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3-D CAD: Project documentation - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Project documentation

February 13, 2012

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Columnist Gerald Davis explores the world of exploded views as he prepares the 3-D model to be much more than just a graphical representation of the part to be fabricated.

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Integrating nesting software into MRP systems - TheFabricator.com

Integrating nesting software into MRP systems

February 13, 2012

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Everyone knows that dynamic nesting by itself can translate into improved material utilization. What happens when the nesting software is fully integrated with an organization's material resource planning software? The metal fabricator can take material optimization to a new level.

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Quick response ushers in triple-digit growth - TheFabricator.com

Quick response ushers in triple-digit growth

February 13, 2012

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Between 2007 and 2011 sales at Eugene, Ore.-based Mohawk Metal Co. grew 700 percent. During normal times such growth would be seen as uncontrollable, but the past few years haven’t been normal times.

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Nissan Forklift Corp. names dealer in Texas - TheFabricator.com

Nissan Forklift Corp. names dealer in Texas

February 10, 2012

Nissan Forklift Corp., Marengo, Ill., has named Sunbelt Industrial Trucks as a new authorized dealer in north Texas, covering the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Sunbelt offers all five classes of Nissan Forklift lift trucks, as well as OEM parts and...

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FMA announces 2012 Industry Award winners

February 10, 2012

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has named Airtronics Metal Products as the winner of The FABRICATOR®'s Industry Award 2012 and Chicago Tube & Iron as the winner of TPJ – The Tube & Pipe Journal®'s Industry Award 2012. "These awards recognize...

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Bettcher Mfg. appoints CFO

February 10, 2012

Stamping manufacturer Bettcher Mfg. LLC, McAllen, Texas, has promoted Patrick Lyons to CFO. He has served as vice president of finance since joining the company in 2009. Before beginning his career with the company, Lyons held financial leadership roles in companies such as Ford Motor, BFI...

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SME Education Foundation provides CIM funding to PLTW high schools

February 10, 2012

The SME Education Foundation, Dearborn, Mich., has provided $400,000 in 2012 to 167 Project Lead The Way high schools for equipment and classroom material upgrades for their computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) programs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2018, the total U.S....

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Tredegar to close aluminum extrusion plant in Indiana

February 10, 2012

Tredegar Corp., Richmond, Va., has announced that its Bonnell Aluminum subsidiary will close its plant in Kentland, Ind. The plant, which has been operating at a loss for the past several years, is scheduled to close by Sept. 30. Eligible employees will be offered severance and outplacement...

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TrailManor to open plant in Nebraska

February 10, 2012

TrailManor Mfg. Co. LLC is renovating a facility in Hartington, Neb., for the production of lightweight recreational travel trailers. The renovation, which will create 20 full-time jobs, represents a $950,000 investment from the company and a $505,000 community development block grant from the...

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Marlin Steel wins 2012 Inner City 100 Award

February 10, 2012

Marlin Steel, a Baltimore-based manufacturer of custom wire baskets and sheet metal fabrications, has been selected for a 2012 Inner City 100 Award by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). The award spotlights the fastest-growing companies in America’s inner cities. The list of...

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Caterpillar to close Progress Rail Services plant in Ontario

February 10, 2012

Progress Rail Services, a subsidiary of Caterpillar, has announced plans to close the London, Ont., Electro-Motive Diesel locomotive plant after union workers refused to take a 50 percent pay cut. The closure eliminates 465 jobs. Production will be moved to other Caterpillar plants in North and...

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Eberl Iron Works passes leadership to third generation - TheFabricator.com

Eberl Iron Works passes leadership to third generation

February 10, 2012

Eberl Iron Works, Buffalo, N.Y., has announced that cousins John Eberl and Nora Eberl have become third-generation co-owners of the company. John, son of George Eberl, has been named CEO. Nora, the daughter of Frank Eberl, continues as CFO. George has become vice president- business analysis,...

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A.T. Wall acquires Metalform Co.

February 10, 2012

A.T. Wall, Warwick, R.I., the stamping and tube drawing subsidiary of ATW Companies, has acquired Metalform Co., a New Britain, Conn.-based gun magazine manufacturing firm. The acquisition of Metalform's deep-drawing, stamping, and pistol magazine fabrication capabilities supports ATW’s vertical...

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PwC survey: Nearly four-fifths of industrial manufacturing CEOs are confident of revenue growth over next 12 months

February 8, 2012

PwC has released Its Global CEO Survey. Key findings in the industrial manufacturing sector include: Nearly four-fifths of industrial manufacturing CEOs are somewhat or very confident of revenue growth over the next 12 months, although just 18 percent believe the global economy will improve....

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Sterling Blower achieves ISO 9001:2008 certification

February 8, 2012

Sterling Blower Co., Forest, Va., has received registration to ISO 9001:2008 for compliance with quality process standards and effective business management systems for all its operations. The company supplies complete pneumatic material handling and reclaiming systems to several industries,...

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