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DEP, Autoline open new headquarters in Michigan

October 9, 2012

DEP (Detroit Engineered Products) and Autoline Industries USA have announced the opening of their new corporate world headquarters in Troy, Mich. As a result of several new large, global OEM contracts, the companies tripled the size of their previous office space with a $2.5 million renovation. The...

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The Metal Shop adds automation tower

October 9, 2012

The Metal Shop LLC, a custom fabrication shop in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., providing tradeshow exhibit industry products and short-run production, has added a new Mitsubishi automation tower to its Mitsubishi LVPlus II laser. The eight-shelf tower allows the company to run unattended jobs and helps...

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Image processing systems automate surface inspection - TheFabricator.com

Image processing systems automate surface inspection

October 9, 2012

Vitronic offers Vinspec turnkey automated surface inspection systems. The 2-D and 3-D camera-based systems generally are installed inline to inspect surfaces at production speed. Parts with any shape, area, and contours are recorded reliably, even when the part is not positioned precisely, the...

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Year-to-date manufacturing technology orders up 4.1 percent over 2011

October 8, 2012

August U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $470.44 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was up 3.4 percent from July but down...

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Hundred dollar bill

The incredible economic power of manufacturing

October 8, 2012

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It’s no secret that the U.S. economy is in a precarious state. How did we get where we are, and what can be done to improve conditions? Longtime industry professional Jim O’Leary believes the answer lies in encouraging manufacturing and the time to choose a pro-manufacturing agenda is now.

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Metal Craft Spinning and Stamping adds lathe

October 8, 2012

Metal Craft Spinning and Stamping, a provider of metal spinning, stamping, and tooling services in Etobicoke, Ont., has acquired a Nova Sidera Orion 400 Playback spinning lathe. The new machine allows the company to run three shifts. The lathe has a maximum swing of 33.50 in. and a maximum...

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NTMA, PMA launch initiative to increase manufacturer voting

October 8, 2012

The National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA), Cleveland, and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), Independence, Ohio, have announced a new initiative to encourage manufacturers to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential and congressional elections. The One Voice federal government...

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Thunder Tool & Mfg. to open facility in Kentucky

October 8, 2012

Canada-based Thunder Tool & Mfg. Ltd. has purchased a 30,000-sq.-ft. metal stamping facility in Richmond, Ky. The company plans to create 45 new, full-time jobs and invest $2.2 million in the project....

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GM to expand Pontiac plant

October 8, 2012

General Motors has announced plans to spend more than $30 million to renovate its Pontiac, Mich., metal stamping plant. The plant, scheduled to close permanently following the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy, now is building parts for a variety of GM vehicles. The number of employees at the plant has...

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FABTECH 2013

Metal fab heads west

October 8, 2012

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It’s been four years since FABTECH® made its debut in Las Vegas, and in that time we have been exposed to a great deal of change. We’ve elected a new president and are on the tail end of another presidential campaign. We saw the end of the recession in 2009, and in the second quarter of this...

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LINE survey: More employers adding jobs in October compared with last year

October 4, 2012

In October, for the third consecutive month, more HR professionals in the manufacturing and service sectors say their organizations will be hiring compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for...

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Solid paint marker designed in small package - TheFabricator.com

Solid paint marker designed in small package

October 2, 2012

LA-CO Industries has introduced the Quik Stik® Mini to the Markal® line of industrial markers. The compact industrial marker makes paint marks that dry in 5 to 7 min. The plastic barrel will not break, and the twist-up knob advances and retracts the solid paint for 100 percent marker...

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ISM ROB: Economic activity in manufacturing expanded in September

October 1, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September following three consecutive months of slight contraction, and the overall economy grew for the 40th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued...

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Ohio Laser opens new facility, expands capabilities - TheFabricator.com

Ohio Laser opens new facility, expands capabilities

October 1, 2012

Ohio Laser has dedicated its 26,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing and fabrication facility in Plain City, Ohio. Along with more room for raw material, the new facility houses two TRUMPF® TubeMatic laser machines and a TRUMPF TruTube 7000 laser machine for cutting round, square, and rectangular...

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Paul Ryan attends town hall meeting hosted by MSCI Cincinnati and Byer Steel

October 1, 2012

The Cincinnati chapter of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), Rolling Meadows, Ill., and Byer Steel, Cincinnati, hosted Congressman Paul Ryan (Wis.), Republican vice presidential candidate, for a town hall meeting as part of its Manufacturing Summit series "Closing the Divide Between Jobs,...

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