabricator Spotlight update-Part I

February 24, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

From 2010 through early 2013, thefabricator.com profiled various metal fabricating shops in “The Fabricator Spotlight.” How have these businesses fared since their profiles were published? Here’s a look at two profiled at the beginning of 2010: Barnes Metalcrafters and Brown Dog Welding.

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Lean manufacturing

Where lean manufacturing meets quality control

February 24, 2014 | By Eric Lundin

Lean manufacturing may have once been little more than a buzzword, but it is way of life for many in the metal fabrication industry. Meanwhile, the pursuit of quality is as critical as ever. Conference facilitators and participants discussed how these can go hand-in-hand at the 2013 EDTR roundtable event, Lean Manufacturing and the Quality Imperative, Sept. 15-17, Silverton, Ore. The outcome was a series of stories and tips that any fabricator could use to run leaner and maintain a quality product.

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Navistar to consolidate midrange engine manufacturing in Illinois

February 21, 2014

Navistar Intl. Corp. will move midrange engine production from its Huntsville, Ala., plant to Melrose Park, Ill. The company will continue to build its 13-l engine at the Huntsville big bore engine plant. Scheduled for completion in late summer, these actions are expected to eliminate about 280...

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As unionization shrinks, so does the pipeline for talent

February 21, 2014 | By Dan Davis

Last week autoworkers at the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., voted down a proposal to join the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. Fifty-three percent said “no” to the idea, even though Volkswagen did not actively oppose or support the vote. While the automaker may have tried...

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Distribution/management system ensures fail safe supply of high-pressure, -flow gases

February 20, 2014

A gas distribution and management system that automatically switches between two high-pressure, high-flow gases to provide interchangeable service and continuous supply has been introduced by CONCOA. The 544 series IntelliSwitch IIv is designed to switch between two gas sources without...

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Laser marker handles parts up to 14.56 in. high

February 20, 2014

SIC Marking® USA has introduced the XL-Box laser workstation, dedicated to marking and traceability of components. It is equipped with a fiber laser source doped with ytterbium, which allows light or deep markings of alphanumeric codes, bar code, and 2-D data matrix codes on all metals and some...

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