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ISM November ROB: New orders, production, and employment growing; supplier deliveries slower; inventories growing

December 2, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 19th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued Dec. 1 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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Fabricators anticipate growth in 2011 - TheFabricator.com

Fabricators anticipate growth in 2011

December 2, 2010

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Metal fabricators expect continued growth in 2011, but uncertainties abound. Many firms are going into the New Year with a straightforward strategy: Improve what you can control to prepare for what they can’t.

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11 ways to increase your job shop's online presence - TheFabricator.com

11 ways to increase your job shop's online presence

December 2, 2010

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Most job shops have Web site, but they don't do much with them. They might as well be billboards on a road to nowhere. However, with a little knowledge about constructing a proper Web site and optimizing the site for Internet search engines, those same sites can be attracting more visitors in a short amount of time.

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Fabricating to the drumbeat - TheFabricator.com

Fabricating to the drumbeat

December 2, 2010

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A central Ohio job shop uses a mix of improvement methodologies-- including the theory of constraints--to reduce lead-times from weeks to days.

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Snow mean feat - TheFabricator.com

Snow mean feat

December 2, 2010

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Snowshoes have been used for thousands of years, but only recently have modern manufactured materials come into the picture. These days lengths of bent and welded tube, usually aluminum, make up the frame. Although the market is crowded, Jake Thamm and Tamara Laug thought they could build a better snowshoe and founded a new company in 1997.

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GM to add 1,000 engineering and development jobs in Michigan

November 30, 2010

General Motors has announced that it will add 1,000 engineers and researchers in Michigan over the next two years to expand its vehicle electrification expertise and lead in the development of electric vehicles from hybrids to electric vehicles with extended-range capability, like the Chevrolet...

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Trans FX Inc

November 29, 2010

Trans FX Inc. 2361 Eastman Ave. Oxnard, CA 93030 www.transfx.com rbordonaro@transfx.com By Amber L. Cleveland OPENED: May 1993 WHY:Trans FX's founders were involved in implementing emerging technologies while working at General Motors' California Advanced...

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Practical Welding Television wins Digital Azbee Award

November 29, 2010

FMA Communications Inc. has announced that Practical Welding Television has won a Silver Digital Azbee Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). Webisode four of Practical Welding TV, "Learn Better GTAW Practices," won a Silver Award in the Step-by-Step/How-To video...

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Gap Partners expands in Georgia

November 29, 2010

Gap Partners Inc., Clayton, Ga., and the Development Authority of Rabun County have finalized a deal in which Gap Partners will use more than 26,000 sq. ft. of space with the option for an additional 65,000 sq. ft. at the new Rabun Business Park. The action enables Gap Partners to undertake a major...

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Manual highlights tube connection, conveyor components - TheFabricator.com

Manual highlights tube connection, conveyor components

November 29, 2010

J.W. Winco Inc., a supplier of standard industrial machine components, has released a manual highlighting its line of tube connection and conveyor components. The 276-page catalog features two new, expanded product lines, along with previously sold related products. The tube connection...

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The Metal Shop adds press brake

November 29, 2010

The Metal Shop LLC, Crystal Lake, Ill., has added a Toyokoki APB5620Wu press brake to its operations. The new machine supplements the 10-ft. 100 Accurpress already on the shop floor. The custom metal fabrication shop primarily serves the tradeshow exhibit industry....

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Biodegradable synthetic fluids introduced - TheFabricator.com

Biodegradable synthetic fluids introduced

November 29, 2010

Commonwealth Oil Corp. has released a line of BioComm readily biodegradable synthetic functional fluids. These synthetic ester functional fluids consist of concrete forming fluids, heavy-duty gear and hydraulic oils, and ram type EDM fluids. The products biodegrade to their natural state within...

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Wallover names new president - TheFabricator.com

Wallover names new president

November 29, 2010

Wallover Oil Co., a manufacturer of industrial lubricants and cleaners in Strongsville, Ohio, has announced that Eric Kielts will be its new president effective Jan. 1, 2011. Kielts will fill the position formerly held for 23 years by Hub Marquis, who will remain as CEO and chairman of the...

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Super Steel to hire 60 workers

November 29, 2010

Super Steel LLC, a contract manufacturer of complex metal fabrication and assembly work based in Milwaukee, has announced plans to hire 60 employees immediately as a result of increased production levels. The work force additions will mostly be skilled manufacturing positions, including welders,...

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Medical components machining offered - TheFabricator.com

Medical components machining offered

November 29, 2010

Manchester Tool & Die Inc. offers prototype, short-run, or long-run machining for medical components. Wire EDM, CNC milling centers, and turning centers are available for medical part production, along with surface finishing and washing machines. The company also provides in-house...

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