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Quail Run Building Materials marks 25th anniversary

August 1, 2011

Quail Run Building Materials Inc., Phoenix, is celebrating its 25th year in business. Founded in 1986, the company manufactures cold-formed steel building products using mill-certified prime steel. Products include steel studs, track, flashing, dripedge, angle, clips, and RC-1. The company is a...

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Industrial fan can help reduce heating bills - TheFabricator.com

Industrial fan can help reduce heating bills

August 1, 2011

Big Ass Fan Company® offers the 8- to 24-ft.-dia. Powerfoil®X industrial fan. The fan, which delivers maximum airflow in large spaces, employs a sealed-for-life NitroSeal Drive™ gearbox. According to the manufacturer, destratifying space with the fan during the winter can reduce...

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Superior Joining Technologies wins work from Poland

August 1, 2011

Superior Joining Technologies Inc., Machesney Park, Ill., has shipped a welded frame to a customer in Poland for use in a papermaking machine. The frame, previously produced completely in Poland, now is formed in the U.S. and shipped to SJTI for contract welding. The company added 1,970 individual...

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ISM ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity grew slightly in July

August 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 24th 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 August 1 by Bradley J....

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3-D CAD: The cure for the bad isometric view - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: The cure for the bad isometric view

August 1, 2011

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Columnist Gerald Davis walks the fabricator through a 3-D modeling process to learn how to work with a file that has broken elements.

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Fabricator finds path to skilled labor - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator finds path to skilled labor

August 1, 2011

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Crow Corp. had trouble finding the right person for the job, so company management took a bold step—and outsourced the hiring process. Today, the Houston-area fabricator is feeling the benefits.

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Design for manufacturability opens doors - TheFabricator.com

Design for manufacturability opens doors

August 1, 2011

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Dawson Doors, a fabricator in a small town in western New York, has developed a global presence in the high-end enclosure and door fabrication markets. By closely collaborating with customers, the unique fabrication company has continued to grow.

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Fabricator touts precision production - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator touts precision production

August 1, 2011

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Diversified Metal Products’ demanding niche—nuclear fabrication—spurred growth throughout the economic downturn. Its mix of production and one-off fabrication may give the contract fabricator a leg up in the years ahead.

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How small batch sizes define modern manufacturing - TheFabricator.com

How small batch sizes define modern manufacturing

August 1, 2011

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The long-held belief that setups should be amortized over the largest possible lot sizes needs to change. As setup times become shorter, they become less relevant, and, according to some, so does the old notion of economic order quantities.

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Shaking off the albatross of manufacturing’s image - TheFabricator.com

Shaking off the albatross of manufacturing’s image

August 1, 2011

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A northeastern job shop gets a new building and a complete makeover, with bright colors, a sleek front office, a quality assurance room that looks like a laboratory, and with it all, a new image.

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Managing people as people, not assets - TheFabricator.com

Managing people as people, not assets

August 1, 2011

Elizabeth Miller never thought about managing a metal fabrication shop, that is, until the unthinkable happened. When her husband died, her life changed dramatically, in more ways than she could have ever imagined.

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Metal Fabrication Industry: A portrait in prose - TheFabricator.com

Metal Fabrication Industry: A portrait in prose

August 1, 2011

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Three books together paint a good picture of this industry. It’s a combination of technical knowhow, pragmatism, down-to-earth humor, and big-picture thinking.

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U.S. durable goods orders fell in June

July 27, 2011

New orders for manufactured durable goods in June decreased $4.0 billion or 2.1 percent to $192.0 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 1.9 percent May increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.1 percent....

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NSK Steering Systems America announces expansion plans

July 25, 2011

Automobile manufacturing company NSK Steering Systems America has announced plans to expand its Dyersburg, Tenn., plant using a $280,000 state grant. The expansion is expected to create 180 new jobs — 90 this year and another 90 in 2012....

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RJLK Holdings to open metal fabrication plant in South Carolina

July 25, 2011

RJLK Holdings Inc., based in Indiana, has announced plans to locate a metal fabrication and distribution plant in the former Applied Engineering facility in Orangeburg, S.C. The building will hold several subsidiaries of the company. An investment of about $10 million over the next five years will...

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