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2012 forecast: The good and bad of economic gumbo - TheFabricator.com

2012 forecast: The good and bad of economic gumbo

December 9, 2011

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Positives and negatives probably will pepper the business climate in 2012. Manufacturing has led the economic recovery. Unemployment will remain high, and businesses will still seek technical talent. Equipment spending probably will continue apace. So will company acquisitions, but they won’t be as prevalent as they could be. . Mixed together, these ingredients make for a good news-bad news gumbo in 2012.

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Got milling? You’re hired. - TheFabricator.com

Got milling? You’re hired.

December 9, 2011

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A good machinist is hard to find. Why? It’s a mixture of factors. Machining suffers from the same image problem as the other manufacturing trades, so not enough people enter the field. But this country also lacks hands-on training programs.

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Waukesha Metal Products wins productivity award

December 6, 2011

Waukesha® Metal Products, a provider of precision tools, stamping, fabrication, value-added services, and assembled components in Sussex, Wis., has received the 2011 Zierick Mfg. Corp. Productivity Award for its efforts to reduce significantly the price of and increase productivity for high-volume...

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Thermadyne names Built With Class contest winners

December 6, 2011

St. Louis-based Thermadyne® has announced the winners of its Built With Class welding contest. The contest was open to all students who were currently enrolled in a welding instructional program at a secondary, postsecondary, technical, or vocational school. In the beginner student category,...

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Lincoln Electric sponsors AWS's Careers in Welding trailer - TheFabricator.com

Lincoln Electric sponsors AWS's Careers in Welding trailer

December 6, 2011

The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, is partnering with the American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, to provide a hands-on welding experience to help attract new people to the profession. As part of this partnership, Lincoln Electric recently provided VRTEX® 360 virtual reality arc welders for...

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3-D CAD: Document management and revision control - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Document management and revision control

November 30, 2011

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Columnist Gerald Davis offers fabricators guidance in dealing with an engineering change order to a 3-D CAD model.

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Takoda Group acquires Danco Metal Products

November 27, 2011

Takoda Group LLC, a private investment firm in Cleveland, has completed acquisition of 100 percent of the stock of Danco Metal Products Inc., a precision metal fabricator in Avon Lake, Ohio. Glenn Harbold, a Takoda Group operating partner, assumes the role of president of Danco Metal Products....

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Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Offers 2012 Capital Spending Forecast

November 22, 2011

A comprehensive analysis that projects planned 2012 capital expenditures on machinery and equipment ranging from cutting machines and ironworkers to press brakes and welding supplies is now available from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA). The 2012 Capital Spending...

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Gene Haas Foundation, SME Education Foundation align funding for machinist training

November 21, 2011

Gene Haas Foundation, Oxnard, Calif., the philanthropic arm of Haas Automation Inc., has provided a $150,000 grant to the SME Education Foundation to align machinist training with the needs of job seekers and employers in high-unemployment communities. This grant is part of a $700,000 total that...

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ETM Mfg. expands operations in New England

November 21, 2011

ETM Mfg., Wilmington, Mass., a provider of customized sheet metal manufacturing and supply chain services to OEMs, has announced plans to open a 43,000-sq.-ft. facility in Littleton, Mass., in early 2012. The $500,000 renovation of a previously vacant facility will more than quadruple the size of...

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Supporting training with e-learning tools - TheFabricator.com

Supporting training with e-learning tools

November 18, 2011

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Manufacturing companies, both large and small, complain that they can't find skilled workers to fill open positions. Instead of waiting for local educational institutions to change their ways, they might have to assume more training responsibility, and e-learning tools can help them do just that.

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High mix, fast delivery--on time - TheFabricator.com

High mix, fast delivery--on time

November 18, 2011

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High-product-mix manufacturers may have problems with off-theshelf TOC, as described in Eliyahu Goldratt’s The Goal, a book that tells how a fictional company manages its operations around a constraint. In a high-mix, low-volume operation, the constraint actually may move around from job to job, because processing

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Growing health care revenue by selling direct - TheFabricator.com

Growing health care revenue by selling direct

November 18, 2011

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Midbrook, a Michigan fabricator of washing equipment, has worked hard to diversify outside of the automotive business. One key to its success has been its approach to selling to health care facilities. The fabricator has decided to circumvent traditional distributorship networks in health care.

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FMA Precision Sheet Metal Operator certification program added to NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System

November 11, 2011

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with The Manufacturing Institute to bring precision metal fabrication certifications to the NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification Systems (SCS). The partnership adds FMA's...

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