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Jor-Mac names director of business development

November 20, 2014

The Jor-Mac Co., Lomira, Wis., has appointed Jon Hintz as director of business development. The company is a contract manufacturer of metal fabrications and electromechanical...

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DeWys Mfg. adds plate roller, saw

November 20, 2014

Marne, Mich.-based DeWys Mfg. Inc. has added a WDM plate roller and Hydmech saw to its 90,000-sq.-ft. metal fabricating manufacturing facility. The plate roller is a CNC four-roller machine for forming sheet metal and plate into a variety of shapes based on customer requirements. The M-16A...

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VSR Industries breaks ground on Nevada facility

November 19, 2014

VSR Industries has broken ground on a 28,000-sq.-ft. lock production factory in Henderson, Nev. It is the company’s third building in southern Nevada, expanding its campus to 150,000 sq. ft. The manufacturer of high-security gaming locks, metal slot bases, slot cabinets, and custom...

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Range Kleen Mfg. names internal sales coordinator

November 19, 2014

Lima, Ohio-based Range Kleen Mfg. Inc. has promoted Tonia Wodarski to the position of internal sales coordinator. She joined the company in 2011 in customer service and was promoted to sales services coordinator in 2013. The firm manufactures household products sold to major retail chains...

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FABTECH 2014 brings top manufacturing leaders from around the globe to Atlanta

November 19, 2014

The depth and breadth of manufacturing’s reach into the U.S. and global economies were on display at the recent FABTECH® 2014 exposition and conference in Atlanta. FABTECH, held Nov. 11-13 at the Georgia World Congress Center, is the largest annual metal forming, fabricating, welding, and...

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The Mifsud Group acquires Montana Metal Products

November 19, 2014

The Mifsud Group, a Cleveland-based private investment and management company that owns and operates specialty manufacturers, has acquired Montana Metal Products, a precision metal fabricating company located in Des Plaines, Ill. Montana Metal Products serves the aerospace and medical equipment...

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Frost & Sullivan report predicts three-fold increase in 3-D printing revenues by 2025

November 18, 2014

Three-dimensional printing has become one of the premier disruptive technologies transforming traditional industrial models and sparking a new industrial revolution, according to Frost & Sullivan, a business growth strategist in Mountain View, Calif. The possibility of 3-D printing’s evolution...

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Can-Eng Furnaces contracted to build four high-temperature furnace systems

November 18, 2014

Can-Eng Furnaces Intl. Ltd., Niagara Falls, Ont., has received an order from a large international mining and materials supplier. The order comprises four high-temperature rotary hearth and chain conveyor tempering furnace systems with capacities from 10 to 30 tons/hour and staggered deliveries....

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Floor signs promote safety

November 18, 2014

Visual Workplace Inc. offers floor signs for communicating critical safety instructions clearly. The peel-and-stick signs are made of durable, high-bond acrylic that withstands forklift and heavy foot traffic. Signs are available in three sizes: 12 and 17 in. round or 14- by 20-in. rectangles with...

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Production management system provides real-time traceability

November 18, 2014

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l. has introduced CrossTrack 3 for sheet metal. The production management system provides complete traceability and control of material stock, parts, assemblies, orders, and nests, all in real time. Using Microsoft SQL server, the system provides a common interface across all...

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Survey shows business trending up for manufacturers, but young talent is scarce

November 17, 2014

North America’s manufacturing sector is on an upward trajectory, according to the latest Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) survey from New York, N.Y.-based ThomasNet®. However, a shortage of young talent, compounded by baby boomers’ negative perceptions about millennials, could stand in the...

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FABTECH reporter’s notebook: A contract metal fabrication metaphor, in tube

November 17, 2014

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Atlanta played host to FABTECH last week, when tens of thousands descended upon the Georgia World Congress Center. Most said they expected good times for 2015, but it's a complex business that requires careful coordination. A unique exoskeletal racecar on display last week proved to be an apt metaphor of metal fabrication at its best.

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Donaldson Co. to close Iowa plant

November 17, 2014

Donaldson Co., Bloomington, Minn., has announced plans to close its muffler and exhaust product manufacturing plant in Grinnell, Iowa. The company cites declining demand for the products because of changing diesel emission regulations. The work will be moved to the company’s other plants,...

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Vertex Rail to add 1,300 jobs in North Carolina

November 17, 2014

Vertex Rail has announced plans to add 1,300 new jobs at the former Terex Crane facility in Wilmington, N.C. The company will manufacture rail tank cars to transport crude oil from North Dakota, Texas, and other energy-producing states. The company will hire assemblers and fitters, welders, and...

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Open-source communication standard updated

November 17, 2014

The MTConnect® Institute has released the MTConnect standard version 1.3.0. The open-source communication standard addresses the interoperability of manufacturing equipment and devices. This version provides significant features, which include interdevice connectivity to enable machine-to-machine...

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