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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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Stacking the deck for real improvement

July 12, 2013

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Improvement that drives real competitive advantage, which means superior margins and valuation, must come from everything that surrounds the mechanical magic of modern manufacturing technology.

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An end to silos and fiefdoms

July 12, 2013

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If an organization is looking to streamline its turnaround time—the moment an order is received to the time it is shipped to the customers—it requires healthy communication among employees and, not least, the destruction of silos and fiefdoms.

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OMCO president wins regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year designation

July 11, 2013

Custom roll forming company OMCO, Wickliffe, Ohio, has announced that its president and CEO, Gary Schuster, has been selected as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2013 Northeast Ohio in the distribution and manufacturing category. Schuster joined the company in 2006 with more than...

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Gilchrist Metal Fabrication recognized by U.S. EPA

July 11, 2013

Gilchrist Metal Fabrication Co., Hudson, N.H., has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for powering its facility with 100 percent renewable energy — wind power. "As a metal fabrication company, it's no secret that we use a lot of power," said Jack Gilchrist,...

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Cutting Edge Laser Machining to expand in Georgia

July 11, 2013

Cutting Edge Laser Machining Inc. has announced plans for a $2 million expansion of its Covington, Ga., location. The metal fabricating company will move to an existing building, to which it will add 10,000 sq. ft., and add more machinery and employees. The new plant is expected to be up and...

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Pendarvis supplies steel subassemblies for Atlantis rocket booster replica

July 11, 2013

PlaceholderPendarvis Mfg., a precision machine shop and fabricator in Anaheim, Calif., built hundreds of steel subassemblies that were used in the construction of a 184-ft.-tall replica of the Atlantis space shuttle’s solid rocket boosters and external tanks. The full-scale replica resides just...

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Delta Brands announces new name, new president

July 11, 2013

Delta Brands Inc. has changed its name to Delta Steel Technologies (DST) and has hired Joseph Savariego as its new president. According to the company, the name change reflects its focus on innovation, application engineering, and mill duty construction. DST designs and manufactures metal...

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Improving welding quality in a dramatic way - TheFabricator.com

Improving welding quality in a dramatic way

July 11, 2013

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What happens when new owners of a metal fabricating business find out that they have to improve the shop's welding performance or risk losing its biggest customer—in the first week they take over the business? They have frank conversations with employees, find the root cause of the problems, install new processes to ensure quality, and ramp up training so that everyone can deliver acceptable welds on a consistent basis.

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Global energy management practices, standards increase plant profitability - TheFabricator.com

Global energy management practices, standards increase plant profitability

July 11, 2013

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The importance of energy management is particularly high in the manufacturing sector, where energy use can have a significant impact on product and operating cost. A standard set of energy management practices, applied to small and medium, as well as large enterprises, can increase organizational performance and profitability.

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Wynnchurch Capital invests in Detroit Tool Metal Products

July 10, 2013

Wynnchurch Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm with offices in Dallas, Detroit, and Toronto and an affiliate office in Montreal, has announced the first in a series of planned investments in the metal fabrication market with the acquisition of Detroit Tool Metal Products Co., in...

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Fisher Barton Blades expands into new facility

July 10, 2013

Lawn mower blade producer Fisher Barton Blades Inc. (FBBI), an operating division of the Fisher Barton Group, has announced the relocation of its Watertown, Wis., mower blade operation into a larger manufacturing facility. The new facility, located 2 miles from the former plant, has twice the...

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Steel Plate Fabricators wins 2013 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award

July 10, 2013

Certified welding and metal fabrication provider Steel Plate Fabricators, a subsidiary of Knoxville Sheet Metal Works Inc. in Knoxville, Tenn., has been named one of 15 recipients of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR),...

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CR Industries announces expansion plans

July 10, 2013

CR Industries Inc. has announced plans to expand one of its two buildings for metal fabricating, laser cutting, and powder coating in Cudahy, Wis. The 10,800-sq.-ft. addition, a $412,000 investment, is expected to result in the hiring of 15 full-time employees over the next three years. The...

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Caterpillar to consolidate Milwaukee operations

July 10, 2013

Caterpillar Inc., a mining equipment manufacturer based in Peoria, Ill., has announced plans to close its Milwaukee metal fabrication shop. The welding operations will be moved about 8 miles away to the company’s main facility in South Milwaukee. Caterpillar took over a lease for space in the...

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Inalfa Roof Systems to create 300 jobs in Georgia

July 8, 2013

Placeholder Inalfa Roof Systems, a provider of vehicle roofing systems with North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., has announced plans to open a manufacturing plant in Cherokee County, Ga. The $17.1 million investment is expected to create 300 jobs. The company supplies sunroofs and...

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