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Shop management encompasses everything from strategic planning to the nuts and bolts of statistical process control. Whether you're an executive, manager, or supervisor, you'll find articles about overcoming challenges and struggles just like yours.

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Finding fabricating opportunities in the defense sector - TheFabricator.com

Finding fabricating opportunities in the defense sector

September 9, 2011

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Fabricators interested in exploring defense-related contracts need to do some homework before they get started, and they also need to understand that government agents aren’t manufacturing specialists. They buy products, not processes, so fabricators who are accustomed to selling services such as laser or waterjet cutting need to market the products they are capable of making.

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Manufacturing's Multiplier Effect - TheFabricator.com

Manufacturing's Multiplier Effect

September 9, 2011

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Sales at B&W Trailer Hitches dropped severely during the recession, but the fabricator had no mass layoffs. Instead, workers gave back to the community, fixing and repairing public parks, community centers, even employees’ homes. Judging by the company’s recent performance, such a strategy wasn’t just altruistic. It was good business.

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Uncertainty is the new certainty for metal fabricators - TheFabricator.com

Uncertainty is the new certainty for metal fabricators

September 9, 2011

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Metal fabricators reveal that their No. 1 concern is the economy, but that doesn't mean that business is horrible. In fact, fabricators appear to be optimistic about the future.

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Waiting for welders won't work - TheFabricator.com

Waiting for welders won't work

September 9, 2011

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Many metal fabricators need new welding talent, especially as they look at new business opportunities and the impending retirements of some of their best workers. Unfortunately, the local trade schools aren't producing enough talented individuals who can step right in and contribute. That's why these businesses are becoming more aggressive in trying that becomes a part of their workforce.

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Ace Metal Crafts moves headquarters

September 8, 2011

After 51 years in the same location in Franklin Park, Ill., Ace Metal Crafts has moved to an 82,000-sq.-ft. plant in Bensenville, Ill. The company performs stainless steel fabrication, using laser cutting, forming, welding, sanitary finishes, and value engineering. The move to a much larger plant...

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Resistance seam welding machine upgraded - TheFabricator.com

Resistance seam welding machine upgraded

September 8, 2011

The RSX26 resistance seam welding machine from techMatrix LLC has been upgraded to work with larger, more powerful weld controllers up to 6.0-kA output. This makes the air-cooled, tabletop seam welding machine suitable for joining highly conductive foil materials such as copper, aluminum, and...

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Midbrook announces factory-for-hire concept

September 8, 2011

Midbrook Inc., a Jackson, Mich.-based manufacturer of custom metal fabrications and industrial parts washers, has announced that it will use its facility and skilled employees to help customers with new product ideas design, modify, fabricate, and ship their parts. The company developed the...

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Freestanding filtration system supplements existing source-extraction system - TheFabricator.com

Freestanding filtration system supplements existing source-extraction system

September 8, 2011

Lincoln Electric Automation offers the Circulator™, a freestanding general filtration system for weld fume control. Suitable for manufacturing and fabrication facilities that have obstructions for ductwork, such as overhead cranes and large amounts of infrastructure, the unit is intended...

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Distributor, metal fabricator, metal finisher--wraparound service - TheFabricator.com

Distributor, metal fabricator, metal finisher--wraparound service

September 2, 2011

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This Atlanta area company is an extruded metal distributor, architectural metal fabricator, and metal finisher all rolled into one. Such vertical integration gives the company a leg up over the competition.

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Job shop quotes competitively but fairly--not below cost - TheFabricator.com

Being fair and competitive

September 2, 2011

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Salem Metal Fabricators quotes a fair price, regardless of the economy, and has been able to maintain long-term customer relationships because of it.

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Metal fabricator’s product launch proves profitable - TheFabricator.com

Metal fabricator’s product launch proves profitable

September 2, 2011

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A business doesn't have to be glamorous to be profitable. For Zeus metal Works, a Siler City, N.C., fabricator, heavy-duty cabinets, a necessity in many industries, have opened the door (so to speak) to new business opportunities.

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Metal fabricator asks what else customers need--and grows

September 2, 2011

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This Buffalo, N.Y., job shop is difficult to pigeonhole. It offers contract fabrication services, assembles complex material handling systems, and distributes certain products, including rooftop support systems. The company grew so diverse simply by asking what else their customers needed. In other words, managers followed the market.

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ISM ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity grew at slighty slower rate in August

September 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 25th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 26th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued September 1 by Bradley J....

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Layoffs rise, hiring declines for third month in a row

September 1, 2011

In September, job growth will fall behind the rate from a year ago in the manufacturing and service sectors, and payroll cuts are also rising for the month, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for September 2011....

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On-demand, cloud-based ERP software designed for job shops, small manufacturers

August 31, 2011

Epicor Software Corp., Irvine, Calif., offers the Epicor Manufacturing Express Edition (Epicor Express) on-demand, cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system designed for job shops and small manufacturers. The comprehensive ERP system is provided in the software as a service (SaaS)...

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