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Super Steel LLC names president/GM

February 20, 2017

Super Steel LLC, Milwaukee, has promoted Jason Gaare to the position of president/general manager. He has been with the company for more than 12 years in varying technical, operational, sales, administrative, and financial capacities. The company is a contract manufacturer of metal fabricated...

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LMI Aerospace to be acquired by Sonaca Group

February 20, 2017

St. Louis-based LMI Aerospace Inc., a supplier of structural assemblies, kits, and components and provider of engineering services, has entered into a merger agreement to be acquired by Sonaca Group, a global aerostructures company based in Gosselies, Belgium. The deal is expected to close in...

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Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center awarded federal funding

February 20, 2017

The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, Plymouth, Mich., has been awarded $1.2 million over two years from the National Institute of Standards and Technology Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program for a pilot program to accelerate applied R&D, manufacturing, and technology...

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Ritter Technology acquires Primet Fluid Power

February 20, 2017

Ritter Technology LLC, Zelienople, Pa., a distributor of industrial motion and control products, has acquired Primet Fluid Power Co., Hammond, Ind. Primet sells and services hydraulic and electrical control systems principally to steel manufacturers located in the Illinois/Indiana corridor.Ritter...

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Edge gel removes soil, rust, and heat tint/weld burn

February 20, 2017

Madison Chemical has introduced TreadBrite™ Edge Gel cleaner which removes soil, laser scale, rust, and heat-treat scale, including heat tint/weld burn, by simultaneously cleaning and brightening the surface through an etching process. The viscous gel, which contains a balanced blend of...

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Former FMA board chairman dies

February 16, 2017

David J. Barber, 69, died Feb. 13, 2017, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center after a seven-year battle with renal cell cancer. Barber served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971 as a personnel management specialist. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and went on to a...

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Bystronic announces new representation in three southern states

February 16, 2017

Elgin, Ill.-based Bystronic Inc., a provider of laser and waterjet cutting machines, press brakes, automation equipment, and system software, has announced new distributor representation in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi with the expansion of the On Point Solutions Co., a distributor partner...

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Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence levels near all-time high in February

February 16, 2017

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation has released the February 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 72.2, leveling off after January’s all-time high index of 73.4.When asked about the outlook for...

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Illegal immigration and manufacturing—a conundrum?

February 16, 2017 | By Vicki Bell

We all have thoughts on the prevailing concerns in the U.S. these days. Families, friendships, and marriages are breaking up over differing opinions of who should be in the White House and what should be done about various issues—Obamacare, the Keystone Pipeline and the environment in general, and immigration, particularly the current illegal population and refugees. In resolving all of these and other matters, we need to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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Workshops for Warriors Inaugural Gala scheduled for April

February 16, 2017

San Diego-based Workshops for Warriors will host its Inaugural Galaon April 20, 2017, aboard the USS Midway in honor of U.S. veterans.The event will include a silent auction, entertainment by the American Bombshells, and guest speakers including Medal of Honor recipient Donald "Doc" Ballard and a...

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Aqueous cleaning system handles rough to fine cleaning

February 16, 2017

Dürr Ecoclean has developed the EcoCWave aqueous cleaning system for rough to fine cleaning. It covers parts cleaning with alkaline, neutral, and acidic media. With its small footprint, the system can be integrated in any production process. It also can adapt to changing cleanliness and throughput...

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How do you measure your shop’s performance?

February 16, 2017 | By Bill Frahm

The use of operational effectiveness and efficiency (OEE) measurements is a good way to get a feel for how a manufacturing operation is performing, but further work needs to be done if a shop really wants to fix what ails it.

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10-year strategic outlook shows North American auto market headed toward instability

February 16, 2017

The North American light-vehicle market is on the verge of confronting significant changes that will lead the industry to a very precarious condition, according to the report “A Ten Year Strategic Outlook for the North American Automotive Market,” available from Commodity Inside. The once...

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Georgia Manufacturing Alliance welcomes Southwire as 2017 Innovator Sponsor

February 16, 2017

The Atlanta-based Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) has announced that Southwire Co. LLC, a wire and cable producer based in Carrollton, Ga., has joined the organization as an Innovator Sponsor for 2017. Southwire operates 32 manufacturing plants, 10 distribution facilities, and multiple sales...

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Eberl Iron Works promotes four key employees

February 15, 2017

Buffalo, N.Y.-based Eberl Iron Works has announced the realignment of staff responsibilities.Thomas A. Huber Sr., who has been with the company for nearly 36 years, has been promoted from plant supervisor to the newly created position of facilities engineer. In addition to maintaining all...

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