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Pendarvis Mfg. celebrates 30 years in business

January 12, 2012

Pendarvis Mfg. is marking its 30th anniversary in business as a custom precision machine shop and metal fabricator in Anaheim, Calif. Founded by Robert "Bud" Pendarvis in January 1982 and currently managed by his sons, Brian and Robert, the company has grown from a 2,400-sq.-ft. building with two...

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Airtronics Metal Products passes national safety compliance inspection

January 12, 2012

Airtronics Metal Products, San José, Calif., has announced it now complies with National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) guidelines for safety. The company has passed the NATM safety compliance consultation, part of the association’s compliance program that is based on the NATM...

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Robinson Metal achieves ISO certification

January 12, 2012

Robinson Metal Inc., a metal fabrication and machining company in Green Bay, Wis., has achieved ISO 9001: 2008 certification from SGS U.S. Testing Company Inc. To verify that ISO initiatives are ongoing and quality improvement continuous, the company has established an internal audit team to...

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Boeing to close Witchita plant

January 12, 2012

The Boeing Co. has announced plans to close its Witchita, Kan., defense plant by the end of 2013. The facility's work will move to the company's facilities in Texas, Oklahoma, and Washington, eliminating 2,100 jobs in Witchita....

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K&S adds equipment, automation

January 12, 2012

K&S Tool, Die and Manufacturing, a contract metals manufacturer in Ixonia, Wis., has added its fourth laser — a Mitsubishi 4,500-W with a new 16-shelf tower system to feed it. The automation allows lights-out manufacturing uptime for this area of the business, the company reports. The...

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Nissan Forklift Corp. produces 200,000th forklift - TheFabricator.com

Nissan Forklift Corp. produces 200,000th forklift

January 12, 2012

Nissan Forklift Corp. manufactured its 200,000th forklift in at its Marengo, Ill., facility in 2011. A 3,500-lb., Platinum II Cushion I.C. forklift was the 200,000th lift truck to be produced since the company began making forklifts in the U.S. in 1988. It took Nissan Forklift 14 years to...

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American Industrial Partners purchases Heil Trailer from Dover

January 10, 2012

American Industrial Partners, New York, a middle-market private equity group focused on acquiring and improving North American-headquartered industrial businesses, has purchased Heil Trailer Intl., Athens, Tenn., from Dover Corp. Heil Trailer is a global provider of engineered tank and specialty...

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3-D CAD: Project definition - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Project definition

January 10, 2012

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Columnist Gerald Davis focuses his 3-D CAD skill on designing a welding table. He invites readers to participate in the creation of this support structure.

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Capital spending carries the rebound into 2012 - TheFabricator.com

Capital spending carries the rebound into 2012

January 10, 2012

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Manufacturing technology consumption took an unprecedented dive during the recession, but since then the industry has bounced back dramatically. In the metal fabrication arena, most technology categories are experiencing some healthy gains, as reported by the 2012 Capital Spending Forecast, a study compiled by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association.

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Manufacturing technology orders maintained strength in November

January 9, 2012

November U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $430.17 million according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology...

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Kaman appoints leader of value-added services group

January 9, 2012

Kaman Industrial Technologies Corp., Bloomfield, Conn., has appointed Gary Yingling as director and general manager, shops and services. He directs the fabrication, assembly, production, material management, capital assets, planning/forecasting, control, and operational quality of the company's...

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Cintas launches online contest to celebrate new-product release

January 9, 2012

In conjunction with the release of the new Carhartt Rental Active Jacket, Cincinnati-based Cintas has launched its search for the “Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew.” Contestants can enter the contest by submitting a short essay and photo at www.cintas.com/carharttcoldcrew. Contest organizers...

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Rotary scrap choppers introduced - TheFabricator.com

Rotary scrap choppers introduced

January 9, 2012

Red Bud Industries has introduced dual helical scrap choppers. They are offered on the company's slitting lines, multiblanking systems, and cut-to-length lines with edge-trim systems. The dual helical design uses a scissor-type cutting action, reducing noise and increasing cutting action...

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Maysteel expands production operations with Mexico plant

January 9, 2012

Allenton, Wis.-based Maysteel LLC, a manufacturer of precision sheet metal enclosures, is expanding its sheet metal fabrication operations with the addition of a new plant in Monterrey, Mexico. The 50,000-sq.-ft. facility, which is expandable to 100,000 sq. ft., is expected to begin production in...

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Lessons learned lead to big bounce back - TheFabricator.com

Lessons learned lead to big bounce back

January 9, 2012

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A&E Custom Manufacturing was on the ropes financially in the early 1990s, but the lessons learned during that struggle helped to put it in a position to rebound strongly after the downturn of 2009. In fact, they have been steadily rebuilding the business since the second quarter of 2009 and haven't looked back.

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