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James Tool Machine & Eng. adds additive manufacturing technology

July 23, 2014

James Tool Machine & Eng. Inc., Morganton, N.C., a provider of precision CNC machining and builder of hydraulic workholding fixtures, now offers additive manufacturing technology. The company now offers fused deposition modeling (FDM) using ABS plastic in-house, direct metal laser sintering...

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Mecco Marking & Traceability names sales manager

July 22, 2014

Mecco Marking & Traceability, Cranberry Township, Pa., has promoted Bill Holtzman to sales manager. Mecco is a provider of laser and dot peen marking systems. Holtzman, a graduate of Allegheny College, has been with the company since 2010. He served previously as sales engineer and laser product...

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Mills Products hires materials manager

July 22, 2014

Brentwood, Tenn.-based Mills Products, a metal forming company producing hydroformed, roll formed, and tube stamped parts for the automotive and appliance industries, has appointed Kristy Johnson as materials manager. Before joining the company, Johnson worked for 19 years at Maremont Exhaust in...

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Gas apparatus innovator Loren Charles Smith dies

July 21, 2014

Loren Charles Smith, a well-respected innovator in the gas apparatus industry, died June 25 in Gainesville, Ga. He worked at The Harris Products Group from 1991 to 2012 as a senior project engineer. Smith’s career with The Harris Products Group was a second act in his life. He officially...

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Midwest Eng. Systems opens two new facilities

July 18, 2014

Midwest Eng. Systems Inc., a provider of custom machines and integrated systems in Pewaukee, Wis., has opened a 5,000-sq.-ft. engineering office in Beloit, Wis., and will open a 30,000-sq.-ft. welding and service manufacturing facility in Colorado (city to be confirmed). In addition, the...

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American Aerospace Controls recognized by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics for quality, delivery

July 18, 2014

Farmingdale, N.Y.-based American Aerospace Controls (AAC), a manufacturer of standard and custom AC and DC, voltage, frequency, and power transducers, has been recognized by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, a designer and manufacturer of combat, air mobility, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft,...

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Major capital spending plans on the rise among U.S. industrial manufacturers

July 17, 2014

Optimism regarding the direction of the domestic economy remained positive among U.S. industrial manufacturers during the second quarter of 2014, according to the Q2 2014 Manufacturing Barometer™ released by PwC US, New York. In addition to the positive sentiment, the report showed a rise in...

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Muller operating as part of Signode Industrial Group

July 17, 2014

ITW Muller, Chicago, a manufacturer of load containment systems, has been renamed as Muller after its acquisition by the Carlyle Group and now operates as a stand-alone business under the Signode Industrial Group. The company’s products are sold under the Muller brand, as well as Yellow...

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Bosch grant supports STEM curricula in three Pennsylvania schools

July 17, 2014

Drive and control technology providers Robert Bosch LLC and Bosch Rexroth Corp., Bethlehem, Pa., have announced the latest Bosch Community Fund (BCF) grants in support of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and match) – important foundations for today’s students as they prepare for careers...

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Stratasys completes acquisition of Solid Concepts

July 16, 2014

Stratasys Ltd., a provider of 3-D printing and additive manufacturing systems based in Minneapolis and Rehovot, Israel, has completed its acquisition of Valencia, Calif.-based Solid Concepts, a provider of additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, CNC machining, cast urethanes, injection molding,...

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Study finds delivery, pricing, sales support are top three customer expectations for manufacturers

July 16, 2014

Lisa Anderson, president of LMA Consulting GroupSM, Claremont, Calif., hypothesized that Amazon and companies like Amazon have had an impact on service demands for manufacturers and distributors. In a recent study measuring the "Amazon Effect," Anderson found that the top three areas in which...

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SigmaTEK kicks off 2014 Outdoor Adventure give-away

July 15, 2014

SigmaTEK Systems LLC, Cincinnati, a provider of CAD/CAM nesting, shop floor automation, and manufacturing business automation systems, has announced the kickoff of its 2014 Outdoor Adventure give-away. North American manufacturers, fabricators, and others within the industry can enter for a...

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Whirlpool enters into agreements to acquire majority interest in Indesit

July 14, 2014

Whirlpool Corp., Benton Harbor, Mich., and Fineldo S.p.A., Milan, Italy, have entered into a binding agreement for the sale of Fineldo's stake in Indesit Co. S.p.A. Whirlpool also entered into binding share purchase agreements with members of the Merloni family for their Indesit shares. Under these...

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Optomec receives order for print engine from RIT’s Center for Remanufacturing

July 14, 2014

Albuquerque, N.M.-based Optomec has announced that its LENS® print engine for metal components has been adopted by the Center for Remanufacturing and Resources Recovery (C3R®) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, N.Y. The system at C3R will retrofit 3-D metal printing...

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JTEKT Corp. doubles size of South Carolina facility

July 14, 2014

JTEKT Corp., a producer of bearings, automotive steering systems, and all-wheel-drive couplings, has expanded its Koyo-brand bearing manufacturing facility in Richland County, S.C. The 250,000-sq.-ft. expansion, which provides the company with the capacity to manufacture automotive wheel bearing...

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