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Safety in the hands of the next generation

May 28, 2015

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One fabricator suggests that younger workers in a metal fabricating setting are more likely to follow safety rules and regulations because they don't want to cut corners. That may bode well for boosting manufacturing's image in the eyes of others who may associate death and dismemberment with manufacturing.

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Handling bottlenecks in a small shop

May 27, 2015

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Bottlenecks occur in all businesses. How you handle them makes a big difference in your shop’s operation and success.

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Dealing with a medical hiatus from welding

May 26, 2015

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Medical issues are difficult, even more so when they limit your ability to work. Imagine having surgeries on your wrists when you are a welder and being told you have a long recovery time.

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Still Building America—Fabricating at lightning speed

May 20, 2015

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Drew “Ruby” Parker has landed what many would consider a dream fabricating job—body hanger for a racing team. Where will this job take him?

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Chipping away at fabricating success

May 14, 2015

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If you walk into a fabrication shop today, you more than likely are going to see a machining center on the shop floor. It's not that these shops are chasing machining work; they are just looking to add more manufacturing services to win more business from their current customer base.

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Manufacturers push hard for trade promotion authority

May 11, 2015

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Mechanism to protect investors outside the purview of U.S. courts proves to be an issue of concern for those that oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

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Metal fabrication ripe for consolidation, or not?

May 11, 2015

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Will the custom metal fabrication business become more consolidated in the years to come? It's hard today, but more than likely, it will depend on the fabricator's customer base.

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Building your brand with social media

May 7, 2015

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Josh Welton’s social media efforts have helped him make money as an artist. Which applications does he use, and how does he use them?

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Safety as a value

May 1, 2015

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The FMA Safety Conference is an annual reminder that keeping workers safe on the job should be a company value, not just an organizational priority.

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From the Web: Remembering Rosie; GM invests; new jobs; subpar growth; and Uber’s economic role

April 30, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—A tale of two Rosies; GM to invest billions; new jobs in Chattanooga; and the current and future economy.

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Is your shop online? Should it be?

April 29, 2015

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You can’t escape the Internet and social media, and you shouldn’t try. An online presence is a must, and used properly, social media can be a good marketing tool for your shop.

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Beware promises of jobs and money, money, money

April 27, 2015

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Yes, it’s important to make a good wage. But it’s also important to work at something you enjoy. Don’t pursue a career simply because you’ve been told that good-paying jobs are available in that field.

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A new spin on an old debate

April 24, 2015

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The need to attract young people and to change negative perceptions certainly isn’t new, but after spending three days at The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit in Orlando in late February, business consultants, community and technical college leaders and educators, and business owners shed some light on a well-publicized subject.

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The Woz predicts technology with more understanding

April 17, 2015

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Contributing Editor Sue Roberts visited Automate 2015 and ProMat 2015 in Chicago in March and had the opportunity to listen to one of the founders of Apple Inc. Needless to say, Steve Wozniak had some interesting thoughts about the future. Roberts shares some of the highlights.

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Still Building America: Trenton’s story—24 years old and a lead fabricator

April 15, 2015

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Bitten by the welding bug as a child, Trenton Bennett progressed in his craft and mastered TIG welding to become the lead fabricator at a large dairy plant in Ohio. As skilled as he is, he wants to be better. And he wants the older welders to cut the young guys some slack. “Everyone starts somewhere.”

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