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Manufacturing technology consumption up 103.9 percent from June 2010

August 8, 2011

June U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $459.39 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 Technology...

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Layoffs increase, hiring declines in August

August 4, 2011

Job growth will scale back in August compared with a year ago in the manufacturing and service sectors, and payroll cuts are slowly starting to rise, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for August 2011. The...

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Tower International appoints president-Americas

August 2, 2011

Tower International Inc., an integrated global manufacturer of engineered structural metal components and assemblies, has announced the appointment of Jim Bernard as president-Americas, effective August 15. Bernard succeeds Bill Pumphrey, who is leaving the company. "We are grateful for the...

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Streamlining the purchasing job - TheFabricator.com

Streamlining the purchasing job

August 1, 2011

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Sometimes the new guy has some good ideas. Giese Manufacturing, Dubuque, Iowa, learned that when they had a recent hire take over purchasing requirements.

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Finding customers at trade shows - TheFabricator.com

Finding customers at trade shows

August 1, 2011

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Metal fabricators still consider tradeshows to be an important part of their marketing efforts, but are they really doing enough to attract customers at these events? A few tips can help them maximize their sales efforts at tradeshows.

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Feralloy Corp. forms joint venture with Pyramid Mouldings - TheFabricator.com

Feralloy Corp. forms joint venture with Pyramid Mouldings

August 1, 2011

Feralloy Corp., Stockton, Calif., a distributor of flat-rolled products, has formed a joint venture with Pyramid Mouldings, a provider of custom roll-formed products for the solar market. The joint venture, known as Feralloy Pyramid Structural Solutions (FPSS), will design and develop standard...

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Custom manufacturers should expect increased business, survey says

August 1, 2011

As U.S. manufacturing continues to rebound from the Great Recession, new data suggests that suppliers of custom manufacturing also should see an increase in their businesses. In a recent survey by Design-2-Part, Prospect, Conn., U.S. OEMs indicated by a margin of more than 2-to-1 that they expect...

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Quail Run Building Materials marks 25th anniversary

August 1, 2011

Quail Run Building Materials Inc., Phoenix, is celebrating its 25th year in business. Founded in 1986, the company manufactures cold-formed steel building products using mill-certified prime steel. Products include steel studs, track, flashing, dripedge, angle, clips, and RC-1. The company is a...

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Industrial fan can help reduce heating bills - TheFabricator.com

Industrial fan can help reduce heating bills

August 1, 2011

Big Ass Fan Company® offers the 8- to 24-ft.-dia. Powerfoil®X industrial fan. The fan, which delivers maximum airflow in large spaces, employs a sealed-for-life NitroSeal Drive™ gearbox. According to the manufacturer, destratifying space with the fan during the winter can reduce...

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Superior Joining Technologies wins work from Poland

August 1, 2011

Superior Joining Technologies Inc., Machesney Park, Ill., has shipped a welded frame to a customer in Poland for use in a papermaking machine. The frame, previously produced completely in Poland, now is formed in the U.S. and shipped to SJTI for contract welding. The company added 1,970 individual...

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ISM ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity grew slightly in July

August 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 24th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 26th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued August 1 by Bradley J....

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3-D CAD: The cure for the bad isometric view - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: The cure for the bad isometric view

August 1, 2011

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Columnist Gerald Davis walks the fabricator through a 3-D modeling process to learn how to work with a file that has broken elements.

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Fabricator finds path to skilled labor - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator finds path to skilled labor

August 1, 2011

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Crow Corp. had trouble finding the right person for the job, so company management took a bold step—and outsourced the hiring process. Today, the Houston-area fabricator is feeling the benefits.

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Design for manufacturability opens doors - TheFabricator.com

Design for manufacturability opens doors

August 1, 2011

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Dawson Doors, a fabricator in a small town in western New York, has developed a global presence in the high-end enclosure and door fabrication markets. By closely collaborating with customers, the unique fabrication company has continued to grow.

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Fabricator touts precision production - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator touts precision production

August 1, 2011

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Diversified Metal Products’ demanding niche—nuclear fabrication—spurred growth throughout the economic downturn. Its mix of production and one-off fabrication may give the contract fabricator a leg up in the years ahead.

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