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Rising dollar doesn't diminish U.S. manufacturing might

March 13, 2015

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A rising dollar could make it tougher for U.S. manufacturers to export goods, but the metal fabricating community shouldn't suffer too much. Overseas customers buy metal goods from U.S. manufacturers for a very good reason.

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From the Web: An arm’s value; bent & twisted artwork; sourcing materials; making 3-D affordable

March 12, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Fabricator does his own thing; what an arm’s worth depends on where you are; steel industry here and abroad; and hybrid kit designed to make 3-D printing more affordable.

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It’s all in how you shape it

March 11, 2015

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When creating his sculptures, Josh Welton achieves the same form by shaping many different materials to fit his vision. It’s just metal; it’s all in how you shape it.

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EPA targets aerospace segment

March 11, 2015

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed in February to tighten up air emission standards for aerospace manufacturing and fabrication facilities. The agency said it initially surveyed 1,300 facilities nationwide that potentially could emit hazardous air pollutants (HAPs); all of these...

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Tax break for manufacturers up in the air

March 10, 2015

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Prospects for Senate passage of a bill establishing a permanent expensing allowance for capital equipment are dicey. The House passed the America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015 (H.R. 636) in February with all but one Republican voting for it and 33 Democrats adding their support. Now...

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From the Web: Unique U.S.-made products; FedEx draws a line; making titanium cheaper; Texas mfg flat

February 26, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Two unique products made in the U.S.; FedEx says no to shipping a product; making titanium more affordable; and Texas manufacturing still flat

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Separating craftsmen from hacks—it’s in the details

February 26, 2015

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What quality do you think is most important in creating good work? The answer is in the details.

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Don’t forget the CAD guy

February 24, 2015

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When you’re thinking about shop upgrades, don’t forget the CAD guy. A new system can help him do his job much more efficiently.

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Automation, health, safety, and longshoremen

February 24, 2015

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The labor disupute at the West Coast ports is an odd, complex, ironic cog in the global supply chain.

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Old-school versus newfangled fabrication talk

February 20, 2015

The age of modern metal fabricating has introduced buzzwords and corporate speak to the language of business. On the other hand, small fabricators don't have time for confusing conversations. They shoot straight and tell it like it is.

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From the Web: Diversifying; restructuring; growing; and wearing a Ferrari

February 19, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Study confirms fabricators should diversify; restructuring helps revive businesses; Nebraska company on the growth track; and how you can wear a Ferrari

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The college track passes right by manufacturing

February 13, 2015

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As educators push for their students toward a college-prep curriculum, students are missing out on possible vocational training opportunities and the manufacturing industry is missing out on young talent.

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From the Web: Warning for chocoholics; love locks; doggie business; robot revolution

February 12, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Metal in your chocolate; a new spin on locks; fabricating for dog owners; a traveling CNC mill, and a manufacturing revolution.

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Still Building America—Backup plans matter

February 11, 2015

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What happens when your employment situation changes? If you have a backup plan, you might find that the change was just what you needed to move forward.

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Diversification makes life easier on the roller coaster

February 6, 2015

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Even in the face of falling oil prices and the potential slowdown of offshore fabrication work, Bill New, president of New Industries Inc., Morgan City, La., still looks forward to coming to work each day.

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