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Matheson Tri-Gas to acquire Air Liquide plants in U.S.

June 27, 2016

Matheson, Basking Ridge, N.J., a provider of industrial and specialty gases and gas handling equipment, has executed an agreement to purchase 18 air separation plants in 16 locations, two nitrous oxide plants, four CO2 plants, and related assets from Air Liquide in the U.S. The agreement also...

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Michigan Mfg. Intl. marks 25 years in business

June 24, 2016

Michigan Mfg. Intl. (MMI), Stevensville, Md., a supplier of manufactured-to-print assemblies and components to OEMs, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016. The firm was founded in 1991 in Michigan by Jacob Prak, a former applications engineer for GE Plastics and SKF USA. The firm moved to...

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Institute developing sensors for manufacturers’ energy efficiency to receive $140 million

June 23, 2016

President Obama has announced that a UCLA-based institute focusing on the development of sensors that monitor the use of energy in manufacturing will receive $70 million from the Department of Energy and another $70 million from private companies and state entities. The institute comprises...

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L&S Machine receives ISO 9001 and AS9100 certifications

June 23, 2016

Latrobe, Pa.-based L&S Machine Co. LLC has received ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C accreditation for the manufacture and fabrication of build‐to‐print metal and phenolic parts for nuclear power, aerospace, defense, semiconductor, photonics, medical, and industrial applications. The quality...

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Kiekert announces $1 million expansion at Michigan facility

June 23, 2016

Kiekert, a provider of automotive locking systems, will invest $1 million to expand its U.S. development and manufacturing center in Wixom, Mich. Since 2013 the firm has invested more than $2.2 million to expand its local test and prototype-development facilities and increase production capacity in...

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Dust collector’s nanofiber media offers high efficiency

June 23, 2016

Clarcor Industrial Air offers the DustHog® Plug-n-Play cartridge dust collector for use in welding, robotic weld cell, plasma cutting, and laser cutting applications. Featuring a touchscreen controller, the unit comes with an Auto Flow option that measures airflow and adjusts the fan speed...

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Hendrick celebrates 140 years in business

June 23, 2016

Hendrick Mfg., a provider of perforated and fabricated metal products, is commemorating its 140th anniversary this year. The company was founded by Eli E. Hendrick in 1876 in Carbondale, Pa., where it still operates today. He developed a way to refine oil, replacing wire cloth with holes drilled in...

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Tykma Electrox Industrial Laser Systems expands U.K. sales footprint

June 22, 2016

Tykma Electrox, a supplier of industrial laser systems, has announced the opening of a new European sales and support center in Letchworth Garden City, U.K., as well as an expanded sales footprint in the U.K. through partnership with The Needham Group of Shropshire. The Needham Coding provides...

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Oiles America appoints VP of marketing and sales

June 22, 2016

Oiles America Corp., Concord, N.C., a provider of oil‐less, maintenance-free bearing products, has named John Daniel as vice president of marketing and sales. Since starting his career more than 25 years ago as a design engineer, Daniel has advanced to lead global sales and marketing groups in...

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Skills aren’t everything

June 22, 2016

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Have you ever known a highly intelligent, skilled individual who created nothing but ill will and disorder in the workplace? How did your employer handle this situation? “Welding Wire” readers recently weighed in on this topic after reading the blog post “Voting workers off the island.”

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Flatness control integrates directly onto leveler

June 22, 2016

Arku offers the FlatJack®, a new process for monitoring the flatness of sheet metal parts. The process rapidly checks the flatness of punched, laser-cut, and flame-cut parts with minimal effort before and after leveling. The process can be integrated directly onto the inlet rollers of the...

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The 2016 FAB 40: Planning their next move

June 22, 2016

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It’s been quite a run. Over the past four years many FAB 40 companies have reported big revenue gains. In 2015, not so much, at least on average. Sales at some big companies either held steady or declined somewhat, mainly thanks to weak markets that by now every fabricator knows about: oil and...

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Cardinal Metalworks achieves ISO 9001:2015 registration

June 22, 2016

Cardinal Metalworks Inc., Burgaw, N.C., has achieved registration to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard. The company manufactures precision fabricated sheet metal...

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Wall Colmonoy appoints president

June 21, 2016

Wall Colmonoy, Madison Heights, Mich., a global materials engineering group of companies that manufacture surfacing and brazing products, castings, and engineered components, has appointed Nicholas W. Clark as president. All business units—Alloy Products, Aerobraze Engineered Technologies, and...

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EVS again named a top 40 metal fabrication shop by The FABRICATOR

June 21, 2016

Riverdale, N.J.-based EVS Metal, a provider of sheet metal fabrications and complex machined items, has been named to The FABRICATOR®’s list of Fab 40 manufacturers. The company, which has been included in the list since its inception, is placed at No....

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