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Caterpillar to expand South Carolina manufacturing facility

March 19, 2012

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., has announced plans to expand its manufacturing facility in Sumter, S.C., nearly tripling the plant's square footage. The facility currently produces small hydraulic cylinders used in a variety of Cat® products. The additional capacity will bring the production of...

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AET opens new manufacturing facility

March 19, 2012

Applied Energy Technologies (AET), a global provider of solar mounting systems, has announced the opening of its manufacturing facility in Maumee, Ohio. The plant expands the company's capacity by 250 percent with more than 108,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and warehouse space. The facility...

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Maintenance products made of recycled, sustainable raw materials - TheFabricator.com

Maintenance products made of recycled, sustainable raw materials

March 19, 2012

Weiler Corp.'s Green Works™ maintenance products are made from recycled or sustainable raw materials and manufactured in a LEED®-approved facility. Products include floor sweeps, street brooms, the duo sweep with two handle holes (one straight and one angled), counter dusters, scrub...

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S&H Metal Products expanding in Indiana

March 15, 2012

S&H Metal Products, a provider of galvanized and aluminum sheet metal for the RV industry, has announced plans to expand its operations in Topeka, Ind. The expansion, which will include new CNC equipment, is expected to create up to 18 new jobs in the next three years....

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HRB prices down in Western Europe and U.S., up elsewhere

March 14, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for March 12 rose 1.7 percent to $656 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the second consecutive increase. The Chinese HRB ex-works price increased 0.5 percent to $569 per ton for the fourth consecutive increase. The Western European HRB...

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Leed Fabrication expanding in Colorado

March 13, 2012

Leed Fabrication Services, Brighton, Colo., has purchased a 21,842-sq.-ft. building in Loveland, Colo., to expand its cutting, bending, and welding capacity to build steel equipment for the oil and gas industry equipment. The company plans to employ 50 people at the new facility by summer, with...

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Strong start for manufacturing technology orders in 2012

March 12, 2012

January U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $401.69 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was down 26.5 percent from December...

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Bellingham Technical College receives $455,000 software grant from Autodesk

March 12, 2012

Bellingham Technical College (BTC), Bellingham, Wash., has been awarded a $455,000 grant for engineering design software from Autodesk Inc. The donation is for 35 seats of AutoCAD® Plant Design Suite Ultimate software. The software allows BTC engineering students to learn the types of skills...

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Cemco marks 50 years of manufacturing

March 12, 2012

Cemco, a third-generation, family-owned and -operated business in Belen, N.M., celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Founded in 1962 by Mason Hise as a repair company that specialized in rebuilding crusher rolls and jaw plates, the company built its first vertical shaft impact (VSI) crusher in...

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3-D CAD: Customization in project documentation - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Customization in project documentation

March 12, 2012

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Columnist Gerald Davis reveals the most convenient way to set up a bills of material and related title blocks.

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5 tips for a less stressful ERP migration - TheFabricator.com

5 tips for a less stressful ERP migration

March 12, 2012

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A migration from an older software package to a new enterprise resource planning software system is almost assured to test even the most forward-thinking metal fabricating organization. Every part of the organization is touched in this move, and everyone has to work together to ensure that initial business objectives are achieved once the software is rolled out. Luckily, preparation before actual software implementation can make a big difference.

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The subtle landscape of U.S. manufacturing

March 12, 2012

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Manufacturing companies aren’t all the same, and neither is worker pay. Reality is subtler than that. Despite all the complexities, though, the massive U.S. contract manufacturing base can’t grow if multinationals continually choose to build plants elsewhere.

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Three’s company - TheFabricator.com

Three’s company

March 9, 2012

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Many weld instructors will tell you that the ability to hear plays a critical role in developing a skilled welder. But a deaf student from Tennessee is proving that character traits like determination and a strong work ethic are more important. It also helps to have a creative, patient teacher and a dedicated support staff.

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Energy-industry software predicts, prioritizes equipment failure

March 8, 2012

GE has introduced Proficy® SmartSignal® Shield 4.0 software for the oil and gas and power industries. It is designed to provide early detection of problems in large equipment to prevent surprise equipment failure. It also offers diagnostic guidance and prioritized actionable intelligence. The...

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Racine Metal-Fab to expand in Wisconsin

March 7, 2012

Racine Metal-Fab, a metal fabricator serving the commercial lighting, medical equipment, and energy industries, has announced plans to build a new plant in Sturtevant, Wis. The $8.5 million investment is expected to create up to 25 jobs....

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