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More than 200 companies participate in first Manufacturing Day

October 10, 2012

On Oct. 5 more than 200 manufacturing companies participated in the first Manufacturing Day, a national event to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy and showcase the highly skilled jobs available in manufacturing fields. Co-producers of the event are the National...

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Ohio Laser wins SBA award to expand laser tube cutting services

October 10, 2012

Ohio Laser, Columbus, Ohio, has won the annual Ohio Statewide Development Corp. (OSDC) SBA 504 2012 Loan Project of the Year. Ohio Laser, an ISO 9001:2008-certified metal fabricator, provides precision laser cutting services, laser tube cutting, copper cutting, brass cutting, and other metal...

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Lenovo to open U.S. computer manufacturing line

October 10, 2012

Lenovo has announced that it will establish a U.S. personal computer production line in Whitsett, N.C. The company anticipates that the move will create 115 new manufacturing jobs for workers building Think-brand notebook and desktop PCs, tablets, engineering workstations, and servers for sale to...

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Absorbent mat soaks up 43 oz. liquid per pad - TheFabricator.com

Absorbent mat soaks up 43 oz. liquid per pad

October 10, 2012

New Pig Corp. offers the Pig Blue® absorbent mat. According to the manufacturer, the mat soaks up more liquid — up to 43 oz. per pad — from both high-volume leaks and spills and everyday cleanup tasks than any other of its mats. FiberFusion technology fuses superabsorbent...

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Dual-edge scraper blade added to postwelding cleanup tools - TheFabricator.com

Dual-edge scraper blade added to postwelding cleanup tools

October 10, 2012

Innovative Product Ideas LLC has announced the addition of the DuaLast® Edge Technology scraper blade to its Scrape-N-Burr postwelding and work surface area cleanup tools. The dual working edges of the blade are formulated to hold up to the repeated pounding of steel on steel without...

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NFIB Survey: Hiring plans plunge; small business optimism drops 0.1 points; expectations for future remain low

October 9, 2012

September was another month of low expectations and pessimism for the small-business community, with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index losing 0.1 points and falling to 92.8. The recession-level reading was pulled down by a deterioration in labor...

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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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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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