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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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Schuler AG supports vocational training in Mexico

July 8, 2013

Schuler AG, Gӧppingen, Germany, has opened a vocational training center, Cedual (Centro de Especialización Dual), in Puebla, Mexico, to train skilled staff to provide technical support for the company’s presses. Set up by Stefan Antel, general manager of Schuler, the center is based on the...

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Delcam acquires CAD CAM Systems to form Illinois office

July 8, 2013

Delcam has established a direct office in Illinois following its acquisition of its Rockford-based reseller, CAD CAM Systems Inc. CAD CAM Systems President Andy Bergstrom and the company’s staff have become direct employees of Delcam North America. This is the company's sixth direct office in...

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IMTSTV video discusses current state of manufacturing

July 8, 2013

The Association For Manufacturing Technology, McLean, Va., has released a new IMTSTV In Brief video at www.IMTS.com/IMTSTV. It features Steve Frizinger, NetApp’s virtualization alliance manager, Java author, and economics writer, discussing the current state of the manufacturing industry. He...

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Inspired fabrication atop One World Trade Center

July 2, 2013

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Kammetal Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y., has seen its work reach the top. The company fabricated the uppermost part of the spire that now sits atop One World Trade Center.

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The art, science, and frustration of sales forecasting

June 28, 2013

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Forecasting, while seemingly futile at times, is something fabricators should take seriously instead of dismissing it as some hocus-pocus best left to Wall Street analysts, politicians, and tarot card readers.

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Job shop estimating: Material Planning – strategy and tactics - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Material Planning – strategy and tactics

June 28, 2013

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In this sixth installment of columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating he reviews inventory management as it relates to the estimator’s prediction of expenses.

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The I-9 form, all about the details - TheFabricator.com

The I-9 form, all about the details

June 28, 2013

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While completing an I-9 form may seem straightforward, it can quickly get complicated. Even employers with the best of intentions may find themselves trying to work through situations they never anticipated.

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About good people working together - TheFabricator.com

About good people working together

June 28, 2013

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Collaboration between creative minds--employing some refreshing cut-to-the-chase rationality to uncover the best processes for the product at hand--may be why people catch the manufacturing bug.

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Blissfield Mfg. expands Michigan facility, closes Portland plant

June 26, 2013

Blissfield Mfg. has announced plans to expand its Blissfield, Mich., location as it transfers production operations from its Jay Products facility in Portland, Ind., which will close, to the Blissfield plant. The company expects to add 73 jobs by 2016, as well as up to $1.5 million in new...

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Amerivet Solutions expands to manufacture complex metal designs

June 26, 2013

Amerivet Solutions LLC, Rochester, N.Y., a sourcing company servicing all branches of government from federal to municipal, has expanded its facilities to include complex metal design and fabrication manufacturing. The company currently is working with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) on...

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Yamaha to expand vehicle production in Georgia

June 25, 2013

Japan-based Yamaha Motor Mfg. Corp. has announced the opening of a second assembly plant in Newnan, Ga., which will produce a new utility vehicle and all of the company's ATVs. The manufacturer expects to hire 100 additional employees....

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SigmaTEK puts CAD/CAM nesting program demo online

June 25, 2013

SigmaTEK has launched a demo page of its SigmaNEST Version 10 CAD/CAM nesting program at www.sigmanest.com/en-us/version-10/. The new release features an advanced nesting engine offering speed, material savings, and automation, the company reports. The site contains an interactive look at the new...

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Specialty Alloys and Stainless Ltd. expands in Ontario

June 20, 2013

Specialty Alloys and Stainless Ltd. is building a 5,200-sq.-ft. addition to its custom metal fabrication production facility in Lively, Ont. The expansion project also includes the installation of two cranes and a laser cutter. The company manufactures products for mining and other industrial...

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