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Seconn Fabrication opens Solar Fabricators

February 28, 2011

Seconn Fabrication has established Solar Fabricators, located down the street from Seconn headquarters in Waterford, Conn. The new company is designed to cater to small, local businesses; inventors; and entrepreneurs. It is equipped with facility upgrades, new equipment, and a staff of experienced...

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Fabricated spiral staircase

Old-school fabricator takes it one step at a time

February 25, 2011

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Shortly after the company was founded as a welding and repair shop in 1949, Wells-Osborn Spiral Stairs found a niche in building spiral staircases. Founder Bill Osborn bought some equipment and made some of his own. Some of Osborn’s original ideas and equipment are still in use at the company 60 years later.

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Sheet metal designed part

The power of sheet metal design

February 25, 2011

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Effective sheet metal design should not set out to eliminate welding, but instead uncover the most cost-effective ways to manufacture a part. The best designs exploit strengths of the welding process and minimize its weaknesses.

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Whitecastle building

Hamburgers, metal, and mettle

February 25, 2011

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White Castle’s metal fabrication subsidiary has abided by continuous improvement principles for decades—long before Toyota became a major player in the United States.

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Aircraft bookings boost durable goods orders in January; excluding transportation, orders show largest decline in two years

February 24, 2011

New orders for manufactured durable goods in January increased $5.3 billion or 2.7 percent to $200.5 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This increase followed three consecutive monthly decreases including a 0.4 percent December decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased...

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Waukesha Metal Products nominated for 2010 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year

February 22, 2011

Waukesha Metal Products, Sussex, Wis., has been nominated for a 2010 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award. The company, one of 53 Wisconsin companies nominated for this year's awards, is competing in the Small Company category, for companies with 1 to 99 employees. Waukesha Metal Products...

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Maysteel announces executive appointments

February 22, 2011

Maysteel LLC, a manufacturer of precision sheet metal enclosures in Allenton, Wis., has announced several changes to its executive staff. The company has named J. Monte Roach as president and CEO, Kevin Matkin as vice president of operations, and Elizabeth (Beth) Feldman as chief financial officer....

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FMA seeks participants for 2011 Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey

February 22, 2011

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) encourages industry executives to participate in the 2011 Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey that will provide comprehensive data for company owners and managers in the metal forming and fabricating industry. The...

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Mid Atlantic Machinery promotes regional managers

February 17, 2011

Mid Atlantic Machinery Inc., Harrisburg, Pa., has promoted David Wetzel and David Fridey to regional managerial positions. Wetzel has been with the company for five years and has 23 years of experience in the metal fabrication machine tool industry. He oversees all sales managerial duties for the...

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Tour of Marlin Steel Wire Products included in AME conference

February 17, 2011

Attendees of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) conference in Baltimore, Md., in November toured Marlin Steel Wire Products three times in one week. The group of 130 comprised plant managers, plant engineers, manufacturing engineers, and Six Sigma Black Belts. Marlin Steel was one...

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First Aluminum Industry Summit coming to NYC in June

February 17, 2011

The inaugural Aluminum Industry Summit is scheduled to take place June 7 and 8 in New York City. The two-day program, supported by industry publications American Metal Market and Metal Bulletin, will cover the global aluminum supply chain from alumina to end use and will feature speakers and...

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Fan control station adjusts speed of up to 18 fans to match seasonal conditions - TheFabricator.com

Fan control station adjusts speed of up to 18 fans to match seasonal conditions

February 17, 2011

The new touchscreen Fan-Commander™ control station from Rite-Hite Fans controls the operation of up to 18 high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) Revolution® or Revolution SP fan models. The control adjusts the speed of the fans to match seasonal conditions. During winter the correct fan speed...

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NBT announces 2011 national manufacturing camp grant awards

February 17, 2011

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced the winners of its 2011 manufacturing camp grant awards. NBT awarded nine grants of $2,500 each to community and technical colleges that offer...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 85 percent in 2010

February 14, 2011

December U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $446.76 million, according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing...

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Bipartisan House caucus to focus on strengthening mfg, helping put Americans back to work

February 9, 2011

U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) have renewed their mission to strengthen U.S. manufacturing and help employers put Americans back to work by re-establishing the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus for the 112th Congress. Co-chairs Manzullo and Ryan, who co-founded the...

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