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BMW Group expands South Carolina plant

January 17, 2012

The BMW Group has announced plans to invest $900 million in expanding capacity at its Spartanburg, S.C., plant. The expansion, expected to create 300 new jobs by the end of 2012, is set for completion in 2014. The company already invested $750 million in the plant's expansion for production of the...

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EMTEQ to open plant in Montana

January 17, 2012

New Berlin, Wis.-based EMTEQ has announced plans to open an aircraft electronic assemblies plant in Great Falls, Mont., in February. The plant is expected to employ 60 workers by the end of 2013. EMTEQ, an aerospace product manufacturing company, has locations in Wisconsin, Florida, Brazil,...

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Bettcher Mfg. appoints general manager

January 16, 2012

Stamping manufacturer Bettcher Mfg. LLC, McAllen, Texas, has announced the appointment of Juan F. Cavazos as general manager. In this position, he focuses on productivity and profit-and-loss accountability. Cavazos has a doctorate in business administration, as well as an MBA with General Motors...

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Eagle Bend Mfg. to begin $64 million expansion

January 16, 2012

Eagle Bend Mfg. Inc. has announced plans for a $64 million expansion of its Clinton, Tenn., facility. The company, a division of Magna Intl. Inc., is a Tier 1 automotive parts supplier for OEMs of cars and light trucks worldwide. The expansion will add more than 100,000 sq. ft. to the current...

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Supreme Group acquires Empire Iron Works

January 16, 2012

Edmonton, Alta.-based steel fabricator Supreme Group has acquired Empire Iron Works, Winnipeg, Man., a subsidiary of Empire Industries. The acquisition expands Supreme's capacity in western Canada. The plant's 70 employees will retain their jobs....

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Hill Group establishes new business, adds staff

January 16, 2012

The Hill Group, Franklin Park, Ill., a metal construction, design, service, and operation company, has launched Hill Architectural Systems, a new line of business that includes the design, installation, and fabrication of metal enclosures for buildings such as exterior metal panels, louvers,...

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O'Neal Industries acquires Iowa Laser Technology

January 16, 2012

O’Neal Industries, a family-owned metals service center in Birmingham, Ala., has announced the acquisition of Iowa Laser Technology Inc., a manufacturer of fabricated metal assemblies and components in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Joe Barber, president of Iowa Laser, continues to oversee the company's...

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Webinar to explain EPA NESHAP Rule 6X

January 16, 2012

Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control (APC), a producer of industrial dust and fume collectors in Jonesboro, Ark., will host a free educational Webinar Feb. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CST. Titled "The New EPA National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), Rule 6X: Are You...

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Reliable Production acquires more space

January 12, 2012

Reliable Production Machining and Welding, a producer of parts and components for OEMs in the construction, agriculture, and lawn and garden industries, has acquired a manufacturing plant in Kendallville, Ind., across the street from its current location. The expansion into the 135,000-sq.-ft....

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Pendarvis Mfg. celebrates 30 years in business

January 12, 2012

Pendarvis Mfg. is marking its 30th anniversary in business as a custom precision machine shop and metal fabricator in Anaheim, Calif. Founded by Robert "Bud" Pendarvis in January 1982 and currently managed by his sons, Brian and Robert, the company has grown from a 2,400-sq.-ft. building with two...

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Airtronics Metal Products passes national safety compliance inspection

January 12, 2012

Airtronics Metal Products, San José, Calif., has announced it now complies with National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) guidelines for safety. The company has passed the NATM safety compliance consultation, part of the association’s compliance program that is based on the NATM...

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Robinson Metal achieves ISO certification

January 12, 2012

Robinson Metal Inc., a metal fabrication and machining company in Green Bay, Wis., has achieved ISO 9001: 2008 certification from SGS U.S. Testing Company Inc. To verify that ISO initiatives are ongoing and quality improvement continuous, the company has established an internal audit team to...

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Boeing to close Witchita plant

January 12, 2012

The Boeing Co. has announced plans to close its Witchita, Kan., defense plant by the end of 2013. The facility's work will move to the company's facilities in Texas, Oklahoma, and Washington, eliminating 2,100 jobs in Witchita....

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K&S adds equipment, automation

January 12, 2012

K&S Tool, Die and Manufacturing, a contract metals manufacturer in Ixonia, Wis., has added its fourth laser — a Mitsubishi 4,500-W with a new 16-shelf tower system to feed it. The automation allows lights-out manufacturing uptime for this area of the business, the company reports. The...

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Nissan Forklift Corp. produces 200,000th forklift - TheFabricator.com

Nissan Forklift Corp. produces 200,000th forklift

January 12, 2012

Nissan Forklift Corp. manufactured its 200,000th forklift in at its Marengo, Ill., facility in 2011. A 3,500-lb., Platinum II Cushion I.C. forklift was the 200,000th lift truck to be produced since the company began making forklifts in the U.S. in 1988. It took Nissan Forklift 14 years to...

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