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Metal fabrication and the metals markets prepare for a Trump presidency

November 15, 2016 | By Tim Heston

The presidency usually doesn't have much immediate, direct impact on the economy, despite the campaign rhetoric we hear. But is this time different?

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Medical device manufacturing and the need to adapt

November 9, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

What effect does the evolving nature of materials used for fabricated medical devices have on those who manufacture them? Are shops able to use the same processes and equipment with newer materials?

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60 isn’t old, and other things I learned from dad

November 1, 2016 | By Josh Welton

If you reflect on who and where you are in life, chances are you’ll find yourself thinking of your childhood and those who had a significant influence on your development, both in terms of character and career. Maybe you followed in someone’s footsteps?

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Still Building America—Randy follows the money and loves what he finds

October 30, 2016 | By Josh Welton

People choose careers for many reasons. Sometimes it really is about the money. It truly is a thing of beauty when following the money leads to a career you love—the reverse of the oft-given advice: Do what you love and the money will follow. It happens.

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On the crazy train to SEMA

October 27, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Some people are busy, and some are crazy-busy. Crazy-busy coupled with serious challenges isn’t for the fainthearted. Yet, the show must go on, and Josh Welton is on the road with the fruits of 100-hour weeks. Take a look.

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Running a shop in the aftermath of a hurricane

October 26, 2016 | By Nick Martin

We hear a lot about disaster preparedness, but sometimes conditions are such that even the best plan isn’t enough. Hurricane Matthew had a devastating effect on many southeastern communities and businesses.

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Engagement, modern manufacturing, and why we work

October 20, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Variety is the spice of life, and it also may be the seed from which employee engagement can grow

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Strong manufacturing value chains bolster U.S. economy

October 19, 2016 | By Dan Davis

Manufacturing Day is the perfect time to let the general public know that manufacturing's value chain has a much greater impact on the U.S. economy than they are likely to know.

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Your product is only as good as your service

October 18, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

What good is having that new product or machine if you can’t get service when you need it? Smart companies provide exceptional service. It makes good business sense.

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Fabricators and the 2016 presidential election

October 13, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

The 2016 U.S. presidential election is 25 days away. Who will be the nation’s 45th president? “Fabricating Update” readers weighed in on who they are voting for and why.

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Celebrating simplicity and flexibility on Manufacturing Day

October 7, 2016 | By Tim Heston

It's Manufacturing Day, when we celebrate where this industry has been, what it is, and, especially, where it is going.

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Election season, management style, and the metal fabricator

October 6, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Cultural challenges on the shop floor may relate to challenges in politics and, for that matter, society at large.

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An Oktoberfest story for fabricators

October 5, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Have you ever had anyone who owes you money offer to pay their debt with welding lessons? Kathy Walton did, and now she makes money using the skills she learned.

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Shift workers and the challenges they face

September 30, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Not all of us work 9 to 5. Some people work different shifts. While some enjoy doing so, it isn’t for everyone. No matter the reason behind it, those who work odd hours must be keenly aware of the aspects of such work that potentially are detrimental to their health and quality of life.

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Adjusting to a new workspace

September 29, 2016 | By Josh Welton

After months looking for a new workspace following a move to Detroit, Josh Welton revisited a site he looked at a year ago. While this spot is not ideal for his operation, sometimes, out of necessity, you have to make do with what’s available. Adapting is a process.

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