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LAI names sales director to business development team

February 10, 2009

LAI Intl. Inc., a supplier of precision components and subassemblies in Scottsdale, Ariz., has named Brad Creamer as director of sales. In this position, he leads business development initiatives in...

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General Sheet Metal Works completes training center construction

February 10, 2009

General Sheet Metal Works Inc., a precision sheet metal fabricator in South Bend, Ind., has completed construction on a training and conference center. The new space holds up to 50 people for customer...

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Cretex Companies acquires Meier Tool & Engineering

February 10, 2009

Cretex Companies, Elk River, Minn., has acquired the assets of Meier Tool & Engineering (MTE), a manufacturer of miniature and microsized stamped components and subassemblies for the medical,...

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GM to cut 10,000 salaried workers

February 10, 2009

Detroit-based General Motors announced today that it is cutting 10,000 salaried jobs as part of a restructuring plan to meet the government's deadline of Feb. 17. The plan is required by the terms of...

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U.S. machine tool demand continues decline in Midwest, rises in other regions

February 9, 2009

Reuters has reported that U.S. December machine tool demand fell 2.2 percent to $194.01 million from $198.35 million in November, according to the American Machine Tool Distributor's Association...

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Hiring expectations continue downward spiral

February 6, 2009

Mass layoffs and other cost-cutting measures have become the norm in early 2009, and that won't change in February for both the manufacturing and service sectors, according to the Society for Human...

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Ranking Small Business Committee member introduces CHOICE Act

February 5, 2009

Today House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves announced the introduction of the "CHOICE Act." "As Ranking Member of the Small Business Committee, I have seen firsthand the need for...

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North American robot orders fall 21 percent in 2008

February 4, 2009

According to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), North American-based robotics companies reported that new orders sold to North American manufacturing companies fell by 21 percent in units and...

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NAM endorses Secretary of Commerce nominee

February 3, 2009

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today welcomed President Barack Obama's nomination of Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) as Secretary of Commerce, calling Gregg a "champion of manufacturing who...

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Lincoln Electric announces cost-saving measures

February 2, 2009

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. today announced actions to lower its fixed and variable cost structure to align its business with the current economic environment. These measures include the...

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Dimensioning in a 3-D CAD system

February 1, 2009

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Columnist Gerald Davis explains that preparing a 3-D CAD model without dimensions may look great, but it doesn't really do anybody any good. For example, a 3-D CAD model with dimensions helps quality control inspectors.

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Randolph Tool purchases National Knife and Service Grinding

January 29, 2009

Randolph Tool Co., Hartville, Ohio, has purchased National Knife Co. and Service Grinding Co., Berea, Ohio.Randolph Tool has specialized in the manufacturing and sharpening of industrial knives and...

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Durable goods orders down fifth straight month

January 29, 2009

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that new orders for durable goods fell by 2.6 percent in December, a larger decline than the 2 percent economists had forecast.December's decline marked...

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HRB prices plumbing the bottom

January 28, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™World export HRB price for January 26 dropped 4.6 percent to $480 per ton, FOB the port of export, after rising the last reported period. The United States HRB...

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TRUMPF names vice president, lasers

January 27, 2009

Dr. Christian Schmitz is joining TRUMPF Inc. as the vice president, lasers, effective February 1. He will be located at the company's North American headquarters in Farmington, Conn. The announcement...

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