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The financial benchmark for metal fabricators: Survival of the fastest - TheFabricator.com

The financial benchmark for metal fabricators: Survival of the fastest

September 7, 2012

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The results are in from FMA's 2012 Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey and the message is clear: Raw material and work-in-process inventory eats cash. Successful fabricating shops have figured out a way to avoid excess inventory scenarios.

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How quick response drives profits in metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

How quick response drives profits in metal fabrication

September 7, 2012

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CR Metal Products Inc., St. Louis, follows the lessons of quick-response manufacturing, which preaches decreased capacity utilization of equipment and increased attention on just how jobs can be turned around in the quickest manner possible.

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LINE survey: Hiring rate to increase in September in manufacturing and services

September 6, 2012

In September, for the second consecutive month, the hiring rate will rise in the manufacturing and service sectors compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for June 2012. A net of 40.8...

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Laser profiling accessory attaches to crawler without tools - TheFabricator.com

Laser profiling accessory attaches to crawler without tools

September 4, 2012

The new RedLine™ laser accessory from Envirosight LLC attaches to the ROVVER X™ inspection crawler to perform geometric profiling of the insides of buried pipelines. Captured profile data is analyzed to verify proper pipe installation, plan relining projects, determine remaining pipe...

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Waukesha Metal Products named to Inc.'s fast-growing companies list

September 4, 2012

Inc. magazine has ranked Waukesha® Metal Products No.2,927 overall and No. 100 in the manufacturing industry on its sixth annual Inc. 500|5000, a ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The company has a three-year sales growth of 76 percent and expanded capabilities with the...

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AFT Fasteners acquires Illini Metal Works

September 4, 2012

AFT Fasteners, Dallas, has acquired the experience and capabilities of Illini Metal Works, Taylorville, Ill., to add to its services. The company, to be renamed AFT Mfg., has years of experience in sheet metal fabrication, stamping, and metal forming of materials from aluminum and steel to...

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Metcam to fabricate aluminum PV inverter enclosures for REFUsol

September 4, 2012

Metcam, Alpharetta, Ga., a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, has signed a letter of intent with German firm REFUsol GmbH to fabricate aluminum enclosures and other parts for photovoltaic inverters used in solar panel arrays. The aluminum enclosures, which will be the...

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Prime Controls marks 20th anniversary

September 4, 2012

Prime Controls, Dayton, Ohio, a manufacturer of double-metal-sheet sensors and controls for the canmaking, automotive, appliance, and other metal forming industries, celebrates its 20th year in business Sept. 9, 2012. The company originated as a spinoff of Hyde Park Electronics, which now is part...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing activity contracted in August for the third consecutive contraction

September 4, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in August for the third time since July 2009; However, the overall economy grew for the 39th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued Sept. 4 by...

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Maysteel installs new equipment in Mexico plant

September 4, 2012

Maysteel, a manufacturer of sheet metal enclosures based in Allenton, Wis., has installed a laser cutting system and powder coating system at its new plant in Monterrey, Mexico. The powder coating system handles large-scale product up to 24 by 10 by 8 ft. The Amada FO3015M2NT laser cutting system...

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LAI Intl. earns Minority Business Enterprise certification

September 4, 2012

LAI Intl. Inc., Phoenix, a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for OEMs, has received national certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). To receive the certification, a company must be at least 51 percent owned, operated, and controlled by an ethnic minority U.S. citizen...

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From the farm to oilfields, mines, heavy equipment, and more - TheFabricator.com

From the farm to oilfields, mines, heavy equipment, and more

September 3, 2012

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Radius Steel-SOO Tractor, Sioux City, Iowa, is looking beyond its agricultural roots as it reaches out to various other industries, such as heavy equipment and oil and gas.

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Sheet metal software shows orders, material stock, machine workloads

August 30, 2012

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l. will showcase a variety of new and updated products at FABTECH 2012. The company also will release a sheet metal-specific version of CrossTrack software for composites, delivering traceability and providing visibility of orders, material stock, nests, and machine workloads....

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Detroit Mfg. Systems opens new plant in Detroit

August 30, 2012

Detroit Mfg. Systems has celebrated the grand opening of its new plant in Detroit. The company — a joint venture formed by Faurecia Interior Systems Saline and Rush Group — plans to invest $29.2 million in the automotive interior component manufacturing facility, creating about 572 jobs in the...

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Woodward to expand in Illinois

August 29, 2012

Woodward Inc., an independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control systems for the aerospace and energy markets, has announced plans to establish a second campus in Loves Park, Ill., for its Aircraft Turbine Systems business. Initial development of the site, referred to as the...

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