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The Metal Shop adds press brake

November 29, 2010

The Metal Shop LLC, Crystal Lake, Ill., has added a Toyokoki APB5620Wu press brake to its operations. The new machine supplements the 10-ft. 100 Accurpress already on the shop floor. The custom metal fabrication shop primarily serves the tradeshow exhibit industry....

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Biodegradable synthetic fluids introduced - TheFabricator.com

Biodegradable synthetic fluids introduced

November 29, 2010

Commonwealth Oil Corp. has released a line of BioComm readily biodegradable synthetic functional fluids. These synthetic ester functional fluids consist of concrete forming fluids, heavy-duty gear and hydraulic oils, and ram type EDM fluids. The products biodegrade to their natural state within...

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Wallover names new president - TheFabricator.com

Wallover names new president

November 29, 2010

Wallover Oil Co., a manufacturer of industrial lubricants and cleaners in Strongsville, Ohio, has announced that Eric Kielts will be its new president effective Jan. 1, 2011. Kielts will fill the position formerly held for 23 years by Hub Marquis, who will remain as CEO and chairman of the...

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Super Steel to hire 60 workers

November 29, 2010

Super Steel LLC, a contract manufacturer of complex metal fabrication and assembly work based in Milwaukee, has announced plans to hire 60 employees immediately as a result of increased production levels. The work force additions will mostly be skilled manufacturing positions, including welders,...

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Medical components machining offered - TheFabricator.com

Medical components machining offered

November 29, 2010

Manchester Tool & Die Inc. offers prototype, short-run, or long-run machining for medical components. Wire EDM, CNC milling centers, and turning centers are available for medical part production, along with surface finishing and washing machines. The company also provides in-house...

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Cost estimating software enhanced - TheFabricator.com

Cost estimating software enhanced

November 29, 2010

MTI Systems has released version 11.0 of its Costimator cost estimating software, featuring several changes. Multiple tabs, customizable toolbars, and helpful images have been added to the work screen to help improve ease of use. Drag-and-drop functionality has been expanded to enable users to...

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FMA economic analyst sees optimistic signs in 2011 for small manufacturing sector

November 29, 2010

Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), sees the "beginning stages for some optimism" in the small business community, which, in turn, indicate "solid" economic news for many U.S. manufacturers in 2011. Kuehl said, "The small business...

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The 3 P’s of sustainability

November 22, 2010

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To remain viable in the future, companies must focus on sustainability and pay attention to three key components of the sustainability puzzle: people, profit, and planet. Safety also is an important part of this puzzle.

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Business better, employment up in 2010, manufacturers report in poll

November 18, 2010

According to a poll of factory executives, supervisors, and engineers conducted by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Int’l (FMA) at the FABTECH® trade show in Atlanta in early November, more than seven in 10 (72 percent) reported that business is either much better (31 percent) or...

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Metcam honored with Tyco Supplier Excellence Award

November 16, 2010

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, announced today that the company is the recipient of Tyco Fire & Safety's Supplier Excellence Award. The award was presented at Tyco's Sourcing Council 2010 Suppliers Day conference at the Boca Raton...

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Caterpillar Inc. to acquire mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus International

November 15, 2010

Caterpillar Inc. and Bucyrus International, Inc. announced today they have entered into an agreement under which Caterpillar will acquire Bucyrus International in a transaction valued at approximately $8.6 billion (including net debt). The acquisition is based on Caterpillar's key strategic...

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Hot air knife systems suitable for drying machined metal, castings, and stamped parts - TheFabricator.com

Hot air knife systems suitable for drying machined metal, castings, and stamped parts

November 15, 2010

Malcom Co. Inc.'s hot air knife systems can be custom-configured with one or more hot air blowers, specialty deflectors, air nozzles, or tunnels and various control options to blow air heated up to 1,000 degrees F at pressure up to 4.5 PSI. They are suitable for drying machined metal, castings,...

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Melitron to build solar inverters for Sustainable Energy Technologies

November 15, 2010

Melitron Corp., Guelph, Ont., has been selected by Sustainable Energy Technologies to provide contract manufacturing services required to build its SUNERGY™ solar inverter. Sustainable Energy Technologies is a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of power inverters for grid-connected solar PV...

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GRT-Mars forms strategic alliance with Intermatic

November 15, 2010

GRT-Mars Inc., Mountainside, N.J., has announced the establishment of a strategic alliance with the Juarez, Mexico, operation of Intermatic Inc., Spring Grove, Ill. The alliance will offer manufacturing systems to OEMs in North America and Latin America. GRT-Mars is a contract manufacturer...

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Another day, another economic recovery - TheFabricator.com

Another day, another economic recovery

November 12, 2010

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One Columbus, Ohio, job shop recovered quickly from the recession. The organization has a history of financial conservatism and pragmatism—and today’s black ink is a testament to the shop’s success.

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