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AT&F upgrades equipment

November 26, 2012

AT&F, a custom steel fabricator in Cleveland, has made upgrades to one of its large rolling systems. Improvements include a new leveling system, PLC upgrade, new gearbox, and electrical panel upgrade. The leveling system is designed to improve accuracy, while the gearbox handle more torque...

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Aris Integration to locate headquarters in Arizona

November 26, 2012

Aris Integration LLC has announced that it will establish its corporate headquarters and a manufacturing center in Tucson, Ariz. The building systems company plans to create nearly 600 jobs for manufacturing panelized wall systems that integrate light-gauge-steel structural framing,...

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Alcom to open manufacturing facility in Montana

November 26, 2012

Alcom LLC has signed a lease to establish a new, 70,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Bonner, Mont. Production of hand-built aluminum trailers is expected to begin in early 2013. The company expects to employ about 60 workers initially, expanding to 200 within the first two years of operation....

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IFH expands production capacity for hydraulic oil reservoirs, fuel tanks

November 17, 2012

The IFH Group Inc., a metal fabricator and manufacturer of hydraulic oil reservoirs and custom fuel tanks in Rock Falls, Ill., has completed its second major expansion, increasing the company’s overall square footage from 106,000 to more than 121,000 under one roof. The most recent addition...

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General Sheet Metal Works names director, supply chain management

November 14, 2012

General Sheet Metal Works, a provider of engineering and metal fabrication services in South Bend, Ind., has promoted Thomas R. Sesterhenn to the position of director of supply chain management. He is responsible for overseeing all logistical functions including purchasing, materials management,...

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Epic Systems adds craftsman

November 14, 2012

Epic Systems Inc., St. Louis, has hired Robert Patzius as shop craftsman. In this position, he is responsible for GTAW, pipefitting, skid assembly, and general fabrication. Patzius was most recently employed with St. Louis Metallizing Co. as a thermal arc sprayer. He also has worked for Sahm...

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Heat-eliminating cold gun is CE-compliant

November 14, 2012

In addition to producing a cold, quiet stream of air to reduce heat buildup in machining operations, Exair's Cold Gun Aircoolant System™ has met the safety, health, and environmental standards of the European Union to attain the CE mark. The system incorporates a stainless steel vortex tube to...

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Interactive online guide teaches welding safety

November 13, 2012

The Lincoln Electric Co. has launched a welding safety interactive guide, converting its welding safety interactive DVD to an online format accessible and viewable on computers, tablets, and mobile phones. Designed to educate arc welders about potential arc welding safety hazards and the safe...

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ADF Group to build new plant in Montana

November 9, 2012

ADF Group Inc., Terrebonne, Que., has announced a plan to build a 100,000-sq.-ft., $24 million structural steel fabrication complex on 100 acres in Great Falls, Mont. The facility is expected to be in operation by the second half of 2013 under the U.S. subsidiary banner of ADF Intl. Inc. Annual...

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CenterLine Precision Tube Bending achieves top rating in raw material audit

November 9, 2012

CenterLine Precision Tube Bending Inc., Dublin, Calif., a manufacturer of custom tubular parts, has received a top score in all nine key areas of a defense contractor audit with respect to raw material certification, identification, traceability, documentation, and control. According to Vice...

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3-D CAD: Productivity, reliability, and responsiveness - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Productivity, reliability, and responsiveness

November 9, 2012

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Columnist Gerald Davis discusses when formality should enter a CAD operator's workflow and offers up an example of how a simple CAD task might go.

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Taxes and the deficit: The perils of oversimplification - TheFabricator.com

Taxes and the deficit: The perils of oversimplification

November 9, 2012

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Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association and managing director of Armada Corporate Intelligence, Lawrence, Kan., offers a reasonable look at taxes and what they mean to business planners.

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How a fabricator can stand out to customers - TheFabricator.com

How a fabricator can stand out to customers

November 9, 2012

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The best metal fabricating partner in a supply chain is the one that not only provides on-time delivery of quality products, but also provides complete and open communication. Today the only means to do that is by opening up information technology systems to those important customers.

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Beyond mere convenience - TheFabricator.com

Beyond mere convenience

November 9, 2012

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As this Q&A with Plante Moran's Jeff Mengel reveals, an innovative approach to a customer relationship can lead to a very successful supply chain partnership.

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Growth opportunities worth trumpeting in manufacturing - TheFabricator.com

Growth opportunities worth trumpeting in manufacturing

November 9, 2012

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The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association 2012 Salary/Wage & Benefit Survey is out, and it proves a lucrative career awaits those fabricators willing to put in the work to hone their skills.

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